Crediting friends for photos


in Daily updates, Geek stuff, Internet matters, Photography, Writing

I put a lot of photography online. I try to put a photo per day up on this site, and I have heaps of photos on Facebook and Flickr. It’s a hobby I enjoy and people seem to enjoy seeing my photos, including ones of themselves.

As photo and computer gear have made it easier and easier to store large numbers of digital images, my library is ballooning. I use iPhoto to store ‘digital negatives’ and currently have an album of 36,109 photos. Most of those photos (over 2/3) have been taken since I came to Ottawa.

While lugging around a giant SLR, it is fun to let other people try taking a few shots. One person brought the gear, but that doesn’t mean people with different perspectives shouldn’t be allowed to make use of it.

I do try to memorize which shots are mine and which ones were taken by others, but I deal with a daunting number of photographs overall. Once in a while, I may accidentally mis-attribute a photo taken by someone else as my own. It is never my intention to do so, and I ask you not to be offended if I haven’t remembered which shots you took. I would always be pleased if you would let me know, so that I can provide an appropriate caption or hover-over text.

Does that seem like a sensible approach to people?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Byron Smith January 31, 2011 at 6:08 am

Seems very sensible to me.

I haven’t taken any of your photos. ;-)

I have the same problem: photo library is currently at about 35k as well (though taken over a significantly longer time frame and on inferior equipment – I’m much more amateur than you. I enjoy your pics.)

R.K. January 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Photography can be a collaborative enterprise, to differing degrees. At the extreme, I guess you could set up everything about the shot and use the other person just to hold the camera and press the shutter. At the other extreme, you could let them choose the setting, lighting, and everything.

It’s pretty clear who ‘made’ the photo in each of those extreme cases, but it seems less straightforward for intermediate cases.

Antonia February 2, 2011 at 5:15 am

Definitely seems sensible. Also, if they have particularly strong views that don’t fit, the friends do have the opportunity to let you know their attitude at the point they pick up or hand back the camera.

Milan February 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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