The title might be harsh, but stay with me.
I’d like help breaking a mentality.
Unless factored into the price, people should not feel entitled to receive a CD/DVD of full-res JPEG photos [for free].
But, what do you tell customers asking why? Do you have any analogies to help?
I thought of:
- It’s like going to a fancy restaurant and asking for (insert awesome main dish here) — along with their recipe.
- An author giving away his novels in PDF format.
If I’m taking photos and giving them away at my expense, how could I keep going for the next five years? (If you want personal examples, ask me and I’ll leave it in the comments. It’ll hurt, but I’ll open up and tell you.)
Of course, this applies to more than just photography.
Please share your thoughts.
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You’ll want to read John Harrington‘s series:
- Professional Photographers vs. “Hobby” Status (i.e. Working for Free) — Part 1
- Working for Free — Interns and Apprentices — Part 2
- Working For Free — Commentary and Responses to Selected Comments — Part 3
Additionally, I’ve ordered “The Photographer’s Survival Guide: How to Build and Grow a Successful Business,”[2. I saw it featured in the May 2009 issue of Rangefinder.] because I don’t want to be a starving artist forever. Perhaps I’ll gain a better perspective after reading it.