Using Your Digital Files

Disk of ImagesWe certainly live in a new age of digital technology where we can trade images and other information on the Internet as easy as pressing a few keys on a keyboard. What an exciting time to live in! And, considering how I at His Hands Photographs came into photography from a background of graphic design and information technology, it’s always been easy for me to offer our portraits on CD with rights to print since we opened our doors in early 2007 and now I offer digital downloading, for extra fast delivery of your portraits.

A lot of my clients over the years have asked several questions wondering what exactly they can do with their disk of images. As for using your digital files, here’s a simple breakdown of what you can and can’t do with your CD:

  • What sizes you can print: You can print as many copies of all of your images as many times as you’d like up to 8×12 in size. The files are cropped (sized) to 8×12 and printing anything larger will likely turn out soft, or a little blurry. But, you can print anything 8×12 or smaller such as wallets, 8x10s, 5x7s, 4x6s, etc. to your heart’s content.
  • “Copyright” versus “Printing Rights”: I retain the copyright to the images at all times which means I own them in their entirety. You cannot alter them in any way without my express written permission. This includes, but is not limited to saving them to your computer or phone from any online website, cropping them or resizing them in any way, removing or cropping out the HHP logo, or changing the image using any editing software (increasing the colors, contrast, adding special effects, etc.)With printing rights you can do several things outside of just having prints made! Check out these great ideas:
    • Greeting cards, invitations, birth announcements, save-the-date cards, and holiday cards
    • Canvases and standout mounts
    • Coffee table albums and family portrait albums
    • Coffee cups and custom jewelry
    • Scrapbooking and collages

I suggest or for quality prints with your digital images. I do NOT suggest drug store or chain store printing options. The colors tend to not be the correct tone for your digital images.