I'm making this journal to refer to, as I have to give a lot of the same comments lately:
--- My photo's are not stock. This means you should not use them for a photo manipulation. A good indication that something might not be stock, is when you have to Photoshop a watermark saying 'copyright' out.
-Stock images you can find in the stock category here on dA: [link] DA has beautiful stock images, there is no reason why you should use images that aren't.
-Please don't ask me to make an exception. You must understand that is what everybody asks me every single time.
-Please don't try to convince me by saying that when one enables download one gives permission to anyone, to do with your photo whatever they want. That's not how it works. And -oddly enough- it doesn't convince me either.
-Please consider that being indignant about not being allowed to use someone's photo is a tat ridiculous, and slightly arrogant as well.
-Please respect my rights as owner of my photos.
-It happens too often that my photos are used in a manipulation, without having been asked for permission, while the maker of the manipulation states in the description in capital letters that no-one is allowed to use their manipulation, to alter it in any way or to upload it somewhere else. Please try to see the irony there.
I don't mind my photos being used as a reference for a drawing or painting. I'd love to see it if you do!
-If you use my photos as reference, please be so generous as to give credit. It's amazing how many allegedly all-made-up-on-their-own drawings and paintings have the exact same shapes, branches, colours and composition as photos I have in my gallery (and photos of other deviants for that matter). Astounding.
Well, that was it. I hope anyone who reads this has a lovely day! I'm going to get myself a pear ice-cream now