(Overview: This page presents information about purchasing prints, licensing photographs, requests for print and license donations, use of photographs and text on web sites and blogs, workshops, presentations, and contact information. Contact me if you don’t see the information you are looking for: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Most photographs on this website and at the photography archive site are available as prints and/or may be licensed for other uses – drop me an email if you see one that interests you. (Full contact information is found at the bottom of this page.) Visit the photography archive to see an organized archive of many of my photographs.
G Dan Mitchell Photography
1165 Lincoln Ave. #8655
San Jose California 95155-8655
Fine Art Photographic Prints
My main goal is to produce high quality fine art prints – I believe that the best way to enjoy a photograph is to acquire a print that you can come to know over time.
I personally make each print myself, using the Epson 7900 system and printing with archival Ultrachrome inks on archival papers. Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk for color prints — a beautiful baryta paper that does not use optical brightening agents. For black and white I to use Ilford Galerie Gold Mono Silk, a paper said to remind many of traditional darkroom prints. I also use other papers including Epson Enhanced Matte, Epson Premium Luster (now known as Ultrapremium Lustre), and Museo Silver Rag and more. Individual fine art prints are signed, titled, dated, and numbered in the border area.
Current prices for “bare” unmounted prints in my standard sizes*:
- $75 — 9″ x 12″ or 8″ x 12″ print with 1″ or larger border
- $125 — – 12″ x 16″ or 12″ x 18″ print with .5″ or larger border
- $225 —18″ x 24″ or 16″ x 24″ print with 1″ or larger border
- $325 —22.5″ x 30″ or 22″ x 33″ print with 1″ or larger border
Current prices for “bare” unmounted prints that use a 2:1 panoramic format*:
- $95 — 9″ x 18″ print with 1″ or larger border
- $150 — 12″ x 24″ print with 1″ or larger border
- $250 — 16″ x 32″ print with 1″ or larger border
- $375 — 20″ x 40″ print with 2″ or larger border
Prices include standard shipping for continental USA addresses. Expedited shipping (e.g. – two-day or overnight) and/or shipping outside the continental USA are available at additional cost. Sales tax is added to purchases delivered in the state of California.
Other custom sizes and formats are available by request, with pricing determined individually. Not all photographs are available in all sizes, so please ask me about the photograph that you are interested in.
Prices are subject to change at any time. There may be a discount from these prices if you include multiple prints on a single order. Contact me to discuss your requirements and pricing on larger orders.
Print and paper sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from what is listed here. Sizes refer to the printed area. The prints are made on larger paper with surrounding unprinted margins of approximately the dimensions described above. For example a 22″ x 33″ print might come on 24″ x 36″ paper, and have approximately a 1″ empty margin between the print area and the edges of the paper.
- Vertical/horizontal dimension ratios (e.g. – 12″ x 1″6 versus 12″ x 18″) are determined by the way I have chosen to crop a particular print. In most cases I prefer a 4:3 ratio, yielding print areas such as 9″ x 12″, 12″ x 16″, 18″ x 24″ and so forth. Let me know if you require a print with a different ratio, but be aware that cropping will alter the photograph.
Collectors frequently asked if I “edition” my fine art prints — i.e. release limited editions of prints and then produce no more. The photographer determines the maximum number of limited edition prints of a photograph that will be created, and once that number is reached no more will be produced. Alternatively, the photographer may continue to make new open edition prints as demand warrants.
The short story is that I’m moving in the direction of limited editions. See “More About Limited Editions” below on this page for more information.
Print size comparisons
Larger and custom print sizes
I can print in-house at up to 24″ in the short dimension, but some photographs can be printed at larger sizes with excellent quality through high-end printing services with whom I work. Optimum size depends on a variety of factors including the original image dimensions, the content of the image, how it will be displayed, your planned use, and so forth. Prices vary depending upon size and other factors. Please contact me for specific information about the print you are interested in.
Because I want you to be pleased with the results, I do not sell fine art prints at excessively large sizes that compromise print quality. If you request a print with dimensions that won’t produce a high quality image I’ll recommend a smaller size or perhaps suggest alternative photographs that might work better. I am happy to discuss what I think will and won’t work before you make your decision, and I’d rather risk losing a sale than sell you a print that won’t look great to you. :-)
What about the text in the borders?
Your print will not include the border text or embedded copyright and watermark text that is seen in the online versions of my photographs at this web site and elsewhere. Those features only appear in the small online versions of the photographs. Prints consist entirely of the photograph with an appropriate white border, signed, numbered, and dated – but with nothing else added.
Ordering and Payment
Email me to order prints or to ask questions. Let me know what image you are interested in (a link to the page where you saw it will help me identify it) and what size you would like. I’ll email you to confirm your request, get shipping info from you, and so forth. I can accept payment by by credit card.
I personally print and ship every photograph myself – essentially I’m a small more or less custom operation. I think that is a good thing. :-)
My photographs are licensed for many purposes including installation in public/private spaces, hotels, gift shop sales in national parks and monuments, magazines/journals, book covers, cards, web sites, brochures, etc… even on a triathlon t-shirt! Contact me for more information or to send a proposal.
Use of Photographs and Articles on Web Sites and Blogs
I’m always happy to hear that you find joy or inspiration in my photography or that you find my writing interesting and useful. If you like one of my photographs or one of my posts and you want others to know about it via your website or blog please post a text link back to the original photograph on my web site(s). While I appreciate the text links, you must ask me for permission before posting my photographs on other web sites and before reposting my articles or substantial portions of them. This applies to commercial and non-commercial web sites, and the same copyright issues apply in both cases. Do not copy photographs or articles and place the copied material on your website without prior permission.
Any use of my photography in a web site or other electronic form (as well as in printed form) is subject to copyright laws and may only be done with appropriate permission and a license. Please contact me for more information if you would like to license photographs for web/electronic placement or for any other use of my photography or writing.
Requests for Print Donations and Cost-Free Licenses
I occasionally donate a limited cost-free license to use my photography to organizations that do “good work” in the public interest and whose causes I believe in. If you think that your request might be in line with my general policies, please contact me to discuss your proposal. It may help you to know that I typically consider some or all of the following when deciding whether or not I can help you:
- Is your group or cause one to which I have donated or would otherwise donate my money or time?
- Is your organization a non-profit group doing work for the public good and supported entirely or almost so by donations?
- Are others working on your project also donating their time and work to the project?
- Will you protect my intellectual property rights to my photography?
- What is the specific value of my work to your project?
- What is the value to me in supporting your project, and how will you follow up with me to report on this?
Workshops and Presentations
More About Limited Editions
There are compelling arguments for both limited editions and open editions of photographic prints. I have always numbered my prints serially and kept careful acquisition records, but I did not originally limit edition sizes. This was a compromise that left open the possibility of limiting the editions in the future.
Because some collectors are interested in limited edition prints I have decided to move in that direction. As I transition to editioning my prints I have adopted these current guidelines:
- I will edition different print sizes separately — for example 12″ x 16″ prints will comprise one edition and 18″ x 24″ prints another.
- I am not currently listing edition sizes for individual prints on the website, but ask and I’ll tell you. (New print numbering reflects edition size — print “1/75″ or “1 of 75″ is part of a limited edition of 75.)
- I have not raised print prices of limited edition prints at this point, but that is likely to change.
- I will not issue slightly different print sizes as a backdoor to creating new editions. (See my listing of standard print sizes above for my current practice.)
- In a few cases I may introduce limited editions of larger print sizes than those listed here, typically in relatively small editions.
- I may introduce small unsigned and unnumbered non-editioned prints of some popular photographs, typically printed on lower quality stock and only initialed rather than signed.
- I may license the images used in limited edition print series for certain commercial uses that are not fine art prints.
- Where serially numbered prints of a photograph already exist, they become part of the edition in the order they were created. For example, a older print that was “#001″ will become # 1 in the limited edition.
G Dan Mitchell Photography
1165 Lincoln Ave. #8655
San Jose California 95155-8655
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A note about online image quality
The .jpg format used for images on web sites uses lossy compression and cannot display the full dynamic range (from white to black) or range of colors. In addition, the computer screen backlights the image while the print is lit from the front. Therefore, web versions of photographs do not have the same quality seen in prints, and prints will look somewhat different from what you see on your monitor. I happen to think prints look better! :-)