Time for prints (or trade for prints, time for pics, TFP, and sometimes prints for time, PFT) is a term many photography communities use to describe an arrangement between a model and a photographer whereby the photographer agrees to provide the model with a certain number of pictures of selected photographs from the session, and a release or license to use those pictures in return for the model’s time.
The word ‘Time’ refers a person’s time spent during the photoshoot. The Word “Prints” refers to a physically printed photo, usually on photo paper. The foundation of the concept of TFP being that both a photographer and a model get together and exchange their ‘time’, for free, and each receives the photos for their own usage. Since photos can now be delivered by means other than ‘Prints,’ some variant wordings of this arrangement are: Time for CD or Trade for CD (TFCD). With TFCD, the photographer provides the selection of images on a CD instead of prints. Similarly, with the ease and convenience of digital high-resolution images, the generic term TF* has evolved, where it does not necessarily refer to a tangible CD or printed image since the same accepted rules apply.
There are benefits to both parties of such an arrangement. The model can build a portfolio of photographs to show to prospective clients at little or no cost, while the photographer gets a model for a particular project or his portfolio with little if any outlay of cash.
Each photo shoot arranged is usually negotiated separately, and the terms can vary widely. The number of pictures which the photographer delivers to the model can range from a single photograph up to all shots taken. Speed of delivery can vary as well, from a CD burned at the end of the shoot before the model leaves up to several months. Unless such a time period has been specifically discussed and agreed prior to the shoot, finished pictures ideally should be delivered within two weeks.
What does it mean specifically? It means you will receive a certain amount of photo’s digitally for free and I, the photographer, may use your photo’s for my portfolio, online promotion and themed contests.
I may not sell your photo’s for a profit unless you agree to that in writing. In this case we set up a separate contract in which we state how to divide any income that may come from selling your photo’s.
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