Integrity & Honesty…are they still possible in a digital world???

Blog Post - Right Click StealingThis morning my youngest daughter presented a beautiful portrait she had drawn of one of her good friends. It was amazing! Since I can not (for the life of me) draw anything but stick figures, it baffles me how some artists can recreate dimension and shadow and bring a blank piece of paper to life. Because of my background as a photographer, I tend to home in on certain details of an image. I noticed there were certain marks in areas around the subjects nose that appeared to be acne. I asked my daughter if by any chance she had made a photocopy of the girl and then added the pencil and and shading brushes over the top. Her response was tearful. She thought I was being an absolutely terrible mother by asking such a question. She did let me know the spots I saw were areas where her pencil landed in the process of creation and needed to be blended out, but she could not get beyond the fact I had even asked the question in the first place.

How do we teach our children integrity and honesty in today’s digital world? Everyday they watch others right-click (AKA: steal) images for their use in presentations for school. This practice is taught and encouraged. Okay, “steal” is probably a harsh word when it comes to what they are taught in class…they are only using the images for educational purposes, right?

Because we have a new generation that has been taught that just taking something is okay, I feel it is especially important to teach my children the importance of integrity. As far as I am aware, copyright law is not taught in public school. This, in my own profession, it is a big problem. It is too easy to steal someone else’s work and call it your own. It happens in every profession – in an office when someone allows others to believe someone else’s idea or work is their own, in photography when someone right-clicks an image and reposts it without permission (even if it is just on their FB page), and in art when someone takes a smart phone pic and prints out art to hang on their wall. It gives the saying “locks are just there to keep the honest people honest” a renewed meaning.

Integrity and honesty go hand-in-hand in my opinion. Authenticity is important…and I must say it is a struggle I personally go through everyday as a photographer in the world of Photoshop – what is real & what is Photoshop (but that is a topic for another blog post!). The discussion of my daughter’s incredible art piece will be an issue revisited again this evening. I need to let her know how proud I am of her artistic ability. I just hope she understands that, by me making inquiries, I am just doing my job as a mom. – Georgia


It’s Time To Think Ahead!

Christmas LightsIt’s that time, again! A lot will be happening this month…dance recitals, chorus & band productions, plays, parades, Santa…and you will want to get some pictures to remember them by. So here are some of my holiday tips:

1) Load NEW batteries into your camera (and keep spare ones on-hand)

2) Make sure you have plenty of free space on your  camera’s memory cards

3) Take pictures BEFORE anyone eats!!!

4) Remember to put your camera away after you take your pictures…this is a hard one (I know!) It is important you actually enjoy the moment. You will not want to miss your child’s acting, dancing, singing…etc. because you were looking down at your camera. The image your mind creates is the most important one…and allowing your child to see you watching him/her during the performance is a memory he/she will cherish forever!