Photographic Services


Service Summary

Effective February 2007

Top priorities
Photographic Services will support projects that advance the image of the university to its external constituents. Priorities include:

  1. OCM & President's Office events, including commencement, board meetings, press conferences, special programs and ongoing publicity
  2. Publications (university flagship publications such as Auburn Report, Auburn Magazine, marketing brochures, recruitment publications and collateral) intended for an external audience and critical publics
  3. Newspaper and magazine media
  4. Professional headshots (images used for university websites, displays, and staff/faculty)
  5. University Web pages
  6. College/school events and news which advance the university's image or are newsworthy
  7. Special projects (calendars, books, high-end visual publications, slide shows)

Events must be scheduled on a first-come first served basis, although priority events (such as those sponsored by the president's office) may take precedence. Photo Services reserves the right to request proofs of publications for any images requested, and photo credits where applicable in external news outlets.

Services & Fees

  • For events and photographic shoots that qualify as external and imagebased, there will no longer be hourly photographic rates billed for the photographer's time. Also, units will now be billed at cost for items purchased on their behalf (i.e. prints, frames, matting); previously, items were billed at market value plus cost.
  • Vendors who re-sell photographs produced by Photo Services will be billed at a wholesale rates
  • External customers who want photographs for personal use will be billed at retail rates for items purchased

University Events Not Covered By Photographic Services

Although eliminating hourly rates for photography and reducing costs of photographic materials is good news for university departments, higher demand for photography is expected. Previously, to cover salaries and expenses, Photographic Services attended many events on campus unrelated to advancing Auburn's image or that were internal, non-promotional activities. Events not pertaining to the external promotion of Auburn University will no longer be scheduled (for example, some internal celebrations, banquets, retirement receptions, informal or non-university sponsored occasions).

However, to assist in these areas, OCM and Photographic Services will provide 1) a list of high-quality, reputable photographers who will provide a lower rate than their usual commercial rates for Auburn University units, close to the previous rate charged by Photo Services, or 2) an easy-to-use "point and shoot" camera on loan.

The on-loan camera must be signed out from OCM (in 23 Samford Hall) or Photographic Services (in Foy Hall), under the following restrictions:

  • The university event is in the Auburn/Opelika area
  • Borrower is a university employee and must present i.d. card with valid employee number
  • Departmental FOAP (department account number) will be debited if the camera isn't returned by the appointed time, typically 24 to 48 hours, or if equipment is damaged or lost)
  • Unit is responsible for back up AA batteries and for downloading the images from the camera to departmental computer (copy of instructions and camera bag will be provided with loaner camera)

Last Updated: Sept. 1, 2010

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