Care & Handling of your Photographs

The Image

I use no filters, save an occasional polarizer, Graduated Neutral Density or Neutral Density filters. I have used several lenses and cameras to compose the image, as I view it. My Cameras and lenses are the only tools used in my craft, but the beauty I see and capture with them is the art that I love to create and share.

The prints

It has been my experience that if I turn the printing over to a photo laboratory, I can no longer control what they do with my image. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. Therefore, I now control the printing process from the time I press the shutter button on the camera until the print is ready to be delivered.

All my prints are done with museum quality, archival Fine Art or Photography papers with carbon or pigment inks to stand the test of time. These materials have been tested to not fade or change in color for a range of 60 to more then 200 years depending on the environment the image is displayed or stored in. This meets or exceeds the standard chemistry processes used.

Matting and Framing

Subtle, tasteful, and complementary is my approach to traditional framing. The following is a guide that I recommend when matting and framing an image.

The top mat must be acid free and may be off-white or some other neutral toned color that goes well with the colors in the image. It may have a black or white core. If a second mat is used under the top mat, it should also be acid free and show a narrow accent color under the top mat. This under mat color is chosen to complement the image. A V-groove maybe cut into a colored top mat of large size to add to the display. The images must be mounted on an acid free mounting board as are all the mats.

I prefer a frame to be a quiet, visual border between the mat and the wall, complementary, quiet, and not noticed for the most part. Several subtle colors are used, and they are chosen to complement the image. However, a black or smoke gray frame goes well with a Black and White image.

The frame should be sealed on the back with a piece of acid free paper to keep dust and other small critters out.

Glass

All photographs should be framed with glass over the print to enhance its longevity. Cheap glass may give a green cast to the print and may affect the colors in the image. It also reflects lights or images of things in the room which will distract from the view of the print. It does not protect the print as well as UV, Conservation or Museum grade glass but it is better then none at all. Therefore, I recommend the UV, non-glare glass, as it will view as if there is no glass at all. Museum glass will give your print the maximum protection but as with all things, the price of the glass goes up with the quality.

Guarantee

When you purchase one of my prints, it comes with a guarantee against workmanship and defects. If for any reason you do not like one of my prints, return it to me (at your expense) within 30 days of purchase and I will return your money (less state sales tax), no questions asked.

Copyright

All photographs are copyrighted to Bill LaFever, Accent Arts (dba Accent Arts, LLC in the state of Washington). All rights are reserved and are the exclusive property of Bill LaFever. Photographs (prints) may not be reproduced, copied, or manipulated without the written permission of Bill LaFever. Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustrations is a violation of copyright.

Of course all of these images are for sale in sizes of 8x10 inches to12x18 inches. Larger prints will have to be out sourced and will take a little longer and of course be more expensive.

I do hope you like some of these images. If you would like more information about any of these images, or prices, please contact us.

Bill