Mike Boatman's recent articles here on PFRE about the merits of registering your photos with the US Copyright Office have been so insightful, well written, and just plain helpful. I started my year with a timely registration of all of my images from the last 3 months of 2019, as well as several registrations for all of my work dating back through 2016. Now that I am all caught up with a backlog of registrations, I have vowed to register all of my work in a timely fashion from now on.
With the first 3 months of the year now over, I registered all of my work since the beginning of 2020--all on time--and I recorded the process start to finish in the hopes of helping those who haven't done it before to get it done more efficiently than my first couple of attempts!
The video starts with some organizational tips in Lightroom that I have found to be really helpful for me when it comes to registering my images. Maybe you'll also find it helpful. From there, you watch me actually register my photos. Nothing is cut out of the process (just my personal information blurred out for privacy). It's not an entertaining video by any stretch--it's about as boring as a video can be--but it's all in there.
NOW GO REGISTER YOUR WORK!
I now have several cases being handled by Permission Machine; two of which have been settled at the time of writing this post. Those would have been settled for much more had the images been registered on time. I also have three other cases being worked that are timely registrations. Looking forward to seeing where those go.
Big thanks to Mike Boatman for contributing so much of his first hand knowledge to this community. And thanks to Kerry Bern for helping me as I began navigating these waters.
Garey Gomez is an architectural photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Year, a three-time PFRE Photographer of the Month, and the creator of the Mastering Real Estate Photography tutorial series.