All of us here at 500px are passionate photographers just like you. While discussing our own reasons for taking pictures, we realized that not only do we share a love for photography, but we also care deeply about certain issues specific to photographers.
What is a manifesto? As defined by Merriam-Webster, it's "a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer". We'd like to invite the 500px community to participate in a discussion on various topics, starting with your manifesto as a prompt: What's your personal manifesto—why do you take photos, and for whom?
From there, we'd like you to voice your opinions on whatever else you care about in your profession or hobby that others (i.e., non-photographers) might not understand or appreciate. There are many, many ideas to possibly touch upon:
Appreciation of photography as work
: Do you feel that photos are undervalued because technology has made images are so ubiquitous? What else do you feel clients, editors, and people who look at photos need to understand?
Payment and pricing for your work
: What price is fair for gigs, prints, and assignments? Do you find it difficult to make a living as a photographer? How can we try to increase the perceived value of our work and make things easier for ourselves?
: Have you been harassed about shooting something when it was perfectly within your rights to do so? Is the awareness of photographer's rights important to you? What actions could the photographer community take to make these rights known, and/or to protect themselves?
Copyright and a user's respect (or lack thereof) for the limitations it places on the use of your photos
: Do we still own
our work after it's been published online? How can photographers protect themselves and their photos, or take legal action (and win) when their copyright is ignored? Is there a better way to find and bring image-stealers to justice? How can we avoid being taken advantage of through loopholes and legal grey areas?
Altering images and journalistic integrity
: Where do we draw the line when it comes to publishing altered photos? What amount of processing or editing would be considered enough to obscure the "truth"? To what standards should commercial photographers and photojournalists adhere, and what rules should we be allowed to bend?
...etc, etc, etc.
Hopefully we can get a conversation rolling. Leave a comment (or two, or three) with your thoughts!