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Here's the Lost Monkey stance for the newbies who have no clue what to do in a photoshoot:
In my view, the organiser must get 100% agreement from EVERY single photographer, PRIOR to the shoot, BEFORE even allowing the reporter/journalist to appear.
I'm not sure if this was done, or whether it was more of "after the fact", ie photograhers show up and then were told about the reporter, and that if they dont like, the reporter will be asked to leave - in my view this does not quite seem acceptable as some meeker photogrraphers, whilst having objections, may not have sufficient fortitute to raise them or may be bowed by peer pressure.
Or as DP has said, all may have objected, but the reporter can then shoot from a distance.
Perhaps the relevant organisers (I don't even recall who they are) may like to clarify and clear the air. If indeed the latter, then apologise, admit the mistake and learn from it
If I was one of the participating photographers, I would be very unhappy if the organiser let a reporter into the shoot WITHOUT first informing me about it BEFOREHAND. I would then sit down and think of all possible legal actions that can be taken against him if I felt sufficiently cheesed off.
....best way to avoid being cornered, organize shoot yourself...then you can be assured that reporter will be there only upon your request.
wahaha the last part at the end makes it sound so wrong
He ignores what I pointed out as "asking after the fact" and insisted that he did right. duh!
Another organiser who was a participant in his shoot joined in to defend him even though they were slinging mud at each other earlier in the thread.
Whilst he kept insisting that no photographer objected, I did get him to admit that "the other (2) model was shy to be featured so they wasnt inside.." per
and he insisted that there was no distraction from the objective of the shoot. So much for his knowledge of taking photographs of people. He apparently doesn't undertand or care to ensure that the models should be at ease and the ambient environment should be conducive to the creation of good images. Finally, the TS (the other organiser) closed the thread at his request.
So, there is more than one organiser who would forsake his obligation to his paying customers and then use them to put on a show, in pursuance of their own and conflicting interest, ostensibly for the sake of an interview and seeing their shoot appear in the newspapers without a care for consequences for our forum.
If we allow such organisers with such an attitude to get away with using his clients this way, we may one day find an entire TV news crew documenting one of his shoots. Whilst there is nothing each of us can do about this individually, I will definitely exercise my right to boycott their shoots.
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Also, please remember that there are some really good organisers who do take good care of their customers e.g. Modelin, Charby, etc whom I have never heard any complains about. I have full confidence in them and would shoot with them anyday.
I think the reporter know this too from her reference to $250 shoots but did not check with them as it did not suit her agenda.
Otoh, I sometimes use the "budget" shoots to observe and spot potential models to engage for my private shoots but I do that not for security reasons.
this situation is rather strange, participants pay to attend shoots, when a "situation" arises, why where are their voices?
to that end, forumers are splitted hairs for them?
some may shoot me for being selfish, but IMO its really very strange, & i'm saying it as it is.
have u seen the "light" yet?
Besides, they wouldn't be able stop him from shooting the whole group at it from a distance and no-one can be sure if he came prepared with an ultra-telephoto or not.
At the mercy of the press, it would have been far wiser to be co-operative than antagonise them.
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I thought the papers was focusing more on the models than the organisers?
I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby
now u will never know who is reading this forum.
Iirc, there was only 1 model but 4 organisers interviewed and quoted. The model of the shoot where their photographer was "invited" to was never quoted at all. I wonder if she was interviewed or if she was but did not say things in line with their motive.
However, what the article leads to is summed up by the invitation at the end which I quote runs like this:
"Young girls posing in bikinis or lingerie for money - Is it appropriate? Have your say at www.straitstimes.com"
One organiser, Mike Tan, was quoted as saying ""In the old days, they would be about 18 to 25, now they are usually 14 to 22". How true is it in regards to models of his shoots here, especially in regards to the title of the article? Was he aware of the aim of the reporter when he made that statement?
In the print version, another organiser, Sophia Lin, was reported to have said "there are a handful of photographers known to be touchy" and organising nude shoots is out for her but "sometimes the girls will take off their bras and cover themselves with their hands or a towel". What do you think she did for the reputation of this forum?
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Having read thru DP's thread, here are my thoughts.
What has been discussed so far in relation to organisers is compelling, save for some OT post and a post which basically pokes fun at DP's comments, which I find somewhat distasteful and inane.
But as with JK, I will for one at this juncture give Sophia the benefit of a doubt. What she has said may be taken out of context or otherwise, so until something is heard from her, I will give her that benefit of the doubt.
BUT, what I read as per the article and as per the postings made as far as as the "invitation" of the journo is concerned, the way I see it, it is a breach of trust between photog and organiser and at the same time the models. Even if Krislynn is featured in the papers, and she is willing (not too sure to what degree), there is a sense of lost and misplaced trust.
Going by what has been happening so far here in CS with respect to organisers, models and photogs, it leaves me wondering whether or not there is any sense of mutal respect for one other. We have models becoming pilots and now we have covert operatives. Somehow as what DP said, the world is no longer safe for photographers.
The bullet in hand comes in various forms:
1) A model's blog, in this case she was quoted in the interview.
2) The statement made by a one Mike Tan and this is probably the fatality of such a quote.
3) As far as Sophia is concerned, I will rather leave that as a blank or dummy round first till I am proven otherwise.
When shoots are concerned, I believe that the trust that should exist between the photog and organisers is one where it should not be taken lightly. The photogs of the organiser may well be his asset in the sense that many of them are repeat clients. Once that trust is broken, then honestly...it is anybody's guess.
If I attend a shoot, as Vince said in another post, I do not expect to have a reporter presence whom was invited by the photographer. This should be disclosed at the time of signing up, not jsut prior to the shoot. That is a total breech of trust.