Marc's photos - Marc Allen

Hi! Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful when purchasing my photos:

Print Sizes

Most of my photos are published “as shot” in their original aspect ratio, which is about 2:3. This means that you should use print sizes like 12x18, 16x24, 20x30, etc. You are welcome to choose any size you like, but if you pick one with a different aspect ratio you will be asked to crop the picture. In some cases I felt I had to crop the picture before I published it. Where this is true I will attempt to list some suggested print sizes in a comment below the picture.

I have not yet  printed any of my pictures larger than 20x30.  The pictures have decent resolution, but since I haven't personally seen a larger print I wanted to include this disclaimer.  If you must have a larger print, let me know!  I want to see it too!   Contact me.

Paper Printing Styles

All prints are printed on Kodak Professional Endura paper. I have made both Metallic and Lustre paper prints available. Both look great.

Lustre has a slight gloss with a subtle, often pearl-like, texture. Lustre paper has deeper color saturation and higher contrast than matte and is materially "thicker," or heavier, than consumer paper.  It does not have the excessive shiny look of gloss.

Metallic uses a combination of film laminate layers that produce striking, three-dimensional, lasting images on an ultra-bright background. You'll see extreme sharpness, brightness, and color saturation with an intense black density that increases its appeal. The laminate layers also increase the durability and tear resistance of the final print.

I find metallic to be particularly attractive for my astrophotography pictures.  I want to encourage people to try it, so even though it costs more I have made it the same price as lustre.

Other Printing Styles

Stretched Giclee Canvas: the canvas is stretched around a wooden frame and stapled on the edges leaving the image visible on the front.  This may result in some of the edges of the picture being stretched around the edges causing a slight "crop".

Float Metal Prints: dyes are infused directly into a specially-coated aluminum sheet to create a print with incredible luminescence, detail, and durability.