I don't do this for free, and parents don't get the actual files. They can opt in or opt out at that point. If I want respect for what I do, I guess it's time to start acting that way.
I am curious what amount you would charge for the use of a photo? Would the purchaser be able to use the photo however he wanted after he "bought" it?
I participate in a lot of races and contests where my photo is taken. I imagine entry fees cover the cost of the photographers. Generally the images are free to everyone, but one time the photos were available for purchase as a fundraiser. Each image was $1.
I cannot vouch for comparative quality, but my local drugstore allows people to use any image to be printed on pillowcases, mugs, clothing, lifesize cutouts, etc.
That's not a fair question. Not only do prices change based on the customer, the situation, the exact rights being sold (print/digital/one-time use), etc., they vary based on the work and techniques involved. Yes, to some people, a photo is a photo is a photo. And that attitude is the basis for this whole thread: not valuing someone's expertise.
Regardless, I sincerely doubt Goog has any desire to compete with your local drugstore, which, btw, is breaking the law if they are reproducing copyrighted material.
Oh - those were unconnected comments. I am wondering what Goog would charge and shared an unrelated story about when I bought an image taken "of" me but not for me. Of course all situations are different. I am wondering if Goog would charge $1 per image or $100 per image or (probably) somewhere in between. Because I value people's expertise but there is a tipping point where I personally will not pay for it. I think a lot of people are the same - we appreciate the talent but are not willing to pay for it at some price point.
Buying a picture doesn't transfer copyright. Just because you purchased an image doesn't mean you can reproduce it in any way that you want. That right still belongs to the copyright holder.
As someone who's sold their images for commercial use and as someone who contracts professional photographers to document my events...it depends. It depends on the photographer, on the vendor, on all sorts of things. All of the photographers I've worked with on events have prominent watermarks on their images. If the photographer were to sell them, they'd offer them without the watermark. I've found that the more the image is edited, the more it costs to purchase it.
When I sell my own images, I use a drop shipping vendor. So once I upload my images, my vendor handles the printing and shipping portion of the print to the client. I sell my images for 5-10 percent above cost. I try and find the cheapest vendors, but print quality is important and I'll only use certain labs.