http://boatpix.com/general/faqs.htm answers most questions and I mention this as I noticed some inaccuracies reported in this string. I think we offer a great service at a great price and that has been true since we started in 1981. We have many people that buy pictures every year and are very happy. Usually, in a forum it starts with a questions and then some quick answers pop up from non-customers who are on the forum at that time. Then, within a week, a whole bunch of people will chime in that they are customers, buy pictures and love them. Check out the Hatteras and Sea Ray forums for an example. Our system is much like a hotel or rental car agency in that we ask for a credit card upfront. Then, we treat you like an adult and send you out finished 16x20 prints that are fully "photoshopped" where we remove the stains, barnacles and bird poop on your boat and make it look like new. We make rather spectacular pictures as the helicopter is the correct way to do this and we stopped counting cover shots in about 1987 when I went to the convenience store and most of the cover shots for popular magazines on the rack were pictures I took and was credited for. We ask if you want to have a little more hair, a little less belly and a little stronger arms. Tom, President of Boatpix, 561-346-2816.
Years ago I ran a poker run and there was a helicopter taking photos. I never spoke with anyone from the pic company nor requested/ordered and pics. Sometime later I get a package from this company containing some pics of my boat during this poker run. I can only assume they got my contact info from the event orginizer at the time. The pics were not bad but not great either except for the price list on the enclosed price sheet.
Remember at this point the company sent the pics to me on their own. Nice gift. NOT. Next thing I know another contact from this company stating either return the pics, pay, or be taken to court.
I will leave it to educated guess as to which company this was.
Found it a very ammusing way of conducting business!
I have heard of instances where people have received pics and they were not involved with an event at all.
My only guess at that point would be they are pulling one's information from the registration numbers on the boat.
Digital Photography & Video one BYTE at a time !
A business model based on inconvenience, belligerence, and intimidation...what a bunch of jerks. I hope these threads come up when some poor soul does a search on them.
I have no experience with Boatpix, or any of the companies that market images, from a moving bird (matters not if bird is fixed wing or rotor).
The following is just my opinion;
Based on the pricing structure of Boatpix, I would have expected Boatpix to be selling photos, shot by Pro Photographers using the Highest Quality DSLR Bodies & Pro-Grade Lenses. Instead, based on the Exif Information of several files, they use Sub $1000 Rebel Bodies, and inexpensive kit lenses. To some it may not matter, but they shoot Jpeg, which does not render them the Highest Quality Images off the Bodies they are shooting with. Just on that information alone, for the prices they are charging, I cannot see why anyone would consider buying photos from them. Having shot alongside Jay, Jeff, Tim, Pete, and a few others, I would buy photos of my boat (if I had one) from them any day, over what Boatpix is selling.
It does not cost that much to operate a Helo. An R44 cost' approximately $500 an hour. That is easy to make back @ $500 PER Digital File. If they were interested in running a business, that catered to the boating industry, I would think they would have a better business plan/ better pricing, instead of a one shoe fits all approach.
Just my 2¢.
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