| || |
Welcome to my Fotki albums. Sorry I haven't written any journals until now. I figured now would be a good time to start since I've been getting more traffic on a regular basis. I started up this account to share pictures with the people who pose for me at science fiction conventions. Fotki's been a great way share pictures. I expanded my account to include my portfolios and event photography. My pictures have been used for web content and in print advertising. I'm gradually expanding my portfolio and hope to develop a side business with my photography.
Since I happen to share the same name as a celebrity, I adopted a "professional" name to identify myself. A professional photographer once told me, "I like the way you frame up your shots," so I decided to adopt the name FrameShot. So far, I haven't had any problems with it. :)
I hope everyone enjoys my pictures!
I became involved with photography because its fun and good way to relax. Even as I work towards making a side-business out of my photography, most of the pictures I take are for enjoyment rather than profit. Before I upload the pictures to my Fotki account, I resize the pictures down to a smaller resolution to reduce both the time it take to upload the pics and the time it takes for pictures to be pulled up on peoples screens. (Even with broadband, individual file size does make a difference when you upload hundreds of pictures at a time. And not all people who view these pictures have broadband.) A few people have asked me to send them larger resolution files of certain pictures. When Im asked that, I take a little time to explain why I dont distribute larger pictures
When I take pictures at a photo shoot, theres enough time to get the models to sign release forms. I generally dont have that much time or enough release forms when I take pictures at conventions and other events. Instead, I ask if its alright with them for me to post the pictures on my Fotki account. Most people are okay with that. Any further distribution or any sales is a different manner. When people at events pose for my pictures, theyre still essentially modeling for me. I don't wear a press badge or represent a news organization, so I can't assume they'll be alright with any further distribution of their pictures.
The main purpose of posting my convention and event photography is to share the pictures with the people who pose for me. I feel it's fair use of the pictures if other people enjoy them as well. Beyond that, my policy is that, unless the people posing have signed a release form, I give full-sized pictures only to the people in the pictures. If they want to redistribute the pictures, theyre welcome to do so as long as they give me credit.
Ive also been asked about showing the pictures Ive stored in locked albums. Those pictures are locked away in order to, 1) respect Fotkis guidelines, and 2) respect the privacy of the people in the pictures. The pictures stored in locked albums, such as the Fantasm albums, are from private events or show activities that are a bit close to a violating Fotkis guideline prohibiting pornography. While none of the pictures I store on Fotki are actually pornographic, growing up in the Bible Belt has taught me that a lot of people try to enforce their own definition of porn, and just attending an event like Fantasm can cause unintended embarrassment or even get people in trouble at home, work, church, etc
When I attend these events, Ill have the album created in advance and give the people I photograph the link and password so they can see their pictures without worrying their family or co-workers seeing them. Additionally, there are some pictures too adult to be left out for kids to see even they dont cross the line into pornography.
While all this talk about release forms and respecting privacy may sound overly-cautious, some people have freaked-out when they saw pictures I took of them on other people's websites. If I'm going to make a business out of my photography, I wish to maintain a certain level of ethics in doing so.
I just created an account at onemodelpalce.com as a networking tool. A bunch of my friends who use it have been saying I need an account there. Normally, I don't like to bow to peer pressure, so I took my sweet time getting around to setting it up. :p
...Oh, and my member id on OMP is 109443
I really didn't think it was necessary to post about using common courtesy. Unfortunately, it apparently is. Although it doesn't happen often, I've had to delete comments that I felt cross the line in regards to spitefulness or vulgarity. I'm not asking for all comments to be praising me or the people in the pictures. If anything, I really appreciate criticism. Just make it constructive or at least something that could spoken out loud in public - where everyone can see who's saying it. That goes double for criticism about the people in the pictures. These people put a good bit of effort into their costumes - most just for the fun of it. Don't ruin people's fun with snide remarks. If I feel a comment is obscene or made just for spite, I will delete it.