Old 04-07-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I was at work today when the following email came across my Blackberry:

"Nice pic, was wondering if you had a Hi-Res version I could have, for personal use.

thanks

Sean"

If so, how did you respond? I would first like to know what "personal use" is, and then ask for some money I guess, but not sure how much to ask for. Just curious if anyone else here received a similar email and how you responded.

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Old 04-07-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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Well, you'd only want a full size photo if you're going to print a copy, or use it in a book / magazine. At least that's how I see it.

I'd inquire what personal use means first, and go from there.

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Was there a full name present in the e-mail? Any way you could find out if it's a familiar name? Personal use seems suspect to me as well. I agree with Lloyd to find out what he'll use it for. You don't want him going around claiming he shot the photo, as we've been through on the board with others before.

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I make a fair bit selling photos to clients who send emails like that...I find it to be very good business, and when handled properly, mutually benificial.
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This kind of question pops up on JP.net, from time to time, too. In my opinion, a hi-res version is only really required if blowing it up, or publishing it. For screensavers, wallpapers, and so on, RP-friendly resolutions are quite sufficient.
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Hey everyone, I was at work today when the following email came across my Blackberry:

"Nice pic, was wondering if you had a Hi-Res version I could have, for personal use.

thanks

Sean"

If so, how did you respond? I would first like to know what "personal use" is, and then ask for some money I guess, but not sure how much to ask for. Just curious if anyone else here received a similar email and how you responded.

Thanks,
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I have a kinda canned response that I adjust depending on the inquiry. Goes something like this:

Thank you for your inquiry. Many of my copyrighted works are available for sale in printed form. Please indicate what size you are interested in and I can quote a price. I am sorry, I do not sell digital copies. etc..........

I would only sell/lend a digital copy to a well known publication. Never to an individual, never
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:38 PM   #7
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Thanks to you all for your responses. I will go ahead and contact the person and see what they say.

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Ok, a follow-up to this post. I contacted the gentleman, and he said he wants the photo to hang in his living room because he loves B&W photos. Now I have sold plenty of 5x7s and 8x10s, but he wants a print that is 48" wide. Anyone have any experience in large format print sales? Ideas on a price?
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Darryl, I've sold several large photo prints in the past. I used http://myposternow.com for printing and they looked fantastic, even with my old Canon S3 6mp jpegs. For a 36x48" print I usually charge $100

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Loyd,

The link does not work for me.

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I've used a 10MP file from my 40D for a 24x36, and it looks great - As long as you're more than a foot away from it. I send digital files for people to print, but because I'm not high enough on the food chain to worry about reproduction and printing and sending is a huge hassle.
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Ok, a follow-up to this post. I contacted the gentleman, and he said he wants the photo to hang in his living room because he loves B&W photos. Now I have sold plenty of 5x7s and 8x10s, but he wants a print that is 48" wide. Anyone have any experience in large format print sales? Ideas on a price?
Darryl,

Did he specifically say he was willing to pay for it? I received the same email you did, literally word for word, about a month ago. It sounded bogus to me to, so I kinda gave him the fifth degree in the return email and made it very clear I normally charge. I never heard back from him, figuring it was some scam.
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Did he specifically say he was willing to pay for it? I received the same email you did, literally word for word, about a month ago. It sounded bogus to me to, so I kinda gave him the fifth degree in the return email and made it very clear I normally charge. I never heard back from him, figuring it was some scam.

Excellent feedback! Make sure any form of payment clears BEFORE you make up this print, you may have the printer ship the print to the customer. Just make sure you allow time to get paid before you get ripped off.
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I got an e-mail this week asking to use a photo in a Powerpoint slideshow marketing to a customer in China. I basically wrote back and said marketing use = me getting paid. Still waiting, not expecting, to hear back...
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I got an e-mail this week asking to use a photo in a Powerpoint slideshow marketing to a customer in China. I basically wrote back and said marketing use = me getting paid. Still waiting, not expecting, to hear back...
Well, I did hear back, but the requester doesn't have the budget because of the current economic crunch. Damn economy...
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Well, I did hear back, but the requester doesn't have the budget because of the current economic crunch. Damn economy...
Maybe just a polite response moving you off his "sucker" list since you wouldn't give it for free.
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I've used a 10MP file from my 40D for a 24x36, and it looks great - As long as you're more than a foot away from it.

I did a 24x36 from an 8mp shot and it looks GREAT...even up close. Printed it through mpix.
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I did a 24x36 from an 8mp shot and it looks GREAT...even up close. Printed it through mpix.

With that said Jim, maybe the M.P. race will be over?!
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John,
When I wrote back to him last night saying the picture was available at a cost, he said give me a price for a 48" wide shot. So I am going to give him a price and see what he says.

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With that said Jim, maybe the M.P. race will be over?!
Just wait til you see the prints from my 5D =D
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If they are half as nice as the ones from my 1DMKIII, then they must be beautiful!
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Just wait til you see the prints from my 5D =D
Don't need to. I had a 20x30 made from one of my 5D shots. One thing I have to say, it's amazing how much better shots look on print than they do on a computer monitor.
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