Jerry emailed me with some questions about copyright and why we as photographers should keep our images, I answered them quite passionately!
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Copyright on our photographs is not something we should take lightly. It allows us to make a living! Watch my video answering Jerry's questions below, Keep shooting!
I stumbled upon your site and wish you were local. You provide a wealth of information which is greatly appreciated. I have a question for you if you have a minute you might answer. What's your stance on copyright and why?
I'm writing from the perspective of the customer, the client. In commercial photography the client contracts and receives the images and the copyright. I contrast wedding photographers hold hostage images from one of the most intimate emotional events of a couple's life. Why is my question. I understand that prior to digital advances the photographer holding the negatives made sense because they held the technological knowledge necessary to turn the negatives into photographs. This is clearly not the case anymore. Each year advances are made in the processing of RAW files yet the customer's originals are unavailable. At a point these files are no longer commercially viable to the photographer yet hold perpetual value to the bride and groom. I was hoping you could explain, from your point of view why wedding photography is so different from other commercial photography and do you see it changing.
Again I thank you for your time and appreciate all the information you provide.