(Closed) Please help! I need advice about my photographer!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have no advice or anything but I want to say I’m sorry your dealing with that. Frown

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

That sounds normal to me.  The online album to view had watermarks on it so that people (friends and family) don’t screenshot the pictures for free. Once you get the USB with the high res files, you will be able to upload and share those with friends (without the watermark).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This sounds like a pretty standard practice for most photographers – they watermark them because otherwise you could print them all for very cheap at some department store), or you could just share them with everyone on facebook for free! Annoying as it is for you, she needs to protect herself and her income. Most photographers won’t mention the watermark because it is so common these days – you’d have a harder time finding a photographer that didn’t use them!

I think $20 per photo is a little steep, but that’s something you and her should have sorted out prior to her doing the photography for your wedding – whether you got ownership of the digital files, or how much it would cost you to get prints of them. What’s the deal around you getting the USB? Will that cost you anything extra, will you have full rights to use those files as you want?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@hopelessromantic2012:  If she’s giving you a USB with the files then I’m sure you have print release of the files and can go make prints cheaper elsewhere. As far as sharing on Facebook I did and my photographer didn’t have any problem with it since I wasn’t using the pictures for commercial use.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You just need to make sure you get IN WRITING print rights to your photos when you get the USB.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yep, I’d make sure you have in writing that you have the rights to the photos on the USB. You can do whatever you want with them then. I don’t really see the issue with the watermark on the online photos though, that is pretty common these days.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@hopelessromantic2012:  Technically, no othr company is allowed to print those photos unless you have print rights. Now, of course, Walgreens isn’t going to check, but just having the image doesn’t mean you can do what you want with it. 

Almost every photographer watermarks the images on their websites for online galleries. You are really making too much out of that. That is completely standard, and most charge a lot for online downloads too. It’s completely normal for you to have to wait for the DVD or USB to get access to unwatermarked, full-size images.

All you need to do is ask her for a release of print rights. Then you can print, share, upload, whatever you want.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The photographer that I used for my engagement pics has watermarked pictures taht are for “online sharing” and then gave me high res copies without watermarks to print as I wish.  He said that since no social media sites are totally secure, other photographers or people could steal his work, put it on their website, and claim that it’s theirs!  Totally understandable I think!  And mrssonthebeach is right about the printing thing- on my CD with my high res pics came a word document giving me permission to print them.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@hopelessromantic2012:  No, I don’t. It’s standard practice. On the opposite side, photographer who don’t watermark and allow free downloads go out of their way to advertise that because it is SO rare. Her alerting you would be like a server explaining to you when you sit down that you will look through a menu, she’ll get your drink order, she’ll being the drink, you’ll order your food, then she’ll bring your food, you’ll eat, etc. It’s just unnecessary.

Honestly, you shouldn’t even be disappointed. You didn’t realize it, but you had unrealistic expectations. You were expecting a service people pay thousands, literally THOUSANDS, extra for.

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