Fair usage (of photos)

“Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.” Tim O’Reilly

In short

I would rather be pirated and out there, than obscure and not pirated. It is almost impossible to control how and when my photos are used, so go ahead and use them. But it takes a lot of time and money to take and post the pictures, and while comments and traffic are great, they don’t pay the bills. So please pay me if you like my photos or are making money from them. Just use the Paypal button on the sidebar.

The more you donate, the more I can shoot. The more I shoot, the more photos you get to see. And of course you get to feel great by doing a good thing!

Do you want to use one of my photos?

I love to see my photos being used out there, but I put a lot of work and energy into creating the best photos I can, so please read the below guidelines before using one of my photos. All photos are protected by the Creative Commons, Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike license.

Non-commercial use

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work to Craig Strachan (preferably via a link back to this site).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Non-commercial use includes:

  • Your personal blog that does not make any money
  • Your desktop picture
  • Your child’s art project

For commercial use

Please ask me and I will be happy to negotiate a license with you. The cost depends on:

  • Size of image
  • Duration of use (how long it is going to be used for)
  • Media (Eg: magazine, website, billboard, TV etc)

Commercial use includes:

  • Advertising
  • Incoming generating businesses
  • Not for profit incoming generating organisations (eg charities, NGO’s etc)
  • News websites and portals

If you are not sure then please ask. I love to see my photos being used, and I will be happy to assist.


Please read the full details of the Creative Commons license.
Creative Commons Licence

7 Responses to Fair usage (of photos)

  • Dear Craig

    It was great to connect with you at Aunty Ruth’s 90th this afternoon.

    News from the Cape: Thanks for the few, quality, telling pics with informed captions… highly revisitable.

    Unfortunately I was unable to access (family) ‘tree’ other than a zooming option.

    Mike Cameron

  • Hi Craig
    I visited hoping to hear Lois sing, and found your stunning photography instead! I have taken a couple for my computer desktop. Beautiful images, makes me want to visit Cape Town!. Best. Emma

  • I wish Lois and you would go on tour and come to NY State!

  • hi there!
    i would just like to compliment you on your work. i can see the love and passion you have for photography in every single shot!!!
    well done and thankyou.
    i am a born capetonian, so i really appreciate photo’s from our “daily” living and environments.
    my brother left SA more than 2yrs ago, now living in Arizona, USA.
    when i came accross this website my immediate thoughts were to send him the link.
    there sure is no place like home. and this way he can also always feel home!
    thanks again
    keep up the excellent work!!!!!

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