Proofs and Diginegs

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  1. visualpoetry

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    Am I right to say that by putting a logo on an image, no printers would allow it to be duplicated? I want to make sure that by adding something to my digital wedding proofs, clients will be required to purchase digital negatives and NOT be able to take that disk into the local printer.

    I am almost positive this is the case but I wanted to be sure.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Technically, they shouldn't be allowed to make duplicates...whether there is a logo or not.
    Putting a logo or 'watermark' on the photos should certainly help though.
    Also, check to see if your lab will print print something on the back of the images, to dissuade them from being copied.

    Another option is to do away with physical proof prints and doing it on-line.
     
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    What would persuade a printer to not touch an image without a watermark or logo? Especially when people can easily upload images on the web to printers when the printer doesn't even see the disk it stems from?

    Another question..
    Is there a way to 'lock' an image so no one can edit it? I do sell digital negatives to clients and give them finished JPEG files but would hate to see an image ruined by someone who has no idea what they're doing - then having my name on the image.

    Thanks!!
     
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    Unfortunately, there's no way to really "lock" a photo... If they want to edit, they will. I'd consider it a tradeoff of selling hi-res files. If you want the sale of the disk, then oyu sacrifice some control (in addition to reprint sales).

    As for proofs... You said "digital wedding proofs?" Are these files or prints? If you're proofing with files, are you only providing low-res?
     
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    Fear of a law suit. Some labs/prints have been sued over this and it's a pretty black and white case.

    Of course, people can just upload images to most labs these days...but all labs will have some sort of a message that says something to the effect of 'by uploading these images, you acknowledge that you own the copyright to them'. So that way, the lab is covered and it's the client who is at fault.

    You can try to 'lock' images by putting them into a slide show or into a PDF document...etc. I'm sure there are other ways...but there is almost always a way for someone to steal them, if they are determined enough.

    This is a common issue for most photographers and there is no standard because this a fairly new thing.
     
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    That is true. As much as I'd like to keep all printing in-house, I can understand the market for diginegs and think they are an important product to offer.

    I have used both methods.. digital and print proofs. I am trying to decide which is more beneficial. When using digital (files) proofs, I definitly provide low res images.
     
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    Yeah, I've seen the disclosure before. I just wish there was a better way. Looks like I'll be plastering my name on proofs, either way. Thanks for taking the time to answer..
     
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    A lot of photographers are getting away from proof prints. They aren't necessary in many cases and so that's an expense that can be avoided.

    On-line proofing is easier for you and perhaps easier for your clients. It should also be easier to protect your images this way.

    Have a look at Photocart. It allows the clients to view and order prints and other products, right on your web site.
     
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    Photocart here I come.
     
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    Online galleries are great - but they probably shouldn't be your primary, initial, form of ordering. Orders will consistently be substantially higher if you proof in person, and take the initial order at the proofing/ordering session.
     
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    There are a lot of 'what ifs' about that.

    From what I'm hearing from a lot of photographers, the on-line ordering is great because it is easily accessible to not only the immediate clients...but to their family as well.

    Take a wedding, for example. The B&G might order a set of prints, a few enlargements and an album etc. They might order a few prints as gifts for their family. But if you give their family the same opportunity to order prints...you may get direct orders from them...and they might well be much bigger orders than if they were made by the B&G for their family.

    The same can apply for family and children's portraits. Grandparents will often be very willing to spend money on prints of their grand kids.

    Of course, it's still good to have some face time with your primary clients. And you can use that time to sell custom products like albums etc.
     
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    If by 'diginegs' (digital negatives) you mean your original RAW files, then you should never ever hand those over to third parties. It is almost an invitation to edit and print them themselves. And certainly technically possible.
    In the film days a pro photog would also never ever hand over his/her negatives. Ever!

    If you want to deliver proofs to the customer (couple) so that they can view them and select which they want and don't want printed, then deliver on-screen images of 800x600 or 1024x768 pixels max (at 72dpi). Those look good on-screen but are unprintable in practice (because they need to be scaled down to 25% to get photo quality prints, which is unusably small).
     

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