What I mean is, when you are re-posting my images, to Instagram, Facebook and the like, a photographer has given you, myself included, please refrain from putting a filter on it before posting it. Leave it filter free. Because it’s copyright infringement. Yep even putting a black and white filter on my color photo – no good.
See how these are COMPLETELY different images?
Don’t get me wrong we LOVE ❤ it when you re-post our images. At least I do. I particularly love it when you re-post and tag me and tell me how much you love the photos. Thank you for those that have done this. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best!
Why is it important not to put a filter on it? As a photographer I have worked very hard to create a style of photography. I have also edited my images to look similar. When you put a filter on my images you are erasing all this hard work.
Why else? It’s not your work. It changes the images, it makes them something else that I didn’t want them to be, otherwise I would have made them so in the first place. Also you don’t have permission to change my work and still associate my name with it.
I am not trying to offend anyone by writing this. It is extremely hard to put the above eloquently and in laymen’s terms. Let me try to put this another way, it would almost be like a writer publishing a book. Then someone else republishing the book with a bunch of edits without the writers permission and leaving the writers name on the book. Does that make sense?
I am trying to make a kind request. I work hard to please you, the person I am giving these images to. I sincerely hope you like the images, no love them. I hope you love them enough not to want to change them and put a filter on them.
Here is my example. See how these are COMPLETELY different. Can you see how if changes the image?
I wrote this post after reading this one. Also a friend of mine, a fellow photographer in Canada has written this into her contract with her clients. I have also written this into my contract. If you’ve signed my contract you have agreed not to change or add any type of filters to my images.
Need or want a black and white conversion? Not all images “work” in black and white. But do let me know so we can work together instead of doing it and are under contract infringement.
Please be understanding, kind and respectful of your photographers work.
If you have done this in the past, not to worry, you didn’t know. But now you do 🙂