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RFC on the use of a photo from a high-school yearbook[edit]

Ron Stallworth in 1970 yearbook

There is an RfC ongoing at Talk:Ron Stallworth regarding the use of a high school yearbook photo on a biography, with issues of quality, relevance, consent, copyright, etc. Please visit and comment on the appropriateness of using this image on the page; or comment on a generalization of that question if you prefer. Thank you. Dicklyon (talk) 22:29, 27 October 2018 (UTC)


RFC on nude photos in Going commando[edit]

Please participate in RFC on nude photos in Going commando. Thank you. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 07:20, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Less surreal and abstract equipment photos are better[edit]

Edits like this by Takeaway are a big improvement. I've never liked blacked our or whited out backgrounds. The photoshopping is not subtle, and the result is just surreal. I'd go even further and encourage photos of lenses and camera bodies that include not just visible surfaces and the odd shadow, but actual things, even human hands. How big these things are in human hands matters and it's important information: [1]. When you lead with an image of the camera just hovering in abstract apace, as in Nikon DX format, you lose vital context. I know everyone does that; it's practically the industry standard. But the second image here is far more useful than the first. Weight and scale are not trivial, they're essential. I think one reason these white background cutout photos are the norm is that they're so much easier. Backgrounds can easily turn into distraction and clutter, and everyone's afraid of covering up a small part of the subject with a thumb or finger. But putting the subject in its natural habitat rather than floating in abstract space should be our goal, when possible. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 18:55, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

That Fujifilm lens' black background was a particularly bad choice. -Lopifalko (talk) 07:21, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
Sure. A good illustration for an advert is not the same as a good illustration for an encyclopedia. One aims to entice shoppers; the other aims to inform the uninformed. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:55, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

RfC on 35mm articles[edit]

You may be interested in Talk:35 mm film#RfC: 35mm articles, an RfC to overhaul the various articles related to the 35mm film format. -- King of ♠ 00:19, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Request for comments on List of Photographers[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion regarding edits to List of Photographers. The discussion is addressing the following questions:

  • Within each section, should the entries by sorted alphabetically or chronologically?
  • Should date of birth and date of death be added to entries?
    • Should nationality, date of birth, and date of death information be supported using reliable sources if that information is in the entry's corresponding article?
  • Is the Photographers' Identity Catalog (PIC) a reliable source for nationality, date of birth, and date of death?
    • If a source is deemed reliable, should there be a limit on how many times it is used?

Your contributions are welcome. Thank you! Qono (talk) 14:56, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

Advice pages[edit]

Wikivoyage (the travel guide) has a short article on voy:Wildlife photography. If anyone's interested in the subject and wants to provide travel-related advice, then please feel free to Wikivoyage:Plunge forward and expand the article. (No need to directly cite sources in their articles – the focus is on good advice, written fairly.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 19:28, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out![edit]

A new Newsletter directory has been created to replace the old, out-of-date one. If your WikiProject and its taskforces have newsletters (even inactive ones), or if you know of a missing newsletter (including from sister projects like WikiSpecies), please include it in the directory! The template can be a bit tricky, so if you need help, just post the newsletter on the template's talk page and someone will add it for you.

– Sent on behalf of Headbomb. 03:11, 11 April 2019 (UTC)

Gorō Hobo[edit]

I suspect this subject may be notable, but I can't support preserving the article as written, given its unsourced claim that the subject is "renowned" (apparently the result of reading too much into a colorful translation of the title of a book that has a short article on him); however, if anyone has quick access to that book and could fix the article. Wikipedia has a systemic language problem on this one, I think. 7&6=thirteen () 15:37, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

Yes, I have quick access to that book. A copy sits on my lap as I type this. Its short piece about Hobo is on page 278. I also have quick access to another all-Japanese-language book that for some reason also has a title in English: Biographic Dictionary of Japanese Photography. My copy of this too is on my lap. Its short piece on Hobo is on page 363. It lists four other books that (perhaps fleetingly) deal with Hobo. I don't have any of these on my lap but I could get hold of them easily. So yes, I could fix this article. But I'm not going to; first because I've no solid reason to think that Hobo meets notability standards, and secondly because, with ever-diminishing enthusiasm, I've done quite enough of this sort of drudgery over the years: concretely, Akiyama Tadasuke, Arita Taiji, Chiba Teisuke, Domon Ken, Ei-Q, Fuku Mitsutarō, Fukuda Katsuji, Fukuhara Rosō, Fukuhara Shinzō, Gōzu Masao, Iwamiya Takeji, Kijima Takashi, Kodama Fusako, Komoto Akira, Kondō Tomio, Kubota Hiroji, Kumagai Motoichi, Matsushima Susumu, Miyazaki Yūhi, Morikawa Aizō, Moriwaki Eiichi, Nagano Shigeichi, Nakamura Masaya, Natori Yōnosuke, Nishiyama Kiyoshi, Ōishi Yoshino, Ono Chizu, Orihara Kei, Satō Akira, Satō Kōji, Shimizu Bukō, Shiomi Mieko, Suzuki Shin'ichi I, Takagi Kaietsu, Tanaka Kōtarō, Tokiwa Toyoko, Tomiyama Haruo, Ueda Shōji, Usui Kaoru, Yamane Toshio. (Some of these people interest me, some I did out of an odd sense of duty, one I did for my own amusement because the person in question seemed to have the most tenuous claim to notability out of any of the "328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers".) ¶ There are quite a lot of genuinely outstanding Japanese photographers who, for one reason or another, didn't make it into that book. As for those who did, (now long-retired) User:20th Century (Zenhan) Art created a list of its contents: potential copyright issues aside, OK. But then (now effectively retired) User:Quadell got (now moribund) Polbot to create dozens of near-identical substubs from these, and people have wasted a great amount of time over them ever since. This junk has already existed for well over a decade, and as long as it remains, it appearance in Category:Japanese photographers does a disservice to readers. So let the non-article Gorō Hobo and anything much like it die, without prejudicing any later attempt to create a worthwhile article on the particular subject. Doing so won't harm current or future Wikipedia and indeed may well improve it, by wasting much less time (via one tedious AfD after another) of the people who might spend that time actually writing articles. ¶ Indeed, here's an offer. I'll honour the first request I receive on my user talk page to create an actual, worthwhile (though perhaps very short) article about one of the people who currently gets a dreary substub. Just (i) succeed in getting these tiresome things deleted; (ii) name your one biographee. -- Hoary (talk) 23:21, 14 April 2019 (UTC)