Why you SHOULD work for free as a photographer

Kav Dadfar images to answer the question "should you ever work for free?"
(Image credit: Kav Dadfar)

Whether you are an amateur photographer or a pro, at some point in your photography journey you will be presented with those famous words “we don’t have any budget for photography, but you will be credited for the photos”. 

Let me first address the “being credited” part of this statement. This shouldn’t be presented as an incentive. This simply must be done by the person or brand that will be using your photo. I would expect to be credited anywhere that my photos are used. Adding to that, here's what you need to know about copyright if you're a photographer.

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Kav Dadfar
Professional photographer

UK-based travel and landscape pro Kav shoots on assignment for editorial and commercial clients, and stock for high-end agencies. He has written over 400 articles on photography, judges a major travel photo contest and leads tours and workshops worldwide with the company That Wild Idea. In 2021 Kav launched JRNY travel magazine with fellow photographer Jordan Banks.