Art Print Considerations

Yellowrumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata

Thank You for Considering a Purchase of Fine Photographic Art.

So you've decided to purchase one or more photographs from my galleries. Congratulations and thank you very much for your support and interest.  Your next few decisions are going to involve determination of the size and mounting of your art purchase.  Ultimately the decision is yours. However, I want you to be one very happy owner for years to come.  That said, I encourage you to consider the following points.

How Do I Select & Purchase a Print?

SmugMug has created a very helpful video that will guide you through the steps of selecting and purchasing single or multiple prints for photo mounting or greeting cards. To view the video, just go to the youtube link at the bottom of this page.

What Size is the Best?

You undoubtedly have a pretty good idea about where this photographic art is going to be displayed. For larger birds such as eagles, pelicans and swans the size choice is really at your discretion.  The same goes for larger mammals.  Landscape print sizes are limited only by the original sharpness and quality of the photograph.  Keep in mind the site line and the distance between the subject and the viewer.  In addition, consider the impact that you want to make on the viewer.  Personally, I also like to project a sense of reality when I consider selection of print size.  

That sense of reality is of prime importance when considering the  print size for smaller birds and animals.  No doubt, a 24" x 36" hummingbird will make an impact. However, if you're viewing the print from across a modest sized room it's going to look a little out of place.  On the other hand, if the typical viewing distance was 25 feet or more, that large size could look great.  In general, I've gone along with many other wildlife photographers in recommending that a 12" x 18" is probably as large as I'd ever want to print a portrait shot of a robin or smaller bird.  In many cases, an 8" x 12" or 10" x 15" display will make for a more natural and attractive display.  If several smaller birds are displayed in the shot or other objects make up a large percentage of the photo then size up to what seems most appropriate.  Again, the decision is ultimately yours.

Will Lighting Affect My Photo?

Yes! There is no question about it.  Good lighting will enhance any photographic display. On the other hand, harsh light or direct window light can produce distractive glare and reflections. Consider those negative factors.  If there is a pretty good chance that these negative conditions are present, consider going with something other than a glossy finish. A textured, satin or matte finish will produce and enhance an art work so that it displays well under a variety of lighting conditions.

The Importance of Satisfaction.

Again, I have a single-minded end goal regarding your purchase of one of my prints. I want you to be very happy with your purchase for years to come. That's why I've chosen Bay Photo as the print-shop for all photographs sold here on my web-site.  They have a fantastic reputation of high quality prints and world class customer service.  

Finally, if you would like my opinion regarding size and cropping considerations,, optimum size of a print or even the maximum size I'd feel comfortable in printing I'll do my best to help you out. Just go to the Contact page and drop me an email. Indicate the print you are considering along with some of the factors regarding your preference of size and finish. I promise to get back to you quickly with my personal recommendation.  Thanks again for considering a purchase from Jim Rook Photography.

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