A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

January 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


A Brief Guide to Professional Photo Restrictions

Recently there has locally been a bit of debate over photographers rights. I thought i would take some time to help briefly educate the general public on some of the often misunderstood restrictions when it come to professional photography. If you would like to read more about the local issue please click through to the news article HERE.

The photos that a photographer hands over to you are part of their life’s work. It has their name or branding so there are a few important restrictions to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive. These restrictions are courtesy of a photographers Moral Rights. Even if you receive a print release or in the case of commercial photography - limited copyright, an artists moral rights protect them from having their work ad subsequently their name and brand tarnished.

1) Copyright. The digital images that your photographer provides you with have a copyright, which means the photographer has the option to use those photos to market their work and services anytime in the future. We are however also respectful of our clients so if there are any images that you would prefer to keep private, it’s best to let us know about it ahead of time so that we can honor your wishes.

2) Image type. We aren’t able to provide you with the original files or raw images. All images given to the client have been cropped and have been edited. If you do require further touch ups we would need to provide you with a quote.  

3) Image altering. While we appreciate your business and welcome the sharing of our photos on social media platforms, we ask that the images not be altered in any way as this is against copyright law and our moral rights. 

What constitutes image altering? 
•    Adding filters or editing photos in Photoshop
•    Removing our logo or studio name
•    Color correcting or including transitions from color to black and white
•    Clipping people or objects out of the original shot
•    Using any portion of the image as part of a separate image

So why do we have this as a restriction? Our photos are a representation of our work so when a customer alters an image it directly impacts our name and brand in the industry. When we present you with final images, they have already been through our editing process and don’t require further alterations.  When images are altered, the results are not always reflective of our original work and can then be mistaken for ours.We are happy to give a quote if you want images to be edited in a specific way or if you want further alterations made. We greatly appreciate your loyalty and cooperation in this matter. 

So there you have it, a very brief summary of some of the restrictions that apply to your purchase and the photographers rights regarding the integrity of their work. Pop us through an email or comment with any questions you might have regarding these things as we are more than happy to discuss it with you!

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