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Do copyright laws protect professional photos from being altered?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (11979points) August 17th, 2018

It’s happened several times. I spend hours in post production trying to perfect client’s photos only to later find some on social media with awful Instagram filters slapped on them. It makes me cringe. It’s not just my ego that’s hurt but I also consider the fact that it could be hurting future business. Potential clients are seeing these butchered photos and they assume I’m the one behind the terrible editing style.

So what is a photographer to do? Are photos protected under copyright? It’s in my contract that they’re copyrighted and client’s rights are limited to sharing with friends and family. I don’t want to anger clients by calling them out on altering the photos but I also don’t want people thinking I’m the one who created that monstrosity.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Slapped a COPYRIGHT right across the picture!

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I worked in wedding photography when shooting film was cheaper than digital. So I’m not an expert today. But anyway…

Photos are protected by copyright. Share only low-resolution pics for free. High-res pics and prints that can be scanned to high-res should be expensive.

I would think the field must have common best practices. When I was in the business there was no end of people making a living teaching others how to make it as a portrait & wedding photographer.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay They’ve purchased the photo package so they have access to the full resolution photos in their online galleries. From there, they can save those photos to their phones and put tacky filters on them. I’m not sure how to avoid that.

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