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Whether to allow artwork photos or not

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rita Seidel Apr 13. 49 Replies

What's the case for or against allowing a festival attendee to photograph your work? Is there a "standard practice" and/or proper etiquette in this regard? Continue

To price-label or not question

Started this discussion. Last reply by DORI SMITH Jan 5. 46 Replies

Newbee here getting ready to launch in 2018. I do unique mixed media 2D flat art that sells in the range $450 - $750. I'm leaning towards not posting the prices next to each piece on the theory that…Continue

Question about jury photo rules

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Zirinsky Dec 15, 2017. 2 Replies

Festival art newbee here getting ready to make the plunge in 2018, with a couple of jury application photo questions.1. in general, are there rules about your artwork signature being visible on the…Continue

Newbie with jury image size question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Jan 8. 14 Replies

I'm a newbie art fair artist getting ready to apply to some 2018 events via Zapplications with a question about image size. Unclear to me if the required image size must be 1920 pixels square, or if…Continue

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Rita Seidel replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"When people go through a show and photograph artists’ work with their phones, they’ve already acquired for free their mobile “art gallery.” If they come through the show with a high resolution digital camera, they are there…"
Apr 13
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"hah! "
Apr 12
Eric Urquhart replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"Thanks for pioneering that experiment for me. I was thinking about doing that. However, I have had much different experienced with exposure on social media. Without going into the details I will say that the only way I would have been able to come…"
Apr 12
Eric Urquhart replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I am actually a photoshop expert. And I can tell you that Content Aware cannot do that."
Apr 12
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I have a photographic memory... Too bad it is overexposed and out of film :-) Also too low an ASA :-) Wish I could figure out how to rewind. It's color film....in a B&W world :-( Can't find the right filters for my lens (eyes). Lost…"
Apr 12
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"Yes, I have made sales, numerous times, after not allowing a potential customer to take a picture. Often their reason is so someone else can view it to help make the decision. A) In one case, the image was also on my website, so they had their…"
Apr 12
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"A good question. yes, I have. When asked not to take a picture, I have had some responses similar to Larry's, others where they decided, after walking off, that they had to have it, and came back and bought it. And to larry's point, if…"
Apr 12
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"I believe, among other tools in PS, there is at least one "Content Aware" tool, within PS that will remove watermarks, without having to analyze millions of  other images. Again, I am not an expert on this. Others will know better…"
Apr 12
Eric Urquhart replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"You all make very good points. I have a question. Has anyone ever made a sale after telling them they could not take a picture? I am very new to the art fair business. But just for business in general, telling someone they cannot take a picture…"
Apr 12
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"One of the biggest issues in this discussion is the differential between photographic artwork VS almost all other mediums. I am NOT comparing anything about the mediums except: Photography can be easily copied. No matter how good a photographer I…"
Apr 12
Larry Sohn replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"The idea people have stated a bout it being beneficial to us (the original Artist), that people take unauthorized photos of our Photographic art work, then post it on instagram is FALSE. A) Are they posting, with the picture "Sample of artwork…"
Apr 12
Chris Gug replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"mmmmm....not so sure..... with probably 250+ art shows under my belt, and I own two brick & mortar galleries in high traffic areas, I've probably been tagged on social media perhaps twice this decade by people taking pics in my…"
Apr 12
Mark Zirinsky replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"Yes, in today's world people can be 'experiencing' things by photographing them; I will let someone take a photo if they need to show their significant other the work, and they understand that the photo is only for that purpose. To…"
Apr 12
Connie Mettler replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"Love it, Eric! People like your work, they want to share it with their friends, saying/implying look at this cool work, don't you wish you were here too? "
Apr 12
Eric Urquhart replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"While none of us like the idea of our work being stolen and we should do what we can to guard against it, I think we some need to wake up and recognize that we are living in 2018, not 1995. Times have changed. Dori was right about…"
Apr 12
Eric Urquhart replied to Allan Leon's discussion Whether to allow artwork photos or not
"The sole purpose of Pinterest is to take other peoples images and ideas and make them your own. It's ONLY purpose is to steal. If you like something you see online, Pin It!"
Apr 12

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At 9:58am on August 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Allan,

Welcome!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take a look around and make yourself at home.  Thanks for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 12:24pm on August 24, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

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