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Tell me more about prints.
The vast majority of the images on this site are for sale as prints. I own a professional-level photo printer and print on high-end papers. I can do sizes up to 17x25" in-house. For larger sizes, please inquire and I can provide a quote. Some common sizes:
  • 8x10" or 8x12": $20
  • 12x18", 13x19", or 10x19" panorama: $40
  • 16x24": $50
  • 12x36" panorama: $70.
12x18" is the most commonly purchased size, includes a 1/2" border, and mattes well into an 18x24" frame. Priority shipping within the U.S. is a flat $8 for 8x12s and smaller, or $12 for 12x18s and larger. Shipping is per-order, not per-print (i.e. you could buy 4 12x18s and it will still be $12). International shipping is available. I have a PayPal business account, so you can pay with any normal credit/debit card. Email sean [at] sgphotos [dot] com for more information.
 
 
How much do you edit your photos?
I shoot everything in an uncompressed "raw" format. The images can't be displayed directly from the camera--they must first be converted to JPGs. I'll tweak the colors and contrast and such during this step, but I try to keep my edits minimal. I believe that the best edits are those that are subtle. If an image is on this site, I took it because the conditions at the time were beautiful. It may have been tweaked after capture, but it wasn't created on the computer. It's somewhat horrifying the number of well-known photographers who claim that their work is "straight from the camera" when it clearly has been edited.
 
 
What camera gear do you use?
I kind of dislike this question because it's possible to get great results with pretty much any equipment, and people who answer this question often try to turn it into a "Hey look at all my expensive gear!" show-off. I'll answer the question as something of a gear recommendation. If you have questions of why I chose one item over another, I'll be happy to answer them.
 
At one point or another, I've shot with nearly everything in the Canon lineup. I have extensively shot Nikon equipment also. I spent much of 2016 using a Sony setup, but abandoned it (see below) and went back to Canon. I habitually borrow gear, and I continuously buy and sell (typically for a small profit) used gear on camera forums. My semi-permanent current (December 2016) gear includes:
Cameras:
  • 2x Canon 6D
  • Canon 7D Mk. II (will be replaced with a Rebel at some point)
Lenses:
  • Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye
  • Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (mounted via a Photodiox adapter, chosen since all the fast Canon ultrawide lenses are embarrassingly bad.)
  • Bower (aka Rokinon aka Samyang) 24mm f/1.4
  • Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM
  • Samyang 50mm f/1.4
  • Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Olympus Zuiko OM 200mm f/5 via adapter (SO TINY. SO SHARP. SO AWESOME.)
  • Nikon 1000mm f/11 mirror lens
Select accessories:
  • Rock-steady Manfrotto tripod that is approximately as old as I am and probably will out-live me
  • Slik Sprint Mini II tripod (1.76 lbs including head, is shockingly stable, and is great for travel)
  • Off-brand grips for extended battery life when shooting night timelapse
  • Cheap eBay timer remotes that break every 6 months
  • Tamrac Aero and Anvil backpacks (because of repeated warranty service and twice accidentally floating backpacks full of gear in rushing water, Tamrac is one of the few brands I enthusiastically support.)
  • Black Diamond Spot headlamp

 

Past Gear (reason for selling in parentheses):
  • Sony A6000, 16-50 kit lens, 2x 16-70 f/4 OSS, Rokinon 12mm f/2 (The camera interface was painfully slow, the menus had no organization at all, I tried three different adapters but couldn't adapt my Canon telephoto lenses and retain reliable AF, the 16-50 was terrible, the first 16-70 had a soft left side, and the second 16-70 had the worst optical misalignment I've ever seen--nothing was sharp. Even when functional, the 16-70 is 4x more expensive than its quality warrants. The Rokinon 12mm f/2 was the only redeeming thing about this setup--I loved this lens.)
  • Rebel T2i (Replaced with Sony kit, may buy another. You can't beat the quality/price ratio of this camera!)
  • Canon 5D Mk. II (6D was smaller, lighter, and had slightly better noise performance and dynamic range)
  • 3x Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Arts (fantastically sharp lens, but they seem get optically misaligned easily)
  • Canon Rebel XT

  • Canon 7D
  • A bunch of Canon 20Ds
  • A bunch of infrared-converted Canon Rebels
  • Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 (sold after it needed optical realignment for a FIFTH time in two years)
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 (too difficult to accurately manually focus, also the coma was terrible)
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4 (most disappointing lens I've ever used, the coma and vignetting were horrific)
  • 2x Sigma 50mm f/1.4 non-Art (still too much coma)
  • Bower 35mm f/1.4 (optics decentered)
  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4 (optics decentered)
  • Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (optics decentered after 1 year, bought another)
  • Canon 300mm f/2.8L (caught fire)

 


6D + Bower 24mm after an average night of shooting.

 


My sports setup. It got a lot of comments.

 
 
What is your blogging/social media policy?
It's fine to feature material from here on social media or blog sites. Please link back to this site and/or my Flickr. It would be great if you email me (sean [at] sgphotos [dot] com) to let me know I've been featured. Note: this assumes that your article is about my content; if you would like to use my content to promote your site, you will need to purchase it.
 
 
Hey, I'm with a large company, and we're going to use your photos/videos. We can't pay you, but it will be great exposure and will totally lead to lots of work down the line. That's completely cool, right? Please sign the attached document which grants us unlimited rights to all your work.

It's slightly ridiculous how often I receive some variant of this email. Seriously ya'll, I actually will read the contracts you send me. I will not sign away everything I own just because you put it in the small print. One of these days I'm going to create a Wall of Shame which lists the major companies (and quotes their presumptuous emails) that tell (not ask) me to give away my imagery. If you are a charity, we can talk. If you are a Fortune 500 company and you send me this, don't expect a polite response.