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07/07/2002 07:16:14 PM · #1
I'm having an ethics issue. If I like what another photographer has done, is it wrong for me to do the same thing and then submit it in a contest? I know that we copy each other all the time to learn. Yet, what about following a process to get a photo yet using the exact same subject/effect. Is this wrong? I think it is but see it happen often and wonder what other's think.

07/07/2002 07:22:15 PM · #2
I think it is all right to get inspired from another photo but not shooting the exact same shot. I think it's ok to shoot the same subject if you approach it in a different way.
07/07/2002 07:25:46 PM · #3
There are two issues to this problem...

1- sometimes you inadvertently do a photo that is very similar to another photo without even knowing it. Does this make it wrong? I don't think so. If you think about it, most photos that you see in print are not unique.

2- I don't think it's wrong to mimic someone else's work. As long as you do the work, the photo is yours. If you scan someone elses work, it's obviously a problem, but if you do it on your own, what's wrong with that?

It's up to the photographer. I have, often times, copied the ideas of other photographers to try to improve on what they have done in an effort to improve my own skills. :)

07/07/2002 07:28:43 PM · #4
"A good artist copies. A great artist
steals." - Picasso

07/07/2002 08:03:05 PM · #5
I am 100% guilty of attempting to copy ideas that I have seen in the past. I have never tried to exactly copy anything... I always try to put my own twist to it if I copy an idea I have seen before...
07/07/2002 09:20:54 PM · #6
There is nothing wrong with being inspired by another photographer's idea .. and if you reproduce the shot in your own way - i dont see anything wrong with it ... Personally if there was a place to make personal comments - in there i would give a "credit" to the person where you got the idea from - if you are feeling ify about using your reproduced image.

07/07/2002 09:25:11 PM · #7
kvockler, I dont thing there is anything wrong with trying to duplicate another persons photograph. I know from my own experience that it has helped me to learn new techniques. However, you will always know it was a copy of someone elses work. Its just never quite as rewarding as your own work.
07/07/2002 11:00:09 PM · #8
There's not that many original ideas left, so you'll almost have to 'copy' from someone. I don't see anything wrong with it as long as the interpertation is yours. If you get interested in a subject, you'll go back and copy it as long as you feel you have something more to say about. If you look in the museums you'll see the famous artists who've copied from each other, but they've copied with their own eyes and made something new.
07/07/2002 11:09:07 PM · #9
And you can always give credit to your 'inspiration' ...

07/07/2002 11:43:08 PM · #10
I think it's great to get your inspiration from someone elses work. Sometimes it can inspire you in a completely different way other than the way you first intended. My idea for the "transparent" photo came from something I saw somewhere else. But after I bought the materials and set the shot up....I couldn't get it to look the way I wanted it to so I just used the same materials for a completely different sent up...one of my own ideas. I was really happy with it but would have never come to that point if I hadn't first been inspired by someone else's work.

I would say that rarely has anyone created anything that hasn't first been inspired by a thought, a sight, a feeling...a memory....that they've had. That's what art is all about, isn't it?
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