Post # 1
I am trying to work out the contract with my photographer. Mind you, I have never done this before.
So on his package it says, “You can receive a coupon to download the whole folder with the high resolution images from the gallery for free (usable as soon as the gallery is on line, validity 1 year).”
I was confused by this, so I sent him an email saying that I wanted full printing rights to our photos, and he responded with, “… You will be able to print any size straight from the web gallery.”
What does this mean? I’ve never printed photos before, so I am completely new to this.
Does this mean that once I download the photos off of the web gallery that I can print them anywhere? Or does this mean I have to order all of our prints from the photographer? If I try to print them at a place will they let me or will there be copyright problems? I am SO confused. 🙁
ETA: He allows you to get a CD but they are “optimised for printing up to 8×10 inches.” I want larger pictures than that, and that is when he told me that the pictures on the web gallery can be printed up to any size.
Post # 3
I would probably ask your photographer to explain it to you, and let you know what other brides have done in the past (where to print pictures, etc).
Post # 4
If you’re able to download the pictures at full resolution and he says you will have printing rights, ask him to write that you have printing rights in your contract. You should be able to go anywhere to print them and prove that you have the rights with the contract.
Post # 5
I’m confused by his clarification as well but the contract seems to say that you will be able to download the high resolution images to your computer, which to me means you can print them anywhere. I would be worried about having them on a computer though in case of a crash.
Post # 6
This isn’t the normal way to do things for sure. Most web galleries at least that I have used do not let you upload the full resolution to them, meaning you couldn’t print very big images. Normally they give you the CD with the photos or you pay extra to get the CD. I would ask if you can get a CD, trust me you won’t want to have to download all your wedding photos one by one!
Post # 6
Ask him if you can get a copy on a CD.
Post # 7
He allows you to get a CD but they are “optimised for printing up to 8×10 inches.” I want larger pictures than that, and that is when he told me that the pictures on the web gallery can be printed up to any size.
Post # 8
It may be a way to force you to order prints directly from the online gallery?
Post # 8
@ChemistryBride: That’s what I’m worried about. 🙁
Post # 9
Make sure you get a free CD in the contract AND clarify if you are going to be able to download all pictures, or just be able to send a picture straight to your printer to print from his website.
Post # 10
Hmm…I would just verify that the image quality will be there if you opt to enlarge a photo…
Post # 11
Wait wait wait I just found this on his website:
+ Who keeps the wedding negatives and copyrights?â€¨
Our clients receive the unmarked negatives and copyright with all packages at no additional charge. All digital images can be printed at a professional lab (we give a release note for that) or even at home using photographic paper.
So does this mean that I can print photos off of the web gallery without having to contact/pay him? Or only print off of the CD? And what does unmarked negatives mean?!
Post # 12
Unmarked negatives usually mean they aren’t edited. At least that’s what it sounds like to me! And optimized to an 8×10 sounds to me like he is just trying to get you to buy prints. It takes the same amount of time to put full-resolution pics on a CD as the 8×10 sizes. It sounds gimmicky personally. I would ask him why you can’t get the CD with the full-resolution?
Post # 13
Unmarked to me would mean unwatermarked, not un-edited.
The explanation on the website means that you will recieve digital copies of all the photos and that you can thent take those photos to a professional lab yourself and get them printed there because you will have a note explaining that you have the right to do so signed by the photographer.
If you order through his online web gallery, I’m sure you would have to pay him for those photos, but because you will have the files, there is no reason to do that. You can just send them straight to a lab.