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Old 12-04-2006, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I sort of chuckle over the recent spate of posts about the Smartmoney and AOL article about telling people to scan photos to save money.

It reminded me of a conversation I had with a fellow photographer a few months ago. We were sitting listening to some music at his place while he went into a tirade about how upset he was with people copying his photos on their home scanners. This discussion, mostly on his part, was accompanied by wild gesticulation and he was obviously quite upset about it.

The conversation then turned to another subject, and I mentioned that I really liked the music that was playing and asked what it was. He immediately exclaimed that it was "a Beatles classic that he had bought at Best Buy" and offered to make me a copy of the CD. He then showed me one of the copies he had made and proudly told me how he had even made a good copy of the label using his scanner and ink jet printer that would print right on the CD.

As I said, "the other shoe" ...

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Sounds a lot like a comment I made here a few weeks ago regarding that art gallery tour, to the effect that it "depends upon whose ox is being gored." Few agreed with me then, and I doubt you'll get much agreement now.

The most entertaining element of the entire scenario is the fact that so few will see the irony.

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Old 12-04-2006, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I sort of chuckle over the recent spate of posts about the Smartmoney and AOL article about telling people to scan photos to save money.

It reminded me of a conversation I had will a fellow photographer a few months ago. We were sitting listening to some music at his place while he went into a tirade about how upset he was with people copying his photos on their home scanners. This discussion, mostly on his part, was accompanied by wild gesticulation and he was obviously quite upset about it.

The conversation then turned to another subject, and I mentioned that I really liked the music that was playing and asked what it was. He immediately exclaimed that it was "a Beatles classic that he had bought at Best Buy" and offered to make me a copy of the CD. He then showed me one of the copies he had made and proudly told me how he had even made a good copy of the label using his scanner and ink jet printer that would print right on the CD.

As I said, "the other shoe" ...

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Re: The other shoe ...
Old 12-04-2006, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The most entertaining element of the entire scenario is the fact that so few will see the irony.
The photographer that I know personally who is most concerned about people "stealing" images from his website and is constantly looking for ways to prevent it has never paid a dollar for any of the software he uses on the computer for his business. I guess it's a stereotypical case of crooks always assuming that everyone else is a crook. Of course, the joke is on him. Most of the cracked software that he downloads from "warez" sites has spyware and viruses in it.
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm a photographer first, but I'm also a musician and composer, so I can see both sides of theft on that subject. What an idiot!

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Old 12-04-2006, 07:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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At one point the buggy whip industry was big and fortunes werfe made by those who mde them. Then the horseless carriage came along and manufacturers of buggy whips and the buddies themselves were in a world of hurt. Along the same lines, anyone bought a BeatMax recently? Or an eight track tape player? Technology forces changes in all industries, including photography.
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At one point the buggy whip industry was big and fortunes were made by those who made them. Then the horseless carriage came along and manufacturers of buggy whips and the buggies themselves were in a world of hurt. Along the same lines, anyone bought a BetaMax recently? Or an eight track tape player? Technology forces changes in all industries, including photography. The fully automatic 35mm camera made a change in our industry, suddenly anyone could shoot a properly exposed and in focus photo. Many cried that was the end of our industry. Polaroid came along and many cried about the end ouf the industry. Now we have scanners, will the industry now end.

Those photographers who can adapt their business practices to this new environment will succeed, maybe even flourish, those who can not adapt will fail. Part of that adaptation is realizing we can not turn back technology, we can not make scanners go away. We can either pay lawyers to sue our clients, our bread and butter, or we can adapt to a new environment by accepting that clients 'will' scan our work and not order additional prints. This new situation is easily resolved by adjusting our pricing to allow unlimited reproductions. We can fight the inevitable or we can go with it and survive.
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Re: The other shoe ...
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Yeah, but those buggy whip makers just switched over to the S&M trade and are making a killing! Have you priced a good buggy whip recently? Jeez!

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