This is a reply for Retirednature and BMorris (and all with the same point)
First of all, I must say that I agree with both your points (almost the same). I do understand that the equipment is expensive, I have family members
as well as friends that are photographs now (not at that time, this was over 5 years ago when I did that copy. and it was 1 single copy and I have
never done that again because we found another solution).
Of course you should be compensated for your hard & great work, isn't that why the prices are EXTREMELY HIGH to hire a photograph (Cost me 1000$ for
my wedding). As mentioned this was a school picture so I did not hire him/her personally. They went there a for a few hundred students. But when
I already paid over 100$ for only a couple of shots, and when I receive them I realize that I forgot 1 picture for my grand parents (OK my bad).
I would have to pay 20-25$ for ONE 8X10 picture of MY kids (extra from the predetermined bundle of course) and wait a couple of weeks to get it, I
didn't have a lot of money and a copy print only cost like 5-7$. Seemed like the logical thing to me then but at the time, I was not aware about the
copyright thing. until the guy told me ...
We found out later that we could order digital copies (we get them by email faster) and we can have them printed as many times as we want....legally
So although I agree that equipment is really expensive, when you go and take pictures of 500+ kids in a single school (and that photograph takes pics
in ALL of the schools in the area), I find the prices too high for extras as they make tons of money with those contracts...so as I said we started
opting for the digital copy and everyone is happy.
I have nothing against keeping rights on your work...but my family's faces, I should have ALL the rights over!
edit on 5-2-2013 by Teye22
because: (no reason given)