TFCD is working for “Time For Shoot”, it is a session which the model receives digital images supplied on CD and is a popular arrangement between models and photographers on the internet.
The basic idea is that no money changes hands, but both sides benefit from the arrangement. It can be hugely beneficial to both parties, but if not organized well can be a disaster or a highly one-sided arrangement.
A quite common misperception with TFCD is that this will generate a large number of images immediately after the shoot. Think again! Only the very inexperienced or the extremely naïve assume that it is a seductive proposal by default. In a portfolio,
you want quality, not quantity. This can play into the hands of photographers, who produce quantity rather than
quality. Lack of expertise is compensated for with the assumption that the more photos you take, the higher your
chances are that a good one happens by accident.
It is not in your interest to receive a copy of every photograph taken. The photographer should take the time to
edit the photos and only give you a selection of the best. You do not have the expertise to select the right images
from a large collection.
Digital or print, a good photograph requires work after it has been taken – and I do not mean digital trickery on
a mediocre picture. If you are presented with a CD immediately after the shoot, the photographer has not had the
time to do any post-production work on the images (or could not be bothered or did not know how to).
Typical post-production work would include adjustments to colour and contrast, removing specs of dust, which
may be visible, and sizing the photographs properly and converting them to the correct colour space for the
No self-respecting photographer wants to release photos that are anything but very good. From a large
number of photographs taken during a shoot, only a few will meet the demanding criteria a photographer should
impose on himself. Many photos from a shoot are just not good enough for a variety of reasons – technically,
I know of people who think that just because a photograph is in focus and correctly exposed, it is a
If you are offered a copy of everything, you are working with a photographer who does not take (or does not
know how to take) pride in her work