How to get photos from the internet (without hurting the photographers…)

How to get photos from the internet (without hurting the photographers…)

In one way or another, we all create, reproduce and publish content on a regular basis, be it on a blog, Facebook, a forum, etc. and we need images to illustrate them.
So we can go ahead and make the image we need or we can look for it… on the internet.

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Give me time to breathe!

Is creativity in photography being fueled by technology or, on the contrary, is it being limited by it's speeding growth?

Of course we can do a lot more with all the new tools and their enhanced capabilities (sensors low light specs and image quality these days are opening a whole new world of photographic possibilities), but can we keep up and still produce meaningful and well thought out work? I mean, do we even have the time to create anything if we're to keep up to date with all the new gear? Not to mention the dozens of post processing software and millions of filters and effects available!

I'm all for evolution and I love having this amazing power to photograph in near pitch dark conditions, live view, video, 10 frames/sec, etc, etc, etc… but as soon as I start to feel comfortable with my camera, there's already another one out that supposedly renders it obsolete!

Art needs the help of tools to materialize, of course, but artists and creatives need to mature (at least a little!) with these tools before moving on. Otherwise, it feels like fast food is being shoved down our throats!

My other pet peeve is the way we casually consume art online (yes, I'm included!)

A photographer I admire said recently that we have developed the ability to quickly look at and visually process a large number of images as we flip through them online. I beg to differ… I think we look at a ton of images everyday (social media, online magazines, photo sites…), yes, but do we really look at them? No. Not in the sense that we give them any bit of thought other than "nice", "hum", "cool", "good one"… we're always in a kind of a hurry to get to the next image. Maybe because they're infinitely available online! And maybe that is limiting our ability to tell apart good photography from… hum… how shall I put it… "less good" photography?

I guess this is one of the reasons why I love printed photos. There's time.