Representing Me through My Work
This is not a rant, this is more of a reminder. There are a few people guilty of this and if you are one of them, please don't feel like I'm singling you out or attacking you, that is not what this is about. This is just my way of explaining why it affects my work.
While there are a few steps involved making one of my photos, one of the main steps is editing. In my opinion, each photographer has their own editing style and a way of making a photo their own. This part of the process that can be both enjoyable and tedious, but it is one that is necessary. Once a photo is completed, it is then a representation of the photographer and their skill. Once the photo is given to the client, we would hope that that is how it will be used. However this is not always the case.
I love having my photos shared over multiple mediums, but as soon as an additional filter or edit is done to the image, it is no longer a representation of my work.
This is usually how it happens to me:
I've completed the shoot, I then go and edit the final image(s) and send a preview onto the client, once they're happy I send them a High Res image and the job is done. I later go onto social media and see the final image I've sent to them with an additional filter applied via facebook or instagram saying "photo by Electrum Photography".
As I said, the client will get a preview of the work before they get the final... I do this so if they are not happy with how the final has been edited, they have the chance to say "this is what I'd like done". In addition to this, when they put my name on an image with a free instagram filter applied to it, this sends the message that "this is how Electrum Photography edits their photos". The fact of the matter is, I've spent a lot of time and money on learning, gear, software and hardware to make my photos the way they are and it can be a real kick in the teeth when people think that a way to make them better is through cheep/free editing.
Last thing I want to add is that I love using social media and I love having my work shared by a happy client that is keen to show off their image. I take great pride in seeing someone enjoy my work and this is the point I am trying to make. Once a final image is adjusted, it is no longer my work. To the client I say: Please, do share the images we've done together, but please be mindful of the work I've done to get it to that point.