FAQ / Prints

I get LOTS of questions about my photos and this site, and some tend to repeat themselves. So, check out the Q&A we have going on below – everything you ever wanted to know! (OK, maybe not, but close 🙂 )

 

Q:
Do you ever do workshops?

A:

At this time, I only do online stuff. The truth is, I’m not a big fan of most of the workshops I’ve observed when I’m out in the parks. It seems more like a photographic assault than any kind of artistic experience. I may end up doing some small groups or one-on-one classes down the road, but it will never be anything huge unless I can come up with a way to do it that will actually be in line with the way I photograph. At any rate, make sure you sign up for the e-mail newsletter. Any events will be announced in there.

Q:
How do I order prints?

A:

If you would like to order a print, please contact me using this page. Let me know which image and what size and we can go from there. Thanks!

 

Q:
How is the print quality?

A:

The question that tends to come right on the heels of the one above is, “How good is the print quality?”

Short answer – it’s phenomenal.

Long Answer – I use a commercial grade printer (the kind you’d find in a photo lab) with inks and paper rated to last in excess of 100 years without fading (when framed under glass). All prints are on a premium quality luster surface paper with excellent shadow, highlight and mid-tone characteristics.

I’ve tried a variety of professional level photo labs and the results are always the same – my prints look better and have a better tonal range than the prints I get from the pro labs.

Additionally, since the print is made in-house, I completely control the final output with NO compromises. When I send you a print, I send out the best possible print I can.

Q:
How long are your prints guaranteed? 

A:

So, at this point, you may be wondering if I guarantee the prints. You bet.

My prints are guaranteed to not to fade or deteriorate for as long as you own them – provided they are mounted using archival materials, under glass, and are kept out of direct sunlight.

Unfortunately, I cannot warrant against accidental damage on your part (ex – if you scratch or tear the print, if you get it wet, if you spill coffee on it, if you jump on it with dirty boots, etc).

Q:
Will my print match exactly what I see on my computer screen?

A:

Please note that the print you receive will likely NOT be a perfect match for what you see on your monitor. Sure, it’ll probably be close, but unless you use a calibration device to adjust your monitor every week, it may not be a precise match.

See, every monitor displays slightly different. Some are brighter, some are darker, some are a little too blue, some are a little too red – you get it.

However…

The good news is that a website is a poor substitute for an actual print. Even my calibrated monitors pale in comparison to the actual print.

So, when you unwrap that print for the first time, chances are you’ll be blown away at how much better it looks in person 🙂

Q:
What is your return policy for prints?

A:

I want you to LOVE your prints!

I want you to be proud to show them off to family and friends. If for any reason a print does not meet your expectations, simply return it in original condition within 30 days for a full refund.

Q:
OK, are your photos “faked” or did they really look like that when you shot ’em?

A:
Yup, this is pretty much my most common question. Yes, they did look like what you see on the site. I use a variety of techniques – both in the camera and Photoshop – to produce a photo that looks like the scene that was in front of me at the time.

However, I think the biggest trick is that I simply wait for the right conditions to shoot.

For example, I try to be at a location during the time of year it looks its absolute best (for example, you can’t beat waterfalls in May and June – but they’re usually a little dry in August). Next, I photograph at the best time of day for a particular subject – usually early morning or late evening. Finally, I photograph under the best conditions. If I want clouds in the sky and it’s empty, I pass. So, for every photo you see on the site, there were probably a half dozen unsuccessful attempts that proceeded it.

Q:
So, what kind of camera do you use?

A:
Good question – I use Nikon bodies and lenses, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter one little bit what I use. Folks get so caught up in the type of camera and lens, but pretty much every image on this site could have been taken with any current DSLR on the market. It’s all about timing and using post processing after the fact to make it look the way it was when you snapped the shutter.

Q:
How much time do you spend taking pictures each year?

A:
It depends – ask my wife and she’ll tell you “Too much!”

I am generally out on at least 8-10 trips per year, many of them lasting 2+ weeks. It all depends on what’s on the photographic menu and how far I have to drive to get there. Make sure you’re on our free newsletter – many of those trips will be posted on the blog so you can follow along as I go (plus it’s a good way to find some pretty cool places to go on YOUR next trip).

Q:
Is there any way for me to upload my personal photos to the site?

A:
I’m glad you like the site enough to want to add your own photos, but at this time it’s strictly for my personal work. I’m in regular contact with publishers, buyers, and clients who need to examine my work and I need a site just for that.

We have had this question pop up a few times however, so I might come up with something down the road (probably using a different site name) that allows people to upload their nature-related photos.



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