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Beyond The Lens
Rights, Ethics and Business practice in Professional Photography

Published by the Association of Photographers, Beyond The Lens is the essential guide to rights, ethics and business practice in professional photography.

Now in its fourth edition, it is a 'gold standard' for photographers and commissioners and is used by colleges/universities as part of their teaching and widely used by photographers and commissioners.

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AOP members and AOP students get a special price of £15 + P&P for the printed book. Please ensure you are logged into the website to receive the member’s discount.

Other students can buy the printed book for £25 + P&P and Colleges/Universities can obtain further discounts when buying multiple copies. Do get in touch by email if you want to explore this further.

 This 4th edition of Beyond The Lens has a foreword by Terry O'Neill and is split into 3 parts:

  • The Law and the Photographer: covers copyright, moral rights, contract law, privacy, photographing children, late payment, legal remedies for copyright infringements and unpaid debts both in the UK and EU.
  • The Business End: advice on tax, VAT, accounting, book-keeping, insurance, business structures, financial matters, income/career problems, standards and codes, social media, agents, collecting societies, trade associations and unions.
  • Making a Living: written by photographers and covers topics such as being a student, working as an assisting photographer, working in advertising, editorial, architectural, corporate and design, stock, digital and moving image, working overseas, and shooting on the streets.

At the back of the book, there are some examples of business template forms for your use.

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AOP members have access to a free PDF version of the publication.


This book is intended as a guide for those people involved in photography and it is not intended to take the place of legal advice. The authors, publisher and consultants can take no responsibility for the consequence of any reliance placed on its contents.

The editorial content of Part 3 ‘Making a Living’  (except Chapter 8 Standards and Codes for Assisting Photographers & Chapter 9 Negotiating Licences and Usage) does not necessarily reflect the attitude of the AOP Board or the membership.

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