is it normal for photographers to charge extra for CD’s of your pics?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Some do. But the ones that don’t it’s likely it’s just rolled into the package fee anyway.

Just make sure you’re getting full digital rights and they’re not watermarked.

Post # 4
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second Gerbera’s comments.  My initial photographer charged extra for a CD of all images with reprint rights.  He wanted $600.  Otherwise, you’d have to order all prints through him and we wouldn’t have been able to put any pictures online!

Our new photog includes this CD in the package price.  It just depends on the photographer.

Post # 5
1251 posts
Bumble bee

That’s pretty normal. Just make sure they are high-resolution and not water-marked.

I used to work at ProEx, and a girl came in with a CD she had paid $500 for, and the pictures were only thumbnails. That was rough.

Post # 6
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Definitely normal. I saw very few photographers that didn’t charge extra for a cd.

Post # 7
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s totally normal. When a photographer give you a cd with all your photos and the right to print them, he gives you his copyright his ‘artist rights’.

It’s like a musician who sells his right to an advertiser/a brand can use his music.

it’s like a model who sells her ‘image rights’ to represent a brand.


Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Completely normal depending on your photographer’s preferences and packages.  Just make sure they are the full sized/high res. photos and it will be well worth the price for your convenience.

Post # 9
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My photographer had the CD included in the price.  They are all different though which is why you need to find out the pricing before booking so you know exactly what you get.

Post # 10
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It depends on the “package” you are selecting from your photographer. Some packages include it while others don’t.

Post # 11
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Beatrice, I hate to correct you, but I REALLY feel I have to in this instance. Just because we give a DVD with rights to print or post online, doesn’t mean we are giving you the COPYRIGHT. They are two totally different things. The vast majority of photographers will never sign over their actual Copyright, at least not unless you specifically request the Copyright because you don’t want the photog to be able to use your photos for his or her portfolio. In that case, we charge an arm and a leg and you will receive papers saying they are specifically signing over “COPYRIGHTS” to you and not just “usage rights” or “print rights.”

Why do we not give out the copyright? It’s because if we did, you could legitimately take one of our images to Panasonic and sell it to them for $100k to use as a screen saver on their next LCD. Copyrights are just too valuable.

Post # 12
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

From what I saw looking into different packages, that’s pretty much the norm. we were lucky enough to have a semi-professional friend do our photos and she included it for free, but most places I’ve seen charge.

Post # 13
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

OUr photog has it in some of their packages.  They also have a deal where the price of any images/cds goes down each year since the event passes. So we are going to wait until next year and just buy the cd.

Post # 14
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our photographer had the CD of the wedding day as part of the package…but a bridal session and engagement session is part of that package too and if we want CDs of those then we have to pay $250 extra for each.

Post # 15
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our photographer is charging $250 for all of our images (retouched) so that we can go and reproduce them anywhere we want so we don’t have to spend a fortune.

Post # 16
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah, you usually have to pay for editing fees of all the photos and also license requirements.

If you have photoshop experience, you could ask them for an unedited version of your pictures on a cd.  Might be cheaper.

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