Choosing a wall for your photographs

Obviously you want a well-lit wall, but be careful of any windows or lights which may reflect off the glass. Spotlighting from above is ideal.

Although my original photos are very stable, prolonged periods of direct sunlight may affect their longevity (probably only an issue if you want to pass them on to your children!).

Confined spaces such as stairways are ideal for smaller photos, whilst larger spaces generally need larger photos.

If you've a large wall, you may find a grouping of several photographs is effective, or maybe even several groupings, perhaps with a different "theme" for each.

Choosing the size of your prints

You need to think what distance you'll be viewing the print from.

If you're going to be close, small prints will work well, whereas when you're further away, you need bigger photographs.

I suggest size A prints for viewing distances up to a yard/metre, size B up to 2 metres, size C up to 4 metres.

Sepia vs black&white photographs

Black and white photography looks very smart in a modern, uncluttered space, but can look out of place in a more traditional setting. Sepia photos are more versatile, looking good virtually anywhere.

If you're not sure, my advice is to go for sepia - I sell about twice as many photos in sepia as in black and white.

Designing a grouping of photos

To create a grouping, you need to decide which pictures, how big, and how they are to be arranged.

To start with, I suggest you use the wishlist (see below) to collect a set of photographs you like and think might go together. You might want some sort of theme - for example photos of a particular place, or all misty pictures, or whatever. It may also help to choose pictures which are visually similar - maybe having a similar balance of light/dark tones, or with compositions which echo each other in some way. Don't rule out having some pictures horizontal and some vertical - or having pictures of different sizes - this can make your grouping more interesting.

Once you've got your wishlisted photos, just play with putting them together in different ways to see what works. You may be able to do this by arranging floating-windows on your screen, or you may prefer to print them (you have my permission for this purpose!) and cut them out. Assuming you are going to have the photos mounted (which I recommend), you need to remember there will be extra space around each picture.

See my hanging pictures advice page for suggestions for grouping pictures together - just as a starting point for your own ideas. Think about what will work well on your particular wall - you want an arrangement that echoes its surroundings in some way. You'll notice that some arrangements are visually stimulating, others more calming - you need to decide which you want. You might find it useful to do a sketch of your wall, and try out different arrangements - or cut some pieces of paper to the size of the photos, and try them on the real wall.

When you've decided which arrangements you like, you can go back to your wishlisted photos and see how they fit in - with a bit of experimentation you should find a grouping which works!

If you get stuck ..

If you get stuck, please feel free to for advice, and remember - if you do order a set of photos and decide it's not right - you can send them back to me for a refund or exchange (see my guarantee).

Choosing your photographs - the wishlist

At my craft market stall, we have racks of photographs for people to look through. The best approach seems to be to browse through them all, pulling out the ones you like, to make a shortlist or wishlist of possibilities. From this wishlist, it is a relatively easy job to decide which photos you like best, and which work together as groupings. I suggest you use this website and its wishlist in a similar way - as described below ..

Using the website

Start off by browsing through my photo galleries - there's lots of options to help you find what you're looking for - all explained at my gallery-help page. As you browse, when you see an photo you like, just click its little tick-box to add it to your wishlist.

When you're done browsing, click View Wishlist from the sidemenu, and you'll see a special wishlist-gallery of your chosen photos. From here, just click to open the photopage for a particular photo, with a larger picture, more info, and buying options (you can also open photopages from the normal galleries, of course).

From the photopage, you can display the photograph (mounted or unmounted) as a separate window, and in this way you can accumulate floating-windows of all your favourite photographs on your monitor screen. Now you can have a good look at them to decide which you really like, and what groupings work together (just slide the pictures around on the screen to see how they look).

When you've made your choices, just click the floating-windows for the chosen photos to get back to the photopage, from where you can add it to your shopping-basket (or you can revisit the photopage via the wishlist). Click View Basket to see what's in the shopping-basket, and how much it would cost.

If you need time to mull things over - no problem - the wishlist is stored as a "long-lived cookie" on your computer ready for next time. This assumes your browser allows "long-lived cookies" - if not (or if you're not sure), just write down the id-number (just below the picture in the wishlist/gallery) of each of the photos. Next time, type the numbers into the box at the bottom right of the wishlist gallery and click 'go' ...

Checking what photographs are in-stock

The smaller sizes (A,B) are rarely out of stock, but the larger sizes (C,D,E) sometimes need to be printed specially (possibly with a delay of several months, depending on my work-flow), or may not be available at all. If you know what size you want, you can use the gallery in-stock option to show only photos in-stock in your chosen size. Or you can browse the whole collection, and use the wishlist-gallery's in-stock option to check which of your chosen photos are in-stock in a particular size. Or the photopage which shows what sizes are in-stock for that particular photograph.

Ordering not-in-stock photographs

If you add an not-in-stock photograph to your shopping basket you'll get warning you that it is not in stock. By all means go ahead and place a provisional order - you're not committing to anything, and you don't have to pay 'up-front' (and if you did, I would of course refund your money if the order didn't happen). I will then contact you to let you know about availability and timescales, so can decide whether you want to go ahead with the order. Alternatively, just to discuss things before placing your order.

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