TALKING IMAGES 60 – THOUGHTS FOR THOSE NEW TO PHOTOGRAPHY 6: COPYRIGHT? I REALLY CAN’T BE BOTHERED

 

 

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Some years ago, I put out some posts specifically aimed at those just getting interested in photography, just starting out.  I tried to think of things that might be useful to them – and not just in terms of technique, but also in ways of thinking about photography, attitudes, questions that might arise, etc.  I most certainly do not know all there is to know about photography, but I’d like to try something similar again and – as always – I’m happy to take questions >>> with the caveat that, as already mentioned, my knowledge is not exhaustive.

But always remember, these are only my views and opinions: others may well think differently, and equally validly..

EARLIER POSTS IN THIS SERIES

POST 1: The Main Mantra: there are no rights or wrongs in photography, only individual photographers’ differing opinions.

POST 2: Raw capture versus jpeg capture – it depends upon what you have planned for the photos you are taking.

POST 3: Learning to explain why you like/dislike an image: putting your thoughts into words can help you to understand your own, personal, visual preferences >>> and so help you create images that you like.

POST 4: Don’t clutter up your pictures >>> use the camera’s viewfinder/screen (and cropping too) to remove unwanted/irrelevant material from images to make them simpler, more effective and more direct >>> less can be more, simple can be beautiful!

POST 5: All that really matters is the final photographic image that you produce: details of the equipment used, the types and amounts of cropping and post-capture processing are irrelevant – if your final image looks good, it is good!

COPYRIGHT?  I REALLY CAN’T BE BOTHERED – FOR 3 REASONS

1: LIFE’S TOO SHORT! – I suppose that when thinking about copyright, I can sum my feelings up with the phrase – “LIFE’S TOO SHORT!”.  There are many, many other more worthwhile things to think about in Life.  We live in a highly materialistic world in which money and possessions govern everything for many, many people – and in these pandemic days we are seeing this even more clearly than usual, as the rush to re-open nations’ economies is inevitably leading to more people dying – it is a simple trade off between lives and livelihoods.  I’ve said many times on this blog that I’m trying to pursue a simple life, and this desire has only intensified now that I’m retired.

I would not think like this though if I were in any way a professional photographer, deriving income from my images, but being any kind of professional photographer is certainly NOT something that I ever want to be >>> being an amateur gives me total freedom to enjoy photography – how, as, when and where I chose, with no pressure whatsoever from anyone else.

Its true that I do put some very basic copyright metadata into each of my images, but I really have no idea whether this information can be removed or not, and I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over that.  Also, all of my images are posted at only moderate quality, which may make them less appealing to thieves, but this is primarily to avoid overloading the space allotted to my blog by WordPress, and to (perhaps) make my images open quicker.

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2: MOST DIGITAL PHOTOS ARE NOT TOTALLY STOLEN the stealing of unique film negatives or positives (i.e. slides, transparencies) can mean that pictures are gone forever.  What is being stolen has a physical presence, and can be materially removed from one’s possession forever.  But in this digital age, for example on Instagram or WordPress, the owner is still left with at least the master version, and so is still in possession of the actual image.

The concern then of course is that the thief may go on to make money or kudos from the stolen copy but, really, I can live with that.  I read somewhere recently that someone had their photos stolen from Instagram and that one of the stolen photos was entered into a competition and actually won a prize.  I can only see this as very sad behaviour; I can only feel very sorry for anyone who would even consider doing such a thing.

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3: PUTTING TITLES AND WATERMARKS ONTO IMAGES IS OUT – now here we get back to the personal preferences which I talked a lot about in POST 1: of this series.  Personally, I feel that the image is everything, and I have not the slightest inclination to deface it in any way, regardless of whether this may leave it more vulnerable to theft.  So I never put titles or watermarks onto images.  Many titles are not overly intrusive, its true, but here on WordPress I’ve been stunned to see some really heavily intrusive watermarks.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

6 Responses to TALKING IMAGES 60 – THOUGHTS FOR THOSE NEW TO PHOTOGRAPHY 6: COPYRIGHT? I REALLY CAN’T BE BOTHERED

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    First of all, let me say how much I loved the first image!! Mood, composition! I may go over the board with an exclamation mark and no complaints about it, please. The second one with baby and mother is also so touching and heartwarming. Kudos for capturing such images.

    Now about copyright! I agree with you. In the initial stages of my journey as an amateur photographer, I used watermark on all my photos. Not big but it was very much there proclaiming what a great artist I am!! As years progressed I realised the futility of it and also realised I am just a nano dot in this huge universe. And now with corona and the time we live in, it is more and more important to just enjoy what you do and forget about any thought of grandness. Simplicity, minimalism are now mottos to be followed. If anyone steals my photos I would consider it a compliment. If you see any of my photos with watermark they are resurrected from the archives.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Haha! well put! >>> we are ALL nano dots, my friend, here for what in terms of the age of the Universe is less than the blink of an eyelid. I’m a geologist by profession, and even looking at the Earth (as geology does), let alone the Universe, we are all minute and extremely transient lifeforms. As with many things, ideas of greatness exist only in our minds.

      I’m very glad you enjoy the two photos >>> though I fully understand the third photo must be ultimate anathema to a vegetarian! Its always very good hearing from you, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Janet says:

    These are beautiful images Adrian! I love your ideas too and I agree about watermarks. I’d have an anxiety attack messing up my images with one, they’re distracting and silly (just my opinion). Thanks for putting this together, I’m saving it to read all of those posts later. Your photographs really are fabulous and I like how you think. 😄

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Janet, thank you, that’s wonderful, it really does me good to hear these thoughts of your’s! I’m hoping that this series of posts will be useful. There are a lot of ingrained and dogmatic views about photography, and I’m trying to cut through these to get at the core of things, which is the creating of images. As that photographer said in POST 1, its all about ignoring all the ****** and getting out there and taking photographs, its as simple as that. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂 🙂 🙂

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