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Episode 22


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Episode 22

2 Oct 2009 11:37AM   Views : 286 Unique : 233

It had to happen sooner or later. Until very recently, I only ever sent out edited photos to the models I worked with. This year I thought I would trial a new system. 6 models over the past few months have been sent a preview disc featuring most of the images taken during their shoots. I was a little nervous about doing this since I am in the habit of fixing things post capture. I know I can do better during a shoot but, to be honest, I generally prefer to take the time and trouble after the shoot. I think this is mostly because I like to shunt pixels around. I spent the five years prior to working with Liv doing this and so it comes naturally to me. I do a lot of dodging and burning, a lot of colour manipulation, cloning, softening. You name it. I like to play with images so...the idea of sending out my rather poor unedited pics was a bit nerve-wracking.

I was just starting to think it was a resonably good idea (as the models seem to like it) when one of them decided she was going to post a whole bunch of unedited photos on her Facebook profile. I have politely requested she remove them since they were not intended for posting. The trouble is this has now prejudiced me in a number of ways. I will not be inclined to work with this model again if for no other reason than because she clearly can't see the difference (in terms of quality) between edited and unedited photos. If she can tell the difference and posted the unedited photos because to her quantity if far more important than quality, there is even less chance I'll work with her again. Her response to my request will be interesting to say the least. I hope she will apologise and comply in which case I will explain to her why, as a model, she needs to be selective about the photos she posts and post fewer rather than more.

I should point out that she is not one of my regular models and I have not posted any photos of her in my EPZ portfolio. As far as I am aware, the other models who recieved preview discs have behaved themselves.

I wonder what other photographers experiences have been in this area. Maybe I should post in the forums. Hmmmm.

To be honest the wost thing about this is the necessity to include detailed terms of use everywhere which becomes somewhat depressive and counter productive when it consists of a long list of 'You must not...' statements.

Until the next time...

P.S. The model in question has now apologised and complied with my request Smile

Tags: Facebook Models Unedited photos Preview discs


sallybea 10 41 United Kingdom
22 May 2010 8:13AM
Interesting, who owns the copyright of the pictures? Is it the person who took the pictures or is it the person you photographed? Perhaps you need to get the models to sign a release form so that they can't publish them in any form without prior permission from you. It seems that a lot of people think that if they have a picture on a disc, it gives them licence to do whatever they like with them, even sell them!

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