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Image pricing?

04 April 2016 - 10:51 PM

Today I logged in to flickr and found a mail asking about using one of my pictures for marketing since it showed a species of seaweed that one of the company's products is based on. I checked the company (pretty easy, since the email address was on the company's domain), and although I don't much believe in the product they're not running a total snake oil scheme scamming money out of poor and/or sick people. So, I don't have any serious ethical objections to them using my picture to sell stuff.
What I don't have the slightest idea about is what's "normal" pricing for this kind of stuff. From the company's domain name, it's located in the UK in case that affects pricing. I'm thinking about reserving my copyright and only allowing use for a specific purpose, with other use to be re-negotiated, so that will probably also affect the pricing.
So, given those constraints, what would be a decent price and/or starting point for haggling price?
BTW, this is the picture:

Olympus 9-18 with Nauticam 4.33"?

12 December 2015 - 01:36 PM

So, with the motivation to reduce the amount of gear to schlep on travel and vacations, I started wondering about ways to reduce the amount of camera stuff to carry. I like to switch between the Olympus 9-18 for general shooting and the Panasonic 8/3.5 FE for CFWA/WA stuff. Problem is, they require two different ports. But since Nauticam makes these nifty extension rings, I was wondering if anyone has tried the 4.33" dome, maybe with a 20 or 30mm extension ring, with the 9-18. Or will the curvature of the 4.33" dome make this a hopeless idea?


I could try, of course. But I'm not very motivated to buy at least one of those extension rings just to try it out, so it'd be nice to know if anyone has tried it.


Rabbit fish

30 November 2015 - 11:26 AM

Last weekend we did a night dive to look for the Rabbit fish (Chimaera monstrosa). It's a deep water species which you have a decent chance of seeing around here, since it for some reason likes to come up to rec depths in our waters. Particularly during late fall and particularly at night. Conditions were demanding, with lots of clay particles in the top layer and less than 1m viz at the surface. The bottom was very silty, fine clay with pebbles, so you hugging the bottom to get a good angle usually had catastrophic consequences for the local viz. To top it off, I don't have a red focus light (yet, but Christmas is right around the corner), so I struggled with hotspots from my diving light. Some of the pictures had heavy hotspots and a -3EV brush was necessary to tone them down. 


I'd appreciate feedback on a few pictures that turned out not too bad (click for the large version):













Short video from Norway

16 October 2015 - 04:07 AM

So, I'm still in the steep, very early part of the learning curve when it comes to video. I'm primarily a still photog, but since I wanted to have a little video from my dives as well, I've gone and mounted a GoPro Hero4 on top of my EM-5 rig. So far I've been shooting 2.7k30, protune, native color balance and flat tone curve to have maximum latitude for adjustments in post. Editing/post-production is in Premiere Elements 13, and I like to insert stills into the edited video.


Here's my third attempt at UW videoing and editing. It's from a weekend trip last week, to the coast of middle Norway. Any constructive feedback would be appreciated.





Lumpsucker feedback

14 October 2015 - 01:21 PM

After a drowned strobe and a dry spell I was able to take my Pana 8mm for a swing again. This time on the coast of middle Norway, where I met a really cute lumpsucker. As usual, I shot in aperture priority mode with -2EV on the ambient, TTL flash. If I try to shoot manual, I end up using my time fiddling with the dials rather than nailing the shot, and this girl was a little coquettish - or perhaps shy. If I'd shot manual, she'd probably gone somewhere else. Anyway, since she was a bit skittish I had to crop a bit in post, so the composition isn't fixed. The picture was processed as usual in LR5, with moderate amounts of clarity. I brushed the rock a bit darker since it was a bit overexposed, the rear part of the fish a little lighter, and as usual pulled the black slider until the shadows just started to blow. As a finishing touch, I added a -0.5EV graduated filter to the lower left corner. Here's the result:




Is there anything I could - or should - have done differently? I was wondering if it's work better in 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the 4:3 ratio my EM-5 gives me.