Protecting My Photos

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  1. Jen Puleo

    Jen Puleo TPF Noob!

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    I'm starting a portfolio. I have a shoot this weekend w/a mom & her 2 kids. However once I send her the photos for viewing I need to keep her from just printing them. How to I put something across the photos so she can't get a good print. I don't mean a copyright-I'm not there. Just my name or a 'do not print' sign-anything works for me.

    I don't have photo shop yet :(
     
  2. Overread

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    Eh?
    Once you take a shot you have the copywrite from that point - least that is the way in the UK and in most places - you don't need to sign anything or be of any standard, the shot is yours and you have all rights to it.
    If you are sending shots to her send websized ones - 800 pixels on the longest side or smaller (600 works well) this is perfectly fine to view on screen on a computer, but won't be making in any large high quality pics from. After that you could add a watermark to cover the greater part of the photo - make it say something like SAMPLE so as they know its only a sample and not a dispay of the final product (the final not having the watermark of course).
     
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    If you're doing paid professional work then Photoshop or even Photoshop Elements is going to be essential. If you want something for FREE, try the GIMP. It works great. Adobe gives you a 30-day trial on most of their stuff too. If you have Windows, Paint Shop Pro is one of my favorite programs of all time and it's cheap too.

    In the meantime, just send her small web-sized photos like Overread suggested. Only 800 pixels max. At least on Nikons it'll let you make a small web-sized photo, but it changes the file name around so it might get tough to identify. Best to just downsize all of them by hand, (batch tools in even Photoshop Elements will handle this I think) save as a NEW file with an "sm" suffix (for small) is what I usually do. You can get an OK 4x6" print out of a file like that, but it definitely won't work well for enlargements.
     
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    Yeah when emailing you want to avoid sending huge files anyway, they take to long to upload/download sending a smaller file size is better for that reason and it will stop her printing the pictures too.
     
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    Having the copyright doesn't stop people from trying to print the photos themselves though. Most consumer printers (like walmart or someplace) will turn them away if they are obviously professional pics but again, it doesn't stop people from trying. And these days, with a lot of people having their own photo printers at home, even if they're not professional printers, it's even more likely someone will attempt it. The attitude is usually "who is going to know?" or "what the photographer doesn't know won't hurt him/her".

    You would hope sizing the image down to web viewing would be enough to prevent someone from printing it. But I've emailed photos to my mom and even told her "these aren't print quality so let me know if you want a bigger file for printing" but she still prints out the web quality picture, jagged edges and all! So annoying!
     
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    I have a lot of experience with selling the finished product and will not e-mail samples of any size. The customers who ask for this service never ever call back. Ever.
     
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    bigalbest what do you mean? you were a little unclear. do you mean the customers that you deny email samples never call back for another photo shoot? or... ?
     
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    I think he means that those who ask for e-mailed copies of the photos never call back again to get the printed version - they just take the e-mailed copy - which is why a sample watermark over the greater part can deter them a little
     
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    ooh good to know!

    so as long as i put a huge watermark on there they will probably call back, but small sample pictures are at risk of being stolen.
     
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    Exactly. And I would stress that this is the type of customer who is a tough sell. Every time someone asks me to email samples alarm bells go off in my head.
     
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    so how do you deal with it? do you just refuse or do you watermark?

    thanks for your advice =]
     
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    Rasheemo, why not proof them in person and use it as an ordering session? Cuts down on the pilfering problem, and generally results in better orders.

    Otherwise, you can use something like pictology. They'll let you have up to (2) events online at any given time with no monthly charge. The customer places their order online, you fill the order (or let the service do it), and then you get a check in the mail, minus processing fees. Oh, this also lets you control how long the file are available for... Lot less pressure to order when you have low res files that you can refer back to, and share, whenever you want.

    If you are sending low-res files, I'd keep them to 600px or less on the longest side. 800 is high. I believe that MPIX (a great lab, consumer division of Millers) only requires 100DPI.
     

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