It is unethical to:
- use another photographers name as reference without permission in order to entice a model to pose for you.
- shoot over another photographers shoulder or elbow in on a concept that they took months to put together.
- steal a look or concept from another photographer and shoot identical images with a different model.
- ask another model to pose nude or pose for you during their session with another photographer.
- troll another photographer's site to steal concepts, styles, and find new models (if you use the other photographers name without permission when contacting said model).
- have underage models pose in provocative ways. (I know this one is up for debate in the photo community. All the way back when Brooke Shields made her controversial Calvin Klein ad or maybe even earlier, this has been controversial. However, I do not believe in it and will never ask my models to pose in such ways.)
- steal another photographer's image and post it on your page. If you have permission to use photographer's image, always give the photographer credit for their work.
It is ethical to:
- view many different photographers images to gain inspiration, but never to copy their work.
- politely ask a model to shoot with you without dropping unauthorized names.
- create your own concepts or make existing concepts your own by using your own creativity and imagination.
- ask another model to pose for you on your own time and away from other photographer's sessions.
- post another photographer's image with permission from the photographer and giving credit to the photographer
I am a very patient person and I give others the benefit of the doubt. I am all for being inspired by others work and I am never jealous of another photographer's talent. I look at their work and admire it and draw inspiration for myself to get better. However, I do not condone unethical behavior and I will break contact from anyone who uses unethical practices. I am not a photographer who would do these things and I expect the same respect.