New US Government Photography Guidelines

(Last Updated On: April 1, 2016)

The United States is cracking down on photographers. The profession and pricing is out of control according to a government spokesperson. Beginning April 1, 2017 the government will regulate photography services.

“This is a long time coming”, said Representative Jim Adams. For too long anyone can buy a camera and declare themselves a photographer. There is no professional, quality or pricing standards. We are here to protect businesses and consumers from photographers charging over $2000 a day. Most of these people don’t even have a degree in photography.

Beginning June 2016, the U.S. government will certify professional organizations to allow them to offer official U.S. photographer certification certificates. Photographers must present their portfolio and pass a photography exam. So far, organizations such as American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Professional Photographers Association (PPA) are fighting this move. However, if the rules are not defeated, most photography organizations state that they will comply.

Below is a list of key bullet points.

  • All photographers who sell photography services must be certified.
  • Photographer must follow the pricing guideline established by the government committee. Photographer may only charge for their work on a hourly basis. Rates are based on a formula incorporated in the calculator below. The new rates are mandatory. Photographer rates are based on years in business, type of photography and if they own or rent a studio (Check your new rate below).
  • All copyrights to photographs are given to the purchaser.
  • Photographers must provide receipts for all expenses.
  •  Photographers may not charge more than $5 for stock photography.
  • Photographers may only charge 25% above the cost of prints/reprints.

Not much more is known about the new rules. A full report is scheduled for release later this year. Check our your new hourly rate beginning April 1, 2017.

Now that it’s after April 1, thousands of people have read my post and it ranks #1 for government photography guidelines among other variations. Really, it’s an April fools joke (lets keep it that way). — I still encourage you to check out your rate, I enjoyed making the calculator. You might see it again next year. 

Click Hourly Rate to update.

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