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I haven't had artistic inspiration in awhile to paint/draw so I found
comfort and satifaction in my photography. I am an amateur
photographer, however I make my money I do have by doing
photos for locals, yes they LOVE my pictures and they are at
affordable prices and I roll with a cheap camera, but they don't judge
it.

Anyways...

I have started posting my photos on facebook, and I love all the
great responses I have gotten. However it's gotten to where
people like my photos TOO MUCH. They are starting to do
photography when they weren't interested in it before....and
what I'm pretty upset about is the friggin' repition. I have
threatened to no longer post photos on facebook because of it.
For instance, I took photos on the railroad tracks, a girl liked them
and did the SAME photos on the track, I went to the zoo and took
photos of the animals and posted it, a girl went to the same zoo and
took the same photos with a more expensive camera.
Not to be conceited, they don't look better than mine,
I just wish people could come up with their own ideas...it's
not hard, gosh. :mmph:

And yet I am glad people admire my work, but they don't draw their
own inspiration from it, they go and take the same photos. UGH.
 

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Being a professional photographer, I understand where you are coming from. Everyone gets their ideas from somewhere. We are inspired by our peers and by the old masters. We look for inspiration from all types of works. Then we try to recreate the feelings of the works we love but by doing something similar, not an exact copy. The only time I feel it is OK to recreate a work of art is if you are recreating something from an artist who is no longer with us.

Although it is disconcerting to have someone "copy" your work, there is not a lot you can do about it unless you have legally copywrited your work. then they would be leaving themselves open for a suit.

If these people are not on your turf per se, then don't waste time being upset about what they're doing. If they are on your back step and infringing on your territory for sales, then I would get upset about it.

If they are copying your style, I would consider it a compliment. They really like what they see and want to try it too. It is difficult these days with everyone owning a 'good' camera to not be copying someone's work. It is a real challenge to be original and that is what we pro's have to strive for everyday and it can be exhausting to be the first one out with something new. And if it is popular, you can bet that other photographers are going to pick up on it and try it too. There is a code of ethics that needs to be followed though. You do not do the same style of work as another photographer in your area. It will hurt both of them.

You can always look at it this way: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So, if you are getting a lot attention with your work, I wouldn't stop posting it. Not unless you feel very strongly about someone else copying what you are doing.
 

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Thats a good way to put it Spoo. I really am flattered I have
followers and fans and I'm not that miffed about it anymore,
but I am going to say something on there about copying my
ideas and work maybe...I dunno. :p

Roxy- I used to be so much in to sketching and painting, and
and then it seems if all my inspiration went down the drain, ugh!
 

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Okay so this is what I wrote on facebook,lol

"Hello everyone, I am flattered I have people that admire my
photography but please do not copy my work w/o permission
and STEAL MY IDEAS, please draw your own inspiration or I may
stop posting photos. MY WORK IS COPYRIGHT please ask permission
to re-post it or use it on a website. Not attacking anyone in general!"
 

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Is your work copyrighted? I'm not sure that you can really back up the threat except by not posting your work. And then, wouldn't that be punishing yourself too?
I guess what I'm saying is that your statement might cause you more grief than help. But maybe not...
 

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My work isn't really copyrighted, but what they know
want hurt them, I am an amateur. I post on lots
of sites so it wouldn't be hurting me any, I just threatened
to no longer post any new photos there, my old ones can
stay they've done ripped off I suppose.

Maybe I won't even have to stop posting there, maybe they
will get the idea from my message what I'm trying to say. :p
 
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