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Sep 30, 2014 10:33 |  #16

What is weird about asking a photographer if you can buy an image from them? Kind of what photography businesses do... selling images and all that


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Sep 30, 2014 10:36 |  #17

memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #17185990 (external link)
What is weird about asking a photographer if you can buy an image from them? Kind of what photography businesses do... selling images and all that

I think he meant because he asked for a file and not a physical print.


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Sep 30, 2014 10:37 |  #18

memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #17185990 (external link)
What is weird about asking a photographer if you can buy an image from them? Kind of what photography businesses do... selling images and all that

In the OP there was no mention of a request to sell. Just that some guy he didnt know wanted a full rez file.




  
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Sep 30, 2014 10:40 |  #19

I highly doubt someone would, out of the blue, ask a photographer for a full-resolution file if he intended on 'buying' a print.


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Sep 30, 2014 10:50 |  #20

madhatter04 wrote in post #17186006 (external link)
I highly doubt someone would, out of the blue, ask a photographer for a full-resolution file if he intended on 'buying' a print.

It'd also be a surprising strategy if the plan was to start reselling the print as their own.


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Sep 30, 2014 11:00 |  #21

How likely is it that someone who wasn't a photographer would know to ask for a full-resolution file?


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Sep 30, 2014 11:05 |  #22

Very easy. I'm yet to have a client or enquiry from anyone who didn't know what a high resolution file was. It isn't some alien language. Cameras and talk about the benefits etc of higher resolutions has been main stream marketing for camera and phone companies for years now. Photography is common not some mystical thing.


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Sep 30, 2014 11:16 |  #23

True--it's the language (high resolution) that sells consumer dslrs.

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Very easy. I'm yet to have a client or enquiry from anyone who didn't know what a high resolution file was. It isn't some alien language. Cameras and talk about the benefits etc of higher resolutions has been main stream marketing for camera and phone companies for years now. Photography is common not some mystical thing.



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Sep 30, 2014 12:03 |  #24

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Yeah. Guy want's a picture on his wall. Guy who sells pictures to put on walls balks

...and threatens to stalk him on social media, or implies only people with certain jobs can buy his pictures?

Really beautiful shot btw.

Thanks for the compliment on the shot.
On another note; you assumed that I sell photos. I have never sold photos and have never setup my site to sell them. I don't feel I am at a point to where I would feel comfortable selling them.

For all: I am on here to learn and become more proficient at what is currently my hobby. I may have been a little over the top with my original reply to the fellow, but have taken the constructive criticism from your responses to heart and have attempted to correct my actions. By the way, since I offered to setup the photo so that he can use one of the labs offered by zenfolio to buy a print (no $$ to me), I've not received any communications back.


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Sep 30, 2014 14:04 |  #25

Digimarc it, send him the file with very precise usage license, then send him a fat invoice when he uses it in a manner that conflicts with that usage license.


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Oct 01, 2014 07:29 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #26

update:
So I heard back from the guy. He works/lives in Malaysia and does photography as a hobby. I told him that I was honored that he would want to display my work in his home and setup a HiRez file so that he could purchase a print....less than $10 for large print. He stated that he didn't want to buy a print; that he couldn't afford it. He wanted the file to get it developed there. oh well...


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Oct 01, 2014 08:08 |  #27

WillMeades wrote in post #17187617 (external link)
update:
So I heard back from the guy. He works/lives in Malaysia and does photography as a hobby. I told him that I was honored that he would want to display my work in his home and setup a HiRez file so that he could purchase a print....less than $10 for large print. He stated that he didn't want to buy a print; that he couldn't afford it. He wanted the file to get it developed there. oh well...

On the whole, I think this was handled pretty correctly and should be the model. After contact, 1. get an understanding of why and what is actually wanted and then 2. decide if it's something you want to do. In this case a "Thanks for the compliment but I don't give away my work." should suffice.


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Oct 01, 2014 20:45 |  #28

WillMeades wrote in post #17187617 (external link)
update:
So I heard back from the guy. He works/lives in Malaysia and does photography as a hobby. I told him that I was honored that he would want to display my work in his home and setup a HiRez file so that he could purchase a print....less than $10 for large print. He stated that he didn't want to buy a print; that he couldn't afford it. He wanted the file to get it developed there. oh well...

Yeah 10 USD is probably a day or two worth of pay there for the lower class. So it's understandable.

Even if he could afford it, I wouldn't want the hassle of shipping stuff there. My brother lives in Thailand, and apparently the mail can't read English addresses well, and if you write in Thai then the US mail won't know what to do with it. Maybe a dual language written address combo, but still the shipping is probably more than the cost of the item itself.


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Oct 01, 2014 21:15 |  #29

I dont know sbout Malaysia but I wss going to ship a small package to Guam and it was outrageous. Its unfortunate thst the disparity in the economies prices the guy out, but you coulnt have reasonably gone any lower




  
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Oct 01, 2014 21:42 |  #30

OhLook wrote in post #17186040 (external link)
How likely is it that someone who wasn't a photographer would know to ask for a full-resolution file?

These days?

Very.

The digital age has made people very aware of what different things mean. I've had non-photographer clients ask for full resolution images.

It's quite common...


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