Post # 1
Looking for some insight from a photographer’s perspective.
If I’ve bought a package that grants me copyright release of my photos, is it a problem if I use a pro photo as a profile picture or share a selection on facebook (or other social media for that matter)? I would tag the photographer to give proper credit, but I’ve heard mixed things about whether or not that even matters. The bottom line is that I think very highly of my photographer and don’t want to misuse his photos, but I also want to share. Any photographers out there that can share feelings on this?
Post # 3
@arf149: I’m fairly certain (based on our relationship with our photographer, who is also a friend of ours and has done photos for us in the past) that the rule tends to be no editing in any way (don’t crop it) and make sure the watermark is there. It’s always nice to tag the photographer too.
I’m sure they wouldn’t mind you asking, though!
Post # 4
@arf149: Copyright release is rare and extremely expensive. Is that actually what you have? Or do you have a license for personal use, or copyright waiver for printing for your personal use?
In any case it would be best to clarify with your photographer about your usage of the images.
Post # 5
@Astra: According to my contract I have “limited copyright ownership” and my images my be “used freely for personal use”.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’m pretty sure you can put them on facebook – just be sure to give the photographer credit (an active tag to their fb page or whatever). Pretty much everyone I know who has gotten married has posted their pro pics and/or used them for profile pics, etc.
Post # 7
our photographer gave us two versions of all the pictures. one low-res and water marked for social media use, and one high-res, no water mark, for personal use. (prints, photo books, etc)
Post # 8
I have a feeling you have print/use rights, which is what is meant by ‘limited’ in ur contract. Photographers almost never release their ownership of their work ie, copywrite, and if they do, it’s crazy expensive.
Either way, I think it’s generally understood that photos going on FB get watermarked, and ur not supposed to do any after editing of their work.
Post # 9
@arf149: According to the wording in your contract above, you ARE allowed to share on Facebook.
Post # 10
@arf149: my photog had some kind of embedded mark on our photos so there was no “signature” on the final photos in any way (the previews yes) but… if I post them on anything like social media it literally auto tags her name on the description (on FB) and its in file description of the actual files on my Comp….. “photo by ______” (shes not tagged in it in the way you tag a photo of someone but her name is in the comment section/description)
I have no idea how she did it, but it allows me to do whatever I want with them
Post # 11
I was pretty sure that it was fine, but I just sent my photog a quick email asking if it was okay to post them here and on facebook and she said that was fine!
Post # 12
@arf149: your photographer will love you for life for emailing to ask how they prefer you use images on social media. Every photographer is a little different as far as usage but I adore the clients who care enough to ask me. Just for your own knowledge I would double check your contract though and see if it gives you copyright or printing rights. Most professional photographers do not give clients the copyright.
ETA: just saw your update. You don’t HAVE to ask, but again, your photographer will appreciate that you did.
Post # 13
I just asked our photographer before posting our engagement photos, he said of course I can and that its nice if I credit him on FB but it isn’t required. I did because I am seriously so in love with the pictures!