(Closed) Asking for a CD?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you can probably get one, but you will probably have to pay extra for it.  Because yes, then you can make your own prints.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m sure there’s cost associated w/ getting the prints on a CD.  Luckily my photographer had a package that include a CD but less “picture time”.  Perfect for me since I am having a wedding dinner and I don’t want photos of us eating.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, it is possible to get that.   My photographer is giving us all the photos on CDs (he’s giving us 3 CDs as we have family on three continents) and is also giving us the release so we can get them printed wherever we want.   The two photographers (he does the formals, his wife does the photojournalist shots) taking photos for 7 hours and giving us the 3 CDs will cost us $1100 – and they’re absolutely amazing photographers who have been doing this for 25 years.  

It is definitely doable to get the pictures on CD; however, you might have a bit of trouble as you are asking to change the contract after the event.   As you still are going to order an album from the photographer, I would imagine they may not be as fussed about giving you the CD with a release as well.   Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Your photographer counts on backend sales of prints to get their revenue per shoot up to the point they want.  I think it would be fair to agree on a cost for the CD that would offset the money he would make off of print sales.  Probably a few hundred dollars.

If the photographer doesn’t want to part with high res files, ask for watermarked websize proofs, he may be more willing to give that to you electronically.  The files would be too small to make quality prints from, but at least you can use them on the web, social sharing, and emailing,etc.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i am a wedding photographer, but i dont GIVE away the disc. why would i do that? once you have the disc, then all re-print orders are gone. I do include the disc in some of my packages, and for those that choose the package without a disc, then it is available to buy at any time after the wedding up to 2 years. With that, you have printing rights,but not copywrite.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got a CD with copyrights from our photographer, but we specifically looked for one who would do this when we initially chose a photographer. So, you might be able to get one, but I would think that you will definitely have to pay for it

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Agreed — you will be given a price for a CD. A low-res cd (not printable) will be cheaper than full-res files on CD.

Also, keep in mind you will receive reprint permission, you will not receive copyright to the images. All you are purchasing is the right to print or display (computer, frame) them for personal usage. If a photog is giving away his/her copyright on a CD… they don’t know what they are doing.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@blu77:  

 “If a photog is giving away his/her copyright on a CD… they don’t know what they are doing.”

 


LMAO….so true!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Copyright = right to copy = reprint permission 🙂 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@AlliRae:  Not exactly……

 

By federal law, the creater of the images aka “the photographer” owns the images and holds the sole copyright.

What a photographer typically gives the client is a “printing” release which is a LIMITED license (aka permission) to reproduce the images for personal use.  This release will also explain what you CAN and CAN’T do with the images.  Typically you can obtain prints, and share digital files online via email, websites, or social media.  You can do all of this per the release without having any permissions from the copyright holder (photographer).  The release typically states that the client cannot use the images for commerical or financial gain aka sell the images.  Sometimes the photographer asks that you display the photographers name next to the images anytime they are posted anywhere in print or in digital format to give proper credit.  Some photographers don’t care about this and leave it out.  Most releases also prohibit you from altering, modifying, or editing the images.

It is a good idea to be aware of the release your photographer is giving you, it’s usually burried in the fine print of the contract (that people rarely read).

If the photographer gave you the full copyright to the images, then he is giving you ownership and giving up all their rights.  They can’t use them for portfolio purposes or advertising, and if you enter the photo in a contest and win a million bucks, or sell the photo to a magazine for big bucks, the photographer has no rights to the compensation.  No photographer in their right mind will give up full copyright to an image.  In fact, most of us register the images with the US copyright office.  I do this quarterly and register all images so that I can protect my property if it’s stolen or misused, and I have recourse and can more easily collect compensation for damages.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes we have all our pictures from the day on a c.d the good, the bad and the ugly lol. I love it and we do plan on getting our own prints done but, that was originally part of our agreement with the photographer. Hopefully he will give you a c.d.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AlliRae: I wasn’t trying to pick on you, but that’s totally and completely wrong. An educated photographer will give you reprint permission — meaning you can reprint (for full-res) or use in varied other print and web mediums for *personal* usage. You can’t sell them to Brides Magazine, or put it on Getty Images and sell them as stock and reap financial benefits.

A photographer retains ALL copyrights to the images. If a photographer hasn’t done this and has given you a copyright release, they are seriously uneducated when it comes to their legal rights.

Basically, I wanted to prevent the OP for asking for a CD with copyright release, since this is a common mistake — b/c most photographers would laugh in your face, or quote you a fair market price, which would be in the tens of thousands, if not more, depending on quality and salabilty.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@USER876: I guess it is a good thing I read carefully, since I now have my high-res images on a DVD ready to print with the copyright release 😉

@blu77: That’s nice of you, except that I have a copyright release from my photographer, and frankly she is quite smart. 

Just because a photographer gives you a copyright release does not mean you own the photos as if they were your own work…I don’t think this at all. But, calling the right to print a copyright release is common…google it. Photographers provide this for their clients all the time. 

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