SeaPhoto: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about SeaPhoto

Why isn't every photo illustrated?
How much do the photos cost?

What size are the photos?  Are they color?  Digital?
Why photo sets?  Can I buy single photos?
I need a larger photo - do you sell enlargements?
What are the legal terms of use?
There are so many sets to choose from, which is the best for my use?
What are the descriptive terms you use?
What do the naval acronyms mean?

Do you do custom work?
Do you license your work for books, magazines, television or other media?

Why isn't every photo illustrated?

I have found that an illustration has to been at least the size of a postage stamp to be useful. If I illustrated every set, not only would the time it takes to complete the catalog go off the scale, but the size would grow to the point that only a few could afford the final publication - it would be hundreds of pages. I realize that there are times when you would like a better preview of my photographs before ordering, so to accommodate that I have purchased a scanner and can electronically print the negative onto a piece of paper to give you a low resolution idea of the set. See the section on Preview Service for more details.  As time permitsI will be working to add more previews to the online catalog.

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How much do the photo's cost?

All 4 X 6" SeaPhoto prints are priced at .75 cents per picture, and are grouped in sets of between 1 and 37 photos. Most sets average around 18 to 24. I have calculated the price of each set to help with the ordering process.

Since SeaPhoto began I have not had to raise my prices, but must reserve my right to do so. I will contact you and offer the opportunity to cancel the order if a price increase should occur.

Please remember to choose carefully - The photo sets are made to order and are not returnable!

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What size are the photos?  Are they color?  Digital?

All SeaPhoto sets are printed on quality, high gloss Kodak or Fuji Photo paper. All photos are Color, 4" X 6" (sometimes known as Jumbo) prints done from original negatives. The processing is done at a professional color lab. All photo sets are made to order, so please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. Because they are made to order, they cannot be returned. Rush orders are possible, but will add significantly to the cost - see the contact section on how to reach me quickly.   As of late 2007, I have switched to professional grade digital SLR cameras for the majority of the shots, to take advantage of the increased detail these cameras can provide.  All sets are still printed at a commerical photo lab.  The main difference is now virtually ever photo can be enlarged to 8 X 10 or bigger and still be crisp and sharp.

SeaPhoto photo CD's are made from original photos, or those that have been licensed for us by us, with the exception of the German Destroyer Photo CD, which was made from negatives originally taken by US Navy Photographers, and the USS Midway CD which contains some official photographs of that class..

The latest photos we offer have been taken with a high end digtial camera, and offer extraordianary detail, especially when choosing digital delivery.  

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Why  Photo Sets?  Can I buy single photos?

Because of the large number of photographs offered by SeaPhoto (now well over 10,000 negatives, and climbing each year), and the fact that this is a one man operation, some method was needed to organize the pictures into manageable groups to reduce the time needed to process each order.

I use a large commercial lab to keep my prices down while allowing reasonable turnaround time and high quality. Negatives are kept pre-packed in this lab's order envelopes, ready to be sent in on the receipt of an order. This also minimizes the handling of fragile negatives.  I will process single orders for Enlargements however, see below.

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Any photograph in the collection can be enlarged to 5 X 7 or 8 X 10/12. To order an enlargement:

If you have the photo set - Photocopy the picture (if there are similar views in the set, photocopy these as well to differentiate them, and send the copy with your order.

If you have a scanned preview set - Circle the photo you would like enlarged.

The current Price for enlargements from Negatives is 5 X 7 $ 4.00, 8 X 10/12  $ 7.00

Please choose carefully - not all pictures will become aesthetically pleasing enlargements.  Virtually all digital sets can be enlarged to 8 X 10/12 or bigger due to the high resolution of the equipment .  Look for the digital symbol next to the sets


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What are the Legal Terms of Use?

The contents of this website, and all SeaPhotos are by SeaPhoto Maritime Photography and Kurt Greiner. Purchase of a SeaPhoto set entitles you to look at them, use them in your research, or even make colorful paper airplanes with them. You may not, however, duplicate the photographs in any way, mechanical or electronic. You may not, without my written permission, use them in any publication, including, but not limited to Internet Web Sites. If you would like to illustrate a book or magazine article using a SeaPhoto, please send contact me for a fee schedule.

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There are so many sets to choose from, which is the best for me?

First, A quick primer on camera angles:

Note that the first angle mentioned is the main view. For example, a bow stbd will show more of the bow and less of the stbd side than a stbd bow.

Your First Photos:

In general, I would recommend those sets decribed as a mosaic bow to stern as your first choices.  These sets will give the overall look of the ship, and establish the relationship of different parts so you can place details in their proper context.

For modelers working in smaller scales (1/350 and smaller), I would recommend the overall views taken from the Golden Gate Bridge and other venues.   This is a great place to start for larger models too, supplementing with the onboard details as needed.

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Descriptive Terms used in this Website and the Catalog

Amidships - The Middle of the ship, usually from behind the bridge to the first open area at the stern
Bridge Front- Generally, shots around the bridge, and from bridge to deck
CV FD - Shots taken from an Aircraft Carrier flight deck - an excellent Vantage point to look down on other ships.
Fosc'l- Forecastle shots from here will often show the front of the bridge
Fwd. -   Forward
Mast  - Shots often showing all mast levels, and crossing structure
Mosaic  - A series of shots that can be joined to form a larger picture
OA - Overall
SS  - Superstructure
Upperworks  - Shots of superstructure above main deck.

Naval System Acronyms

ASROC- Anti Submarine box rocket launcher
CIWS- Close in anti-air system - gatling gun
ECM- Electronic Counter Measures
NIXIE- Towed noisemaker decoy
RAM- Rolling Airframe Missile - anti-air
RAST- Helicopter cable recovery system
SRBOC- Chaff launcher
TACAN- Tactical Communications Antennae
SATCOM- Satellite Communications Antennae
UNREP- Underway replenishment gear/hose
VLS- Vertical Launch System
VDS- Variable Depth Sonar

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Do you do custom work?

Yes, I will travel and take custom photographs of any maritime subjects in the United States.  Your cost will depend on the distance from my home base in Northern California, and the type of photography you wish.  There is a $ 400 minimum for this service.

Can I license your photos for my book, television show, movie or other purpose?

Yes, I have worked with magazine, book publishers and television shows in the past to use my images.  Rates vary, so contact me for a quote.  I can quote for single use, or for complete transfer of rights, depending on your needs.

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