Artist are always debating the use of cameras or other props when creating original art. There are those that say to copy a photograph is cheating and worse yet, plagiarism if the photo isn’t yours. I use photography and video to some extent but never to copy. I personally don’t know any wildlife artist that does not take advantage of this medium to assist them in their work especially if they strive for realism.
Last night I watched a documentary called Tim’s Vermeer. It explores the possibility that Johannes Vermeer the Master Of Light may have actually copied his subjects using camera obscure which is explained and demonstrated in great detail in this film.
I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who appreciates fine art.