I have a habit of surfing the WordPress photography tag to see what’s out there. If I see something I like, I read the blog entry and toss out a comment – after all, everyone loves to see feedback, especially good feedback. The problem with this approach is that I’m often snookered by bloggers who rip images from someone else for their posts (often not photography related posts either, a whole other rant.)
I’d say about half of these bloggers actually give the photographer credit, which is great. Well, it’s great assuming the photographer is ok with that – the Creative Commons Flickr approach means I can’t always tell.
About half of the bloggers don’t actually give the photographer credit. That’s super annoying in more ways than one. For me, the viewer, the most annoying part is that I can’t tell who took that amazing shot, and I can’t go look at any more of their work.
There’s this handy little link in the media library that allows you to add a link to your images – I wish everyone who ripped images would put in a link so that we can see where you got the image from. It’s not difficult. I’m sure the photographer would appreciate the traffic as well – assuming you had permission in the first place to “borrow” their image.
On that note, if I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve taken every image on this blog with the sole exception of my Project Joy work – of which I’ve posted exactly one image that my grandmother shot.
That huge obnoxious watermark is there for a reason – it’s my work, don’t take it. It’s copyrighted. I know some people believe that if an image is on the internet it’s fair game (or fair use, the legal term.) That would be why I haven’t opened a Flickr account myself, or posted much on Facebook. I love to share, but someday I’ll get burned – and I probably won’t even know it.
So please, people, let’s go link crazy. Give credit where it’s due and let us see who that amazing artist is. We’ll only appreciate your good taste all the more.