Was: Photographing Jewelry 101
Okay, so were all learning how to take great photos. (camera,
lights, background, diffusion, and reflection control), AND were
learning how to manipulate these photos so our imperfections are now
perfect…Here comes the next delima and food for thought.
Photography Usage: Is it really free?
I dont know about the rest of you, but some of us here have INVESTED
a great deal of time and money acquiring professional photography
equipment, not to mention the time and more time learning
photo-manipulation tools (Photoshop, etc…etc…)
When it comes to photography useage, how would you treat situations
where YOUR photographs of YOUR work are being request for print?
Well, there is one situation, just give them the rights to use your
photos. Nice and easy, and youll get free press out of the deal.
Then there is a second instance, an article is written (on the
publications own accord), they need photographs of your work. Do you
just give it to them like the above situation, or since this
publication is asking this of you at the last minute (this always
seems to happen), do you charge them for the photos, a useage fee if
you will. Seems like standard rates from professional photographers
are in the hundreds of dollars per image used.
I am currently in this second situation, part of me is saying “Cool,
ill get my work printed!!!”, but the other part of me is saying
"Dang, im going to spend the next 4 to 8 hours of my day getting all
these photos (5-10 requested) formatted, ready for print, at high
resolution. THEN upload all these images over my internet connection
(which is marginal at best) over the next couple of hours. When, in
fact, I could be making jewelry (which I need to do anyway).
Now to add to this, I maintain a high level of photographic skill,
and I retain all rights to my photography, and release my rights
Is the time invested in taking photos, manipulating them, building
stock of print ready images, and having the ability to submit on
demand a free service that all jewelers should offer? (personally Im
torn on this one, after all, a lot of time is being put into proper
What about the jewelers that dont have the time, or the skill to
shoot adequate photos? Then the artist would have to hire their own
photographer to build their photo stock?
Lastly, if the publication really, really needs the images, they
would hire a photographer to do the work, and as we all know, its not
So, how do you consider your time with photos?..Is it free? Is it
the cost of doing business? Or do you really care?