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In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

06 March 2016 - 06:16 AM

LOL. Perhaps if you posted about composition, light, or anything about the creative side, instead of a complaint based on a cursory glace at topics, you would generate the kind of discussion you are looking for!


No complaint. Just an observation.

In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

06 March 2016 - 12:57 AM

Well, Wetkitsell is a lively old forum nowadays.


Fixed that for you...


A cursory glance at the topics shows a strong leaning towards a very kit-biased line of what camera to buy and what secondhand kit others wish to sell. Very rarely is there a question about composition, light or anything about the creative side.


Which is why I had to ask for a password reset. It had been a very long time...


Back to the original thread.


I can't offer anything in this case, but I would urge everyone entering competitions to read the terms and conditions carefully, and then check them against the Artists Bill of Rights (http://www.artist-bi...ts-introduction) and perhaps check if the terms offered by the competition is supportive of creators?


Is there a rights grab?


How can the competition exploit the images?


Is a credit for the winners mandatory?


Are the judges identified?


This list is not exhaustive, but I would encourage anyone entering a competition to check and if there is any doubt to find another more worthy contest.

In Topic: Pictures are now devalued.

04 December 2015 - 09:56 AM

There are several things one can do:-


1. Refuse to supply image use rights for fees that fail to reflect the cost and risk of creation.

2. Register your works with the US Copyright Office and hand over all infringements to an attorney.

3. Carry on creating and publishing images but use them as PR for another product, goods or service from which you can derive benefit/payment from.


Asking photographers and their egos to stand their ground with option 1 is not going to happen any time soon, but I subscribe to this policy. Option 2 derives an irregular but handsome income stream for me in spite of not publishing anything new for nearly two years. Option 3 helps sell all sorts of things; trips, books, courses - whatever.


There will be other ways and means. But its not stock, direct sales or Facebook likes of that I'm quietly confident.


Besides, the concept and practice of underwater 2D imagery is a bit old hat. Here's the latest from Scapa Flow:- https://skfb.ly/IGBF


And yes, some have been licensed. And work quoted for.

In Topic: Instagram

29 September 2015 - 12:21 AM

For some, this is the new way of making money.


If there is any hint that the individual or company responsible can be traced to an address, forget DMCA (a truly dreadful piece of legislation...) and find an attorney/lawyer who will work on contingency.


Takedown notices simply reinforce the view its OK to take and then remove if asked...meaning they simply carry on and find another creator's work.


It has occurred to me that since around 2010 there has not been a day when I have not been in litigation of some form...such is the new way of making money.

In Topic: Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Expectations?

07 August 2015 - 01:07 AM

Whenever I see an image I have a natural curiosity to understand its creation and - crucially - the level of manipulation applied to achieve the end result.


How many of us share our rushes? All of them? On the back of the camera after the dive? On the editing screen?


Not many I guess, because initially* it can feel like taking a s**t in public.


And yes, the perfect published world will only reinforce the view that anything that isn't processed/cropped/magic dust/filtered beyond belief is not worthy.


And at some point, credibility/belief is lost. But there is nothing really new with that one.


So yes, unrealistic expectations with regard to backscatter. Unless you are diving the truly crystal clear waters under waters of the Ross Ice Shelf or in Te Waikoro Pupu Springs in New Zealand**.


*initially it did feel like taking a dump when sharing with another photographer. But that emotion passes...and its quite liberating. Highly recommended.

**Last time I heard, diving had been banned in Pupu Springs.