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Photography is always fun, there are no problems, everyone is happy, time is not problem, all clients are 100% happy all the time, photographers loves to make clients mad. Okay, back to the real world!!! All of those are FALSE! Photography is fun, well most of the time. I guess I should add that there are never any “faux” photographers coming into the picture. Oh, and there are never any controversial issues.
Que some of the "issues" in photography...
There is no middle ground on this one. Either photographers believe in it or they don’t. I personally copyright my work. Why? Because it is my work, I am proud of it. I’m not going to let anybody take it and use it as their own. If you didn’t know creating an image takes time and is not always easy. Technically the law says that as soon as a photographer presses the shutter button they own that image. But people either don’t give a damn or don't know that the photographer owns the image when the shutter button is pressed. I want to go a step further and copyright my images to be safe. There are some photographers that see no benefit of a copyright and that just blows my mind.
Is a Model Release Necessary?
Some people actually say no, I’m not sure who these people are! My thought on that is they must be insane! I require a model release with every session I do. I’m not about to wait for somebody to get sue happy because I used their photo for marketing or merely just have it on my website. The ones that don't worry about a model release also say that if you aren’t selling the image then there is no reason to worry about about the model release form. But again back to somebody suddenly saying that they never agreed to letting me use their image for marketing or to allow it to be public. I’ll be prepared if they feel the need to sue me!
Better Gear = Better Photos
Nope not 100% true. Yes a certain lens will the enhance the sharpness of a photo but can you tell I’m not using a $xx,000 lens? Nope! And yes, a full frame camera will give you more pixels but again can you tell that I’m not using a $xx,000 camera? Nope! The most basic camera can capture a great image if you know what you’re doing. If you can get the lighting and angle right you’ll be fine. And the big one, if you are creative that’s a huge plus. Now if you take the most basic camera go take pictures of a family with no thought it’s not going to be a very good picture. My camera and lenses were not cheap but they weren’t ridiculously expensive either.
We're Friends or We're Family, Can I get a Free Session?
The simple answer is no. I am trying to make a living just like you. My business isn't charity work. There has to be a boundary between family/friend time and business time, if there's not a set boundary for family or friends problems may arise. Every photographer can write a blog that is a few pages long on this topic. Every photographer is asked this at least once in their career. I would go as far as saying more than just once. I will be writing an upcoming blog about this issue in the future.
Some photographers love it and some photographers hate it. I am in the middle. It's great to be able to remove something in the photo that isn't supposed to be there(don't ask me to remove the girlfriend that you broke up with last week but was in the family photos 3 weeks ago), or give the image a golden tone, make the picture a tone of black and white, or to peep up the sky. But there are some photographers that majorly over use it and to me it ends up ruining the picture. Less is more sometimes.
Amateurs Undercutting the Real Photographers
Every photographer has to start out somewhere. I remember not that long ago when I started. Photography is already a competitive industry but then you throw in the amateur photographers and it seems impossible sometimes to get ahead. It's a bit hard to compete with a newbie offering to do photos cheap and then on top of the cheap price they give the person all of the images. I'm not doing that and I won't do that. Please if you are looking for a photographer, remember to be smart. Remember the saying, "quality over quantity"? That is perfect for this situation. I see my work as having value and if someone doesn't see my work as having value then they really aren't the right client for me.