I’m not sure what it is about photography, if it is the birth of all these social networking sites, the massive amount of information that is available on the internet about how to do it, how to edit it, but you will be amazed at the amount of flack you get when you mention to people that to watch a video tutorial on how you captured and edited an image has a price tag that costs less than a foot long at Subway.
Just one recent example is this:
Last week I posted an image of mine on a social networking site, gave details about how it was shot blar blar blar and at the end I mentioned that for those interested there was a video tutorial on how it was edited. (I do this as it firstly promotes the site and also let people know that a resource like this exists)
A few days later I jumped back on the site to add another image and saw how someone has provided feedback saying that they liked the shot but I should have mentioned that it was a paid tutorial. Now the comment is fine… but the thing is has photography gotten to a stage where people assume and expect it for free and if it isn’t for free, that you should be providing disclaimers saying as much. Especially when you sit back and consider that this person has clicked on the link I gave, gone to the Rubbing Pixels website home page for the first time, seen all the content on there, searched and found the tutorial I referred to, realized it wasn’t free and then felt so “ripped off” to make them go back to the image page on the community website and posted a comment reflecting their opinion and saying how others should to be warned about this. Now is it just me or it’s that just ridiculous !!
Aside from the design and running cost of a website like Rubbing Pixels, the 70 + tutorials on there with a running time close to if not more than 10 hours and combing over 10 years of photographic knowledge. Is creating, sharing and providing a resource like this worth nothing, especially if your one of the few professional photographers out there willing to share there knowledge in such detail do you really need to put a warning stating it isn’t for free, for all those people happy to spend thousands on gear but not willing to invest a cent on how to use or process their work and gear correctly.
Maybe people who think this way believe they should be able to turn up to a photography course without paying, walk into Dymocks and grab Scott Kelby’s latest book and walk out without paying saying to the checkout person “It’s ok, its just a book on how to shoot and edit photos”.
But to end on a good note and it’s worth pointing out that I do get a massive amount of positive feedback from people who love and appreciate having a resource like Rubbing Pixels at their finger tips and the people who make these kind of comments are few and 99% of the time their own work reflects their lack of investment in their knowledge on how to shoot and edit photos correctly.