Packing for a trip

And I’m off to Dubai tomorrow, so just finished packing. I do hope I have everything I need. So there will be no real updates here for the next week, as I’m not taking my Surface with me. I have quite a lot planed anyway, so I don’t expect any time to edit. But you are welcome to follow me on my FB page and Instagram, where I will try and post some behind the camera stuff.

What’s in the bag

So while punting this together, I thought I show you what I plan to use. Just the main stuff, not all the little things, as that would make for a very long list :)

As you can see, I’m using three cameras. My main camera will be the Canon 5D mark IV. Then there is the Sony a7R with Metabones III adapter, which I use as a backup. And in the corner you can see the Sony RX100 that I like to use for the behind the camera stuff and some quick snaps. I prefer it to a mobile phone, as the quality is better and it has a F1.8 aperture.

On the lens side, going from widest to telephoto, there are the following: Canon 8-15 F4 Fisheye, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8, Canon 17mm TSE, Canon 24-70mm F2.8 and Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II. Yes, that’s a lot of lenses, but I like to vary them, as they give different views. And of course I don’t carry everything at all times :) I would take fewer lenses, like for instance leaving the 16-35 behind as I have a 17 and 24-70, but, I cant put filters on the 17, so I can’t. And so on :)

The last thing visible here in that small Vanguard pouch is the Nisi V5 pro filter holder, with a reduction for the Laowa 12mm lens, standard lenses and a polarizer filter. Yes, the filter holder has a very nice leather case from Nisi, but I find it’s needlessly big.

Btw. This bag is the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW.

Packing for a trip.

Photo licensing

I have been browsing Pixsy a bit recently. If you don’t know Pixsy, it’s a site to search the internet for you photos. You upload your library of photos, and they search for you. They do even more, but I will get to that in a different post. But what I noticed is, so many people and even companies, don’t bother to comply with licencing rules. Do they don’t know I could easily start suing them one by one and require payments for all the photos? I don’t want to do that, but maybe one day it will be to much to ignore. And since some of my photos are already licensed for exclusive use, I have my own obligations, and they can even create problems for me, which I will not allow.

But until that day, here is a bit of a reminder on how and when you can use my photos for free, and when you have to license them.

All my photos are shared under Creative Commons licence.

So you may download and share them further as long as you follow these three rules:

  • Attribution — Please always when you share my photos, note that I am the author, with my name Miroslav Pertrasko and link back to this site www.hdrshooter.com
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes, without my specific permission
  • No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work, without my specific permission

That said, let’s look at it more specificaly

Social media

First, there is social media. On any of them, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more, you can share any of my photos, as long as you include the credit and link back to the blog. This is the same for personal accounts and company accounts. As long it’s sharing, anyone can do it as much as they want.

Of course, if anyone pretends they are the author of the photo, they will first get a nice message from me, and if its not resolved, a copyright claim. This I find just insulting and will not tolerate it.

Personal use

Personal use of the images in the sizes I shared on my various sites is free. So if you want to use it on your personal blog, print something small, use it in your photo album, and similar, you are free to do so. Of course with online use, please include my name and link back to this blog.

If you require a full size image, for instance you want to print a poster for your room, please head over to the Shop where you can buy a download copy for personal use, or contact me here.

Commercial use

Any commercial use is not free and requires a license fee to be payed. This is any use in brochures, flyers, promo materials, magazines, company websites, books and similar. Please take into account, that this includes all company websites. If you are a travel company, and want to use a photo on your site, you need a license. If you are a hotel and want the photo on your site, you need a license, and so on.

Even if you create a free promotional product, you still have to license the photos for it. Again, for example a company calendar. You give it to your customers for free, but as with any promotion, you have to carry the cost, not the photographer.

Licensing is quite easy. Either head over to the Shop, where you can choose a download commercial license for the available photos. They are available at different resolutions for different prices. In case the photo is not available, please contact me here.

In any case, anyone is free to contact me if something is not clear here :)

Prints & downloads available in the shop

Something I have planed to do for a while, is to offer you the ability to buy prints and licences of my photos right from my blog. And starting yesterday, this is available for a selection of my photos.

It will never be all of my photos, due to me not being able to offer them (either I don’t have a property release or they are already licensed to someone else). So like this, this will be a smaller, curated selection, of what I think you would like as much as I do :) But if you want a photo, that is not there, you can still contact me under miroslav.petrasko@hdrshooter.com

Visit the shop site here.

What’s available?

When you head over to my Shop page over at my Smugmug Portfolio, chose a photo and click buy, you will see what’s available. There are three categories:

  • Paper prints – here you can find standard prints, e.g. you would like a poster of one of my photos and similar
  • Wall art – here you will find the more fancy prints, like canvas prints, metal, wood and similar
  • Download – here you can buy a personal or commercial licence of a photo

Bay Photo

All prints are done by Bay Photo in the US. I chosen this one, as I wan you to have the best quality possible, and also most of the visitors to my pages are from the US. I currently do not offer prints from photo labs in other regions, but if you would like a print, and buying it from the US is not convenient for you, you can just buy a personal use license (where you get a full resolution image) and print it anywhere you want.

Licences

The two licences available, the personal and commercial are meant for different purposes.

The personal is just for your personal use. For instance, you are creating a photo book and want a nice cover, you want a nice photo fro your personal blog and you don’t want to have watermarks on it, you want to print out something that I don’t offer and similar. The photo comes as full resolution, 100% quality JPG image every time (other versions available on request).

The commercial license is for companies that want to use a photo on their website, promotional material, magazines, books and similar. There are multiple versions available (1Mpix, 4Mpix and full resolution), with different prices based on the size.

You can see the full licence agreement when you choose a download.

And here are few mock-ups, how it could look in your home :)

Prints & downloads available in the shop
Prints & downloads available in the shop
Prints & downloads available in the shop
Prints & downloads available in the shop

Free Wallpapers

If you like my photos, you may like to use them as wallpapers for you PC (phone, tablet, etc.). And for years now there has been a wallpapers page available on the blog, and you can download already quite a few wallpapers from there. Or if you want, you can head over to my SmugMug portfolio page, where is also a gallery available, containing all the wallpapers.

New 3440×1440 wallpapers

And here are few new ones. All are high resolution, at 3440×1440, meant exactly for 34 inch 21:9 screen. But of course they will look great on smaller or bigger screens. Head over to the wallpapers page to download them and the other available wallapers.

Free Wallpapers
Free Wallpapers
Free Wallpapers
Free Wallpapers

Fireworks over the years

Capturing FireworksHow about one more recap post to end the year with. Since I started taking photos 8th years ago, I tried to take a fireworks photo every year. And since I live in Bratislava, all were from Bratislava. And before I try and take a new one in few hours (if the weather is better than yesterday) how about we take a look together at one from each of the last years. Something like a little countdown to 2018 :) It’s also a nice look back at all the cold New Years nights I spend taking photos. Especially the last one, over the river was crazy cold :)

So here goes.

Btw. If you need help taking fireworks photos, there is a free ebook for all newsletter subscribers. You can subscribe by going here or on the bottom of every page of the blog.

2017

2016

2015

Happy New year 2015

2014

2013

2012

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