Photography workshop: Image copyright

Course Dates: 07/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Ever been questioned when photographing out and about? This course is devoted to your rights as a photographer or film-maker, including your freedom to shoot in public places and how to protect the copyright of your images: essential knowledge for amateurs through to professionals.


What is the course about?

This vital course is about your rights when shooting in a public place, particularly when photographing buildings. It will cover photography of private and public buildings from a public space, permits, and how to deal with security guards or police questions. The course also looks at copyright of images, why you should protect them and how to do so.

What will we cover?

- Photography in public places
- Photography of children in public places
- How to deal with security guards in public places
- Protecting copyright of your images
- Rights to credit on publication.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- understand photographers’ rights regarding photography in a public place
- identify when a filming permit is required
- describe how to react when confronted buy security guards who claim that photographing the building is not permitted
- describe your rights to a police officer
- understand difference between image usage and copyright
- assign copyright information to your images.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at anyone who films, paints, or draws in a public place, either amateur or professional. It may also be of interest to anyone concerned with civil liberties. You don't need any particular skills or previous experience.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The two-session course will be lecture-based with hand-outs and an audio-visual presentation. The tutor, Grant Smith, has considerable first-hand experience of the misuse of Section 44 of the Terrorism Act to restrict photography. He is one of the organisers of ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist’, and has campaigned for the suspension of Section 44.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs. You may wish to bring a notebook to make notes about the lesson.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to pursue a course on architectural or street photography to put the learning experiences into practice. Or for a wide range of other photography courses take a look at the photography section of our website or latest brochure for inspiration.

Tutor Biographies
Grant Smith Tutor Website

Grant Smith is an Australian born photographer, residing in London, with an extensive knowledge of London’s architecture. He has photographed the construction of the O2, the Gherkin, Terminal 5, the Scalpel and the new roof garden in the City, 10 Fenchurch Avenue. His work is used in magazines, periodicals and journals and websites. It is often featured in architectural monographs, books about particular projects and corporate brochures. He has contributed photographs to several books devoted to London's architecture. He is a passionate defender of the public realm as a free public space. He has been teaching at City Lit for nearly 10 years and enjoys watching the progress of students as they continue to awaken their visual awareness of their environment. City Lit provides a nurturing learning environment for students of all abilities and experience and we are fortunate to have a well equipped photographic studio. Smith also runs photo tours of the City, as well as taking on photography commissions for architects, developers and engineers.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VY798

Sat, day, 07 Mar - 07 Mar '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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