GASP. Well, it’s not only an acronym for Gascoigne’s Action and Sports Photography, but you could also refer to it as an abbreviation and a contraction of sorts, containing the first letters of our surname with the "P" added for photography i.e. Gascoigne’s Photography.
But enough of the references to grammar, GASP is short, it’s bold, and it’s easy to remember. It’s the sound and physical response an athlete experiences after exerting themselves to their fullest extent, and just maybe, it’s the sound you’ll make when you see that perfect photograph. The term Photographics represents our overall combined interest in photography and graphic design. GASP Photographics.
What do we do? Although we have a craving to memorialize those unpredictable moments at sporting events, and have an attraction to action, we offer other associated graphic design services including sporting profile bio sheets, personal posters, team and player portraits, team sporting calendars, promotional posters to thank sponsors, etc. Let's talk!
Scheduling permitting, we can work night and day, weekdays, weekends, spring, summer, fall and winter. Rain, snow, or shine. We prefer the sunshine, but life happens even when conditions aren't always the most favourable, and without the pictures, where’s the proof?
It's hard to look back on your life, if there is nothing to look at. Photographs let you relive those special moments, or those activities that we, or our special someone(s) no longer do. Have you ever regretted not having a photo taken of you or your child in the past, to be able to enjoy it later? And if you did, did you wish you had something that was of higher quality? Sometimes our memories don’t always work without a little help. Why not have the best images possible to bring the action back in glorious detail? That's why we do this.
A photographer cannot sell an image in which you are both the subject of the photograph and are clearly identifiable, without written permission from you (being an adult) or your legal guardian, unless of course the sale of the images are to you, (the subject of the photograph), or to your legal guardian, in which case that written permission would already have been obtained. Even images that are not for sale, but are intended to be published in the newspaper or an on-line news service, should still require your permission prior to doing so, although this may not always be the case.
It is for this reason, that most teams, clubs, organizations and workplaces, require their members to sign a photo release waiver form when they became a member. This can help avoid the potential for awkward conversations between the photographer and spectators during a photoshoot, or parents and coaches afterwards.
Not that we ever expect this to come into play, but if you have put down a deposit, and you did not like enough of the watermarked photos, we presented to you for review, to purchase, we will do a second take.* It's as simple as that.
* If a second take is requested, digital images from the first take will remain available as additional images, at $15.00 per image.
Watermarks help advertise a photographer’s work, and they indicate the image is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without the photographer’s consent. As per the amended Copyright Act, Bill C-11 in Nov, 2012, the photographer, by default, is the first owner of copyright. The watermark, although not a legal requirement, does continue to serve as a clear notice to anyone wishing to profit from the image, that they may be served with legal action.
Having said that, “would-be” image thieves will find a way to copy an image and remove a watermark anyway, but image thieves beware, if a photographer has the time and inclination, they can find where their stolen images reside on the internet anyway, by utilizing reverse image searches offered by Google, Bing, Pinterest, Image Raider, RevIMG, TinEye, Digimarc and the like.
The watermarked signature rarely adds any dollar value to a photo for you the client, at least not while the photographer is alive, assuming they were that good in the first place, and most often detracts from the viewing pleasure. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil in providing greater revenue for the photographer, by providing an advertizement of their services of course, but also encouraging a few extra dollars from the client if they wish to obtain a copy without the watermark. Afterall, the photographer does have to make a living too.
The good news is the non-watermarked digital file can be reproduced by a 3rd party printing service without the concern of copyright infringement, should the client want to share a hard copy of the image with family or friends, rather than just making it available through social media where the watermark can remain and the photographer benefits by always receiving credit.
To simplify, GASP Photographics will make our HD images digitally available at an incredibly affordable price, with the small inconspicuous corner watermark, or without the small inconspicuous watermark for a small additional fee.
See the "Waiver" section above, or our FAQ page with reference to GASP Photographics or their clients profiting from a digital image.