Frequently Asked Questions about Prints

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIMITED EDITION PRINT AND AN OPEN EDITION PRINT?
For Limited Edition Prints, only a certain number of prints will ever be produced and when they are sold, there won't be any more available. An Open Edition Print can be reproduced indefinitely. There is no difference in quality or lifespan between the two types of print.
For more information, take a look at this blog post on the differences between Nicola's Limited and Open Edition prints.


ARE YOUR PRINTS C-TYPE or GICLEE?

Limited Edition Prints are Giclee Prints and Open Edition Prints are C-Type Prints. 

Confused?

Essentially a Giclee print is a fine art inkjet print, created by spraying ink onto white paper, whereas a C-Type print is created using a photographic process, exposing light sensitive photographic paper to a light source to create the image. C-Type prints are still printed by a machine process.

Giclee printing allows for a greater range of different papers to be used and often provides a more muted "watercolour" feel, which can be enhanced by the use of textured papers. 

C-Type printing provides a greater range of colour tones.

Nicola carefully matches each image with a paper and print process that will complement the colours and subject matter. Some images are better suited to the softer tones and textured papers of giclee printing and some are better suited to the stronger colour range of C-Type prints.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PRINT?

We don't keep all prints in stock in all sizes so, if you order one that we don't currently hold in stock we will need to order it for you.

If it is a large sized Limited Edition print we will also need to send it to our framer for mounting as we're not currently able to handle prints that large in our own studio.

If you order a print that is currently out of stock, we will email you to let you know and advise you on the likely timeframe for delivery. This should be a couple of weeks, or less, depending on the workload of our printer and framer. Near Christmas this timeframe may be longer.

If you are unhappy with the timeframe quoted, you may cancel your order by emailing us to let us know.

IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HANGING MY PRINT?

We recommend that you hang your print in a part of the house which is not consistently exposed to direct sunlight or prolonged humidity.

For this reason we do not recommend hanging prints in a bathroom but, if this is something that is important to you, please make sure to discuss this with your framer as they may be able to suggest framing options that will offer more protection.

HOW LONG WILL MY PRINT LAST?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on how the print is stored and displayed, as well as the temperature, humidity and exposure to pollution.

Both C-Type and Giclee prints last around 40 years in an average home. In low light conditions both should last over 100 years. For an example of the light assumptions made for these kinds of calculations, take a look at this article.

To ensure your print lasts as long as possible we recommend framing by a professional framer and hanging your print in an area away from direct sunlight and excess humidity. 


DO YOU SELL "ORIGINALS"?

All photographs are prints by their very nature. The relationship between a photographer and prints is a little different to that of say a painter, where there is an original piece of artwork which is then either photographed or scanned, and then reproduced in a run of prints. For photography, the print itself is the "original" artwork but that does not necessarily mean that it is "one of a kind." 
Nicola does not produce any "one of a kind" images.


HOW MUCH WILL FRAMING COST?

This depends very much on your choice of frame and glass. Nicola's exhibition frames are often handmade and finished with silver leaf. This makes them more expensive than more simple choices. We recommend using a professional framer as their knowledge and experience can make your print look really spectacular.
Nicola uses Ian at Westgate Fine Art in Ripon, North Yorkshire for most of her exhibition framing and can highly recommend his services.

We have made our Small and Medium sized prints in standard sizes of 12x16 inches and 20x24 inches. These frame sizes are available at many high street shops. Hobbycraft and The Range in the UK, have good inexpensive options. These frames may not be as robust as those used by a professional framer, so think carefully about direct sunlight, humidity and other environmental factors when hanging your print.


HAVE A QUESTION THAT HASN'T BEEN ANSWERED HERE?

Email it to hello@nicolataylorphotographer.com and we'll take good care of you.