Post # 1
I just want to start out by saying that I haven’t done this yet, I was just curious what other people would have to say about it.
Regardless of how talented a photographer may be, I think I will always have these little flaws that I see in myself that make me really self-conscious. Whether it’s less than perfect teeth or bags under my eyes, skin imperfection etc. My photographer does not edit their photos for these things, unless specifically asked, and then they will charge you an extra fee per photo.
So I’m wondering, if I were to edit it myself, does that go against some copyright thing and could I get in huge trouble? It seems silly to pay the photographer to go back and fix these little details about myself, when I can easily do it, but at the same time, I don’t want to get in trouble with the law or anything.
So has anyone done this or would you in the future, go back and edit your photos after the photographer handed them over?
Post # 3
If you get the copyright rights to your pictures , i think you are entitled to do anything you want to them. Correct me if i am wrong Bees?
Post # 4
NO, you can’t do this to your photos. You may have the release to *print* the photos, but having the right to *edit* is a totally different thing. Unless you have a release from your photog expressly giving you permission to alter the images, you do not have the right to edit them.
Your photog should have given you a written release with your photos to show labs/printers (who often will not print pro-looking photos without seeing it). What does that say? If it doesn’t say you can edit (most expressly say you can’t!) then you have to either get your photo’s permission to do it outside of them, or get them to do it.
Your photog holds the ultimate copyright. You’ve merely been given reproduction rights, in most cases.
Post # 5
It really depends on the photographer.
We are allowed to edit our photos all we want. It’s something that I had specifically asked the photographer when we met the first time befor even booking.
I would say talk to your photographer and check your contract.
Post # 6
@summerbride12: I think you should either pay the fee to have the photographer edit them, or look for a photographer that will edit those things out for you at no cost. More than likely your contract gives you permission to print and NOT copyrights. Most photographers keep the copyrights to the photos and editing the pictures would more than likely go against your contract.
Post # 7
depends on your photog. I have the right to edit my photos (and my photog actually suggested this as a way to save me money because he charges $50/hour for editing beyond basic composition and color correction).
To be totally honest with you… even if I didn’t have the right to edit my photos, if i had the technology to erase a zit from a picture I was going to print and hang on my wall, i’d just do it. I wouldn’t enter any contests with it or publish it or whatever. But if it is for my personal use… i guess I just don’t see the harm.
Post # 8
I edited mine–hello my photographer left a big ass zit on my husband’s forehead. Photoshopped that baby right out. Our contract says squat, though.
Personally, i wouldn’t care if someone altered any photos of mine. If you bought the copyright, in my opinion, you bought the darn images. Do what you want with them. But that is my interpretation.
Post # 9
Check with your photographer! It doesnt hurt to ask and be honest say you can’t afford for them to blemish check each photo! DH and I do wedding photography and we give 100% full rights of the photos to people. They can do what they like with them! I know alot of photographer don’t. It may specifically say that they are the only ones allowed to make edits.
Post # 10
I definitely wouldn’t go publishing them anywhere, it’s just like CorgiTales said, I would rather not put up a picture on my wall if I have a big pimple in it lol.
I can definitely understand that it would be a huge problem if I went changing colours in the photo or anything major like that, but something teeny tiny like a pimple or slightly whiter teeth is something that I’m probably going to be the only one who notices.
I’ll look at the contract again though to see what it says.
Thanks for all the feedback!
Post # 11
If I had the ability to edit my photos, I’d edit a few in a heartbeat! Our photographer edited our favorites for our album, but refused to give us a copy of the edited photos, and I’d love to be able to reproduce what they did myself. All I have is a DVD full of images with ZERO edits and I’d do anything to make them look nicer so I could print a few that don’t cost $30/print so I can actually have a few wedding photos around my house.
Post # 12
+1 to what everyone else said about the odds being that you have USAGE RIGHTS TO PRINT and not the actual COPYRIGHTS that you would need to be allowed to do this. I also just wanted to add that I would be VERY careful if you are a self-taught Photoshopper or are not 100% you can do a professional job editing the photos. You may end up with a lot of time wasted and terrible looking prints (it may look good on screen but everything shows in a print!), especially if you try to do major adjustments like take lbs. off, open eyes, give yourself a nose job, etc.
Post # 13
Wow, I haven’t thought about this yet. I’m going to add this to my list of photographer questions!
Post # 14
Read your contract. Most real professional photographers will have something in their contract that prohibits you from doing what you just mentioned.
Post # 15
My contract says I fully own my photos so once I get them I can paint everyone pink if I want to. 🙂
Post # 16
What’s with all the editing? Don’t people want to look like themselves? I mean my hair and makeup were done and stuff, but I still look like myself. I don’t understand what exactly are people editing? IMO If you edit too much everyone is going to notice your flaws more and probably say “She looks nooooothing like that in real life” I don’t love everything about how I look either-specifically myleft side when I smile, but I just couldn’t see making myself look so different.