Sometimes it feels like the photography world is one giant shark tank, with everyone out to get each other. Mostly though, I think people just assume that’s the case, which is almost worse. Photo subjects assume their photographer wants to make millions without giving them a dime (really guys, very few of us are making millions, and 40% of what we do make is going to taxes and health care). Photographers assume everyone wants to use their image without paying or crediting them (most people don’t even know that cropping out someone’s watermark is at the very best disrespectful).
There’s no way around it, sometimes you do actually come across someone who wants to screw you over. But I try to work off the premise that people are generally decent…it’s too depressing to do anything else.