Posts Tagged ‘ Prints ’

Are People Printing Your Pictures Without Your Knowing?

We love to share pictures with friends and family, it’s a way of connecting. But sharing and giving are not the same, and who can print your pictures should be your decision. As a parent or grandparent in this day and age there are a lot of reasons why allowing unlimited and unauthorized use of your pictures may not be a good idea. If you are a professional photographer there may be more than just sentimental value in protecting your work. We’re talking about actual money that could be pulled out of your pocket.

I came across this blog of AJ Wood, courtesy of another photog friend recently, that raises some concerns over pictures you upload on Facebook. Wood, an Adobe instructor, posts on his site that at least one retailer, Walmart, may allow the use of an application that allows folks to upload pictures from their friend’s list on Facebook and then have those pictures printed up in the store.

I did check Facebook and found that a photo page did exist. I also found pages for Walgreens and Target. I have never visited any of these stores with the intent of testing whether this function exists. As with anything, let the buyer beware. I did go to Walmart’s Photo site and found this page which appears to in fact let you print photos from your friend’s galleries on Facebook. If you check out the AJWood blog there is a tutorial on how to remove this feature so that your pictures remain your property!

New Christmas Cards

Well, its clearly that season, in fact I’m quite behind…. The Christmas rush for photographers.

Photographers all over are scrambling to get newsletters out, promotions, shoots and on and on. This year, I decided to create my own line of Christmas Card templates. Clearly places like WHCC offer some killer templates, but my budget is a little leaner this year and this gave me an opportunity to practice a little graphic design, which I struggle with, but need to get better at.

Anyway, I hope to have several differing designs. Below is an example of one design with two varying colors. Actually this design is offered in Red, Green and Gold. Clients can choose the front message (3 choices), color and inside greeting… another 3 choices. It isn’t too hard to make the changes and it offers a little more for the clients. I will be offering a Card, Photography session for one flat rate. The Christmas portrait session will be for studio portraits, but of course I will do location if anyone is looking for more than just the Christmas cards – prints or other merchandise that can be ordered.

I hope to knock out a second design in the coming days. Then I’ll post all the detail on the special that High Noon PhotographyI’ll be offering. If you would like to see more of the cards (still a work in progress), then you can head on over to this public online gallery.

For the good folks in El Paso and Las Cruces, please call and reserve your space early for any Christmas or other photography needs. It gets crazy and I want to make sure that you get my best and your cards during the holidays.

Here is the example of the Red Card. All text material can be altered.