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  • $50 charge so I can view my photo proofs? (his response to my questions)

    Can't say I've ever had to do that before! Photos taken at a show where I *think* they tooks photos of every horse (?), and pretty sure there was no sign up fee (at least not that I was ever charged, unless one of those *surprise* hidden tacked on charges.

    I am just a little surprised. But maybe this is because there was no sign up and sign up fee?




    ETA: So when I asked: How many jumping photos of my horse do you have, and how many photos in total, the response was:

    "No idea. We don't archive anything by horse or rider name. I will have to find them manually after getting a description and class list from you. That's where the fee (which can be applied to any purchase) comes in."
    Last edited by Dutch Lovin' Dressage Rider; May. 10, 2012, 01:23 AM.

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    Originally posted by Dutch Lovin' Dressage Rider View Post
    Can't say I've ever had to do that before! Photos taken at a show where I *think* they tooks photos of every horse (?), and pretty sure there was no sign up fee (at least not that I was ever charged, unless one of those *surprise* hidden tacked on charges.

    I am just a little surprised. But maybe this is because there was no sign up and sign up fee?

    As an ammy photographer, I can only speak from my own experiences. So many people will copy their photo off a pro website and keep/post it, watermark and all, and not pay for the photo. When I had my own site, I had things set up so that if someone attempted that, a "You are stealing!" showed up when they right clicked on the picture.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by kathy s. View Post
      As an ammy photographer, I can only speak from my own experiences. So many people will copy their photo off a pro website and keep/post it, watermark and all, and not pay for the photo. When I had my own site, I had things set up so that if someone attempted that, a "You are stealing!" showed up when they right clicked on the picture.
      This.

      Sadly, the honest who want to purchase photos from the proof must pay the price for those who took free proofs and never ordered.
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      • #4
        Is it applicable to your purchase? What happens if you decide you'd rather not purchase anything?
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        • #5
          How can you decide to purchase if you can't view without paying? If you don't like the pictures, you still pay $50 for something you did not ask in the first place? Wow, way to get business!! not

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FalseImpression View Post
            How can you decide to purchase if you can't view without paying? If you don't like the pictures, you still pay $50 for something you did not ask in the first place? Wow, way to get business!! not
            Count me in as another who would be completely turned off by that. The best photos I have come from a local pro (nationally published) who came out for a photo session. Best show photos, though have come from Dh.

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            • #7
              at the rate DSLRs are flying off shelves, and people are thieving proofs and not buying copies, 'Pro' photographers are going to be out of business regardless of charging a fee to view proofs in order to be not so starving an artist anyway.

              We used to get physical proofs mailed to us after shows from the show photog, but they had a big ol PROOF stamp on them, and holes punched in them. I personally wouldn't pay to view proofs, but I can understand the frustration and desperation that would drive a pro to ask me to.
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              • #8
                And I 've always been thrilled to pay Dusty for her fabulous work. She's also come to my place to shoot the dogs. But I pay after I see the images.

                But yes, patience and a good DSLR makes it more feasible for friends and family to produce "acceptable " images

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                • #9
                  Total BS. It's not the fault of the subjects of the photographs that the photographers get ripped off - so why are they paying?

                  If photographers are so touchy about putting things out on line, go back to sending out proofs. Yeah, it's slower and more expensive for the photog, but their work is protected and they won't p!$$ off their honest customers.

                  And, just me, but I always was excited to get proofs in the mail after a show. But I'm geeky like that.
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                  • #10
                    "Acceptable" is not good quality.

                    If people keep stealing from the pros, then all you will ever have is "acceptable."

                    Very sad.
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                    • #11
                      Maybe it's different in other disciplines where there are more competitors in a given day, but in all my years being involved with dressage (I've groomed regularly for friends while not competing a ton myself) I've only only been at one show other than the Region 8 Fall Championship with a pro photographer. If we wanted mementos, then our friends and families needed to get the images. I use the word "acceptable" because I wouldn't insult the pros by comparing my work or that of other amateurs to theirs. When my friend finished her bronze, it was a photo that I took which appeared in the USDF Connection as she had no pro photos from an extensive competition season--not that she didn't/wouldn't have bought any, no pros were at any of them.

                      The price of decent quality cameras has dropped. You don't have to pay for film developing. I think these cameras are more forgiving than what the amateur had to work with a decade or two ago.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
                        "Acceptable" is not good quality.

                        If people keep stealing from the pros, then all you will ever have is "acceptable."

                        Very sad.
                        And if photographers keep stealing $50 from their good customers, they won't have a business to worry about. Easy peasy.
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                        A life lived by example, done too soon.
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                        • #13
                          It's not the fault of the subjects of the photographs that the photographers get ripped off - so why are they paying?
                          Actually, it IS the fault of consumers - many of whom are the subjects of the photos. As someone who also photographs corporate events and has done some weddings, it's been extremely rare that folks would steal my work. In the equine industry, I'm pretty surprised by how many people have lifted proofs posted on their facebook pages.

                          Mind you - I'm not a fan of this business model, and unless I knew the pro's work I would be pretty unlikely to pay it unless it was either refundable if they didn't get anything good or applicable to purchase. But I do understand why some photographers are going down this road.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ESG View Post
                            And if photographers keep stealing $50 from their good customers, they won't have a business to worry about. Easy peasy.
                            So, it's okay for people to steal from the photographers, but if a photographer wants to fight back by charging to see proofs, he/she is stealing from the client????

                            I don't see that at all. And I suspect any and all photogs that charge such a fee applies it to any photos the customer buys.
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                            • #15
                              Think of it as being charged to try on clothes at Macy's. There's the potential for them being stolen, too, but no one wants to make you pay for the privilege of making sure they fit before you buy. Same thing. Looking is always free. Or it used to be, anyway.

                              And you suspect that the photographers will be honest enough to apply a viewing fee to a purchase? What if they don't? It would seem plausible that anyone avaricious enough to charge people for looking at their work wouldn't shudder at the thought of screwing a customer actually purchasing their wares for an extra $50.

                              As I said before, there's a really easy way to not get screwed like this; mail out paper proofs via snail mail like they used to. Nobody can copy (any more than they could before), the photogs get paid, people don't have to pay to look at their proofs - everyone wins.
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                              A life lived by example, done too soon.
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                              • #16
                                Why not use....

                                Something like Photoshop and make online proofs mixed B/W and color. In a way to make them look freaky.. You could also watermark them and offer rewards for turning in theft and then the website might even name names of people caught.
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                                  #17
                                  So when I asked: How many jumping photos of my horse do you have, and how many photos in total, the response was:

                                  "No idea. We don't archive anything by horse or rider name. I will have to find them manually after getting a description and class list from you. That's where the fee (which can be applied to any purchase) comes in."





                                  WOW. Sounds like a real pro to me!


                                  Next question I'll be asking: "What are your prices?"


                                  (hopefully not $100 per pic)



                                  FYI: I paid $150 for a private photo shoot of another horse while at the show already, where only TWO where any good. None of them where really impressive. Trainers disappointed with ittysh pics. Me too for $150.

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                                  • #18
                                    i think it's not too unreasonable to charge to view the proofs IF HE TOLD YOU HOW MANY he had of your horse, and if i knew they took quality shots.

                                    some shows they've had 2 crappy shots, others several dozen. i certainly would expect a more professional reply, and an idea of how many there were before paying.

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                                    • #19
                                      Uh, no, I wouldn't pay for something I haven't seen.

                                      And it's not hard to offer watermarked thumbnails so a person could at least see what the photos are like. IMO, if someone's satisfied with a teeny thumbnail, they weren't going to buy anything in the first place.
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                                      • #20
                                        Good grief! What show was this at? I'll make sure not to attend if it's in my area!

                                        I've several friends who are pro photogs-none of them charge for viewing of proofs. They all use a combination of low resolution/small size/watermarks etc for their proof pages (all on websites with some degree of organization like Susie's photography business>horse shows>year>show name>date>Session (am/noon/pm/eve) and sometimes *gasp* there's a >candids session for the day too!)

                                        My friends are pretty much universal in their belief that posting the low-res. watermarked proofs online is much more cost-effective (especially when one factors in time/labor) than printing and mailing and keeping track of the old style proofs, even with the odd image thief.

                                        In fact, many of them will even offer you images on a DVD/CD ready to use online-low res etc so protected from copiers somewhat (doesn't provide a good quality image to print) but good enough for one's webpage/dreamhorse etc.

                                        ETA: Wow, my apologies-my insomnia is getting the best of me and making me drone on. I'm putting the laptop away now and getting a book out lol! Sorry!
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                                        Sam: A job? Does it pay?
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