US copyright law says the photographer retains the copyright to the images, but what makes someone "the photographer" of a given photo? I didn't press the shutter button for my profile pic for this forum, one of the models did. But I was directing the shoot. In the photography world, people seem to think the image belongs to the person that pressed the shutter button, especially since there wasn't much to the lighting, and they are the one that pointed and clicked. But in the film world, the director gets the credit for the creation of the shot (authorship, or whatever you want to call it), while the camera operator is only considered a technician operating a piece of equipment. So who does it belong to?