There are a few other legal aspects of a contract but they are pretty, um...boring to explain. So I will skip them.
Here's a great example Danielle used where a contract can protect you. Eg: A company contacts her and asks her to let them use a couple of her cat pictures in her typical style (her cat photography style is VERY strange) for $50. So she sent them a picture of her cat. They were not happy with the picture she sent (being an extremely strange picture) and said, "We cannot accept that picture. You will not be paid." Now they are in breech of their contract. She did exactly what they wanted--a cat picture in her typical style--and they refused to pay because it wasn't a good enough picture for them. And because she has it all recorded through emails, she could take them to court and she would win.
Here are a few things I learned about copyright. Copyright is the rights you have to an original work. If you take a picture, you own the copyright to that picture. And you pretty much should never assign that copyright to someone...unless they offer you a significant sum of money for it. So if you have a picture you love but someone offers you $20,000 for the exclusive copyright--you could probably be okay selling the copyright to them. (Heck even 10,000.) Assigning a copyright to someone or a company releases all of your rights. You can't do anything more, even if they use your piece in an undesirable way.
You can, however, give someone a license to use your work for a limited purpose. Licenses do not release all of your rights. If someone writes you and asks for you to give them the copyright to a picture they'd like to use, they may not actually know the difference between copyright and a license. You should try and find out exactly what they mean because they are more likely looking for a license. Also if you assign a license to someone but they use it beyond the intended purpose, you can contact them and ask them to cease and desist. And if someone requests an exclusive license, that means you cannot upload your picture to any social sharing site because even once deleted, that picture will remain on Google forever.
And one more teensy thing...
If you receive compensation for a post (product review or similar) you need to include a disclosure at the end of the post. This is as simple as stating that the post was sponsored by X and Y but all your opinions are 100% yours.Pin It