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What should I expect from a Fine Art Print?

While browsing images on a computer monitor is nice, the true beauty of a photograph can only be realized by viewing it as a fine art print. If you like what you see on your computer monitor, a print will have you mesmerized. Especially when paired with acrylic, our prints have color so deep and dimensionality so real they have to be seen to be believed. These are not prints you would expect from the photo lab around the corner... we use only the highest quality professional paper and press available, and adhere to the highest standards for printing in the industry. Our prints are truly archival, exhibition quality prints, whether for the gallery in New York, or in your home!

For the most savvy collectors, our proprietary Lumachrome HD acrylic facemounted prints have deep, rich color, vibrance, and depth superior to anything on the market today, and are the standard choice for fine art galleries around the world.

Do you manipulate your photos?

Yes. As Ansel Adams said, The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. That is equally true in the digital age. My camera captures the raw data from the scene, while post processing allows me to render each photo according to my artistic vision, and present a compelling composition which tells a unique story. Unlike photojournalism, my goal in producing an image is to convey the spirit and feeling of the scene to my viewers, not just the raw data that was captured by the camera.

What are limited edition prints?

Limited Edition prints (LEPs) are exhibition quality, gallery prints produced strictly and exclusively in editions of 200. When the edition is sold out, no additional prints will ever be made. These prints are highly limited, and very exclusive. Limited Edition Prints are registered and shipped with a hand signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA), which guarantees the original work. LEPs are priced according to the number remaining in the edition, with prices increasing in tiers of 50. Edition numbers 1-25 are artist reserves, and will be released at my discretion when the edition has sold out.

I lost my COA, can I get a replacement?

Your certificate of authenticity (COA) includes a hand-signed certificate with a hologram and serial number matched to the print itself. I maintain a catalog of all purchases and serial numbers. There is a $50 administrative fee to provide a replacement.

What is your turnaround time for orders?

Once your order is placed, the typical turnaround time is 4-6 weeks. Large prints, acrylic mounted prints, and canvas prints typically have longer turnaround times. This is because unlike automated print services, I prepare photographs to print for each order individually. This is a time consuming process which involves making changes in luminance, color and contrast based on the paper used (soft-proofing), as well as sharpening for the final output print size. For larger prints, I will typically make test prints and send you a proof to ensure the final product lives up to your expectations. All of this takes time, but ensures that you will be thrilled with the final result. 

Where can I see your work?

Through various licensing agreements, my work can be seen all over the country in hotels, corporate interiors, advertisements, and book covers. For those in the Jacksonville area, I rotate exhibits in businesses and art galleries throughout the year.

Do you provide international shipping?

Yes. International shipping varies greatly depending on the destination and package size and weight. I would be happy to give you a quote.

Does the print look like what I am seeing on my monitor?

I believe my prints look BETTER than what you see on your computer monitor. The small size and low resolution of photos displayed for web viewing cannot do justice to a large print. I do all my work in a managed colorspace, and therefore my prints will be very accurate compared to what is viewed on a color calibrated monitor. Many monitors, however, have strong backlit LCD displays, and colors that may not be totally accurate, and I obviously cannot control for all the variation that exists in monitor displays. For a nominal fee to cover shipping and handling, I would be happy to provide you with a small print sample prior to your order.

What does it mean to be a collector?

I am flattered at the number of clients from around the world who collect my work. Collectors are recognized as those who have purchased several prints and intend to add to their collection. Clients who have achieved collector status enjoy special discounts on their purchases and access to private sales and exclusive Artist Reserve releases.

How often do you release New Work?

While I take thousands of photos during the course of any year, I have high standards for what is released on my website. As such, I generally release a collection of 10-20 images once or twice a year. You can be notified of new releases by signing up for our mailing list.

Do you print custom sizes?

Yes, depending on the photograph, I can print just about any size you want. How long will my prints last? Archival inks and papers are designed to last hundreds of years.

Do you offer discounts 

In most cases I can, just ask :)

What paper do you use for prints?

I have done extensive testing and comparison prints to choose my papers for printing. I use Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper for most color prints; monochrome prints are printed on Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk paper, long regarded as a top choice for black and white prints. Canvas prints are printed on Luna Artist Canvas 340, the best known paper for canvas that far surpasses the usual Giclee canvas print.

What camera equipment do you use?

Currently, I use a Nikon D810 camera (36.3 MP), and a variety of lenses. Most photos produced prior to 2012 were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II (21 MP) camera.

How are the prints packaged?

Most prints are shipped flat using only archival packing material and reinforcements. Many large canvas and acrylic mounted prints are shipped in a custom crate. Included is a folio with information about your print and a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

Can I download a photo for personal use or use your photographs for free?

No. While you may download a low-resolution watermarked version of any photo on the site, all photographs are registered with the Library of Congress and protected by US Copyright Laws. I have worked very hard and invested a lot of time and money in creating the photos that I sell. I may make exceptions for charitable organizations, or simple not-for-profit uses (small website banners, blogs, etc).




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