"Most people cringe when artists paint from pictures and I used to, but that was a very very long time ago. I became more convinced that artists can paint from pictures, even more when Karin, who paints from pictures herself started this whole DSFDF thing. She has given us numerous tips from what to look out for, how to compose and even how to take pictures of our paintings/drawings [...]"
I also believe this and that it is a matter of how the pictures are used. Many people get caught up in good or evil view of photographs, but much good information can be gleaned from photographs as starting points.
See Adebanji Alade's Blog.
Also, see the post he refers to here on Karin Jurick's blog...