Monday, June 15, 2009
War Stories in Photography
The other day I was thinking in a situation I had after a photo assignment with a client about the ownership, usages, copyright, etc. She wanted my RAWs. I said, politely, I can't do that and I saw a "don't understand" look on her face.
I've start surfing the net looking for some stories like mine and I've found a very intersting article. I'm going to post the part was similar to mine.
" War Stories
A few years ago, I had a client who informed me that he had never heard of usage rights prior to meeting me and that he simply bought all the images from the photo-grapher after the shoot was completed. From my point of view this was alarming! It gave me a strong indicator as to how some photographers make money and is cause for considerable concern since, they're not playing with the same set of rules I am.
In other words, some photographers shoot for a "consumer market" where images become the product that is sold like any other over-the-counter commodity. This is fine if this is what they choose to do for a living, I don't have a problem with this. I however, as commercial photographer work for publications where what is sold is a LICENSE to use my image(s) for a specific period of time. Apparently, these consumer based photographers have crossed this "boundary" by shooting commercial jobs for publication and pricing/selling them with a consumer-based price structure.
This practice destroys the legitimacy of commercial price structures in the photographic industry and it becomes a battle to negotiate with some clients under these conditions...
Author: Don Werthmann
Originally published: 20 January 1995
Updated: 15 February 2000"