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Insurance and what to look for

in Current Affairs, Education, Features, Photography, Press Photography by thebppa

  Let’s start off by stating the obvious – professional photographers tend to own a lot of expensive gear. Most photographers have insurance for that expensive gear and one of the most common queries that you’ll see on discussion forums frequented by those professionals is about which insurer is the best/cheapest. Insurance is proof of two of life’s most enduring truths:

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New from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photojournalism, Press Cards, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

All change at the UKPCA – the UK Press Card Authority, where the BPPA is one of the card issuing gatekeepers. At today’s meeting they voted nemo contra for two fundamental reforms. The meeting faced two problems. First, Custom Card, who administer the card on behalf of the gatekeepers, had detected two duplicate applications for the card from one individual

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Mentoring young photographers

in Current Affairs, Education, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Love, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Stuart Freedman

It goes without saying that the business is now unrecognisable from the one that I entered in the early 1990s. Then, the structure was relatively linear and there was a clear defining path to an editorial career. Now, every photographer has to be a brand and use social media to shout their wares and tout their abilities. It isn’t even

Stuart FreedmanMentoring young photographers

Theoretical Photography & The Big Bang Theory

in Current Affairs, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

Like most professional photographic organisations, The BPPA has a strange relationship with photographic education. On one hand many of our members visit courses on a regular basis and quite a few fill roles as members of industrial liaison groups. On the other hand we find it impossible to whole-heartedly recommend more than one or two courses anywhere in the country. 

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British Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

This is a re-posting from the British Photographic Council’s website. The BPPA is a member of the BPC and members of The BPPA’s Board have been deeply involved in the process so far. Government adopts “friendless, unnecessary, poorly explained and fraught with risk” new copyright legislation, against united opposition from the photographic sector. In all of the publicity over the

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Electrical Safety for Photographers

in Current Affairs, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Neil Turner

  Most of us use some sort of mains powered gear and most of us fly with our equipment from time to time. The law regarding what you have to do to comply with the rules around safety of the gear can make pretty good bedtime reading – if you need to go to sleep quickly. Portable Appliance Testing or PAT for

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Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Opinion, Paparazzi, Photography, Press Photography, The Leveson Inquiry by

  In another of our occasional series of guest posts Max Cisotti CEO at Xclusivepix.com. A hugely experienced agent and photographer, he has allowed us to re-post something that he wrote around the time of the Leveson Inquiry about who and what the paparazzi are and about the symbiotic relationship between good photographers and the celebrity industry. I believe that as an

Max Cisotti CEO of Xclusivepix.com writes…

Commentating on the race to the bottom

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Neil Turner

  Yet again The BPPA finds itself responding to a piece by Professor Roy Greenslade on The Guardian’s website. Yet again Professor Greenslade adds his influential voice to the drastically mistaken notion that anyone can take a picture good enough for a newspaper these days. Seriously? Have you looked at some of the utter rubbish that gets used in some

Neil TurnerCommentating on the race to the bottom

The Copyright Fight – David Bailey weighs in…

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

  Today is the day when the UK Government could vote to include a seemingly innocuous clause in an otherwise largely uncontroversial piece of legislation that will not only harm our industry but also place this country at odds with a vital international treaty. It is upsetting, bizarre and unnecessary to the point of being farcical. The BPPA has been

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Another open letter to Professor Greenslade

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Opinion, Paparazzi, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA, The Leveson Inquiry by thebppa

An Open letter written by Chris Eades – a member of The BPPA’s Board in response to Professor Roy Greenslade’s inaccurate blog on The Media Guardian website: Dear Mr Greenslade I am writing on behalf of your photographic colleagues in the British Press Photographers’ Association to express our disappointment and frustration at your recent series of articles about “paparazzi” seeking

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