Stealing ideas

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  1. wildmaven

    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    How do you feel about taking another photographer's idea and using them?

    For me, I'll take an idea from someone who isn't local. There's a local guy who does really fun photos with kids using big wooden letters. In the photo, the letters spell out "I am 1" for one year olds, and the kid is holding the "I". I think it's a cute idea, but I won't use it because the guy is local.
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I doubt that much of anything you see these days is original anymore. He probably got or 'stole' the idea from someone else, who in turn, got it from someone else.

    My Sister-in-law had photos done of her son, for his 1st birthday...and he also had a big wooden 1.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    There are photos that can be extremely original, however photography has been around for soooooooo long that I doubt there is very much anything revolutionarily new anymore and pretty much everything has been done in one way or another.

    I very much enjoy taking ideas from others and playing with it. I often start with someone's ideas and bend, adapt and change things to try to make it my own flavor of a technique.

    It is like music... you may play a song created by someone else, but it will never sound exactly the same... a lot of "you" is in each note. In this case, a lot of "you" is in each picture.
     
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    I have seen the large wooden letters/blocks used by many photographers even have a catalog in this mess of an office somewhere where you can spend wa too much money for them.
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    elsaspet TPF Noob!

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    Nothing is original. It's a redo of an old idea.
    Don't really steal. Take a good idea and put some Wildmaven in it. Then it's not stolen at all. It's your muse.
     
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    I agree that's it's incredibly hard to find something that's pure and unique. Just try using them as a tool. Find out why you like the effect a particular picture has, then put a different twist to it.

    Maybe find/make a big wooden panel with 1 cut out and have the kid stand behind, so the one outlines him.
     
  8. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Even my daughter has already asked me this question more than once "Is it even POSSIBLE to take a NEW photo of something? Hasn't EVERYTHING been photographed out of about EVERY angle before?" And I think it has. So there is no real "stealing" any more. Nothing IS original any more.

    Though I do understand why you would rather not pick up the idea of the wooden letters. There's someone there doing it already and it would look unimaginative on your side if you did the same, no matter how much you like it. But to think of some other props ... why not? Even if all props have at least once been used before (for sure!).
     
  9. JHF Photography

    JHF Photography TPF Noob!

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    Speaking of stealing ideas.... Wildmaven, may I use your sig quote in my own sig? I have an idea brewing...... which requires your words! (I will of course give credit where credit is due - LOL!)


    Jason
     
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    Hahah...sure. :)
     
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    JHF Photography TPF Noob!

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    Sweet, thanks! Keep an eye out for a soon to be appearing sig near you...


    Jason
     
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    I never just out right copy someone...thats not being an artist IMO.

    I may see a good idea and put my own twist on it. Otherwise, I'm nothing more than a copycat that knows how to use a camera.
     

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