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Threatening to violate copyright. At least they're upfront about it!

07 November 2014 - 03:53 PM

I have been in a bit of a discussion with an individual over the past few weeks. She wanted to purchase a series of my prints, as canvas mounted things. Nice...


I am not by any stretch a high-priced pro shooter, but I figure I need the cost of the prints (obviously), a little compensation for the time to prep the files and coordinate with the lab, and a token amount to put toward my ridiculously expensive camera, boat, time, expertise, risking my life in frigid water (drama added intentionally). I arbitrarily figured an extra $50 a print, or $150 in total, plus the prints.


She balked, I lost interest.


She came back and asked again. I quoted the same cost. She said she couldn't afford it. I said, "ok".


Then I suggested she could look at either smaller prints (she wanted 30" x 40"), or perhaps a photopaper, mounted to Gatorfoam or something, which I could have done for half the price...


Nope, she wanted, 30" x 40" linen, gallery mounts bla, bla, bla. I mumbled something about "Champagne taste, beer budget".


So two weeks goes by, and she has just emailed me:


"Hi Stu. I wondered if you had decided to the prints for the price I can afford. I like them and I would prefer to go through you to get them, but if you won't do them for less money, I will just get them done myself. I an (sic) get them done for a lot less at (ABC Camera) anyway"


I replied pointing out that the lab I use prints 9 colours and ABC prints 5 and won't do nearly as nice a job... and oh, ya you need a file. I presume she's thinking she'll lift the image from my FB page or someplace, ignore the watermark and Bob's yer uncle.


I didn't take the bait, but pointed out that (a) that would be a direct infringement of my copyright, (b) that ABC Camera is owned by a guy who knows me well, and he was the one who referred me to the other lab because he just couldn't get the blue greens right, and most importantly © the 78 Kb file she can grab from FB, might render a "bit" of a course print.


But here is where I need your advice...


I am tempted to call my friend at ABC Camera, and explain what is going on, and tell him that when she comes in, he should feel free to make the prints, but that he should insist on payment in advance... and advise her that the files were too small. My bet is that she will insist that he go ahead...


Would that be sporting of me, or in bad taste? I couldn't give rodents hindquarters about doing these prints for her, but I do have the opportunity to teach her a lesson about the evils of stealing someones images!


What say ye, fellow starving shooters?

Help finding "Rules of Underwater Photography"

25 March 2014 - 04:59 AM

Some time ago, there was a funny thread going around here that listed some "rules" for underwater photography. Most contained solid guidance and some were pretty funny...


I'm conducting a photo workshop this week and would love to include this information (with due credit given of course!), but I haven't been able to locate it...


Can anyone point me in the right direction?





How's my logic...

23 November 2013 - 04:37 PM

I use a D7000/Aquatica system and I'm very happy with it. However, I know I would be even happier with a D800/Aquatica system.


So I had a serious conversation (with myself, because if I'd had it with Mrs. Stoo, it would have been a VERY short conversation...).  I concluded that there was no rational reason to upgrade whatsoever. "Gear lust", pure and simple.


But then I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. It seems like I would get a much better price selling my current camera and housing, while the camera is still readily available... right? I mean who wants to but a housing with a camera in it that can't be replaced, should it die? Part of this came from chatting with a guy on SB that was trying to sell a D200 and housing and wasn't get a nibble.


Getting a better price now, means that an upgrade is more affordable... So assuming that I would upgrade sooner or later anyway, isn't my logic in doing it sooner, rather than later, sound?

Presentation Software?

08 November 2013 - 05:45 PM

I've been asked to present a couple of UW photo workshops. I'm wondering what folks use for presentation software...


Basically I want something that can be used both for a "pretty" slideshow, with some sappy music, but also something that can be used for "teaching"... so some text overlay, perhaps an illustration or two...


I use a Macbook Pro... I have Powerpoint and iPhoto already. Someone suggested "Keynote" which is a $20 App from Mac and apparently integrates well with iTunes and iPhoto for importing stuff. It also allows you to stick everything on the Cloud so it could be accessed anywhere and on any of my iGizmos...


My bro uses some stuff called ProShow which looked ok, but it's a Windows app only....


Any thoughts?


Key is ease of use ('cause I'm not that likely to use it if it's a PITA), and cheap!