Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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).
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:(((((((
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.
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."