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Jan 21, 2014 10:24 |  #1

I've been honing my photography for over 16 years (I'm 28 now), and want to finally attempt to make some money from it.

I regularly post my best/favorite photographs on my personal Facebook page. Is this a bad idea? In terms of copyright issues with Facebook in the event I want to sell one of the shots?

I know very little about this. A friend recently suggested that I maybe should have never posted any of my work on Facebook at all...that those images aren't really mine anymore.


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Jan 21, 2014 10:30 |  #2

Many well known photographers post regularly on Facebook to their fan base or for marketing.




  
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Jan 21, 2014 10:34 |  #3

3leggeddog wrote in post #16623886 (external link)
A friend recently suggested that I maybe should have never posted any of my work on Facebook at all...that those images aren't really mine anymore.

That friend is not correct. The images are still yours and the copyright still belongs to you, but by posting images on Facebook, you've licensed Facebook to use your photos for very specific marketing purposes.

If you expect to sell specific images, don't post them online until AFTER you've been paid for them. Other than that, showing off your work online is a great way to demonstrate your skill and style to your fan base and potential clients.

Facebook alone is not a sufficient marketing tool to power your entire business.


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Jan 21, 2014 10:47 |  #4

nathancarter wrote in post #16623914 (external link)
Facebook alone is not a sufficient marketing tool to power your entire business.

I hear you. Up until now, it's just been a way to share my work with family/friends (which has actually landed me occasional side work). But I'm ready to take the next step, have been for far too long.


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Jan 21, 2014 20:31 |  #5

Not to highjack the thread but hopefully enhance it....

What size photo will survive the compression and produce a fairly clean image on Facebook, but small enough that if someone right clicks/downloads/print​s the image quality will result in an unusable print?


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Jan 22, 2014 07:07 |  #6

3leggeddog wrote in post #16623886 (external link)
I've been honing my photography for over 16 years (I'm 28 now), and want to finally attempt to make some money from it.

I regularly post my best/favorite photographs on my personal Facebook page. Is this a bad idea? In terms of copyright issues with Facebook in the event I want to sell one of the shots?

I know very little about this. A friend recently suggested that I maybe should have never posted any of my work on Facebook at all...that those images aren't really mine anymore.

If you want total commercial control over an image, never post it on Facebook or anywhere else where it can be viewed on a website.

If an image can be viewed online, it can and will be copied and reused with impudence. (external link) If you're convinced your images are valuable, keep them to yourself.




  
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Jan 22, 2014 07:48 |  #7

DC Fan wrote in post #16626493 (external link)
If you want total commercial control over an image, never post it on Facebook or anywhere else where it can be viewed on a website.

While true, the internet has become a necessary evil for photographers. I would like to post a photo on FB, without splashing a watermark across the front, that is clean enough to view but will look like crap when printed larger than postcard size.


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Jan 22, 2014 09:52 |  #8

magoosmc wrote in post #16625516 (external link)
Not to highjack the thread but hopefully enhance it....

What size photo will survive the compression and produce a fairly clean image on Facebook, but small enough that if someone right clicks/downloads/print​s the image quality will result in an unusable print?

What size print? How do you define "unusable?"

Short answer: Not possible. The people who are downloading images from Facebook and printing them have very low standards for "usable" image/print quality.


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Jan 22, 2014 17:02 |  #9

nathancarter wrote in post #16626877 (external link)
Short answer: Not possible. The people who are downloading images from Facebook and printing them have very low standards for "usable" image/print quality.

I think you are right...

I uploaded a 900 x 600 image that was adequate for my purposes on FB. I had a friend "steal it" and print it from his computer. It came out a lot cleaner than I had expected. I would not have been happy with the quality, but as you said some people have pretty low standards.


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