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Mods - why not allow them on YOUR pictures?


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Mods - why not allow them on YOUR pictures?

4 Apr 2012 12:52PM   Views : 9757 Unique : 505

It seems such a simple thing, and I find I’m the exception in allowing it. But it makes massive sense, in so many ways.
If you share your pictures on a site like EPZ, where much of the community is about experimenting and learning, why not, as a matter of course, allow others to post modified versions of your pictures?
Of course, there will be some rubbish: for the best possible motives, some togs will “improve” your shots by following “The Rules” – my pet hate is Every Picture Shall Use The Full Range Of Tones. Anyone who has seen John Blakemore’s wonderful prints will know just how silly the dogma is! Blakemore has played games with minimalist images, using white and just off-white: and with black and deep shadows. The results are lovely, but depend on breaking that rule. Well… Shattering it and leaving the shards lying around the place.
I also know one or two togs who are massively precious about their work. They will not allow anyone else to change it or modify it. Again, this seems mistaken. On EPZ, it’s downright silly. When I provide models with a disc of their shots, I specifically allow them to do their own modifications – some are wonderfully creative in ways I am not.
With posts on this site, maybe people think that not allowing mods means that their work is free from the risk of plagiarism – but it seems to be possible to download the images, all the same.
I have seen wonderful things done with my shots – from the simple and “why didn’t I think of that?” improvements to weird and wonderful processing that creates something I didn’t, and wouldn’t do myself, but can admire as a work of art in its own right.
In my dayjob, I have met those who believe knowledge is power, and therefore hoard it, denying others the chance to understand what’s going on. They are mean-spirited and fearful. But those who share freely, and release their knowledge freely into the community are strong, respected, and massively empowered by their generosity.
So – please feel free to modify my images – and, far more important, allow others to share and shape your own.
You may learn many things to your advantage, and gain new friends…


JJGEE 17 8.0k 18 England
4 Apr 2012 1:06PM
Because that feature is only available for images uploaded to the Critique Gallery....... one per week.
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
4 Apr 2012 1:27PM
Not so: I upload daily, and (unless I forget, or rush) always enable mods.

Maybe it's an E2 facility? That might expalin it a bit...
conrad 18 10.9k 116
5 Apr 2012 9:17AM
As far as I know it is indeed e2 only. I allow it on all my gallery uploads. It isn't often that I get any mods, but when I do, they always make me think, and I find the facility very useful.

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