FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How often is the website updated?
The website gets updated as I have the opportunity to do so. Currently working hard to get everything as updated as possible. I do try to go on a good wildlife experience about twice a year and also try to update the recent activity about twice a year. Must admit that I have not been doing the updates for a while but hope that it’ll be better in the future.
2. How does one go about purchasing a print (print sizes — likely frame sizes)?
The best currently is to contact me directly via the website to discuss your order.
Prints are for sale in sizes A5 (£32), A4 (£48), A3 (£75), A3+ (£95), A2 (£120) and also bespoke like panoramic (prorate pricing taken by length of image compared to A2 if larger than A2 paper required) and special wording on print. Hahnemuhle Rag 308 (100% cotton archival fine art matte) is the default fine art paper. The price of a particular photograph might increase and might also become a limited edition if not designated as such from the outset. Limited editions will be priced higher. Occasionally I will have prints framed but this will be for special occasions and if specially arranged.
Prints could be selected from website by the individual description (above print — a screenshot which includes the title and emailed / WhatsApp’d to me helps with getting your exact choice!). Postage will be calculated accordingly whether within the UK or international (A4 sizes are despatched in A4 cardboard supported envelopes and larger sizes via cardboard tubes). An instructional leaflet will be included to set out the caring of the print for maximum longevity.
It is always difficult decide what size print one would like especially, as with photography, it is possible to not only enlarge the same image but also have different crops — all of which might convey a different ambiance or what you might like the viewer to experience. A handy tip with this is to take a standard A4 page and enlarge the image within the browser so that it is the same size at the A4 page — if your monitor is large enough then two of the A4 pages can be put alongside each other which will make up a A3 size. This should help with decision-making.
Prints can be made to fit into an available area (considering the frame size as well — as done with the Table Mountain panoramic frame/photo) — this is helpful when a special feature is desired and could even take the form of a collage of images to occupy an irregular and distinct area.
PRINT SIZES: (approximate)
A4: 210 x 297mm — 8.3 x 11.7 inches
A3: 297 x 420mm — 11.7 x 16.5 inches
A3+: 329 x 483mm — 13 x 19 inches
A2: 420 x 594mm — 16.5 x 23.4 inches
Panoramic prints: height maximum just over 400mm and the length can vary according to photo and client requirement.
FRAME WITH CARDBOARD MOUNT (approximate sizes):
In order to estimate the total size when fine art print is appropriately framed please consider 5cm – 15cm per side for frame with mount. This implies 10cm (A4) – 30cm (panoramic as Table mountain 600mm high and 1200mm wide approximately in visitor stories) per dimension above to be added. To provide a little more guidance the framed photo (A3) of the Goliath Heron in the visitor stories has a total dimension (including frame) of 55x42cm (the frame and mount adds about 14cm to the A3 dimensions (adding about 7cm all sides). The Elephant eye (A5 print) is recessed in the frame and the frame/mount is significantly larger to contribute to effect.
The Proof and Demo gallery might also help with different permutations of images.
If prints are bought at full price then 10% of the takings go to charities.
3. Which photos are currently being worked on for folks?
I do try to make sure the photograph is enjoyed in its entirety. Once someone has expressed an interest in a photograph or what they would want a photograph for some purpose a discussion ensues as to the requirements. I usually try to find the best photo I have for the purpose (sometimes not on the website) so I make use of the The Proof and Demo gallery where I communicate with folks as to exactly which picture they might want. I also try to have a meeting to demonstrate the different fine art papers that are available and what they might enhance in each photo. Hopefully at that stage I will have an A5 print of the planned print available.
4. Why are watermarks on images?
Watermarks give some protection against people who make unauthorised use of images which they take from the web. They do not appear on prints. A print might well have a copyright sign with my name in one corner. Or my signature.
5. What detail can be expect from a printed photograph compared to the website images?
Printed photographs have much higher detail because having images on the internet causes various problems and therefore the detail is reduced.
Printed photographs are at the maximum resolution possible for the camera (sensor) it was taken with to have a more desirable contextual print. Web images have certain restrictions. They are at 72dpi (300dpi on prints) and limited in physical size whilst usually a print is done originating from a RAW image that is about 20mb. Pixel dimension for images are also limited for the web. There are also various factors including the monitor its viewed on that can have an image appear different to the ultimate print. As much as possible is done to have a good representative image on the website, but there might be minor differences for the aforementioned reasons.