payment and subscriptions

Both the $3 paid-for modules and the $29 annual subscription are on a Paypal secure account. Click on the appropriate payment section, and Paypal will lead you through the rest. All you need is a credit or debit card -- you don't need a Paypal account of your own. See also 'cheques/checks', below.


Transylvanian hole-in-the-wall, Sibiu, Romania

Transylvania is such a place of legend and mystery, famed for its castles and vampires, that it is hard to imagine that it really exists, let alone has such mundane things as banks. Then again, maybe it's a blood bank...

free subscriptions

Any existing subscriber who introduces a new subscriber is credited with a free month tacked onto the end of their subscription. If someone has introduced you to the site, click here for an introduction form and fill in your name and e-mail address and the name and e-mail address of your 'sponsor', who will receive the credit. Anyone who can introduce a dozen new subscribers, every year, will never need to buy a subscription again. It's a little awkward having the new subscriber fill in this form, but it's the only way to be sure that credit is given where it is due. Also, as soon as you are a subscriber, you can start to enroll other subscribers and get them to fill in the forms for your free months.....



Linda's Wedding

There's a lot of variety on the site, from travel to still lifes to portraits and more, in black and white and colour, and we are always eager to hear from subscribers who have ideas (or even specific requests) for new modules.

We can't guarantee always to meet your requests, but wherever possible, we'll try. This wedding shot was taken with a Canon 50/1.2 lens dating from the late 1950s or early 1960s and is from the (paid) module on using old lenses which was produced in response to a request from a subscriber.



If something has gone wrong, or if you reckon you've been ripped off, contact us and we will put it right. If you just don't like what you read, on the other hand, think of the site as you would a magazine. If a magazine is disappointing, you don't take it back: you just don't buy it again. After all, the sums involved are tiny and it's quicker and easier for both parties just to have nothing further to do with one another. There are lots of modules you can read for nothing. For $15 you can read five different paid-for modules and see if you like them. For $29 you can read the whole site AND lots more modules in the coming year.


Land Rover stuck in a rut, Hungary


Going the other way (uphill) we got high-centred, so coming back down Roger tried to straddle the rut -- and fell in. We couldn't even open the driver's door, which was stuck hard against the centre mound, so we had to scramble out of the upper door. It took us a couple of hours to get out of this one, using an off-road jack and ex-army entrenching tool. Frances shot this with the Leica MP and 35/1.4 Summilux on Kodak Elite Chrome 100 EBX.

With any luck we should be able to resolve site problems more easily...


We thought long and hard about accepting cheques/checks for subscriptions and the simple truth is that we can't afford to do it: the time spent in batting $29 cheques around the world is too great, to say nothing of the bank fees, commission charges and exchange rates. We sincerely apologize to those who, like us, hate the idea of buying anything on-line. On the bright side, look at it this way: if this is your first on-line transaction, you are dealing with people whose work you probably know and who can't afford to lose their reputation. Give it a try!


The $29 subscription runs for a calendar year from when it is first activated (i.e. from when you get your password to the whole site). Remember: a subscription gives you free access to all existing paid-for material and at least one new paid-for article per month.

We hope to automate a (very gentle) reminder for the last month or six weeks of a subscription; something along the lines of 'Your subscription expires on...'  No dancing marmosets, we promise!   

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why the US dollar?

The choice of the US dollar is simple pragmatism. Most non-Americans have a good idea of what a dollar is worth against their own currency, but frighteningly few Americans know what their currency is worth against other world currencies. If they did, they would have been a lot more worried by the dollar's decline against other world currencies. When Clinton left office, you could buy a euro for a little over 90 cents; just after Dubbya started his second term in 2004, a euro cost more than $1.30. We'd do a lot better to charge for the site in euros...


Police line barriers, New York City

American images are seen all over the world, and are often used as visual shorthand. Yes, there are plenty of American shots on this site -- but we believe that everyone is at least as interested in pictures of less familiar countries, so we have tried to be as international as possible.

a plea for honesty and fairness

This web site is part of our livelihood. Please don't steal it for your own site -- and if you find chunks of it in someone else's site that have clearly been stolen from ours, let us know, and we will go after them. There's a lot of research and knowledge in here, and our research and knowledge (and skill at presenting that information) is all we have to sell, all we have to live on. We don't make a fortune from what we do, and we reckon we play fair. Please do the same.

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