About Image Delivery and Quality

All images are photographed to ensure the best quality for delivery. I take that extra step of moving, leaning, squatting and such to get a better view of the subject rather than using PhotoShop and its artificial effects. I use the best lenses available, and constantly dreaming of the next camera body upgrade, and sometimes my dreams are fulfilled (see how you can help and get 'free stock photos').

Most images in this portfolio are:

  • Delivered in JPEG (saved at maximum quality)
  • Digital images are shot and processed in Adobe RGB (Adobe 1998) colour space. Scanned film images are digitised and delivered in Adobe RGB.
  • 300 pixels per inch resolution
  • The dimensions of most digital images are at least 3000 x 2000 pixels, but commonly 3800 x 2500 pixels. 35mm scanned film images are commonly about 8000 x 5000pixels. Please note that dimensions do vary, please check individual image information before purchase.
  • Unsharpened (for photo editors to sharpen the final product before publishing)
  • Digital images are shot in the cameras native raw file format to make adjusting levels and histograms more accurate.
  • Include IPTC data including photographer, keywords, caption, and location. Please be aware that stripping meta data from an image is illegal in many countries, including in the European Union. This is due to the author / photographer has the moral right to have credit for a work. (See here for more information on IPTC and meta data: http://bit.ly/oqbpoL).
  • From July 2010, all file names include the date and unique image number. Example 20100731_DSC6052.jpg, where this file was made in 2010, July (07), 31st day, and the unique file number is DSC6052. Film images bare similar file naming: 20100731_film057.jpg.
  • Delivery in TIFF or PSD (in 8 or 16 bit) is possible by arrangement (additional USD$20 processing fee for the first image, or USD$20 for five images of the same set; USD$5 per additional image of the same set).
  • Most files have been processed in Adobe PhotoShop LightRoom
  • Where possible, iso100 (or lowest possible iso) is used for maximum quality in both film and digital. Recently available digital camera body is used; the best colour slide, negative, or black and white films are also used, with the best lenses available. Tripods, monopods, flashes, remote shutter releases and such are used to ensure the best possible set up for when the shutter is pushed.
  • Scanned film images may include accidental dust spots, despite all care being taken to remove them. Art images on film may intentionally include grain, dust spots, and other charisma. Exceptionally high levels of film scanning services are currently extremely difficult to secure in Japan, and so such requests will incur additional fees and time management issues. Please see this images-for-goods trade for how you can avoid fees and save time in the future.