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I'm not sure if I should be flattered or annoyed...

07 March 2015 - 11:07 AM

This is a silly little thing, but for some reason, it annoys me...


A couple of years ago, I happened to end up at the same dive site as a club charter. I knew a few of the folks on board. Since they were all capable divers, they made good models and I managed to grab a few decent shots. One of them was used (sadly) as the "inspiration" for a memorial plaque for one of the guys who unfortunately died while cave diving the following year. Given the circumstances, I was happy to have my photo used, although it would have been nice to have been asked for permission.


Then the other day, one of the guys I hardly know, posted an illustration on his FB page, raving that an artist had done this sketch and what an awesome job he'd done "capturing the dive perfectly". Reading down the thread, he mentioned he'd given the artist a photo, which he posted. Sure enough, it was one of mine, with my watermark cropped off. The illustration was pretty much a tracing of my photo, slightly recomposed, and no where was my name mentioned.


Just to be a turd, I posted my uncropped image, and with an appropriate "winking face", and asked about receiving royalties. Nobody commented, but then this AM, I noticed that any posts that had to do with the photo had been removed. There was now simply a post about the awesome illustration, and a few folks agreeing that they might find a photo and have the guy do one for them too... I presume he's being paid for these, but I don't know.


Anyway, part of me is happy that these folks enjoy the photos and I'm happy to have them share them, although it would be nice to have the watermark remain intact. On the other hand, if someone is blatantly using my photos and producing something that they're being paid for, that kinda pi$$e$ me off... And it's not about the money as much as it is about the photo being used without my permission.


Am I being petty? The obvious answer is to stop posting on FB, but I do enjoy sharing them... I just don't enjoy others profiting. And I would like to be asked.


I suppose the flip-side of all of this is that I benefited from using these folks as unpaid models, although I did ask their permission to shoot them as we were suiting up...


As evidence... the illustration, the cropped photo from the thread and my original...

DIY rebuild

04 January 2015 - 09:26 AM

Liz's post on upgrading her Aquatica spring set led to this post...


My Aquatica housing is probably due for an overhaul. It has about 300 - 400 dives on it, although the vast majority of them are in clear, fresh water.


I'd be interested in peoples' thoughts about tackling this myself, vs. sending it in. I'm pretty handy so the task isn't daunting at all, but I'm wondering if all controls can be be removed and replaced with out special tools. I seem to recall a friend did this himself and he said that he couldn't get to all the bits himself.


I think it might be fun and also be a good way to learn more about the intricacies of the housing. On the downside, I don't have a chamber handy to test it afterwards! 



My first magazine... and a brochure!

30 November 2014 - 06:33 PM

November was a good month for me... A feature in DIVER magazine just in time for DEMA, as well as scoring the cover image for the British Columbia Dive Industry Association's new promo brochure...


It ain't National Geographic but it's nice to be special for a month! ;-)







Losing the blues in CMYK...

30 November 2014 - 05:43 PM

I'm preparing some files for a calendar and just finishing up the CMYK conversions. As in previous years, I find that in converting from the RGB colourspace to CMYK, the rich blue of the sea has a tendency to become somewhat magenta-ish.


Logically, in order to get rid of that hue, I would reduce the magenta or red, but even when I do this, the image just looks kinda "bla". Does anyone have any tips for maintaining the rich blue, they would be willing to share?



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?