Please don’t crop out someone else’s watermark just to make an edit so you can get some notes on your blog. Especially fandom photographers. It’s not difficult to tweet someone or send them a tumblr message saying “hey, is it ok if I make an edit of this?” And if your excuse is you don’t know how to contact them, if you’re too lazy to look up the watermark, you’re too lazy to spend time editing the photo.
Fandom photographers don’t get paid. We spend a lot of money to bring the photos to you guys that we do. All we get in return is the notes when we post our photo. So stealing a photo without asking, editing it, and cropping out the watermark, yes, makes you an asshole. It’s truly not difficult to ask for permission. Hell, if someone asked i would send them the full res photo for editing.
If the photographer wanted the photo edited a certain way they would have posted it that way. Taking and editing their photo without asking is like taking someone’s drawing and doodling over the top of it and reposting it and saying you made it better. This is their art. But for some reason fandom seems to feel entitled to own any pictures of the boys that come out as their own.
Please be respectful. Ask.
TL;DR - don’t be an asshole that crops out peoples watermarks and steals the notes for their hard work.
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