Frequently asked questions:
How can you make such large prints? And won't they look blurry that large?
Our images are created using large format film and high resolution digital files. (aprox 400 MB digital files) This allows us to make large photographic prints that have vivid colors and sharp details. For print sizes 16x24 inches and smaller you really can't see too much difference between images that were made using traditional 35mm camera equipment and images that were made using larger formats. When viewing photographic images larger than 20x30 inches, the difference is quite noticeable.
Can you print artwork from an image that I provide ?
Yes, if it is your personal image (or you have the proper permission or rights from the copyright owner to reproduce a wall mural.) Do keep in mind that the quality of large artwork is dependent on the quality and size of the original image. Our high resolution images are in the range of 400 MB (that is about 144 Megapixels) in size. A large mural from a smaller original will not be as detailed as our high resolution originals. You will be able to see a strike-off sample of your mural before we print the final mural. There is an additional $75.00 set-up charge for us to prepare an image that you provide.
Do you license your panoramic images for others to print ?
Yes, our panoramic images are available for licensing. Usage fees vary depending on the individual image and how it will be used.
How have you been able to travel to all of these cool places?
I have been doing assignment photography for over twenty years. Many of these assignments have been for transportation engineering and environmental clients located throughout the United States and numerous International locations. I have stayed extra time and photographed the landscapes and natural attractions after the assignments have been completed. I also travel to locations on my own specifically to photograph images for our image library.
Do you have any really wide panoramas for a very long wall?
I have been working on some very wide panoramic images in a 5:1 or larger image ratio. I call these our MegaPans. We recently made a 10 x 70 foot photo mural from one of our tropical MegaPans.
Where is your studio located?
Our studio is located in Palm Harbor, Florida. Palm Harbor is a small town on the West coast of Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico. We are near Tampa, Clearwater and St Petersburg.
Is your work available at art shows or art festivals?
I do participate in several shows a year in the greater Tampa Bay area. However, most of my artwork is sold directly off of our web sites.
Are your canvas prints on real canvas or is it just a canvas transfer or texture applied?
The canvas we use is a genuine artist canvas. The canvas has a special water resistant coating to accept the pigmented inks. It is made by a leading artist canvas company. After the pigment inks dry, a satin finish UV protective sealer or varnish is applied. The finished canvas is still flexible and easy to stretch. The satin finish sealer protects the artwork and provides a rich, non-glare surface with a subtle canvas texture.
Which is better, an image printed on canvas or printed on paper?
I wouldn't say that one is better than the other. It really depends on the overall look and type of framing options that you would like to use. Prints on photographic paper are traditionally matted and framed behind glass or acrylic. Images printed on canvas don't need to be behind glass or acrylic. This means no reflections and less weight for large prints. We sell more photographs on canvas, especially in the larger sizes.
What happens if I don't like the artwork when I receive it?
We want you to be happy with our photography artwork.. If you are not happy, return the artwork to us within 30 days (in the same condition that you received it) and we will refund your money. It is as simple as that.
What is the difference between one of your large "canvas prints" and a small "wall paper mural"? Both are available in a 3 foot x 9 foot size (36x108 inches).
Our canvas prints are made using pigmented inks and artist canvas. Our wall paper murals are printed using UV curable inks on 48" strips of fabric-backed vinyl wall covering material. While the vinyl wallpaper and UV curable ink combination is very durable (and looks very nice) ... the color palette is more limited than the artist canvas/pigmented ink combination.
Why do the images look dark on my computer monitor?
Computer monitors can vary quite a bit on how they display images. Is your monitor calibrated? You can use this simple calibration image to adjust the contrast or brightness of your monitor. If you are using a laptop computer, try tilting your screen back and forth to adjust the brightness also. The small image files on our web site can not come close to showing the full range of color and details found in our printed photographs.
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