Erudite Expressions (Prints)

Two Year Anniversary of Erudite Expressions

Hi there. You’ve probably stumbled onto this link from my photoblog, Erudite Expressions. In particular, you are interested in learning more about ordering prints from my photoblog, so I am here to answer all (I hope) your questions. As you might have learned from my photoblog in this entry, I have recently reached the two year milestone of posting an image a day on my photoblog. To commemorate the occasion, I decided to have a two-week long sale on my favourite type of print – an 8″x12″ print. Now I am going to try to answer all your questions in an FAQ type format.

Q: So what is Erudite Expressions?
A: It’s my daily photoblog. I post an image a day there (with a few deviations in the past). You can sort of follow my life through pictures (see what I did, where I’ve traveled, even how I think) if you check my photoblog daily.

Q: Why is it called Erudite Expressions?
A: Erudition refers to profound knowledge, especially that gained from book learning. The original idea I had when I started the photoblog was that you may learn something from my daily posts. While my photoblog is not scholarly by any sense of the imagination, I do try to include interesting facts in a lot of my posts. For instance, in a two week series on St. Petersburg, Russia (which began with this post), you may learn more about this fascinating city by reading the captions behind the photos.

Q: All right, I came here to learn more about ordering prints from your photoblog. Can you give me more information?
Right now I have a sale on my favourite print size: 8 inch by 12 inch print. If you order one print via the online purchase order form (which is linked as a “Purchase” button for those images which are for sale), you will receive another 8 inch by 12 inch print for free. Also included in the promotion are 4″x6″ prints of the two photos.

Q: Is the second 8″x12″ print a copy of the first print or a totally different print?
A: It is definitely a totally different print.

Q: How does the ordering process work?
A: I have a system set up via Paypal. To order a print, you don’t even need to have a Paypal account. You just need to have a valid credit card. Ordering prints is easy – just click on the purchase button for a print that you like, and then follow the instructions from the Paypal site. That said, if you want to order a print and don’t want to deal with Paypal, send me an e-mail (elbelbelb2000[at]gmail[dot]com).

Q: I thought I was able to get two separate prints? How do I add two prints to my cart?
A: The shopping cart is one aspect of the photoblog which I wasn’t able to figure out. As it stands right now, there is only the ability to put only one image onto the cart and then order it. However, because the sale is for two prints, the solution is easy. When you order one of the prints, also send me an e-mail to elbelbelb2000[at]gmail[dot]com with your choice for the second print. I’ll have your contact information and address from the Paypal bill of sale, so all you’ll have to specify in the e-mail is your name and your choice for the second print (either by title of the entry or by giving me a permanent link to the photoblog entry). Simple enough, right?

Q: Why is it twenty dollars? Why the two for one sale?
A: The theme here is two (because of the two year anniversary). So it’s two 8″x12″ prints + two 4″x6″ prints for $20. The sale also lasts two weeks, from April 24, 2008 through May 8, 2008 June 15, 2008 (updated on May 12, 2008).

Q: I am not sure which prints to order. Are there any technical things I need to know before I click the purchase button?
A: Yes, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, only the images which have the purchase button enabled are the ones available for sale. (Those that don’t have the purchase button enabled are either low resolution or are severely cropped). Second, the 8″x12″ print is for those entries which have a native aspect ratio of 3:2. Most of my images are posted in a 3:2 aspect ratio, as can be confirmed by the size of the images (usually 800 by 533 pixels). However, there are a few exceptions in which I have posted images in other aspect ratios (such as 2×1, 4×1, etc), and those images wouldn’t really be applicable for this sale. So if you want to be certain of ordering correctly, you can always double check for image size, and those that are 800×533 pixels or 700×467 would be the perfect candidates for the 8″x12″ prints.

Q: How do I check image sizes?
A: In Mozilla Firefox, you can just right click on the image, click on properties (at the bottom of the pop-up), and then find the image dimensions there. Alternatively, you can save the images to your hard drive (save as to your desktop, for instance). Then right click on the image, and click on properties. You should be able to see image size as an option there.

Q: Where and how do you get your images printed?

A: I use – arguably – the best imaging lab in the United States. It is called Mpix, and they are the consumer version of their professional lab called Miller’s Lab. I’ve been printing with Mpix for years, and they do an exceptional job. The prints are amazing, and the packaging in which they arrive is superb. But don’t take my word for it. Check out what Scott Kelby (editor of and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Layers magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) says on his blog: “I have actually seen the MPIX lab in person (they’re up in Pittsburg, Kansas), and I was really impressed with not only their fanatical commitment to quality, but the people there were as friendly, genuine, and proud of their role in the digital community as they could be, and that was really refreshing to see firsthand.” Do read the reader comments at the end of Scott Kelby’s post as well, in which many readers praise the quality of prints from Mpix.

Q: On what kind of paper are the photos printed? With what kind of finish do the prints come?
A: The photos are printed on Kodak Endura Professional paper; they are printed with a pearlescent, metallic finish. It is one of the best finishes in the industry. The paper and the finish is designed to last 100 years before fading in typical home display. Learn more about the Kodak Professional Endura Metallic paper from the Kodak website.

Q: How long would it take to receive my prints?
A: The prints are shipped priority mail via USPS. From my experience, Mpix ships with a fast turn-around time. You can expect to see the prints at your doorstep within four to five business days from the order date.

Q: Isn’t twenty dollars expensive for two 8″x12″ + two 4″x6″ prints?
A: My humble opinion is that this is a great deal. If you take a look at the prices on the Mpix website, you’ll see that each 8″x12″ metallic print costs $3.99 to print. So that’s about $8.00 just to print the two 8″x12″ prints, and the shipping charge via USPS from Mpix is around $5. Add to that the fact that I’m throwing in 4″x6″ prints in the deal as well, and it turns out that it costs me around $14 to $15 to ship the prints to you. Consider the extra five dollars of profit as the work it required to capture the images and post-process them.

Q: Do you have some kind of money-back guarantee?
A: Yes! If you aren’t completely satisfied with the prints – for any reason – simply return them back to my home address, and you will be promptly refunded the $20. In fact, I am so confident that you will love the final results that the following money-back guarantee is in effect: if you aren’t completely satisfied, you can just ship back ONE of the 8″x12″ prints and keep the other prints (i.e. the other 8″x12″ print and the two 4″x6″ prints) for yourself, and I will return your $20 back to you, no questions asked.

Q: How can you make such an outrageous money-back guarantee?
A: Because I am that confident that you will be impressed with the final results.

Q: Ahh! I still have questions regarding prints from your site. Can you please answer them?
A: Sure, either leave a comment for this entry, leave a comment on my photoblog, or send me an e-mail to elbelbelb2000[at]gmail[dot]com.


April 27, 2008 Posted by | prints | , , , , | 4 Comments