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Getting Prints

There is no warehouse full of prints ready to ship. There is no third-party service with set sizes and a shopping cart. Prints are produced individually, insuring that you can get the size and type of print that you want.

The print size will need to have dimensions similar to those of the online image (for example, if the picture is a panorama 3 times longer than it is high, the print will need to be 3 times longer than it is high). Decide what image you want printed and at what size.

I expect all of my pictures to be high quality. I will determine whether the high resolution file I have will provide an acceptable print as large as you want. Some of the landscapes and panoramas might fill a wall with acceptable resolution, but some pictures, especially birds, are crops from photos at distance and may be acceptable at no more than 8 X 10 inches. You tell me what image you want and what size you want for a print, and I'll tell you whether or not I think the file I have will be satisfactory if printed at that size. If I wouldn't hang it on my wall, I don't want it on yours.

I can order a print of nearly any reasonable size (consider up to 60 inches reasonable) on photo paper, canvas, metal, and a few other options, have it shipped directly to you, and charge you my cost for the print service and shipping plus a reasonable premium for the photogaphy. The photo print service I use has been doing very nice work. The metal prints are amazing! For standard sizes, I can quote the cost plus shipping from the service. For custom sizes, I can give you an estimated cost before the print is ordered. The premium (the amount over my cost of getting it printed and shipped) can be discussed when you decide which one you want and the final size.

I also have a coffee table book available by special order. I have selected almost one-hundred of my pictures, other than panoramas, and designed a 96-page book 11 X 14 inches in landscape format. I personally print and inspect each page with archival inks on substantial (330gsm) archival paper. That means the colors come out right. I use a local bindery (Capitol Bindery) that prepares an oversewn linen-cover hardback book. I add a dust jacket. Each copy is numbered and signed. These are available on request. They are not cheap to prepare: hours of my time, material (paper, ink ), construction (binding), and final price. The pages have a comforting feel and are visually pleasing. The copy in the image below is currently the only one in existence. If you want a copy, it will be printed and bound on demand. The numbered and signed book can be purchased for $500/copy (that's about $5 per print, each of which could be framed).


Realistically, this will be a limited edition (very limited). My costs for paper ($1.90/sheet X 48 sheets + mistakes), ink ($14/cartridge X 7 colors + gloss; the book takes more than one set), and over-sewn hard cover binding ($80) are substantial. Add another few dollars for the panoramic dust jacket. As you can see, my cost for materials and binding is over $300. It takes me about a week (at 14 pages/day) to print the pages and the jacket. How many of these do you think I will produce at less than 40% over cost with no consideration for time spent before I say enough? Not many. This is just a hobby. If my work unexpectedly attracts significant attention, there are printers who produce good work on lesser paper using good binding that I can commission for 1000 copies or so and make a book at a more reasonable price (mass produced; not individually printed, inspected, and signed). For now, this is the only option, I admit it is pricey, and I am working almost for free to make it available.


Contact me by email: Steve Carson


Available images are all copyrighted and registered with the US Copyright Office. Images created in 2017 are currently for display only.
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