BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4073 posts, RR: 56 Posted (6 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
With more frequency, I've been getting requests from people asking for a larger version of a photo of mine for personal use.
I always reply with a question as to what they mena by "personal", which is vague to me. If they just want a print, I have no problem printing it up in any size they desire and shipping it to them in a well-protected envelope.
By my printing it, it also helps protect the integrity of my photo by knowing that I've edited it for the appropriate size so that others who will see it wherever it's displayed will see the photo just as I wanted to express it.
But of course, the bigger concern is protecting from inappropriate use. By not sending a file and making the print myself, I can rest with more assurance that my photo will not be printed multiple times, applied to other mediums that I do not approve of, or be resold to someone else.
When I am asked for a file and I ask for more details about their intentions, more often than not they will say it's for a print and if not, I usually don't get a reply at all.
Do you folks get a lot of similar requests? How do you handle them and do you have any strange/bad experiences?
Lanas From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 977 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
It happened to me a couple of times when the F/O of an aircraft I shot asked me for the originals in order to print them for his flight logbook. I trusted the guy, since it was one of the first picture requests I received and also he sent me some awesome pics he had taken in flight, as some sort of 'exchange'.
I don´t know how I would answer to such a request like yours. I don´t think I would print it for him. I believe I would either deny the request or take the shot at it by sending it out. But anyway, there´s no way of finding out about the real usage of the pic. If it´s for a personal print or poster you could ask the guy to take a picture at the print and send it to you as some sort of 'proof' or its correct usage. It´s a possibility I guess.
"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." J.R.R. Tolkien
Dazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2578 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
I normally get one or two requests a month from individuals who want photo's for 'personal use'. I normally ask why they want the photo if their original mail is vague since a lot of the requests I get are from pilots / first officers at the controls or passengers who are on the flight. You tend to get a feeling on how genuine the request is and if I feel it is genuine, then I've no problem sending a medium res file of say 1800 x 1200 so they can get a decent 6x4 print. I'd be reluctant to send anything higher than that unless I'm convinced otherwise. I also say that I'm the copyright owner of the image and its for personal use only, not commercial in any way. I know thats difficult to judge, but I've had photo's given to me of flights I've been on and its nice to have the photo so I know where they are coming from. If I'm not convinced its a genuine request for personal use, then I just say there's a 1024 pixel version for their viewing on the website.
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 53 Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
I get quite a few, and decline most for the reasons you've given. Even if you send the print, there is no way to know for sure if they make a reprint or not. If someone wants to, they can make a decent 8x10 from any image here by simply right clicking and saving the file. Upload it to Wal-Mart, Sam's, Costco, etc, with the copyright bar removed and for $1.86 you will get a print ready to frame.
Fly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
I have such a request sitting in my mailbox which I haven't replied to. Wasn't sure how to reply. He states he wants a hi-res copy, higher than the one up here, for his bedroom, but how do I know? I'm probably going to decline.
Jorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3141 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
Got a similar request few weeks ago.
Dear Mr. Noack, I am interested in one of your photos. Please contact me! MfG
Thanks for your interest, which pic are interested in and what for?
Moin! I would use gladly the photo (see lower left) on private homepage as small Thumb picture. In addition I need however the photo without Airliners.net watermark. You would dispatch the photo to me?! MFG
so I asked for a link to the site and what kind this site is.
The site still is in the development, and I do not know yet whether I will at all use your photo. It should be a general inquiry to be allowed to use your photo. The side, if ever be online is purely private nature one would use. I would like to acquire neither a copyright nor other rights at your photo. It is, as said, only a nice inquiry whether I can use your photo for it and may. I would have also theoretically copied the picture and cropped out the watermark a editing proogram. With kind regards
Very harsh answer in my eyes. Telling me could've also used it without my permission and I will never ever had known it.
P.S: Used Altavista for translation from German due to the lack of time - sorry it's not 100 correct.
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4073 posts, RR: 56 Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
Quoting JeffM (Reply 4): I get quite a few, and decline most for the reasons you've given. Even if you send the print, there is no way to know for sure if they make a reprint or not. If someone wants to, they can make a decent 8x10 from any image here by simply right clicking and saving the file.
Pretty much no, not to Billy Bob that wants one for his wall. I do however sell prints to companies that ask, but they must be from an email address from the company wanting the photo. e.g. Bob from XXX Flight Services wants a photo for company use. His email address should be Bob@xxxflightservices.com. If they are legit, they have no problem when I ask for this.
A contract letter stating it's very specific use and terms is sent for them to sign and return before I send the file or print. That alone filters out quite a few fakes. If it is for web use, I will only sell after having viewed a live web page, no "under construction" crap.
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4073 posts, RR: 56 Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
I'm just really surprised by that. I give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to selling prints.
At airline conventions, I sell 8x10s and 4x6s of my work. Though selling photos has slowed down a lot for me since I don't dedicate as much time as I used to, prints account for probably 35% of my professional photo work.
I just can't imagine that it's that common for someone to buy an 8x10 of mine and successfully resell it. Not that it's not possible or doesn't happen, I just can't see it being rampant enough in the aviation world to prevent me from selling prints to enthusiasts.