If you are interested in prints, here are some tips to help you understand available options.
Prints can be purchased by selecting the BUY icon next to each image. Some galleries (Portraits) contain images that are not for sale.
Pay close attention to the crop marks for final framing of the printed image. To keep things simple on the site, sizing is somewhat limited. Many images are panoramics (more below) comprised of several photos. Maximum sizes for panoramics is indicated at the end of the image caption.
If you have trouble or want a custom size, please email us and we'll be glad to assist.
Materials are available for distinct looks:
Wall Art includes canvas and metal materials:
1. Metal - dyes are infused into aluminum coated sheets resulting in a powerful luminescence. Bold colors really pop. Black and white images show amazing contrast. Unlike any other surface, metal prints are the most vivid and unique. They remind me of transparency film. Using the Wall art option includes the backing and mount, making the image ready to hang.
2. Canvas - using canvas adds a unique painterly feel to a photographic print. The Traditional Canvas option wraps the image around a wooden frame allowing you to hang without a frame.
Paper Prints - traditional photography papers
1. Glossy - a shiny finish that appears brighter than the matte finishes
2. Lustre - Offers the vibrant color of glossy with more visible details in the shadows and highlights
3. Metalic - rich distinctive metallic look printed on Kodak Endura Metallic Paper. Best for vivid colors or stunning black and whites.
4. Gliche Watercolor — museum-quality art paper. Unlike resin-coated photo papers, ink is absorbed into watercolor paper that shows more fine detail in shadows. Highly textured images benefit from using this paper. Gliche does not have the shine of Glossy or Lustre, but feels more like a painting.
Sizes As digital photography evolved, more megapixels were added to cameras allowing images to be printed larger. Unless noted in the image description, all prints will look great up to 16 x 20 (longest side being 20 inches). For larger prints, the quality of the print is dependent on the camera. Since 2008, I’ve used the Canon 5D which has gone through several upgrades.
The camera used can be seen if you click on the Information button (the small ‘i”). Here are some maximum size recommendations for the cameras I’ve used. Larger prints can be made, but will start to look softer as the print size increases.
20” x 30” - Canon 5D
24” x 36” - Canon 5D Mark II
40”x 30” - Canon 5D Mark III
60” x 40” Canon 5DS R
Panoramic sizes can be much larger since they are created with multiple images stitched together. Panoramic print sizes are noted in the image description text (e.g. PRINT: up to 40" x 30" are dimensions that will look sharp, larger sizes will look ok, but at a distance).
Quality and Materials
Part of the reason for choosing SmugMug was the ease of ordering high quality prints from providers with a solid reputation for consistently delivering great results. Materials are not available in all sizes but have been selected for ease of ordering. Please contact me if you are interested in a combination not available on the site.
Hopefully this page made it easier to understand your options, but perhaps I just created more confusion… If you still have questions, please email us for assistance. If inquiring about printing a specific image, please include the filename. You can locate the filename by selecting the information icon (small “i)and looking at the 6th row, “Name” field.