Gatorboy wrote in post #3144890
I suggest buying a new keyboard -- it appears your CAPS LOCK key is broken.
Yeah, caps are reserved for being excited or mad around here, and the regular typing is easier to read.
Back to the topic, though. I shoot a lot for my sons. I have 4 and I have been the designated Mom Photographer for over 20 years now. I love shooting events, etc. I never give out the CD's unless all the images are on it. So, I only do that for soccer teams. For sports, I don't really care if the colors are off or the details are not taken care of. The parents can do with it as they wish. I put about 50 shots from a season on it and no one has done anything that I know of out of the ordinary. I told the parents if they did use the images other than printing or sending them to relatives and friends, I'd stop shooting their kids. If any of them do more than print one or two, I'd be surprised. People don't print much anymore.
Now for the crazy way you have been restricted by the principal of the school, this is what I do, since our school system is restricted, have to sign releases, etc. I take pictures, I look at all of them on the computer, I print up the ones I think look great for each child that I can (you miss some, you can't avoid that). I don't charge for these, but you can charge $1 for each and still make a 75% profit. My Picturemate 4x6's cost me about $.25 per picture. Or if there are a lot of pictures, I'll copy the JPEG files and copy at Costco at $.17 per picture. I send them to school so the principal can see them, I hand them out to the kids to their parents. If they want more copies, that's when I ask for the photo back and do what they need. Now, that's when the money starts coming in, if you decide to go this route. This way you have control of the images and parents know they have 1 picture, they can keep it, but it's just a 4x6 and if they want more, they have to at least pay you a minimum fee. If they want a CD of their kids, you know who that kid is because you have the photo. Charge them appropriately for the amount of work required. Burning 5 images of a CD is rediculous, but that's really what people want, so charge them.
I shoot for nothing and I don't give out CD's. The principal has my JPEG's of all the pictures I've taken and she posts 4-10 on the school website after every event. The kids in the pictures all have signed releases and parents can see them whenever they want. I have never had a parent ask for the images on a CD yet. They just take the 4x6 and say thanks. I don't really think many parents out there appreciate how much time and effort we put in to take great shots. It's really quite sad.