flyingwolf wrote in post #17200058
Do you have a team photographer? If not then you aren't hurting anyone, if you do then you are directly stealing from him/her, there is no nice way to put it.
Unless that pro is explicitly given exclusive access... no, the above poster is not "stealing" in any sense. When I took my girlfriend out for dinner last night and elected to park my car myself rather than use the valet, was I stealing? No. The valet doesn't have the right to get money from everyone who shows up for dinner, and you don't have the right to extract a fee from everyone who wants a picture of their kid playing football.
If your pictures are sufficiently superior to pictures taken by PWCs, people will pay for them. If people aren't willing to pay for them, I'd ask yourself why (and the answer isn't "people need to be forced to not have other options).
Over in my world, I race triathlons. The professional photographers hired to handle those are a joke. Universally, their bike pictures are taken from the front, either at the top of a hill or in the middle of a corner. Guess what? No one actually wants that picture; we want pictures from the side, in the aero position, at speed. Fortunately, there are various friends and spouses with nice cameras who come out and get the proper shots of everyone in the team kit.
The other issue I had with the professional photographers at a race was at a small race in an outlying town that I actually won (not bragging, I did the shortest distance, which had the weakest field, as practice). I'd have liked a picture, and would have been willing to pay for a shot of myself coming across the finish line first. Except, oh wait, the photographers "didn't know anyone was coming yet" and missed the shot. They also missed the guy in second place who wasn't that far behind. Whoops. Oh well, what can you expect from a professional photography company? Maybe catching the winner is just too hard.
That same race had other distances on Sunday (my distance and another were on Saturday). The company's pictures on their site were sorted by day... except it was actually more "random" than "sorted". I had pictures tagged for both days, even though I wasn't even in that town on Sunday. Whoops again.
I'm sure there are better professional photographers out there. That was even the worst that I've encountered in half a decade of racing. It was, however, enough that I absolutely would not trust a professional to capture a moment I wanted to preserve. How could I?