Haven’t had one of these for ages……

Been a while since anyone got in touch on Flickr asking to use any of my photos, so was quite a surprise to receive a request. Given that people usually tend to just grab and run requests for usage are becoming quite rare, especially when all that’s on offer is ‘writing my name’ on the images. In hindsight, I should have watermarked them already – then they’d be fully prepared for free use.

As an amateur (albeit with sales and publication) I’m quite happy to give images away for free under certain circumstances, friends family and colleagues are obviously on the freebies list, as are certain images for anyone (images specific to a very certain event or place that holds little values to me, or resale). What is quite irritating is that people who would be using them commercially expect to be able to acquire usage rights for them for free.

The following is a precis of the email exchange so far. Can’t see this ending in payment, unless I find out that they’ve been used without my permission or without payment…..

Hi Dave 🙂

I just saw your pictures of the shih tzu !
They are adorable!
I wondering if i could use some of them pictures on a website It is a virtual stable with virtual pets 🙂 Where you can go for virtual contest 😉
I can write your name on the photos 🙂

Best regards xxxxx

“Hi xxxxx,
Had a look at the website and wouldn’t have a problem with any of my images appearing there. If you let me know how many you’d need and how long you’d be using them for I can work out a competitive rate for licensing.

Thanks and best regards
Dave”

I will use the puppys pictures. I dont know how many, it depends on how popular they will be. But I will start with three or four 🙂
They will be used until they get deletet by someone. So I cant say how long I’ll use them.
Do you want me to write Dave Frost on the pictures? so people know it is your pictures? 🙂

Mads

“Apologies for the delay,
Have been away for a while and not had a chance to get online.

Thanks for the additional information and on this basis would be happy to offer you a licence for up to 5 of these images for web use only on an unlimited period basis for a one off fee of £50, with any future additional images supplied at a discounted rate to be agreed if required.

If this is acceptable, please let me know and I’ll forward a licence agreement for you to complete and return with payment. If you let me know which 5 images you’d like to use, then on receipt of payment I can forward you the files.

Hope this OK
Thanks and best regards
Dave”

Got the expected response a moment ago

Subject: Re: Hi
Date: 9th February, 2012

I am a danish boy only 14 years old. So some of the things you write i dont understand. But do you say i can use 5 images, but if I would like to use more, then i have to pay? 🙂

For which I responded with;

Apologies if I was unclear.

I am willing to offer you an indefinite license to use up to 5 images for web use at a cost of GBP 50.

If you were to require more images, I would be happy to offer any additional ones at a reduced cost

To clarify – 5 images will cost GBP 50, 10 images would cost GBP 70 (not GBP 100)

Hope this helps
Thanks
Dave

or in Danish –
Undskylder hvis jeg var uklart. Jeg er villig til at tilbyde dem en ubestemt licens til at udnytte op til 5 billeder til nettet anvendelse til en pris af GBP 50. Hvis de var at kræve mere billeder, ville jeg være glad for at tilbyde enhver supplerende stillinger til nedsat pris at få afklaret – 5 billeder vil koste GBP 50, 10 billeder ville koste 70 pund (ikke GBP 100) håber dette hjælper takket være

Reminded me of a couple of great ‘rants’, explaining in detail why images aren’t free – you can read that on these blogs;-

This Photograph Is Not Free


http://ridexc.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/i-dont-work-for-free-please-dont-ask-me/

Puppy Spam and a Nifty Fifty

Getting to be a bit on the spamtastic side now with the puppies. I’m not talking about mulching their hairless corpses up to make bland, greasy meat but the amount of photographs I’ve ended up taking of them. The Lord only knows what I’ll be snapping when they’ve all gone to their new homes (aside from miserable children and a sulking wife).
I could pretend that this was a re-kindling of the love I had for the nifty fifty (that’d be the canon 50mm 1.8mm Lens for you non-toggers) which has been neglected like a 10 year marriage since I bought the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 some 18 months ago, but I wont. I will say though that as the cheapest prime in Canon’s arsenal of lenses this little beauty is by far the most useful I own. You could (if you desired) use it for landscapes. Street photography suits it well. On the 30D crop sensor decent portraits are possible. All Pin sharp (if you focus properly !) with f1.8 Depth of Field loveliness if you’re one of those arty types. It’s also a good one to use with extension tubes for some in your face macro shots if you have the inclination. A great, cheap all rounder.

Me, I just lay on the floor with it and take photos of energetic puppies like these, but having re-discovered this lens I’ll try harder not to neglect it any more

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

4 weeks old

And no longer looking like a furry Mars bar sized rat……
This one was the only one awake so I took the opportunity to borrow her for a few minutes. Of the 50 or so shots I took, very few were in focus as she’s now discovered how to run, with the odd skip and a hop before falling over.

Tired now.

I can stand up !! – But Walking’s still a bit of an issue

Look mum I can stand up !!

Nearly three weeks old, and now they’re quite speedy. Instead of lurching from one spot to another like a demented tortoise (or turtle for my overseas visitors) the little ones asre almost walking. It’s quite funny watching them fall over though. This one is ‘Number 1’, who aside from being bigger than the others was also the firsdt one to open her eyes.

7 days ago

These bundles of noise and fluff weren’t born. They’ve pretty much doubled in size over the last 7 days and I’m pleases to say that they’re all doing rather well.

1 to 4 - A hard day sleeping

They’re still only named as Number 1, Number 2, Number 3 and Number 4 but sure that will change as they start to get more mobile and inquisitive.
Plenty of people have expressed an interest in having one (or more) but so far, no deposits……..

Thank you for leaving me alone

Following on from the previous post, poor old Daisy was duly left alone, and after a few hours hard graft last night successfully delivered four bouncing bundles of mischief. Cunnrently un-named (apart from number one who seems to be lumbered with Sticky) these ladies (and one gent) are all healthy, doing well and blissfully unaware that they’re going to have the camera shoved in their faces at every opportunity over then next few weeks….

First photo of this bunch – The eldest is around three hours, and the youngest around 30 minutes.

A proper bundle of Joy