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I recently went to JCpenny and shot some family pictues the issue is that I did not order a CD to acompany my pictues because they charge $150 for the CD and I didn't think it was worth it.  Since I have about a week to go before I receive my printed pictures, I'm now thinking that I'd like to make more copies of what I purchased, but don't know how to get my pictures on a CD without spending the $150.  

Does someone have an alternative solution?  I thought about Costco or Kinko's.  Any ideas?

asked 11/21/2011 06:28

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Uhh, where are the image files?  What format do you have the pictures in right now?  Are they copyright-free?
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Hello ee4itpro2, I may have missunderstood your question as these things come easy for me
But what I would do is scan off the photos using your scanner and save to PC as jpeg
then many doors to burn them to CD opens to you fo rchoices,
such as a slideshow in some form using many tools.
Like Microsoft Power Point ( Power Point show)
Windows moviemaker a slideshow
Or Nero Vision or Picasa
or just a data CD
Please fill in any gaps and if I am on the right track.
Regards Merete
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answered 2011-11-22 at 03:33:36

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ee4itpro2

The reason that the CD is so expensive is because buying it gives you the rights to reprint, copy, distribute, share, or do anything with the images just as though you had taken them on your own camera:

http://www.jcpportraits.com/products/images-cd

When you pay for a sitting and buy only a certain number of prints, you have paid for those prints and the service, but you are not allowed to scan and save then reprint, share, or post those images to the Internet because they are the subject of copyright.  It's the same as a wedding photographer from times before digital photography.  You were given "proofs", you selected the ones to have printed and included in the album, and you then paid for the album.  The photographer retained the negatives and you had to order reprints from them.

Basically what you have done is commissioned a photographer to take photos for the purposes of ordering a certain number of prints.

You can pay to have the images archived so that you can send people a link to an online album and they can view the photos, but they are not full quality ones that will be any good for printing, and it is in breach of the terms and conditions to try and save any of them.

http://www.jcpportraits.com/faq

What is the difference between the archival service and MyImages CD?

Archival Service: We will store your sittings/albums beyond the standard 90 days. You continue to have access to low-resolution images to view, share, create and order products during the Archival Service term.

MyImages CD: You purchase a CD containing high-resolution images from your sitting giving you the rights to use the high-resolution images.

Can I download my archived images?

No.


Scanning the prints when you receive them is the only way to get good quality extra prints of the images and to save them as image files to burn to CD or share with others, but it is completely in contravention of JC Penney's terms and conditions and also all intellectual property/copyright laws, so in doing so (should you choose that path) you risk being taken to court for what basically would be seen as theft.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 03:34:13

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@BillDL: Very well said.  Copyright violations are typically not criminalized, but $150 is a great investment compared to the $,$$$ that will be required to pay lawyers in defense of a civil suit.  Especially since the civil suit may prevail, and the resulting award will include not only damages, but the complainant's legal fees!

As a professional photographer, I own the image when the shutter is released.  I can sell or license the image, and I get paid for the release of rights.  So I'm with J.C. Penney on this one.  Pay the $150, get the CD and enjoy your photos.

best to all, ~Ray
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answered 2011-11-22 at 05:02:37

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Costco or Kinko's or any other legit service will not scan and copy those photos.  They have (or should have) a copyright notice on the back side.  They would become liable for infringement as well as you.

The world of photography really hasn't changed much in the last few decades...except that some photographers or studios will now concede to market demand and sell their work product in the form of CDs.

Instead of paying $200-300 for studio prints, you can buy a selection if shots (not all) on disc for 20-200 bucks.  It's a compromise, and respectful of the work done.

Some people don't care that it costs many thousands if dollars to build and run a studio in the hopes of making money.  They just want it all for a $20 sitting fee.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 05:20:45

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^I'm a customer, not a photog.  So, I pay the sitting fee, buy a basic package of prints, then buy the CD (or not).  If you want the CD for cheaper, then go to a different studio.  There are mall photographers (Picture People) who don't charge $150.

Just takes a couple of minutes of research.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 08:48:57

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Well I was off target ( australian see)
I just figured he shot some photos himself and went to this place to have them processed.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 08:52:47

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Yes, Merete.  As far as I'm aware this is really an American thing.  here in the UK we have large supermarkets where you can buy loads of larger items like washing machines, garden tables, etc, but in America supermarkets sell boats, cars, and John Deere tractors!  I'm sure that when visitors here from the US enter one of our best and largest "department stores" they are disappointed compared with the facilities over there.

I was on Skype with my American friend as I was looking at the question, so I was able to get a quick explanation about the differences between Macys, JC Penneys, Sears, Bloomingdales, KMart, etc, and I had previously been told about the differences between places like Wal-Mart, Costco (we have that here too), Walgreens, etc.  I knew from my brother who used to stay over there that JC Penneys is a very old and well established "department store", but it had never dawned on me that the studio photography "department" was so popular and well organised.  To my knowledge we just don't have anything that big in our stores (although I'm too poor to go shopping really ;-) and if you want a few good family portraits here in the UK you go to a standalone photographic studio or arrange a venue for the sitting - and then pay lots of money.  The JC Penneys prices seem to me to strike a happy compromise between professional quality products and affordability.
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answered 2011-11-22 at 15:00:35

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LOL well we may very well start having these Super stores here soon BillDL, Obama was just over here last week, then Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip,  and then the Danes Royal couple, all looking at prospects I'm sure.
All in the last 3 weeks what is going on?
Fasinating information you provided.
We have Ikea to name one.
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answered 2011-11-23 at 00:10:02

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Merete

Thank you ee4itpro2.

Merete. I hadn't seen your last comment until now. Yeah, the royalty were all over there in Oz topping up their sun tans in readiness for a European Winter.  The thing that puts me off Ikea is the silly "Scandinavian" names they make up for their products, like the "Krapper" wooden toilet seat, the "Sküm" bathroom suite, and the "Shäggä" and "Bönq" range of beds ;-)
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answered 2011-11-23 at 02:14:18

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ahaheh BillDL
so true, seeing as my roots I'm Danish ;)
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answered 2011-12-08 at 00:24:09

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Merete

Jeg havde en følelse du var fra den del af verden.
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answered 2011-12-08 at 00:36:55

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BillDL

Mit navn Merete giver det væk, men det igen kunne tyske.
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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:08:55

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Merete

Not bad for a Scot :P
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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:19:24

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Merete

ok last one BillDL
 but I just had to share this it's really funny
check it out Merete curtains in Ikea I just can't believe it
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00120979/
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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:19:55

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Merete

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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:44:59

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BillDL

Aha!  Snap.  I'm having internet connectivity, hence the delay. I saw them in the catalogue I get through the door, but had to wait for a solid connection to look it up online.
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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:50:26

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BillDL

LOL!!! different colours
we should have an EE chat page
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answered 2011-12-08 at 01:52:54

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