« on: January 19, 2012, 07:37:04 PM »
The dad of a friend of mine was at the 1952 winter Olympics in Norway waiting to watch skiers come down the slope. Next to him sees this guy with a bunch of photography gear. The guy asks him if he knows how to shoot a camera and would he take photos with one of his cameras as skiers go by so he gets some extra shots(camera all set up, just frame and push the button). Turns out he's from Life Magazine!
Long story short one of my friend's/dads "photos" ends up in Life Magazine. Photographer sends him a thank you letter with a print of the photo. It's debatable who the photographer was but in this case ownership definitely went to the pro/Life magazine.
See I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I shot some photos at a convention and then I needed to get photos of fellow peers in their costumes. My friend doesn't know photography to understand what the settings are. But anyways so I switched the lens, set the settings, the subject posed, and taught her how to focus. And let her have the pleasure of shooting the photo, knowing I'll fix everything in post as we needed to get photos of other people. And I let her take more photos, giving guidance on where to take, move the camera down etc.. And so afterwards I cropped for better composition, I edited, I retouched the subject and put my usual watermark on it. And the next thing I know, I'm getting grief about taking credit for the photo I didn't take. But now I have to hand over all the credit. It's kind of a pain as I needed those photos. This is the true reason why I made this topic.
In the end though, I think I'll just give in and say I'm wrong for everything I did. It's not worth losing a friendship over, but I think I learned my lesson on letting others use my camera for such situations. Though the situation brought up the curious question to which this thread began.