Post # 1
I was wondering what types of packages people are getting for photography. How do people typically print their photos? I’ve heard of companies that only let you get prints through them – and they’re outrageously expensive. What about making photo books?
We’re lucky enough to have full access and rights to ours and have uploaded them to flickr for all our family to download & print.
Also I was wondering if they have watermarks on them if you get them on a disk?
Post # 3
It total depends on your photographer. My sister is a pro-photographer and took pics for us as her wedding gift to us (in addition to us having another person as designated photographer). We’re getting a set number on a disc without watermark for our printing use but she’s asked us to put the watermarked ones up on Flickr so that nobody can steal the image.
Post # 4
My choice of photographer was greatly influenced by how they handle the copyrights. The photographer I ultimately picked is great because he releases all copyrights to me and puts the high-resolution images on disks.
Post # 5
We got a disc with all pictures (including edited and unedited). We also get an enlargement of our choice, a print credit with the photog, and a custom designed photobook. The most important thing for me was having a disc with all of our high-res pictures. I wanted to be able to share our pictures online and make prints as we pleased. Our pictures on our disc did not have watermarks.
Post # 6
I voted wrong bc I misread… sorry. 🙂 But we are getting a high res disk of all useable prints. We’re guaranteed at least 300 but he usually has upwards of a thousand (i’ve seen his proof folders).
Post # 7
we got them all on a disk so we could print our own, no watermarks.
Post # 8
I made sure that our package included a CD of all images taken. We will be able to have prints ordered through our photographer or we can order prints on our own.
Post # 9
Our photog package comes with high-quality prints and images on a CD (no watermark). We have all rights to use the photos as we wish.
Post # 10
We purchased all the prints on CD, but only edited photos as we didn’t want the unedited ones! We still might purchase some through our photographer online because we have that option for another month!
Post # 11
We contracted for full rights of all edited and not edited photo files because I didn’t want to spend $20 on a 4×6 from the photog. Easy and simple.
Post # 12
There really is no standard anymore. It usually goes 1 of 2 ways.
1) The backend is where the photographer expects to make money. Either prints, albums, etc. Prices upfront for the package are typically lower.
2) The front end is where the photographer makes their money. They don’t expect to make much in the backend after the wedding. These packages are more expensive.
2a) Some rights are given. i.e Prints can be made of files given for personal use but MAY NOT circumvent sales. i.e. Bride and Groom can use the photos but Aunt Susan would break the copyright.
2b) Print or product credit is included – usually enough for you to get a 16×20 or a few 4×6 etc.
2c) The disc will either include non-edited, color-corrected, or fully edited images.
Basically, there’s a lot of options. The best rule of thumb, is what is the image going to be used for? Framing for the house? Go through your photographer. The image will be edited, sent to a professional printer using the best materials and inks available, and the photographer has full control over the output of the image. When you take an image to a local printer, they run them through automated “corrections” and essentially alter the image.
Post # 13
We get a hi-res CD of the images, but it cost an extra $800 for this. We can also use that as an album credit later.
Post # 14
Actually, your poll doesn’t accurately reflect the options so you may not get a good answer.
Most photographers either dictate a certain number or give all the “photographers picks.” i.e. some weddings they may turn over 700, 900, or 831. Also, very VERY few turn over all images, or both un-edited and edited, etc. They may give you all 900 selections, but not the 2,000 that were taken. I would add options for the above scenarios that are most popular….
Post # 15
We are getting 600-800 high res images on a disk with the rights to use them how we please. We paid extra for this in our package. They are a mix of black&white and color, and have been edited.