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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:40 pm


I guess the subject line about says it. I got an e-mail that I followed up on and then a telephone call a few weeks ago from the graphics designer at a magazine I had never heard of, Casino Connection, out of Atlantic City, NJ. They were doing an article titled, "Guiding Lights: Exploring the lighthouses of the Jersey Shore" and wanted to use one of my images of the Absecon lighthouse in Atlantic City as a cover shot and a number of others to photo illustrate the article. The resulting cover is below and the article ended up five pages with a number of my photos in it.

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To say that I was surprised when this one came at me via the e-mail link on my website would be an understatement. But, why not? I guess the one thing I would say to those of you who have websites is that making it easy for people to contact you about photo usage, buying prints, etc. via and e-mail link is probably a very good idea.
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Postby Larry » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:29 pm


Just curious Gary, do you typically charge for these types of things or do you say 'yes' for the exposure? Or is it on a case by case basis?
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:43 pm


Purely case by case, Larry, and also a function of the distribution of the publication. I try to weigh the benefits of the exposure as one of the factors in deciding how to handle a specific request. There have been some requests that I have simply turned down because I didn't like the nature of what was planned for my work in terms of text overlays, etc.

Anyone would do well to get a good understanding of exactly what the graphics person who would be working with your image has planned for it. I do a regular Marine Photography spread for Great Laker magazine and now have I think 13 of them behind me, counting the upcoming Split Rock spread and cover for the July-September issue. I never have to think twice about what Becky the graphics designer at Harbor House Publishers is going to do with my work because, 1) she has never disappointed me yet with her ideas and 2) the publisher allows me the flexibility to override a layout if I don't like it for some reason. While I've made suggestions of minor tweaks on occasion, I've never had to veto a layout yet. Hope that this helps some.
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Postby Hersh » Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:48 pm


Looks like a well put together publication... See the bottom headline on the right. Sounds like the old Velvet Jones sketches on Saturday Night Live. "Further you edumacation with me, Velvet Jones"

But seriously, a cover is a cover, and having your work in the hands of casino executives can't be a bad thing! Good job.
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:19 pm


The casino execs have $$$ and having my stuff on a cover and in front of them is definitely not a bad thing, Hersh :!: One never knows what that might translate to at some point.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:17 pm


Well done Gary. I guess one of the important aspects of this deal is that they actually asked you and kudos to them for doing that. I know what it's like to have stuff stolen from one's web site as I have just been thru it with a hijack attempt to take over the Lighthouse weekend event.

They selected a great photo of Absecon for the cover also. Hope you make some chaff out of it all.
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Postby TWolfe » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:48 pm


Congratulations on another cover!!
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:29 am


Thanks, Tammy. Here's a more recent one that I'm sure you're familiar with...

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Postby Grover1 » Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:02 am


... and if you log to LH.net on with eyes closed, here's some more featured work, in a slighthly larger format, by our busy Mr Martin ...

<img src="http://www.njlhs.org/challenge/Lighthouse-Ad-Kid-032607F-r.gif">

<img src="http://www.njlhs.org/challenge/Lighthouse-Ad-Digest-n-Log-.gif">
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:32 am


Thanks, Barry, for the large version of the NJLH Challenge brochure. They actually contacted me about 10 months ago about the use of those photos for this year's event brochure.

Here's the link to the Split Rock Marine Photography series page on my website for those of you on "other coasts" who don't subscribe to Great Laker.

http://www.coastalbeacons.com/HarborHou ... ept_07.htm
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:31 am


I finally got the file from the Casino Connection magazine article uploaded to my website. The type is still a little hard to read even with the pages uploaded 1280 pixels wide.

http://www.coastalbeacons.com/Casino_Co ... ept_07.htm
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:37 pm


Congratulations!
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Sep 22, 2007 5:56 pm


Thanks Stephen :!:
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Postby Hersh » Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:38 pm


Both spreads look nicely done Gary.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:21 am


Just gorgeous on all counts!!!!!! :D
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