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You Should Credit Your Photographers Before Posting Their Photos

Let 2019 be the year of giving credit where credit is due.

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Cosplay photography has become a major hit amongst cosplayers in recent years. Nothing feels better than getting professional photos done of the cosplays you put blood, sweat, and tears into. You want to look your best, and these photographers know how to make you shine in front of the camera.

These photographers are willing to often spend countless hours at conventions and outside of conventions capturing a wide range of cosplayers to grow their own portfolio as well as to bring joy to their client. They capture the cosplayer in a single still image and bring it to life. Some use amazing real-life techniques from smoke machines to real fire. Others use the power of editing to whisk the cosplayer from a normal setting to a setting that fits perfectly to the characters aesthetic.

When the cosplayer receives the photos back, there are shouts of glee. They quickly post it to their pages, thanking the photographer for the amazing pictures. Letting others know that this is a photographer who they should work with, in the future.

However, some clients, but mostly large pages who repost these photos, do not always accurately credit the photographer.

This seemed to be a common trend with cosplayers several years ago. Photographers and even commissioners work went without notice. Sometimes the photographer's watermarks were removed so there was no hope in people finding the photographer that captured the perfect moment.

In recent years though, many cosplayers have gotten much better at crediting their photographers (and other artists like commissioners), but there are those who in a sense steal the photographer's work and repost it without any links or credit. These people still often go as far as cropping out the photographer's watermark. These watermarks often help those wanting to find the source material when no other links are found. Once that watermark has been removed, there is little to no chance of finding that photographer.

Some may think, "Oh well, that photographer is still getting exposure." But how can they get so-called "exposure" if a person cannot determine who took the picture and the watermark is removed? That photographer is not losing potential future clients and reach for their page. Even the cosplayer is losing social media traffic they would have had too. Social media already creates algorithms that work against those who refuse to pay for likes, but now pages are reposting pictures that tend to receive more traffic than the photographer's and the cosplayer's original post combined. The only person who normally benefits are those behind the page that essentially stole that photo.

It is not hard to credit a photographer or the cosplayer, or anyone that had a hand in it, it is pure laziness. It is as easy as putting "Photo credit: Momo Clicks Photography" at the end of your post. It took all of five seconds to credit the photographer who supplied the cover photo for this article. There should be no excuses for those people who continuously not credit the photographers who aided in the creation of a now-viral picture.

Cosplay photographers work extremely hard at their craft. They spend hours staring at a computer screen, going over each detail, just like cosplayer goes over the details of their costume before the big day. Credit each other, because let's face it, most social media algorithms are against us. Let 2019 be the year of giving credit where credit is due because nothing feels better than knowing that your work feels appreciated by others.

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10 VSCO Presets That Make You Look Tan As All Heck

Because come on, we can't all be sun kissed while also working 40 hours a week.

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I don't know about you, but I cannot seem to get to the golden shade that I so desperately want. Think I'm silly all you want, but being tan makes me more confident. Now, working 40 hours a week, during prime sun hours doesn't exactly help this dilemma, so I have taken the matter into my own hands. These are a few of the VSCO Filter pre-sets that make me feel just as sun-kissed and stunning as I aspire to be, from the comfort of my cubicle.

1. E8 +8, Contrast +1, Temperature -1, Saturation -1, H. Tint Magenta +3

2. HB2 +7, Contrast -1, Exposure -1, Temperature +0.5, Saturation +1, Fade +1.5, Grain +4

3. C8 +12, Exposure -2, Saturation -2/+2, Grain +3 (Optional)

4. C1 +12, Fade +4, Contrast +2, Exposure +2, Saturation -2, Tint +3

5. A4 +7, Exposure -2, Contrast +1.7, Temperature +1.7, Tint +1.0, Saturation -2.0, Skin tone -1.0

6. M3 +12, Temperature -1, Contrast +2, Saturation -1/+1

7. E3 +12, Temperature -1, Saturation -2, Skin -2

8. HB1 +8, Exposure -1, Temperature -1

9. C1 +12, Exposure -1, Contrast +2, Temperature +2, Saturation -2, Skin Tone -3

10. G1 +8, Exposure -2, Contrast +2, Saturation +2, Temperature -1, Fade +2

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Erika Glover

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If Someone Is Serving You With Their Art, You Need To Pay Them

No, it's not for free.

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Okay, so, I used to have a thing for photography. I still do! But, it's more of a hobby for me, and I don't really do photoshoots with anybody because I don't see my photography as being something I want to charge people for. It's just something I like doing, and I don't rely on it for any of my income.

However.

I have plenty of friends that are obsessed with things like photography and have developed their skills so much that they have the ability to charge people for their artwork and build, essentially, a business of their own. Their photography is really good, too!

If you know anything about photography as well, you also know that every photographer has a different sense of style. Someone who's a street photographer isn't going to take photos that look the same as someone who prefers to take photos of special events like wedding or quinceañeras.

That photography? Is art. And you pay for art.

I don't know how many times my friends have told me stories of people who don't want to pay them for taking photographs of them. If not that, they argue that the prices for being photographed are too high. That's insane to me.

Do people not know that it takes time and effort to create art? Someone who's photographing you is working to provide a service to you, and somehow the thought of paying them is an issue? Ridiculous!

People pour their hearts and souls into their artwork, and asking someone to do it for free or for extraordinarily cheap, is totally rude. It doesn't matter if they're your friend either, that just makes it even ruder to suggest they don't deserve to be paid for their efforts.

Pay your friends. Pay artists. Tip them. Compliment their work and share their information with friends and family so you can help them have new clients, and support their business. Just as you would pay someone for fixing your car, or painting your house, pay your artists for taking time out of their day to provide their service to you.

It seems like it would be common sense, but from looking at social media and seeing how people refuse to pay "too much" for "amateur" artists, it seems like it's not as common as I thought. I don't know how many times I've scrolled through Twitter and seen screenshots of people telling nail techs that their prices for the most gorgeous nails were too high. HOW?

Or people criticizing the prices of local caterers. It's ridiculous.

If you afford the service in the first place, maybe reconsider even booking a photo shoot with someone at all. Maybe reconsider getting your nails done? People don't have the time to spend hours of their day providing a service to you for you to not want to reward them for their work.

Shop local. Buy from your friends. Support small businesses. Most of all?

PAY THEM.

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