'Tis the season for mini sessions! Which means… lots and lots of submissions of photographers stealing others mini session set ups and posting them to drum up business for themselves, not clarifying that the images were NOT taken by the photographer POSTING THE IMAGE. Sigh.
Here’s the problem when you do this. It is false advertising. A photographer posts a picture(s) and it promotes that THIS is the type of image you will be receiving. I try to shy away from critiquing others work because we all start somewhere but it’s painfully obvious that this photographer is promoting imagery that is above her skill level.
Also, it’s illegal to photograph on train tracks FYI.
PS: Don’t be a jerk and go and post PS all over her page and bash her work and/or clients there. If you want to say something about this, say it here but don’t be the bully we all hated in high school. We’re better than that (and yes, I realize there’s some irony here since what I do is often called bullying but roll with it OK?).
Update: She’s already removed the stolen works from her Facebook but luckily I have screen captures :)
Not sure who the original source is but… not Jennifer.
Again, unknown source but not Jennifer
Original source (not linking b/c it’s popping up with malware)
Not her original image (or card design)
I have to admit, I don’t do much on 500px, the people over there seem so hardcore and I guess I just know Flickr more. Every now and again I’ll get a submission of a thief over there but this one made me laugh because of his excuse. I guess that’s the quickest way to get featured, have an excuse that’s totally ridiculous.
A photographer that appears to be fairly well known on 500px found out that one of his images was on someone else’s page with their watermark.
Also, I wanted to add that I finally put a donation link at the top of this page. Many of you have asked if you could donate for all of the time and effort I put into PS and I’ve finally decided to put one up. Maybe if this page makes enough money I’ll move to a fancy URL all of my own! Thanks in advance!
Back to the program!
Here is the image on Thiago’s 500px account.
He’s also showing it on Instagram:
Here’s his reasoning why he did this:
On 500px in reply to Calvin’s questioning about why he’s using his original work with Thiago’s watermark.
On Calvin’s Facebook page where Thiago was outed:
*high fives to Calvin on his reply*
Another image from the 500px account:
He’s removed a couple images as I was writing this post but what remains there he’s used composites of images sourced elsewhere online. Still a grey area IMHO unless you obtain the rights to the images but we’ll move on.
Let’s go to his Facebook shall we?
Again, more composites but I’m not going to bother with those for now since he’s on a deleting spree.
Let’s start here. Yes, he may have edited the image but as you may recall from my thoughts on the editing and watermarking of the image of the royal baby, if you didn’t take the image, your watermark has no place on the image.
Also on his Instagram:
Another editing job.
Cannot find the original source but it’s not Thiago!
FB: https://www.facebook.com/MediaNovak (currently down)
This isn’t quite a photographer but since the company is run by a photographer FOR photographers I’m going to let it slide because in my world, it’s close enough. For those that don’t know Media Novak, it’s a marketing company that sells websites, branding and the like to photographers. However, many, if not all of those examples were actually stolen from other designers and photographers online.
This all came to me because they were stupid enough to steal from The Law Tog. When she contacted them to tell them to take her branding photos down, they told her they were promoting her business (mind you, no credit was given on the photos) and took the image down. A couple weeks later and it’s back up again and Rachel went public with it. When she went public with it other photographers saw their own work on their site and some even recognized their words.
This blog isn’t going to have the usual crazy extent of show and tell because by the time I was notified they had already taken down their blog and many images weren’t working. However I am showing what I have, if you have screen captures or anything you’d like to add to the story let me know. They’ve also taken down their Facebook page as well as their entire portfolio on their website (their website makes me motion sick so I’m trying not to spend too much time on it).
This is the original post showing Rachel’s own branding. The image was taken by Rachel, the design was by On the Spot Studio. Neither are affiliated with Media Novak.
The branding on Media Novak’s blog.
The branding on Media Novak’s Twitter (this has been posted dozens of times there).
It’s also on their other “Photo Websites” twitter as well.
Just for giggles, here’s what shows up when you search the image on Google. Normally I use the cache but they’ve disabled quite a lot so the cache isn’t showing images, just text at this point but the image is still searchable meaning it’s on their server still somewhere.
The original emails.
Not only are they stealing images and examples of their design work but they are also plagiarizing content.
While it doesn’t include Rachel’s logo, their Pinterest was full of the stolen images and content but they are quickly deleting the evidence.
What their Facebook looked like before taking it down.
The original cover photo which has a few images that do not appear to have started with them, no credit given (as they are all over Pinterest finding the source is difficult).
Apparently there is a blog they stole but I didn’t get to it before they deleted everything.
I can’t tell you how many times I receive submissions like this one. A photographer is doing a
money grab mini session and puts an ad up on Facebook showing the type of mini session they are selling. It seems that more and more often, this image is NOT one they created but one they are showing as the “style” of shoot they will be hosting and the image is by another photographer. Generally it’s a “see this adorable Christmas themed picture? I’m going to do something like this! Send me money!” Sometimes they give the original photographer credit, sometimes they do not. Either way, what they are doing is wrong because I’ve yet to find a photographer that has been okay with the use of their images in this manner AND it’s misleading to the clients because more often than not, the work they are showing is a far cry from what their skill level or style is.
Madi Grace is yet another one of these photographers.
She has a whole album of photo session ideas. Note that the top is the ONLY place where she states that these are not her original images. How often do you visit the album and read the description? Never.
The full gallery.
The ad. Note that no where does she state these aren’t her images.
Back in August, it was brought to light that Jasmine Star had copied a multitude of witty quips and posted them on her social media sites presenting the thoughts as her own. What started as a low murmur through the rankings of photographers gradually grew to a dull roar as photographers, even industry leaders such as Sal Cincotta and Gary Fong, stood up against the plagiarism. Many fluffed it off though, stating it really wasn’t that big of a deal and it was nothing in comparison to what Doug Gordon was caught doing weeks before. Still, as Jasmine’s teaching niche has been about the business side of photography with an emphasis on injecting your personality into your brand, it was pretty shocking to many that her words were not in fact her own. Jasmine did eventually offer an apology (which was deleted within a few days) and everyone went onto the next scandal in the photography world.
The other day a wedding photographer went to Google to find out how to shoot backlit portraits properly and two of the articles that came up seemed eerily similar. The photographer was shocked and saddened as until that very moment, she was a huge fan of Jasmine’s, but it was pretty clear that Jasmine’s article was too similar to the Light Stalking article for her comfort. Eventually this discovery made its way to me and I posted about it on my Facebook page. I really and truly thought this was a one-off thing and that it wasn’t worthy of a blog post.
About 20 minutes or so after I posted the findings, Jasmine’s blog post was gone. Another 20 or so minutes after that, her blog was back but it was HEAVILY edited from its former version. Not long after this, I heard that at least one other blog of hers had been taken down off of the site and this morning I found another both of which were also heavily inspired by another article on the internet. Jasmine has posted an apology to her private “ReSTARt” group on Facebook but thus far nothing has been in public.
I apologize for the wall of text as writing is not my strong suit but I wanted to get the story set before throwing dozens of screen captures your way. I also want to say that I have been accused of being a “hater” for posting this against Jasmine and I am far from a hater. I actually have met Jasmine and liked her quite a lot! Ironically, the same is true for Doug Gordon. I just don’t agree with their methods of blogging.
TL;DR: Jasmine has at least three blogs on her website that she leaned heavily on other sources from the internet to write.
Update 9/30 Another blog has been added along with Jasmine’s new © lingo, which is quite amusing.
The first post, as seen on Jasmine’s page, currently down but Google Cache is available here. The content that was directly copied from Light Stalking is highlighted, however if you look at some of the surrounding text you will see where things were reworded or moved around. This blog was published on 08/21/2012.
The original Light Stalking article located here, originally published on 07/18/2011. The words that directly copied are highlighted.
The original vs. edited copy of Jasmine’s Backlit blog.
After the first article was exposed and deleted, other “how to” blogs also disappeared from Jasmine’s blog including this article on shooting in manual mode, seen here on Google Cache. The content that was directly copied from Popular Mechanics is highlighted, however if you look at some of the surrounding text you will see where things were reworded or moved around. This blog was published on 06/07/2013.
The original Popular Mechanics article located here, originally published in 2012. The words that directly copied are highlighted.
After these two posts came to light, Jasmine’s private “ReSTARt” group, which she created after her Creative Live workshop, was talking about the post and their feelings about it. Jasmine ended up coming in to post her side to the story. Note that she mentions TWO articles when at least THREE have been found.
This afternoon while a completed wedding was uploading, I decided to look and see if there were other blog posts out there. This blog on procrastination was also deleted from Jasmine’s blog (presumably yesterday) but is available on Google Cache. The content that was directly copied from Pick the Brain is highlighted, however if you look at some of the surrounding text you will see where things were reworded or moved around. This blog was published on 11/27/12.
The original Pick the Brain article located here, originally published ion 12/17/2009. The words that directly copied are highlighted.
When the first blog was outed on the Facebook Page, Jasmine quickly did some deleting of the blogs in which she may come in question for. It made it quite apparent which blogs she leaned heavily on outside sources for inspiration on. Two of those deleted blogs are above and this is another (cache here). What’s interesting about this one is that instead of using another blog, it was a graphic which was used. I had a feeling I’d seen this text as a graphic before and a quick search on Pinterest proved me right. I wouldn’t have normally even looked twice at this blog had it not been deleted. Now, things are moved around and she expanded on a few things but it’s clear where her inspiration came from when writing this post that was posted on 09/20/2013.
The original graphic, seen here (unknown if this is the original creator or not, impossible to find due to Pinterest) on 09/21/2012.
Jasmine also has changed up her blog a little bit, what used to be included in her RSS feed tag is now included in her blog header. Stealing makes me sad too Jasmine.
This submission made me laugh so much, I’m sorry. However, the gall of someone taking pictures of a televised event then claiming to have been the hired photographer and claiming copyright to the content? WOW. That’s a new level of low I’ve not seen before. Keep in mind that everything on the website the photographer sells.
The Victoria’s Secret Angel’s Event.
Her watermark is on all of the images.
On her personal page, she’s also posted images she “photographed” of Col. Chris Hadfield landing from space.
Again, her watermark is on the images.
She also “photographed” the Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert.
She’s also stolen normal photos as well, like this picture of Toronto at night.
Also seen on her website.
The original image by Cliff at The Creative Gap.
Also on her website.
Originally by Kevin Wei. Note that the date this was posted was February of 2012.
I received a lovely email from Kimberly saying she was hacked and the osprey photo is hers, despite the fact it was online before her image. She sent me this helpful link to prove her watermark had been removed by Kevin. Click on the metadata link and look under the copyright line. Oh… yeah. It’s not Kimberly. Huh. So he changed the metadata too right? Yeah. No. Nice try.
Hi, First here is a link that shows that Osprey photo that person removed my watermark. http://fotoforensics.com/analysis.php?id=4b0409ad244d471d588d8410fbf219dc67a95b4b.125184. Had you done this you would of seen it too. If go to his website you will see only 1 photo, however I have a complete series of the Osprey shots to include the one making claim on it being stolen. I was not even aware of this, until I saw your post, but appreciate it, as now I can contact that person who stole my photo!
My account was hacked and I could not even get into my page, edit, remove anything up until today, when posting my macro shots, then all shit hit the fan! I would not be surprised if it was the person who hacked into my account that started all of this. Someone deliberately played games with me, trying to ruin my name in posting photo’s and placing watermarks on them, this is not the This is not first time this has happened. I guess this is what can happen with a public website, and now makes me leery to have such.
I have now removed such photo’s, not because I am guilty, because I am in SHOCK that someone did this to me!
I am very upset by all of this, as my head has been cut off without even a opportunity to speak, and do hope that you will accept this, and I humbly ask for you to please remove what you have posted up. I take photo’s to enjoy as it is basically my only livelihood and to share them with people. I make NO money from them. I have had many of my photo’s taken, removed watermarks, used as there’s, and know what this is like, but all I can do is offer you my word that this has been all a misunderstanding, and to please find it in your heart to accept my appeal and remove this off your page.
With all due respect
So I went to her website to find out if there were other images that weren’t hers and surprise there are.
I noticed on her Facebook she likes to add in moons to other peoples images so this image caught my eye.
I cannot find the original source but she’s edited the image but it is not HER image.
This caught my eye because of the horrible job she did covering SOMETHING up on the right hand side of the beach.
This image was originally taken by Sean Webb.
Another from the website.
I cannot find the original source but it appears to be a stock image.
Another from the website.
Nope, not hers either.
Another from her website.
This is originally by Stan Lewis Photography.
Another from her website.
It’s a still from Disney’s Wings of Nature.
This one may be my personal favorite from her website, it’s also displayed for sale in her store.
This is from National Geographic.
Another from the website.
Another from National Geographic.
On her G+ page she also screencaptured Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls and added her watermark.