Fine Art Photography Buyers Guide
Fine Art Nature Photography For Homes, Business, & Healthcare
The galleries of images on this site are curated collections of work that have been produced from 2008 to the present. New work is added and older works are remastered on a continuous basis.
Prints of images are offered as open editions. I do not offer or support the idea of the so-called “limited edition.” Since, in all honesty, there is no such thing as a limited edition in todays modern era. A term that once had merit for the true nature of art production, it is used today as nothing more than a marketing scheme to charge higher prices. You can read more about these details in the article I wrote when this decision was made. Limited Edition Prints & The The Truth Behind Them.
I have always offered no-obligation consultation to customers large and small. It is important you are completely comfortable and confident with any purchase. If you have any questions or concerns I will do my very best to provide prompt, accurate, detailed, and above all, honest answers.
Since 2010 I have continued to build professional business relationships with some of the most prominent fine art printing companies in business today. Personal service is available for custom and specific needs. You can currently find my growing collection of work available through Fine Art America. This option offers you a quick, easy, affordable buying opportunity, with a large variety of buying options for all images. Fine Art America is a producer of premium artwork worldwide. Read more about the sale of fine art photography here.
I appreciate your consideration and the opportunity in your fine art nature photography needs.
Celebrating Natures Creative Spirit
Prints On Fine Art Paper
Photographs printed on paper have a long and storied history. Producing the so-called “fine art print” is an ever-growing challenge. Over the years I have produced prints on many different papers.
Some of the low-cost papers today are literally more plastic than paper. Most often referred to as light jet, chromogenic, c-prints, or crystal archive. They sound impressive, but they are the same quality prints you would get from the one-hour photomart in a drugstore. The real issue is longevity. They simply do not have it and are at the lowest end of the archival scale. Due to the materials and methods used to produce these prints fading colors will begin in a few years from the time it is printed.
Other photo papers that are more traditional have varying degrees of whiteners or optical brighteners added to them. This is to help the ink stand out better. That may sound good, but in a matter of just a few years, the whiteners begin to yellow. When that happens the ink begins to change color. Not a good thing to say the least.
Most of today’s low-end non-professional inkjet printers use dye-based inks. Dyes produce great colors and great-looking prints in the short term. The inherent issue with these dye-based inks is fading. Dyes simply do not have a long color fidelity. Within a few years, fading occurs and continues year after year.
Then there are papers that are 100% cotton rag content base stock. They carry designations such as ISO 9706 and ANSI Z 39.48-1992. They are acid-free and have no optical brighteners added. Papers such as this are considered museum-quality papers and carry the highest archival ratings available for photographic prints.
One of the main considerations when choosing how my work is offered as prints are the materials used. Primarily, museum-quality acid-free papers combined with professional quality large format printers utilizing pigment-based archival ink sets are the materials of choice. Prints on paper have archival ratings of 75+ years as conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research. They are truly prints that will last a lifetime. Check out all the paper print options here.
Pros of prints on paper
- Provide elegant visual and textural appearance and qualities.
- Variety of paper choices. Gloss, luster, semi-mat, rag, velvet, watercolor, metallic.
- Industry-leading archival ratings when produced to the highest standards.
- Many personalized options for matting and framing are now available when ordering.
Cons of prints on paper
- Are somewhat fragile and can be damaged when handled before mounting and framing.
- When framed with glass, framing glass/glazing can cause glare in very bright and directly lit settings.
The process of printing on canvas is somewhat new when comparted to printing on paper. With todays modern inkjet printers along with development of archival canvas specifically designed for large format printers, canvas prints have become very popular and for good reasons. Prints on fine art archival canvas are very durable, extremely light weight, and can in many instances resemble fine art paintings. The ease of handling and hanging of large prints is a noticeable benefit with canvas prints.
The framed canvas option, which is available when ordering, places the printed gallery-wrapped canvas into a drop frame. This is also referred to as a floating frame. This gives the canvas the appearance of floating within the frame producing a visually appealing finished piece of wall art. Both framed and non-framed canvas prints include hanging hardware and are ready to hang the moment you receive them. Check out canvas print options here.
Pros of prints on canvas
- Very light in weight making hanging much easier.
- A more durable piece of art.
- Available unframed or in float frame.
- Ready to hang when received.
- Have an appearance of a fine art painting.
Cons of prints on canvas
- The texture of the canvas can slightly reduce fine detail within the image.
- Slightly lower in overall contrast compared to other media.
Acrylic Mount Prints
Acrylic mount prints are also a relatively new option. They have come about due to the improvements in printer and ink technology. Acrylic prints are considered a premium option for their sleek appearance and clean lines of the finished piece.
This process involves printing ‘directly’ to the acrylic sheet or other substrate material and then ‘face mounting’ that to specialized acrylic. Acrylic prints are unframed but come ready to hang. There are two hanging methods available. Mounting posts, or hanging wire. Mounting posts (small metal posts) are visible on the front of the image in each corner. The hanging wire option places the acrylic print on a 1.4″ black backer board. A wooden frame with hanging wire is then placed on the back. Acrylic prints typically stand off the wall by approximately 1.50″ when hung. When selecting either of these hanging methods additional details are provided.
The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. Check out Acrylic print options here.
Pros of acrylic mount prints
- Elegant finished look.
- Clean lines and appearance.
- Modern contemporary look.
- Easy to clean and care for.
- Ready to hang when received.
- May be framed for additional decor. (not available through FAA).
Cons of acrylic mount prints
- slightly high initial costs than other options.
- Framed option not available through Fine Art America.
Wood prints are images printed directly onto a sheet of 3/4″ thick maple wood. This produces a more rustic look and finish. The edge of the print shows the maple wood. They arrive ready to hang with attached hanging wire and hardware.
Pros of wood prints
- Unique look and finished type of art.
- very durable finished piece.
- arrive read to hang.
- have wood grain textural appearance.
Cons of acrylic mount prints
- Framing option not available through FAA.
- lower contrast to print due to wood characteristics.
- Suitable for more specific décor.
Greeting Cards & Puzzels
There are two more options worth mentioning. Along with the many options of wall art available, you can now get any image produced as a 5×7 greeting card. Greeting cards come as singles, packs of 10 and packs of 25. All include envelopes. Greeting cards, as we all know are wonderful ways to keep in touch with family and friends. You can now do this with beautiful nature photos. Check out the greeting cards here.
Along with greeting cards I am making all images available as jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles come in two options. 18 x 24 inch 500 piece, and 20 x 28 inch 1000 piece puzzles. Check out the puzzle options here.
“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
– Alfred Stieglitz
Fine art print on paper matted and framed
Acrylic mounted print with float mount