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post #1 of 24 Old 06-01-2011, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Article about Horse Show Photographers

I thought this was an interesting article that I found on my local horse board, and thought I would share.


Horse Show Photographers Are Facing A Crisis | The Chronicle of the Horse


I know that I am not a fan of seeing pictures with the watermark still on it on facebook and such.

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post #2 of 24 Old 06-01-2011, 02:21 PM
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That was an EXCELLENT article. Thank you for sharing it. I REALLY appreciated the fact that they talked so much about copyright theft. That's the main reason I will not post any pictures without my copyright across the photo itself.
People don't realize how difficult it is to make photography a full time job, and appreciate the person who wrote the article. Thanks again for posting it.

Even when I post, sometimes as a photographer, even when you watermark your work in the most ugly spot of the picture, it still doesn't prevent some people from stealing from you-which is very frustrating and upsetting.


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EPNet posted an article a few weeks ago on facebook - and I was appalled at what some people do! Kids will go out of their way to photoshop (also pirated, likely) photographers' watermarks from the photos.
There is a reason I pushed for a photo proof ban on the HorseForum - it's theft. Plain and simple. When you take a watermarked or Proof photo off a photographer's site, you are stealing.
What irks me is that there are people complaining that there are no show photographers anymore..... Wonder why? Hah. My watermark (and I'm an "aspiring amateur" - not pro) is big and obvious, but if someone is determined enough, nothing is going to stop someone from photoshopping the image.
Sad.
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TBH, For me it doesnt make much difference as most show photographers I have come accross are useless and don't seem to understand what makes a lovely equine photo. There are a few of the big name companies that do (in UK off the top of my head the only ones that stand out are bluprint studios and Equinational).

Very often my mother gets far better photos then the photographer. The amount of times I've gone to the photo stand, and seen odd angles, wrong timing in canter, very odd shots is phenominal. Honestly I dont want a photo that makes my very well put together pony look narrow in front, nor do I want a photo of the down stride of the canter, and If I am at a HORSE show I do not want a photo of my ugly mug without a horse in sight or with half a horse head in the side of the photo.

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TBH, For me it doesnt make much difference as most show photographers I have come accross are useless and don't seem to understand what makes a lovely equine photo. There are a few of the big name companies that do (in UK off the top of my head the only ones that stand out are bluprint studios and Equinational).

Very often my mother gets far better photos then the photographer. The amount of times I've gone to the photo stand, and seen odd angles, wrong timing in canter, very odd shots is phenominal. Honestly I dont want a photo that makes my very well put together pony look narrow in front, nor do I want a photo of the down stride of the canter, and If I am at a HORSE show I do not want a photo of my ugly mug without a horse in sight or with half a horse head in the side of the photo.
I have to agree. You have to keep in mind that most photographers at shows, are not horse owners or riders, and do not understand good and proper equine photography. They simply don't understand the sport and the animals.
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But Faye...if the pictures are crappy, you most likely aren't going to want to steal them.

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But Faye...if the pictures are crappy, you most likely aren't going to want to steal them.
You would be surprised. Any pictures of themselves and people steal them. I have done photos for close "friends" who without my consent have take the photo, edited the image and re-posted back on the web. People will steal anything they see fit.
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Faye, its unfortunate that you don't have a photographer you like in your area taking photos of your shows - but it might be likely that the good photogs have been scared off or refuse to work because of the level of theft.
It amazes me that people are shocked that photographers won't go to shows anymore.... But it isn't worth it for many photographers - especially the really good ones - because of theft.
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JDI, there are plenty of photogaphers, just very few good ones.

Just remebered anouther good photographer - Realtime imaging however they are generaly only at the realy big shows. Ithink they are the photographer for the likes of HOYS, Royal windsor and Derby festival.

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True enough My2.

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