FAQ's - Washington Photographs
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There are two ways to purchase our Washington State photographs:

1) as stock photography  you download licensed for commercial or personal use, or

2) as prints to you can order framed or unframed

1. Stock Photography

What are stock photographs?

These are photographs that you can download and which are made available for use via a license. Stock photographs are commonly used in three general areas: commercial (advertising, packaging, displays, etc.), editorial (news articles, textbooks, educational materials, etc.), and personal. Stock photographs are usually licensed for a specific time period and for a specific use. Exclusive use can be licensed which will prevent the same photograph from being used by two competing businesses or organizations.    

How are stock photo prices determined?

Traditionally, license fees are based on the type of use, placement, industry, size, circulation, distribution area, and time period, among other factors. Calculating the license fee based upon the traditional pricing model can be quite complicated. Unlike most stock photo businesses, Washington Photographs uses a simplified pricing model:

Personal Use Rates

$15 - Web Size - about 640 x 480 pixels

$25 - Low-Resolution - 1 megapixel - about 800 x 1200 pixels

$45 - Hi-Resolution - 4 megapixels - about 1600 x 2400 pixels

$95 - Original Size - varies from 6 to 21 megapixels and from 2000 x 3000 to 3600 x 5400 pixels

Commercial Use Rates

$25 - Web Size - about 640 x 480 pixels

$45 - Low-Resolution - 1 megapixel - about 800 x 1200 pixels

$85 - Hi-Resolution - 4 megapixels - about 1600 x 2400 pixels

$145 - Original Size - varies from 6 to 21 megapixels and from 2000 x 3000 to 3600 x 5400 pixels

Can your photographs with people be used for commercial purposes?

Yes, subject to the terms of our commercial use license. We have model releases from all recognizable individuals in all our photographs.

Are your photographs copyrighted?

Yes. All photographs shown on our web sites are copyrighted by Washington Photographs, except for the photographic reproductions of paintings by Albert Bierstadt, which are in the public domain. Use of any of our photographs without complying with the terms and conditions of our license is illegal.

How do I order a stock photo?

1. Find the photograph you want to use. Our photographs are organized into galleries by region  (Olympic Peninsula, Mt Rainier, South Cascades, South East, etc.) or you can search our entire collection by keyword.

2. Click on BUY PHOTOS, then This Photo, Downloads, choose either Personal or Commercial Photo License, choose the resolution, and ADD TO CART.

3. Click on VIEW CART and your shopping cart will be displayed. If the photos listed are correct, click on either the Checkout button or PayPal button again and enter your payment information. SmugMug, not Washington Photographs, will be shown on your credit card statement. We accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover Card and PayPal.

When finished click on the Download Photo button(s) and save the photo(s) to your computer. If the download is interrupted you can download it again. If you order an original size photo the download may take several minutes as these can be very large files. You will be e-mailed a receipt from SmugMug that contains a link to the photo.  

Who is SmugMug.com?

SmugMug.com is an order fulfillment company that serves professional photographers. Our galleries, search function and shopping cart are provided by SmugMug.com. Your payment and order details are available on the SmugMug.com web site link that is included in your order confirmation e-mail.  

How can I request exclusive use?

Send your request by e-mail to FriskPhotos@Gmail.com. Exclusive use is granted for a 50% additional licensing fee, after which the photograph will be removed from our web site.


Can I get quantity discounts?

Yes! 3 to 5 photographs qualify for a 20% discount and 6 to 10 photographs qualify for a 40% discount. This is given as a rebate issued to your credit card. 

How long is the user license good for?

Our user license is good for five years. Upon expiration of the license, additional five year renewals are available for 50% of the original license fee. However, you probably do not want to use the same photograph for advertising or promotion for more than 5 years. 

If I stop using a licensed photograph can I get a refund?

No. All license fees are non-refundable. However, if you would like to substitute another photograph for a photograph you have all ready licensed, please contact us and in most cases a substitute photograph can be provided at no additional cost.  

What are your file formats?

The photographs available for immediate downloads are high resolution, high quality JPEG files. These are great for most purposes. If you require a TIFF file, e-mail your request to us and a TIFF file will be provided to you via FTP or mailed to you on a CD at no extra cost. Please allow at least 2 days for FTP delivery and one week for CD delivery.  

What resolution are your photographs?

The original size of most of our digital photographs vary from about 2000 x 3000 pixels up to about 3600 x 5400 pixels, depending on the camera that was used. Downloadable digital stock photographs are available in these sizes for these suggested uses:

Web Size - about 480 x 680 pixels - for blogs, web site small usage

Low-Resolution (1 megapixel) about 800 x 1200 pixels - fro web sites large usage, Power Point Presentations, blogs

Hi-Resolution (4 megapixels) about 1600 x 2400 pixels - for newsletters, brochures, product packaging, software, annual reports, post cards

Original  Size (varies from about 6 to 21 megapixels) 2000 x 3000 to 3600 x 5400 pixels - for books, magazines, newspapers, billboards. posters, calendars, any other application where you need maximum resolution and detail.

Do you have photographs of Seattle?

Yes! You can find them on our other web site:  SeattlePhotographs.com

2. Photographic Prints

How do I order prints? 

1. Find the photograph you want to use. Our photographs are organized into galleries by region  (Olympic Peninsula, North Cascades, South East, etc) or you can search our entire collection by keyword.

2. Click on BUY PHOTOS, This Photo, choose either Wall Art or Paper Prints, choose the desired print size and click on the "+" or "-" to change the quantity as needed.

3. If you want to crop the photograph you can do it yourself as needed.

4. Click on ADD TO CART. 

5. Several framing, matting, mounting and finishes are available if you are ordering a print on paper. You will not see these options until you reach this step in the order process. 

6. Click on Next: Shipping Options and choose your desired shipping option.

7. Click on Next: Payment Info and enter your payment information. SmugMug, not Washington Photographs, will be shown on your credit card statement. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and PayPal.

8. Click on Next: Confirm Order and verify your order information is correct, then click on the PLACE ORDER button. You will be e-mailed a receipt from SmugMug that includes a link where you can check your order status. SmugMug handles our order fulfillment.  

What fine art print sizes are available?

Our fine art prints (framed or unframed) are available in these sizes:

8” x 12”

12” x 18”

16” x 24”

20” x 30”

24” x 36”

The width of the mat varies from 1.5” wide for smaller prints to 2” wide on larger prints.

What types of prints are available?

Our photographs are available in four styles:

1. Prints on paper

2. Giclée prints on canvas

3. Thin wraps

4. Prints on Metal

Each is explained below.

1. Prints on Paper

Our photographs printed on paper are offered with your choice of two different finishes: Glossy or Lustre.


Glossy is a shiny finish printed on Kodak Royal Paper or Kodak Endura Paper.


Lustre offers the vibrant colors of glossy with a fingerprint-resistant matte finish. Printed on Kodak Endura Paper. Lustre prints offer the best of both worlds:

•the color saturation of glossy finish

•the fingerprint resistance of matte

•none of the glare associated with glossy prints

2. Giclée canvas prints

Our Giclée canvas prints are made with high-quality archival inks using a high-resolution large format inkjet printer. The Giclée process enables us to print directly onto museum-quality canvas material, so prints will not separate over time. A protective spray coating is applied to the surface of each print to help prevent scratches and other damage. Canvas prints are available in three different mounting options: Canvas Wrap, Canvas Stretch/Staple, and Canvas Board.

Traditional Canvas Wrap

Traditional canvas wraps are a stylish, low-cost alternative to standard framing and matting. The print is wrapped around a stretcher frame so that 1 1/2" of the photo's edges are visible on the sides of the frame. Note: since the outer edge of the photo will be used for the sides of the frame, not all of the photo will be visible from the front. They are delivered ready to hang with hanging hardware attached.

Canvas Stretch/Staple

Canvas stretch/staple mounting is a unique way to display your images like a fine art canvas. The print is stretched to the edge of a 3/4" thick wooden frame, and stapled around the edges. Unlike a canvas wrap, the entire image is visible from the front. Perfect for framing.

Flat Mounted Canvas Board

Canvas board prints are mounted onto sturdy Gator Foamboard, a very rigid foam board and lightweight backing with a white finish.

3. Thin Wraps

Thin wraps are paper print with a satin laminate  or a Giclée canvas print neatly wrapped around sturdy, 3/16" Gatorboard. Each Thin Wrap comes ready to hang backed with two 3/4" thick lightweight foam mounting blocks with holes drilled. The mounting blocks hold the print away from the wall for a contemporary float effect. No frame is needed.

4. Metal Prints

To create Metal Prints we infuse dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, creating truly archival works of art. These Metal Prints showcase a revolutionary new medium that is highly durable, waterproof, weatherproof, and ultra scratch-resistant. The high-gloss sheen gives your photos a vibrant luminescence with incredible detail and resolution. Each Metal Print comes backed with two 3/4" thick lightweight foam blocks and aluminum plate with drilled holes for easy hanging. When hung, these stunning prints will float off the wall. Each print has rounded corners for your safety and the surface can be easily cleaned with any commercial glass cleaner.

What are the domestic shipping charges?

Exact charges will be shown to you in the shopping cart before you complete your order. 

How will my order be shipped?

Orders typically ship after 1-2 business days, but a more accurate processing time will be given in the shopping cart. 6-10 Business Day shipping is via the US Postal Service or UPS. 3-5 Business Day shipping is US Postal Service Priority mail, UPS or FedEx 3 day. Second Business day and Next Business day shipping are UPS or FedEx.

Do you offer framing?

YES! Framing, matting, and mounting options are displayed on the shopping cart only after you have added the photograph to the shopping cart. If you are purchasing a print on paper, several framing options will be available to you near the end of the checkout process. If you choose to have your photograph framed, you will receive it ready to hang. Each framed photograph includes a clear acrylic front (instead of glass), paper backing, wire and hanging hardware. We have three types of frames: flat wood, box wood, and metal (aluminum).

Flat Wood

Dimensions are 1.25" wide and .75" deep, currently available in black, charcoal, cherry, mocha, natural, walnut, white.

Box Wood

Dimensions are .75" wide and 1.375" deep, currently available in black, charcoal, cherry, mocha, natural, walnut, white.

Metal (aluminum)

Dimensions are 0.625" wide and 1.0625" deep, currently available in black or silver.  


If you choose to have your photograph framed, mats are also available, in black, off-white or white. The width of the mat varies from 1.5" to 2".


As an alternative for framing your photograph, we offer three mounting options: 3/4" standout mount, Gator Foam board, 2 mm thick Styrene. Note: mounting options are not available with frames.

What type of glass do you use?

We do not ship framed and matted prints with glass. Rather, we use a type of crystal clear acrylic plastic.  This is very durable and will not break during normal shipping.  

If you would like assistance please call us at 253-226-5717 or e-mail us at FriskPhotography@Gmail.com.

Our Four Elements photo series is now available.

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