Peter Hill

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Why you cannot buy my images on 500px

Published April 10th, 2012

Occasionally I will get emails from 500px telling me that someone wants to buy this or that image.

Sorry, but tough.

There is absolutely no way my photography will be available for sale on this site. The sole reason for this is that if I make any image available for sale, 500px will also allow anybody to download a High Definition copy, for just $2.99. Apart from being a giveaway, that devalues my work, and I have no facility to either restrict it or prevent it.

Quite frankly, the terms of the download are ridiculous:

"Photographer grants buyer a non-exclusive perpetual personal-use license to download and copy the accompanying image, subject to the following restrictions:

This license is for personal use only. Personal use means non-commercial use of the image(s) for display on personal websites and computers, or making prints for personal use. The image(s) may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The imag ...

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The Difference of DOF

Published March 11th, 2012

The following two photographs demonstrate the difference between using a Tilt+Shift lens as a prime lens and using the same lens with Tilt engaged. As you can see, the visual difference is substantial yet it is the same scene and composition.

The first photograph was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a (manual focus) Canon TS-E 45mm f2.8 Tilt+Shift lens, with a Hoya ND x400 filter, ISO 200, f6.3, 90 seconds. Focus was desired and obtained throughout the frame from foreground to background.

The second photograph was taken with the same gear and settings, with two exceptions. First, the light had changed so I reduced the exposure to 75 seconds. Second, I engaged the Tilt function of the lens horizontally at 8 degrees to bring the foreground rocks forward, then re-focused the lens on the rocks.

I am not a big fan of the so-called "fake miniature" effect achieved in Photoshop, which is sometimes incorrectly called the "tilt-shift" effect (its only tilt, the shift has nothing to do with ...

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