FAQ

I can’t provide answers for every conceivable question, so please
contact me
if there is something more you need to know.

Artist Statement: It wasn’t me officer.

1. Who are you? I’m a guy who enjoys being in Japan and doing this stuff.

2. Are you in Japan? Yes, central Japan. Nagoya City is the fourth largest city in Japan, and because it is home to the Toyota Motor Corporation, it is on par with Tokyo and London as being one of the most expensive cities in terms of real estate prices.

3. You’ve got three portfolios? Currently, yes. For an agency, I use Alamy, Asian Photo Connection by Henry Westheim and I have
my own portfolio hosted on PhotoShelter
. If you find something on the Asian Photo Connection / Henry Westheim website, please contact him first; he’s my go-to man in Taiwan.

4. Do you do assignments? Contact me, and we’ll fit you in.

5. About your fees… All of my images are available for immediate purchase and download, and fees are shown when you click on the licensing buttons. All fees are based on industry averages, and discount coupons are occasionally available.

6. What are your turn-ons? Organised people.

7. Can you travel for a photographic assignment? In most cases, yes. I’m creeped-out by spiders, so no spider-research facility assignments, please.

8. I’ve found some interesting photos taken by you, but how can I find out more interesting information about them? Often I blog about my world conquests, and so you can often find some extra info there. Surprisingly, Wikipedia is also quite useful for even the most obscure facts about Japan.

9. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve photographed? I can’t believe you’d ask me that! I’m so shy to say! Next question.

10. What photographic gear do you use? Professional grade digital SLR and film cameras, exquisite normal and long focal range lenses, superb hotshoe and studio flashes, a terrific tripod with a snazzy shutter release, travel guides, a nice notepad and pencil, the finest plans made by men and mice, and a four-leaf clover.

11. Do you also use film? Of course! Ever heard of an artist who only ever painted with blue? Oh, yeah… Picasso.

12. You spelt color and organized wrong. So did you. Did you know that the words and original spellings for colour, organised, centre and others came from French: the same people who helped the American colonies gain their independence.

13. I’m producing a ______ and I found your images. I don’t have a budget but I can credit you and give you exposure. Can I have your images for free? Sure, see here for details and caveats: Free stock images.

14. Can you do charity work? There are a lot of wonderful charities, but I can’t support them all, so I only do the charities I have prioritised.

15. How do you deliver images? It depends. If you buy direct from the website (with or without coupon) you can download them immediately after purchase. After an assignment, I will make a password-locked gallery and give you the password for you to get in and download direct to the computer you want the images on. Alternative methods are possible.

About Image Quality

All images are photographed to ensure the best quality for delivery. I take that extra step of moving, leaning, squatting and such to get a better view of the subject rather than using PhotoShop and its artificial effects. I use the best lenses available, and constantly dreaming of the next camera body upgrade, and sometimes my dreams are fulfilled (see how you can help and get ‘free stock photos’).

Most images in this portfolio are:

  • Delivered in JPEG (saved at maximum quality).
  • Digital images are shot and processed in Adobe RGB (Adobe 1998) colour
    space.
  • 300 pixels per inch resolution.
  • At least 3000×2000 pixel dimensions, and newer photos are now up to 6000×4000 (25mb, usually around 18mb). Sizes do vary, please check individual image information before purchase.
  • Unsharpened (for photo editors to sharpen the final product before
    publishing)
  • Digital images are shot in the cameras native raw file format to make
    adjusting levels and histograms more accurate.
  • Include IPTC data including credit line, keywords, caption, and location. Please be aware that stripping meta data from an image is illegal in many countries, including in the European Union. This is due to the author / photographer has the moral right to have credit for a work. (See here for more information on IPTC and meta data http://bit.ly/oqbpoL).
  • From July 2010, all file names include the date and unique image number. Example 20100731_DSC6052.jpg, where this file was made in 2010, July (07), 31st day, and the unique file number is DSC6052. Film images bare similar file naming: 20100731_film057.jpg.
  • Delivery in TIFF or PSD (in 8 or 16 bit) is possible by arrangement (additional USD$20 processing fee per image, or USD$20 for five images of the same set, but USD$5 per additional image). Most files have been processed in Adobe PhotoShop LightRoom or Adobe PhotoShop.
  • Where possible, iso100 (or lowest possible iso) is used for maximum quality in both film and digital. Recently available digital camera body is used; the best colour slide, negative, or black and white films are also used, with the best lenses available. Tripods, monopods, flashes, remote shutter releases and such are used to ensure the best possible set up for when the shutter is pushed.
  • Scanned film images may include accidental dust spots, despite all care being taken to remove them. Film images may intentionally retain grain, dust spots, and other charisma. Exceptionally high levels of film scanning services are currently extremely difficult to secure in Japan, and so such requests will incur additional fees and time management issues. Please see this images-for-goods trade for how you can help reduce your fees and save time in the future.

Since you’ve read this far, then you’re either interested in me or my photos, so you ought to stop dreaming about me and get shopping 😉

My agencies: Alamy; Asian Photo Connection, by Henry Westheim.

My other portfolio: ABlyth at PhotoShelter.

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