Sam Creation Photography in Berwick, Victoria, Austrailia

Website: http://www.samcreationphotography.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Sam-Creation-Photography-1530670060596299/timeline

Gumtree: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/melbourne-cbd/photography-video/sam-creation-photography/1094890244

The disclaimer on the photo section is “*Some pictures are taken from google photos just for demo to the customers that we can do exactly the same work.”

 

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  • Helena

    Ironic isn’t it that most of the content of Sam’s creative art is not in fact Sam’s creative art…

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      That’s the real creativity, Helena. By not posting their own work, and instead “borrowing” others’ work, they creatively created ironic creativity.

    • Me, Myself and I

      I mean … he was creative with his interpretation of copyright law and advertising law right? That has to count for something right?

  • Helena

    Also, 10 years as a photographer and you haven’t got your own portfolio and have to steal work from others? WTF is that about?

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      That is a puzzler. From what I understand, only one image on the Facebook page is the photographer’s actual work. It is not of the same look as the stolen images, either.

      It’s hard to judge his abilities based on a single photo, since I know art is indeed subjective. But the technical aspects of that image were far different than the stolen images. His image was quite dark with bright sun spots in the background, while the stolen work was bright and well exposed.

      Let’s hope that, should he continue his photography business, he will use only his own work and not rely on others’ images (which is blatantly illegal) to try to garner business. If he has been a photographer for ten years, he should have more than enough to do so.

    • KylDemon

      Probably got a camera ten years ago and just became a fraud very recently.

  • Steve Gibson

    I see this all the time on facebook. using other peoples images and saying I want to recreate this. Fine we all get inspiration from other images but to say I am going to copy this is going too far

  • captain-confuzzled

    well, his wife gave him a 5 star review on his business page (also filled with stolen images), so that means he MUST be good, right?

  • Me, Myself and I

    Hunh … look at that … all the images on his website are suddenly gone! What a coincidence!!!

    Except for the landscape and flora pics …

  • Kat Forsyth

    If you can do “exactly the same work”, why aren’t you DOING it?? There’s so much wrong with that disclaimer that I don’t even know where to start.

    • Me, Myself and I

      I know right?
      I mean how do you KNOW that you can do the same level of quality of work if you have never done it? And if you HAVE done it then why use someone elses work?!?!?

    • KylDemon

      My thoughts exactly.

  • djurbino

    The photos on the FB page are so bad that I can’t imagine anyone wanting to steal them, so he must have removed the stolen ones already.

    • caldous

      Yeah, he did. He has kept a bunch on his website though. “For demo purposes, under Creative Commons license”

  • Sleepy

    Haha love the disclaimer. If you can do exactly the same then use your own photos. Clearly you can’t otherwise you wouldn’t have lifted them from Google. There is no disclaimer on your FB page which clearly has only one photo that you have taken yourself as the quality is nowhere near that of the one you have watermarked.

  • Marc W.

    Wtf is a potrait?

    • You can’t fix stupid

      It is a baby and a potty?

    • xma1e

      Maybe his rate for baby pot? Adult weed is expensive! 😉

  • I especially love the irony of the fact that he watermarks his own photographs while stealing the work of others. As if anyone would want to steal his photographs in the first place. What a horrible photographer.

  • caldous

    Wow. Still has a bunch of stuff under landscapes saying they are “Demo images used under Creative Commons from Flickr”. Yeah. Uh. OK. Or you can just put up your own work.

  • Peter Kelly

    The disparity between the images he stole and those he produced himself is truly frightening!

    Rarely have I seen such a woeful body of work from someone who thinks they’re a photographer: poor composition, stilted and cheap poses, wonky horizontals, dreadful processing, and out of focus ‘potraits’ (sic). There is not one redeemable picture.

    I just hope this liar has been caught soon enough and sufficient attention brought that they never get a paid job. Otherwise someone will be seriously disappointed, if not devastated.

  • xma1e

    I always manage to come to these posts after all the stolen images “magically” disappear!

    • Helena

      You snooze, you lose. 😉

  • Helena

    Prepare to be shocked people…

    Plagiarism as well! Double douche bag whammy.

    • Peter Kelly

      So, we have a person who can’t string two words together, as well as being incapable of a basic snapshot. He should be a huge success!

      You know, it’s tragic that it takes these clowns so long to realise hidden talents, depriving the world of their genius for such a long time. Oh, that they couldn’t choose another trade to demonstrate their skills…like lion-taming.

  • Mike P

    WHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY???

    • Justin Case

      That, good sir, is THE question.

    • Simple. Because they think they can get away with it. Because it’s easier than the hard work it would take to reach that point.
      It’s basic human nature to want that, it’s just that some people are too weak willed to resist it. It’s the same with any temptation. Some are weak, some are strong.

    • Me, Myself and I

      1- Because their work won’t attract customers.
      2- Because photography is harder than just pressing a button.
      3- Because sometimes professional results require more than just a kit lens and entry level body and they don;t have the gear for it.
      4- Because generating a proper body of work to display can take years while stealing from other photographers can net you a nice portfolio in under 2 hours.

      Most importantly …

      5- Because they are horrible human beings who have no empathy for those they steal from or those they defraud with their false advertisement.

  • Peter Kelly

    One thought I’ve had often (but finally got around to relating here!) concerns this and other thieves:

    Has anyone ever got in touch with the site designers (not the host)?

    It seems to me that, almost without exception, these are often professionally presented sites and this one is no different. Frequently, such designs are from templates and can carry a hefty fee if they are to be used for business. Just checking this source of ‘Themeforest’, they are in the $2500 ballpark for many designs.

    Is it likely that someone who steals so freely would pay the correct fee?

    Perhaps it could be another tool to the Photostealers armoury to get these criminals shut down?

    • xma1e

      are you sure? Most the ones there are around $30-50 when I looked for my website.

      • Peter Kelly

        They are that price if you are just an end user who wants to have an online gallery, in which case you pay the $30-$50 for a ‘Regular’ licence, but if you are a business selling to customers in any way you need a full licence and they are, in some cases, thousands!

        It’s a lot like software, where you can have licences for home and personal use, greater flexibility but still reasonable if you are a student or educational establishment, or pay through the nose for corporate use.

        If you want to check, just click on the ‘Regular’ button that tells you what is covered and it shows the full licence price there.

        • xma1e

          that’s not how I’ve read the license terms on the site.

          • Peter Kelly

            Apologies, I think you might be correct, although it’s as clear as mud!

            I read this:

            Regular License
            Selected

            $59

            Use, by you or one client, in a single end product which end users are not charged for. The total price includes the item price and a buyer fee.

            Extended License

            $2950

            Use, by you or one client, in a single end product which end users can be charged for. The total price includes the item price and a buyer fee.

            I read it whereby it was referring to selling goods or services through any website using their template. Having delved into the full licences, it seems that they are referring to selling the website design itself. Bizarre!

            The reason for my confusion is the lack of defintions and that I can’t imagine why anyone would want to set up a business selling templates that are already available from source. It would be impossible to compete!

            Anyway, forgive my stupidity!

          • xma1e

            yeah, its not clear at all, so not surprising we’re confused.
            If you’re a web designer and called in to manage sourcing and adapting a theme, I can understand why someone would pay extra.
            myself, I brought my theme from them and spent a good month adapting the theme to my needs. Now I’m planning to change the theme again when I can find the to do it.

  • Nate

    Am I nuts, or is that first image actor Adam Scott? Doesn’t look like his actual wife, but it 100% looks like him.