cdifoto wrote in post #13665631
Here's the thing. While you call him a scumbag, I encourage the practice. I like it when people pass my work around. If it's unfinished proofs, it's obnoxiously marked as such but people still like seeing their friends. Then they see the finished stuff and they go "wow!"
I agree on some levels.
One thing I've learned about photographers is we all tend to over-value what we do. Let's not forget, what we offer is a luxury not a necessity. Basically, people don't have to buy out stuff.
More importantly, how many of us have photos of their kids in their wallets? I haven't had one in my wallet for YEARS. Why? I have them on my phone. My phone can also access places I've stored photos online. Why on Earth do I need to print photos like I used to?
We need to understand that, today, digital photos are much more important (overall) to most people out there. They want to show them on there phone, iPad, etc. They want to share them on FB. They want to email them. Most people could care less about printing them. It's not like the old film days when you had to print in order to see the photo.
So, rather than fighting this situation it's beyond a trend at this point), I'd rather accept it. I give digital photos with ALL of my shoots. I charge more than the next guy for that but I don't try and get a huge amount of money for it because, well, they aren't gonna pay too much for it. I don't give it away but I'm not asking for $1,000 or something like that for shots from an e-session. Makes no sense.
I laugh at many photographers still stuck in that, "I'm not giving them their digital files (not talking unedited here) because then they won't come to me for prints!" Honestly, what percentage of people are coming back for prints? My guess is you might have a higher percentage with a wedding than anything else but what's that percentage? 10%? 5%? What are you going to do with those files anyway?
I'd rather have people have my work, share it, talk about how they loved it and talk about how I'm much easier to work with and that they get their files after they pay me for my services.
Now, I'm not saying to not sell prints. I do sell prints but I don't live/die by them. Can't really mark them up all that much anyway since they can go almost anywhere to have prints done. I tell them I can do 8x10 and below but, unless they're taking an 8x10 or above and framing it/hanging it they're fine getting the print done at Walgreens or one of the other of a million places they can go for cheap prints. Because, well, honestly, it's true.
We can all still try and resist where photography has gone and stomp our feet and complain about people wanting their files but, at some point, we all need to face it. Prints are a dying breed.
Disclaimer: I'm not talking about commercial shoots nor am I talking about giving unedited images included with the price. I don't give unedited images EVER (I don't do any commercial work.).