Framing Options Now Offered By Smugmug

My wife is the first to tell you that I’m extremely fussy about how my work is printed and displayed.  I can’t understand why the 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14 print sizes are still so popular when the SLR cameras that we use shoot in a 3:2 ratio.  What does that mean?  It just means that the native size of the photo the camera produces can print any multiple of 3:2 (4×6, 8×12, 12×18 etc) without cropping.  Composition is so critical in landscape photography that I just can’t understand why there aren’t more frames/mats available for purchase so you can order a print and complete the framing yourself.  The popularity of SLR cameras has risen exponentially in the last 10 years with it pretty tough to go for a walk in any tourist or nature area and not see at least one Canon Rebel or Nikon entry level SLR.   Anyway, enough of my rant and lets talk about the exiting news!

If you’ve been to my main page,, you’ll know that I use Smugmug for printing, payment and shipping services for my customers. Smugmug uses the best photo labs in the US (Bay Photo) so you know that the print will be amazing quality.  A customer can be assured that I don’t see any of their payment info; I just get a notice when a print has been sold.  My one gripe about Smugmug has been that a customer couldn’t add framing options to their order but all that has changed now.  Smugmug has added a very simple framing option during the checkout process. 

Here’s how it works:

1) Once a customer has selected a print size, say a 12×18″ print (my favourite size!), they will see this screen:

2) Click on “Add Frames and More” and you’ll see the various options.  My personal favourite is the black box wood frames.

The final step is to add a mat (you’ll see the option at the top of the screen).  I like a simple white mat for photos since it won’t distract from the art.  The best part about the framing solutions is that they currently offered on sale at cost!  The best part about ordering a framed solution is that the order comes to your house ready to hang…no more trips to the store, cutting mats or trying to find a frame that you like.  Check it out, Smugmug is simple and easy to use.

I couldn’t post a blog entry without talking about some of my recent work.  The weather here in Kincardine has been spectacular and the clouds came out at sunset which made for some good shooting conditions.  Here is my favourite from last week.  Shot on a Manfrotto tripod, Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm wide-angle:

This image is an HDR composite of three images shot at -2 exposure, 0 and +2 exposure and processed in Nik Effects HDR Efex Pro.  ISO 100, f5.6.

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Jason Finner

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