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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. If an image is on this site, I took it because the conditions at the time were beautiful. I don't add, reposition, or enlarge elements like the moon or milky way. 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. This quote from Galen Rowell summarizes how I feel about truth in photography:
Photographs are like gems: the real and the synthetic are often physically indistinguishable, but there is no question as to the ultimate value. A photograph that depicts a moment of real life, whether that of a human activity or of the natural world, is of a higher order than the most perfect replication created by or for the camera with luck removed from the formula.
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 2017) gear includes:
  • 2x Canon 6D
  • Canon M5 (mirrorless)
  • Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye
  • Sigma 14mm f/1.8
  • Irix 15mm f/2.4
  • 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
  • EF-M: Rokinon 12mm f/2, Canon 18-55 kit lens, Canon 22 f/2 pancake, Canon 55-210 (These lenses are both tiny and surprisingly sharp. I spent a year shooting Sony APS-C and am amazed at how much sharper and cheaper the Canon kit lenses are.)
Past Gear:
  • Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 (replaced with Roki 14 1.8)
  • Sony A6000, 16-50 kit lens, 2x 16-70 f/4 OSS, Rokinon 12mm f/2, three different EF-E adapters
  • Canon M3
  • 4x Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Arts (why do these optically misalign so easily?!)
  • Rebel T2i
  • Canon 5D Mk. II
  • Canon Rebel XT
  • Canon 7D and 7D Mk. II
  • 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
  • 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@sgphotos.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.