When viewing an image, notice the “Buy” item near the upper right of your screen. Click it and from the drop-down list, select "This photo" if you want to order a copy of that particular photo. The SmugMug print selection screen will appear and you may select the sizes, surface finishes (glossy, matte or lustre) and quantities of prints that you want. Note that the page has tabs near the top that separately show “Prints” and “Merchandise” (coffee cups, etc.). Also, each page has a button to click if you want to return to the gallery to look at other images.
If you want the same size print of several images in the current gallery, click “Buy” and then from the drop-down list select "Photos in this gallery." For a print size and finish that you may adjust, you can easily pick one or more images from the gallery.
All images shown are copyrighted. But the copyright notice (“watermark”) shown on the screen display of each large image will NOT appear on any prints that you order.
What is the “best” print size? Aside from the general size that you want (example: small being about 5 inches, large perhaps 15 inches), the “best” print size will depend on the image. If the image is basically square (same height as width), then choose a 5” by 5” or a 20” by 20” print to fully display the image. If the image is a typical rectangle in shape, 50% wider than it is high (or 50% higher than it is wide), then a 4” by 6” or 12” by 18” print will be best. A few of my images are twice as wide as they are high. Then use one of the “Other” sizes like 5” by 10” or 10” by 20”. If you choose a print size that is not an exact match to the image’s proportions, then the shopping cart will warn you and suggest “cropping” options to best display the image on your selected paper size. In some cases, "None" may be the best cropping option.
For bigger sized prints, there is now the option for a "Giclee" quality. This is a higher quality but more expensive alternative.
For a few images, not all print sizes are available. When you ask to buy a photo, the larger sizes may be grayed out with the message “The photo is too small…” This happens because the image needed extensive cropping and the result has too low a spatial resolution to make a satisfactory large print.
At extra cost and delay, other print surfaces, “silk” for example, are available by special order. Likewise, any image can be completely mounted and framed, with or without a mat, using archival (acid-free) quality backing and an UV protective acrylic cover. Contact me at the address below for details and pricing.
When you place an order, at checkout the SmugMug cart will tell you that there may be up to 9 days delay in processing the order while I “proof” the final image. Why? As soon as you place an order, SmugMug sends me an email notification. I will review the options for color rendition and perhaps cropping to be sure you get the best possible print. If there is a problem, we will contact you to work out a solution. If there is no problem, then your order goes to the printer right away. You will get an email confirmation when the order is filled. Of course, if I am out on a field trip taking more pictures, it may be up to 9 days before I see the message. Thanks for your patience.