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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? 

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Artists generally try and stop them if they think their work is reproducible or designs might be copied. Some hang signs up with a camera with a red line through it. Some just use a baseball bat (just kidding).

Larry Berman

Agree with Larry, and also this:  I want to be in full control of how my work is represented on social media or anywhere else.  If someone is taking a picture I politely ask why.  When they say I just want to show all my friends on IG, my response is I'd prefer not, thank you.

Most of the time when I inquire, they then ask permission, I ask the purpose, and we go from there.

Most people will not take pictures if you ask them not to. I had a slightly different problem, several years ago a relative of another artist in my category was coming into my booth and taking pictures. I finally found out who it was and informed them of that. It did stop but not before some of my designs were copied and shown at shown as her work.  That was pretty low:(((((((

Hello All.

My work is mainly 2-D wall art and I also sell [very affordable] prints. I have signs in my booth which read, "Please ask before you photograph". I agree with Beth, if you want to share it with everyone, then BUY IT and hang it in your house! Buuuttt... I have also made sales because Person 1 sent a shot home to Person 2 who said,"Get It!". So there are some scenarios in which it may be beneficial to allow photography. But again, I agree with Beth. Quiz your visitor [politely] first.

--Chris Fedderson

What about giving them your site url to share? That's what I'm considering. 

I do this also, but this won't help for the immediate-case scenario.  I would venture [without any objective proof] that I've done better with allowing a cell photo over a "look through my www", vis a vie an actual sale.

I can see a valid case for someone wanting to harmlessly share their impression of your work with someone off site. And their is a case for helping drum up some added business too. As for the desire to control your own marketing image and/or message, or to prevent someones nefarious motive, what prevents them from simply going to your website and extracting an image that way regardless of whether you forbid picture taking or not?    

Leon, nothing prevents others from using images I have already shared.  There are significant limitations to controlling "nefarious" motives.  Those motives are certainly possible, but not probable.   It's just a matter of managing what I can within my limited reach, and perhaps impressing upon people that I am fully aware that I am representing my intellectual property and likeness.

I used to be ambivalent about the issue until one show where a woman was methodically framing (with her camera) and taking pictures of each of my images. I asked what she was doing and she said she wanted to "promote" my work, she did not impress me as someone with that intent. I promptly asked her to leave. Since then I thought of all the time it takes me to pursue my images, produce them, go to shows, etc. I now discourage people from taking images of my work and converse with them about the purpose of such. If deemed appropriate I give them a card and invite them to share my work with their husband, friend, etc. via my website.

My artwork is photography.
I do not allow photigraohy of my work.
They can go to my website and see some of my work. However all the images on there or heavily Water Mart have an armless put into them or signed and are are they very low-resolution so if they try to print them they will not be worthy. However they are good enough for somebody to get the idea, if that is all they are trying to share with somebody else, for possible purchase.
None of the potential customers will state "I am taking this picture because I want to steal your work instead of pay for it". but many times that is their intention. Unfortunately they don't see it as stealing.
Space in my booth is at a premium. I do not like the idea of having to put up a sign stating for them not to take pictures of my artwork. I believe the promoters, at these shows, should have a sign at the entrance stating "No photography of artist's art work without the artist's permission."

A simple "No photography" sign, in a photographers booth, takes some explaining :-)

I have allowed a few to take a general shot, from an angle, at a distance.
Darn site won't allow me to correct the typos. UGH!
Connie fix this :-)

Just fixing my original Typos from the smartphone:

"I do not allow photography of my work."
"However all the images on there or heavily Watermarked have anomalies put into them and signed and are are they very low-resolution so if they try to print them they will not be worthy."


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