Buying Photos: Size, Color, Etc.

Thank you for considering buying one of my photos. That's a compliment that I don't mind saying is more valuable than any money (sorry, though: still can't give them away for free). So again, thank you!

I want you to have the best quality print possible. Here are some ways I try to make that happen. Please read about print sizes before starting to place an order!

•  Product selection: I’m a traditionalist. The photographs here are meant to be printed on paper or canvas, and are available flat for mounting, already mounted, or as wall art.

•  Print sizes:THIS IS IMPORTANT! My photos are cropped to content, not to standard print sizes. Double check sizing when ordering by using the Edit Crop tool in your cart at the end of check out. The tool lets you test how a photo fits the print size you selected. If necessary, cancel out and click Return to Photo, then use the Buy Photo button to find a more suitable print size. With menus for both standard and non-standard sizes, you have a broad size range to select from. As a final safeguard, a “proof delay” after you place your order lets me double-check the crop and if necessary suggest an alternative. This helps avoid disappointment or misunderstanding.

•  Prints look different on screen & on paperWhen printed , photos "soften" as the inks are absorbed by the paper or canvas. Photographers adjust for this using a process called sharpening, which ensures that details are protected in the final print. But sharpening means images intended for printing often look a bit "crunchy" on screens, which inherently show more detail than paper. Don't let that "crunchiness" worry you. It will disappear in the final print.

•  Color & tone corrections: The color correction option is turned off to preserve original colors and tones. These frequently vary widely from monitor to monitor (LCD monitors are often too bright, for example, affecting both colors and tones; laptop displays are especially problematic). Judging the need for color and tone correction is therefore often difficult. Your starting point is how an image is rendered by your monitor, which will be different from how my monitor rendered it during processing. But not to  worry: So long as the original image has been properly processed, the file sent to the print lab contains all the information necessary to produce accurate colors and tones. On this, see immediately below.

•  Print lab: Exclusively White House Custom Colour. I’ve used WHCC since 2007 for show, competition, and commercial prints because WHCC's print quality and color consistency are excellent. Each photo posted here has been processed using a display calibrated regularly to ensure the photo’s original tones and colors are reproduced as exactly as possible on WHCC’s photographic printers. I do regular test prints to confirm this.

•  Paper types: Different types of photographs seem better suited for specific paper types (IMHO, of course). High key, high detail, high contrast, or more journalistic images do better on glossier papers. Softer, lower key, moodier, more nuanced images work better on lustre and matte paper. I'm not a fan of metallic papers, so won't comment. My regular work goes mostly on lustre and matte papers. There are no absolute rules here, so use the paper most appealing to you. But this you already knew.

•  Questions? Use the contact link below to get in touch and I'll do my best to answer them.

(rev. 4/17/21)

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