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This may sound like a stupid question (total newbie here), but what do you do when people try to photograph your work in your booth?  I participated in my first "supposedly" juried art fair last weekend, (which wasn't really juried, and lame, but that is probably for another thread) and several people took pictures of my work with their cell phones.  I asked the one guy who did it why he was photographing my work and he said he wanted to put it on his blog.  I didn't know what to think.  What do you ya'll tell people to do when this happens?

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I would have asked if it was a project on plagiarism!

I'd given up trying to stop people. Then I read here about how inexpencive it is to get a poster size image made from a digital file. 


I'm not letting photos be taken now, AND because it might be well intentioned and not an attempt to steal the image, I am offering to send them an appropriately sized image. Something smaller than 1M. This allows me to be friendly, engage the person in conversation, find out their intent, get an address and have a second contact with them when I send the image. You can also send a larger image with a watermark. 


It's not the file size - 1 Mb can still be reproduced if the resolution is, say 300 ppi.  Always send a file size of, say, 72 ppi.  (if it's around 1 Mb, it'll still look nice on their computer screen).  That way, they get a nice fuzzy 5x7 print to mat and frame and hang over their fireplace!
It's not the resolution as in 72PPI or 300PPI. It's whether there are enough actual pixels to support whatever resolution you want to print at.180PPI, 240PPI or 300PPI are all common resolutions for printing ink jet prints.

Larry Berman
It's not the file size in megabytes that determines how large an image can be printed. It's the actual pixel dimensions. If you limit the size to approximately 500 pixels long dimension, they probably won't even try printing. Divided by 300 (as in 300PPI) your print will be under two inches. But if you give them a one megabyte file, depending on the amount of detail in the image, you can probably make a 16x20 print.

I limit the size of the images on all my web sites to 500 pixels long dimension and include my copyright in the image.

Larry Berman

Wow, good info. I'll have to look, I select "save for web" and assumed if I also limited my file size I was good. 


I am a photographer. If someone stands outside your booth and takes pictures there isn't much you can do except ask politely that they stop. If they step inside your booth you have more authority and can insist that they stop. You may also place a sign reading "No pictures allowed".

If they are using camera phones I usually just leave them alone.


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