Rights To Photo?

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  1. tinman1412

    tinman1412 TPF Noob!

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    Hi All,

    Please advise on this matter. My fiance and I had our wedding engagement photo shoot. It comes with our wedding package and we get one 8 X 10 photo of our choice from the session. My question is do we have full rights to the photo?. For example, can I take that photo to Office Depot or Kinkos and have it enlarged?. I know photographers usually have exclusive rights to all their pictures. Please advise.

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  2. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    No. you require a release to recreate the imagery
     
  3. NateS

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    Exactly what Battou said. Doing that would be the same as stealing. If you want an enlargment of that picture, then why not purchase it from the photographer that worked so hard to get such a great photo?
     
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    The photographer is charging 3 times as much to enlarge the photo. I can get that done elsewhere. Do I have any options?.
     
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    patrickt TPF Noob!

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    Take your own pictures.
     
  6. NateS

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    That's because the photographer is the one who spent hundreds of hours learning how to take a photo worthy of being enlarged. He also probably charges 3 times as much because he's printing them at a pro photo lab rather than kinko's, that way his pictures look there best when people hang them.

    Your options are 1. Be a crook and cheat the photographer by printing it elswhere, or 2. Be an honest person worthy of living and pay the man for the great job that he did.

    I really hate these threads and they upset me a little when people are trying to take money away from the person who earned it, just so they can save a buck. I agree with above, next time take your own photos and do as you please with them.
     
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    tinman1412 TPF Noob!

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    Battou,

    Do I just ask the photographer to "release" the photo. For just 1 image, what should I expect to pay
     
  8. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For just one image, and a wedding photo at that, why not pay the photographer's price instead of investing so much energy into finding out how to cheat him?
     
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    I'm not sure where this "cheating" concept is coming from. If you read my original posting, I'm asking do I have full rights to the photo?. Some studios and/or photographers work differently when it comes to this. I have yet to ask my photographer, and I will do that soon, but I would like to know if I was given a picture from the photo shoot, what rights do I have with that photo?.
     
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    Usually you have the rights to own that one print. 'Cause you paid for it.

    It really much depends on the contract you have, and that is where you should be able to read it all up. Sometimes you are being charged for the session and so-and-so many photos (like one in 8x10 of your choice, like you're saying). Any new print is being charged anew. Any ENLARGED print will DEFINITELY (have to) be charged anew. The right to the photos remains with the photographer. I would never sell my rights to any of my photos. Never.
     
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    The term cheating is coming from the following fact.

    You asked a question, we answered telling you that if you printed it yourself then that is stealing.

    You follow up that question, still interested in finding a way to print the item yourself because the photographer is charging more than you think is acceptable. Hence, you talk as if you still want to find a way to get the photo cheaper rather than pay the photographer......i.e., cheating.

    When you talk to the photographer, don't forget to mention that

    "I wanted to just get an enlargement at Kinko's so I didn't have to pay your higher price for the photo". (since that's the truth).
     
  12. Village Idiot

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    Read your contract. Most photographers retain rights because if a person takes that photo and prints it, then give it to their family to print, there can be 100 copies of that photo that the photographer has lost revenue on. Not to mention, enlarging from a photo usually yeilds crap results. The Photog will either have the negative slide or the original digital negative file which can be properly sized and blown up correctly to produce the best image quality possible...not to mention the lab he uses...as mentioned above. Also, does it come framed?

    If a photographer makes $30 on a photo and it does get around 100 times, that's $3000 worth of revenue he just lost. Photography is very expensive. I've spent $5000 in the past year just getting a kit together where I feel comfortable to start working with clients and doing this semi-professionally....I want about $5000 more worth of gear this year.

    You can see it's not cheap. Plus if pricing is seriously an issue and money is tight, why not call the photographer and ask him if he can help on the price. We're not all assholes you know? :thumbup:
     

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