10 May 2005
To Have and to Withhold
The third-from-last paragraph in this weblog entry about the future of wedding photography covers something I’ve always been amazed by:
Most photographers guard the negatives/hi-res files, releasing them to their clients only after a few years or for a fee guaranteeing a revenue stream from extra photo orders. (How this became an accepted industry practice is beyond me.)
I’ve recently heard people talk about not receiving digital copies and having to go back to the photographer to get prints. Why does anyone still put up with this shit? The idea of paying someone who then owns the copyright on the mementos of your special day is creepy, hire a more enlightened photographer and hang onto the rights to your own life.