For the past few days I’ve been thinking about a lot of stuff, mainly plagiarism and not academic fraud you get caught for in school but the kind that people are getting away with. Let me begin. First of all, Ottawa has a lack of decent photographers, there are a few who can actually direct the models themselves and provide a lot of input, so far, we’ve found 4 that can do this. Here’s my problem. I was perusing a few websites today of photographers myself and a few of my colleagues have worked with. These websites are either flickr accounts, model mayhem accounts of personal sites. Every single photographer that is decent in the city provides credits to every person he or she has worked with. Every photographer that stands still and snaps the photo, well does not.
It is so irritating to see people commenting on photographer X’s picture about what a great job they did, however, it is clear that photographer X never really contributed to the photograph at all. All they did was snap it because they have an expensive camera. Did they place the model? Did they choose the clothes? Did they provide input regarding any of the elements that helped make the picture? NO NO AND NO! So why do you take the credit for taking such a marvelous shot? You shouldn’t, plain and simple. You contribute lighting? It takes them at least 2 hours to set up and you know what, it’s bad. Even their photoshop work is unworthy and has to be re-edited.
This is my rant, felt by many people who have worked with photographers in Ottawa. So here’s my message to photographers:
Learn the basics of fashion photography. It’s not about your equipment it’s about your creativity. Don’t take credit for work you didn’t do, have the decency of providing the person’s name, otherwise, it’s plagiarism. And my final word to you is, stop being so cocky because you suck. Unless you’re good, then you have no reason to be cocky because even those 4 good photographers in the city who are good, well, THEY AREN’T COCKY.