It is one of the most upsetting things that can happen to a photographer, and it is frustratingly common: you discover your images have been stolen and used without permission. What can you do in this situation? What can you do the prevent it in the future? This excellent video essay features a seasoned photographer discussing the issue and offering a lot of helpful advice.
Coming to you from David Bergman with Adorama TV, this helpful video essay discusses how to prevent your photos from being stolen and what you can do if it does happen. This is something many of us will have to deal with at some point in our careers, often multiple times. What I appreciate about Bergman's approach is first trying to change a negative situation into a positive one. Often, when this happens, it is a product of ignorance, not malice, and if you approach it with the intent to educate and advocate for yourself, you can often convert the situation into a future client relationship. Of course, if that goes poorly, you can turn to other paths, but it is worth trying to establish a business relationship first. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Bergman.