Photo disc or no photo disc?

Phaye - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am stumped. I have an increasing number of clients who want digital files of their photos. We all know that once the files are released there is no reason for that client to purchase prints from the photographer. I can't help but to think about photos being reproduced at the corner drug store. I have seen some photographers offer the digital files only after a minimum print purchase has been made. What works for you guys?

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Brianna - posted on 03/20/2011

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I only do a CD these days because everyone wants to produce their own copies...I charge more for my Sessions and sign a copy right agreement giving the client the rights to the photos. I also give them a card with a Mpix.com recommendation on it for their printing. I'm like you I can't stand the idea of them printing them at the drug store and the pictures looking so much different than if I would have ordered the prints.

Christy - posted on 02/28/2011

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I only do CD, I don't do print packages any longer. What I use to do when I offered print packages and they wanted the cd is put a watermark across the front with your logo. They can't have them printed that way without a print release form. Also I lightscribe the front of all my CD, put that the images on the CD are not to be printed under © right law. I hope this helps.

Christina - posted on 02/01/2011

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I hear ya, I hate handing out my digital files as well!! I will sell the CD for $250 and I have also made prints of the same images at different labs to show my clients the print quality, that way they will see the difference and use the lab you want them too. Best of Luck Phaye

Savannah - posted on 01/22/2011

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I personally like the idea of selling discs. Clients are much happier when they can post pictures to blogs and social networks like facebook. They can't do this when a photo is copyrighted. And we definitely don't want them to scan our pictures because they are copyrighted and they lose their quality. I usually give low res pictures with a watermark for website posting. They sign my contract which indicates they are only allowed to post the watermark (fully visible) images which is great for advertising. You usually sell the CDs for a much higher price because you are giving a print release. I have found that selling the disc is more beneficial in many ways. You can also add to your print release/contract that printing quality varies; therefore you are not responsible for poor quality outside your designated lab. I wouldn't worry about it because I have noticed that people who want the CD want it for social networks and blogs. People who really want prints will most likely order from you. That is just my two cents.

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Savannah - posted on 01/20/2011

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I only offer poses by how much they are spending for example I do a $65 package no time limit no outfit limit and they get 3 poses on a CD. Now of course I call it quites on the time but I like to have no limit in case i have a child who might be having a hard time. But also if I get great photos in under an 1hr they don't feel cheated form having photos done I make sure they can walk aways with at least 15 best poses. Its all up to you look around and see what others are doing and go from there this way your not cheating your self either.

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