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Things to know before you buy

  1.  In order to discourage theft of my photographs, I reduce the image size and quality before I post them on my website.  Increasing the size of these images will make them look awful.  That said, the definition, clarity, quality, and colors will change slightly in the printed version of what you see on the web.

  2.  The ideal print sizes are based on a 3:2 aspect ratio, or a 2x3 print size.  All larger print sizes will be based on multiples of that ratio.  For example, the 4th size up from 2x3 is 8x12, and the 8th size up is 16x24.  Some of my images have already been cropped and will work perfectly in an 8x10 print size (or any multiple based on a 5:4 aspect ratio).  For more information on this, refer to the Print Size and Aspect Ratio section, below.

    1.  In the tables below, “PS2” indicates print sizes based on the 3:2 aspect ratio.  “PS4” indicates print sizes based on the 5:4 aspect ratio.

  3.  Prints are the least expensive option, but they must be mounted, matted, and framed before they can be hung.  The ready-to-hang option is Metal Plate.

  4.  Your order will be shipped to me for inspection.  If I approve the photo processing, I will send it UPS ground to you at the address you provide.

 

Print Size and Aspect Ratio

Historically, printed images were based on a 5:4 aspect ratio, because that was the format of the larger studio cameras.  But with the introduction of hand-held small-frame cameras such as the 35mm film SLRs – and now Digital SLRs – a smaller format was required and the aspect ratio for these cameras is typically 3:2.  The aspect ratio is key, because it determines the best print size.  Printing the entire image is accomplished in multiples of the camera’s aspect ratio.  For example, an 8x10 print size is perfect for a 5:4 aspect ratio, but to obtain an 8x10 print from a 3:2 aspect ratio, two inches must be cut off (cropped), from its long edge since its perfect print size is 8x12.

When composing a setting or subject to be photographed, many photographers use the entire area their camera is “seeing”.  In this case, cutting off part of the image to print it means that part of the idea, story, or emotion of the setting/subject is lost.  Sometimes, however, an image must be cropped to remove superfluous “information” that could not be removed when the photo was taken.

 

Photo Processing Style Details

Paper Print

The following paper finishes are available:

  1.  Glossy (G) – These prints have a shiny appearance which does quite well showing the details and colors of the image, but can create a glare when reflected off light, and are highly susceptible to fingerprints.

  2.  Lustre (L) – This finish is considered to be somewhere between glossy and matte finishes. Luster prints are slightly glossy, which helps enhance the image's color and details, but also feature a very fine "texture" to help reduce problems associated with glare and fingerprints.  A Luster finish is a popular choice of professional photographers, particularly with wedding and family portraits, as it offers a nice balance between the features of glossy and matte.

  3.  Matte (M) – These prints have a slight "texture".  While this texture does not detract from the detail and the color of the image, it does reduce glare.  Matte finishes are a good option for photographs which are frequently handled and/or viewed outside of a frame or album.

  4.  Pearl – This finish makes photographs look as though they were printed on a sheet of metal.  A metallic finish has a very high gloss, and the colors appear to be quite intense, but in a pleasant way.  This finish is a little more expensive than the other three.

 

Metal Plate

The image is embedded onto a 0.045” thick aluminum panel with a high gloss scratch-resistant finish.  No metal shows through the warm white substrate.  The corners are rounded.   It comes with a floating keyhole on the back and an opposing foam block so that the image looks as if it’s floating a half inch off the wall.  It is ready to be hung when you receive it.

Photo Processing Styles, Sizes and Prices

All prices include shipping and handling fees.  Prices are currently being updated.

Ordering Images

Thank you for your interest in purchasing an image!

At this time, order-demand does not warrant adding a payment/processing page to my website.  So, I can accept checks or PayPal payments.

  1.  Choose the image and record its name.

  2.  Choose the size.

  3.  Choose the style (paper or metal plate).

  4.  Choose the finish (paper only).

  5.  From the Contact Page of my website, send me the following information:

    1.  Image name

    2.  Size

    3.  Style

    4.  Print Finish – if applicable

    5.  Method of payment

    6.  Ship-To address

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