i have a part-time job at a photo finishing place, and while it offers a nice discount on almost anything i need, customers don't seem to understand the concept of photography as a profession. more so, copyright. when someone comes in to scan a watermarked image, i have to say no. not only is it a company policy, but morally i can't reproduce work while cutting out the photographer. "well, it's a photo of MY daughter" or something similar is what i often hear. "doesn't matter," i say "you didn't take this photo, so you don't own the rights to reproduce it or manipulate. you can purchase the rights from the photographer, or if you have already, you can provide a release form to show it." this is when people get angry, for some reason. i try to explain it from my point of view. it pays my bills. buys my groceries. it's how i survive. it's theft to reproduce an image without consent - i lose money - same as the shoe store next door would if you were to walk away with new shoes you didn't pay for. i find similar happenings when shooting shows or events. often, i just happen to be there with my camera and, well, i like to take photos so i do. i'm not being paid to be there, just taking photos for personal enjoyment or whatever. "we'd love to have a copy of those photos you took on cd!" "i'd love for you to pay for them!" "why should we pay for them, they're photos of our patrons in our club! plus, we'd be giving you exposure!" *gag* okay, grease me up, bend me over and aim for penetration. finally, recently it was brought to my attention that i should be shooting for the passion of shooting, not profit. a musician plays what he feels, a photographer should convey the same sort of thing. i feel that i do shoot because i'm passionate about photography. but i still ain't working for free. ie. my dad LOVES trees. he owns a sawmill where he produces cants for hardwood flooring and structural lumber. he loves doing it, and loves getting paid for it. he gets paid because he has costs or production to cover and salary. easy enough to understand, right? maybe people just choose not to understand it. what i always what to say is, "you have a camera, right? right. so you can do it yourself." but, that's a whole different can of worms. we should all work for free. how do you guys feel about that?