I get on google, yahoo, and type in a subject matter I want to paint/draw. So I save that random photograph not knowing where it is on my computer and go at it. The finished piece is now under my name and I want to enter it into a competition. Is this stealing? I am not sure, I have always thought that most professionals do the same as me.
I am posting this because I have always used photographs that I don't own. But, they are posted freely on the internet so why not? I feel kind of hesitant at first but then I realize there is no way of me finding a legit picture to paint unless I take a photograph which is very difficult for me because I do not own a good digital camera.
Maybe I am just rambling but I was kind of curious to where everyone gets their reference pictures and what they thought about this.