At A New Wave of Sights and Sounds, we've done our best to create a Web site that anticipates and satisfies our customers' needs. With that goal in mind, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact us at text or cell 309-277-0861, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In preparation for either video or portrait work, should I have a professional hair and makeup session?
It is strongly recommended whether male or female to have a professional hair and makeup done for video work. It is recommended for portrait work, but portrait work is more forgiving as specific editing can be done for still work. As you are making a major investment in your project, the investment of professional hair and makeup work is well worth the investment. Based upon scheduling, it is possible to have a hair and makeup artist come to the studio or location for this purpose.
I have never performed in videos. Is there training available to help me with my project?
Training is available and can be custom tailored to your project.
When is payment due on the project?
Payment terms are are specified in the contract and vary based upon the project.
How does copyright work on images and various artistic works including videos, portraits, and graphic designs?
With technology now making it much easier to copy, share, print and of course the new electronic forms of portrait display, this document will help explain exactly who owns what when it comes to a portrait, or more generally for the scope of this document, images.
First, I will define what I mean by an image. An image is the general term used for a picture which can be on one of many forms. It can be a printed picture, a digital file containing the image, or a physical negatives and slides. Printed pictures are those delivered on a paper or paper like including but not exclusive to canvas, poster, printed in books, brochures, sales document, business reports, product information and instructions, business cards. Digital files can be raw from the camera, edited used for electronic presentation including but not exclusively to Internet web pages and email, PowerPoint and Impress presentations, and edited but not published pictures files. Physical negatives are from the film era. Slides were used for projector presentations and negatives were created as part of the film printing process.
It should be noted that physically, uses can be made from all of these image types. The question this document will answer is the use of these images.
A professional photographer/image artist further referred in this article as the artist, is hired by a client because of the specific skills they have for creating images. In contracting the artist there will be a definition of what the artist will supply the client for the project. Terms of the project will include requirements of the client, requirements of the artist, locations involved, items supplied by the client, items supplied by the artist, and the final products or the output for the project. It should be noted that unless otherwise stated, the artist owns the complete copyright control of all images created. Many artists will define this in their contracts.
People will ask, “It is a picture of me, why does the artist own copyright and not me?”
Good question. The answer may surprise you.
The image would not exist if the artist had not created it. The image was created with the tools, skills and imagination of the artist. If the artist was not there to create that specific image, the image would not exist. Ownership of an artistic creation resides in the hands of the creator unless otherwise negotiated.
When contracting with a professional image artist, the agreement should specify the terms of the use, any changes or additions to the copyright and ownership use provision, and possible extension of the use of the images.
In summary, all products created at A New Wave of Sights and Sounds are the creative copyright of A New Wave of Sights and Sounds. Use agreements are specified in the individual agreements.