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Old July 19th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Phil Fernandez Phil Fernandez is offline
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Default What is a tearsheet?

I have been in this business for just 1.5 years and I have never been published in a magazine before. I have shot with quite a number of models to develop my skills and help my portfolio since I wanted to focus on fashion/apparel photography. I have worked with clothing companies shooting for catalog work but was just paid for shooting ... no editing work... and they let me sign a waiver to give them the rights to all the pictures I took of their clothing line.

Models asked me if I provide tearsheets. I don't really understand the whole concept of that. I know it also means pictures from published media ads....with them in it... right?

So when someone ask you... is this for a tearsheet? Are they saying really... is this shoot for a media ad that will be published and they will get a copy of the ad with them in it?

And when someone ask you like a magazine editor... how much do you charge for print work or tearsheet? what does that mean? Is that the amount of time and work you do shooting, editing, and then copyright of your images to be used for the magazine too?

would really appreciate help from veterans here... thanks

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Old July 20th, 2011, 02:19 AM
Sandrine Bascouert Sandrine Bascouert is offline
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A tear sheet is a fancy word to say "real example of printed work" as for example the cover of a magazine where your photo appear but with the title, taken from the actual real magazine (it can be a catalog, a leaflet, a record cover, an ad) with all the artwork done, as is it presented to the final customer. See that like if you, the photographer have to buy the magazine and tear the sheets where your image appear and keep them in your portfolio. Sometimes they are provided on request by the agency, sometimes you have to sort it out yourself eg. go to the newsagent, or for smaller projects, harass the local printing company for some leftovers (like I did).


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Old July 20th, 2011, 10:07 AM
Charles L Webster Charles L Webster is offline
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Most of my clients provide me with PDF copies of the ad/poster etc. as an "electronic" tear sheet.

For editorial work, I just make a PDF of the article myself,

Everything in the frame must contribute to the picture.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 09:04 AM
Phil Fernandez Phil Fernandez is offline
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thank you guys for the response
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Old October 30th, 2011, 02:03 PM
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