FAQ - spoticus photography

s p o t i c u s photography


Which photos are available for purchase?

Photos that are ready for printing are available in the Store.

Available sizes vs. Special Order

Some larger sizes currently need to be special ordered. Please use the Contact form to request 40x60 and above.

I see a photo I like in the Gallery but it’s not in the Store… can it be purchased?

It's likely but not guaranteed. I'm extremely picky about quality so I won't sell anything that I haven’t already seen in print first. As strange as it sounds, there are people today who are uploading and selling entire collections of photos without ever having printed them first. The orders go straight to a lab which bypasses the photographer altogether. Some people assume that if a picture looks good on screen it will look good on paper, but digital pictures often require additional editing to produce good prints. I believe the only way to guarantee good results is to actually see them first. Just shoot me a message via the contact form and I'll follow up ASAP.

Available Formats

I currently sell my pictures in 2 formats: paper and metal. Paper prints are exactly what they sound like: they're printed on traditional (high quality) photo paper. Metal is exactly what it sounds like: pictures are printed on a sheet of metal.

What are the advantages to each and what do you recommend?

Traditional photographic paper is perfectly fine and my pictures look great on it. But there are a couple of reasons why I prefer metal:

1) It looks better. Most of my pictures are heavily color-saturated and metal maintains a vibrancy that paper prints lack.

2) It's more durable. Paper prints are extremely delicate and susceptible to damage. Even fingerprints can be challenging to clean once they set.

3) It doesn't need a frame. Metal prints come with a bracket already attached for easy mounting. They float about 1/4-1/2 inch from the wall. Also, despite what it sounds like, metal prints are actually very light weight. And since they don't require a frame, they offer a very sleek look.

4) It's just plain cool. Metal is becoming more popular as more photographers become aware of it but it's still relatively unknown among the general public. So not only do you end up with a better looking picture but the format itself is a conversation piece.

5) Cost. Yes, up front it looks like the cost for metal is significantly higher than a paper print. But by the time you add a quality frame to a paper print it ends up costing about the same if not more. I price my metal prints in such a way that they're an affordable alternative to, not a significant upgrade (cost-wise) from, a framed paper print.

Additional options

Once you proceed to checkout you can customize your order via the “Add Frames & More” button.

1) Cropping - For most pictures I prefer a 3:2 aspect ratio, which translates to sizes like 8x12, 16x24, 20x30, etc. Occasionally I offer my photos in a 4:3 format (8x10, 16x20) as well. When you check out you will have the option to crop the photo; however, please note that your crop will be overwritten once you place the order and the print will be delivered as it was originally intended.

2): Framing/Mounting: There are multiple options available for mounting prints. Please note that I do not control the pricing for these options. They are handled exclusively by the lab and I do not make anything from it.

3) Finishes: Textures (Canvas, Linen, Pebble), Protective Coating, Satin Laminate. I would recommend against a textured finish for most of my prints as it will likely affect the sharpness of the final product. The Protective Coating does not alter the image in any noticeable way and is recommended if the photo is not going to be kept in a sleeve or behind glass.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

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