While the Internet and digital age is a wonderful vehicle for us to communicate with each other, it provides many challenges for artists and those who desire to experience and purchase art through on-line resources.  Without getting into too much detail, a consumer (and photographer if they wish to use digital tools and this communication method effectively) must understand that there are some fundamental problems with photography and the digital world.

In simple terms, monitors emit light from behind to represent color, while photographs and the printed page absorbs light to create color.  In order to get accurate color representation on a monitor, the monitor must be calibrated by special devices to the specific environment in which they are used.  Also, with monitors, you get what you pay for.

In addition, in order to make a website usable (and to help protect my images from piracy), low resolution images are used so that the website will load faster and that they cannot be saved from my site and used to make high quality reproductions.  Part of the compression that happens eliminates some of the color data and can slightly alter the image as well.

What this means to you?  The picture you see on-line can (and probably will) look slightly (and sometimes greatly) different that what you will see in print.  With that in mind, I feel that it’s important for any consumer to see a print of a photograph before they purchase that photograph especially if they are basing any or much of their decision on the colors they see in that photograph.

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