Royalty Free

What does the term "Royalty-Free" mean?
Royalty-free pricing means that the price of the photo is based on its artistic and technical qualities, not the specific use. You will not have to buy any additional rights for any subsequent usage of  the photos you purchase from Blue Knight productions and can use the photos you bought for any projects. By selling a royalty-free photo, a photographer permits you unlimited use of the photo, including any alterations such  as, but not limited to cropping, color alterations, creating derivative work from it, etc. Photographer however always remains a copyright owner of the photo.

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Copyrights info:

Please don't download or copy any of our photograps without permission. Even when original photos, artwork, prints, cards, etc. are purchased, the artist still retains all rights. For more information, please visit the U.S. Copyright Office at

 Important Information About RGB and CMYK

Many graphics software programs give you the choice to work in either RGB or CMYK. These are called "color spaces". Scanners and digital cameras create images using combinations of just three colors: Red, Green and Blue (called "RGB"). These are the primary colors of light, which computers use to display images on your screen. Printing presses print full color pictures using a different set of colors, the primary colors of pigment: Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and Black (called "CMYK"). This is "4-color process" or "full-color" printing that comprises the majority of magazines and marketing materials you see every day. At some stage your RGB file must be translated to CMYK in order to print it on a printing press. 

It's Best If You do the RGB-to-CMYK Conversion of Your Images

You will have more control over the appearance of your printed piece if you convert all of the images from RGB to CMYK before sending them to us. When we receive RGB images, we do a standard-value conversion to CMYK, which may not be perfectly to your liking. We want you to be happy, so please, take the time to prepare your file properly. We cannot be responsible for sub-par results if you furnish your images in RGB. Even though monitors always use RGB to display colors, the colors you see on your monitor will more closely match the final printed piece if you are viewing them in the CMYK color space.

Be aware that it is possible to see colors in RGB that you can't make with CMYK. They are said to be "out of the CMYK color gamut". What happens is that the RGB-to-CMYK translator just gets as close as possible to the appearance of the original and that's as good as it can be. It's something that everyone in the industry puts up with. So it's best to select any colors you use for fonts or other design elements in your layout using CMYK definitions instead of RGB. That way, you will have a better idea of how they will appear in your printed piece. Here's a common example: many programs translate the 100% Blue in RGB into a somewhat purple-looking color in CMYK. We recommend a CMYK value of 100-65-0-0 to get a nice clean blue. Working in the CMYK color space allows you to select the CMYK recipe, or "screen build", that gives you the results you want. 

You most likely won't notice this kind of color shift in a color photograph. It is more likely to happen if you pick a very rich, vibrant color for a background or some other element of your layout. It probably won't look bad, it just won't look exactly the same. But it may not be noticeable at all either. 

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Copyright Information

Not everything published on this website is copyrighted since large parts of the contents is from official US Navy sources like DANFS, Naval Historical Center etc. These information are mostly photographs and ship's histories as well as namesake information. On the other hand, there are several official ship's histories which I had to correct or I added additional information. Since it is basically impossible to mark every single text snippet that I included, please send me a short request if you want to use a ship's history.

This website also includes information that I consider copyrighted to me. This includes

    * my own photographs and videos (which are marked as such)
    * the cruise books scans
    * the cruise patch pictures
    * the ship's line drawings on the index pages
    * everything related to the crewlist
    * and several other pages including the Command Excellence Awards Page etc.

Please do not use any of the above listed information without my permission.

When using official US Navy photographs from this website, do not directly link them from this website (deep linking).

If you are not sure, if something is copyrighted or not please contact me