Stock Image Specifications

All the Stock images use the same rights-managed standard PhotoShelter pricing calculator structure. I don't license out files for personal use nor do I give them away to non-profits and such. I reserve fine art uses, such as for retail prints/posters/calendars and art cards for myself, so those options are not available from the automatic Stock licensing menu as files for other companies to exploit. Many images are available to all as paper prints in the Art Prints section. In a few cases other options have also been deleted when exclusive rights for particular uses have been granted (such as for a book cover), so that is why some rights are not listed for some images. PhotoShelter does not allow for blocking uses by industry so in several cases I have not applied pricing when I gave an industry exclusive (hospitality industry) and noted that for other uses interested parties can contact me. In rare cases I have licensed images to others to make mass-printed posters, but I prefer to represent myself now.

I use different versions of some of the same images for both Stock and Prints categories. In searches where you may find more than one version of the same image, the ones with file names with .jpg suffixes files are thumbnails for Prints, and .tif names are Stock files. The Art Print files have the keyword "print". You can search just for Stock tulip images, for example, by using the minus sign, "tulip -print". Conversely, you can exclude Stock tulip files from search results by using "tulip & print". I have not been consistent in including keywords for colors, and hope to eventually harmonize my collection.

I have scaled down the open Stock file sizes of images much larger than 60MB to be 60MB, but for many images I have larger versions available too upon request. Except for in the early years, I have always used TIFF format and not jpeg, and have not interpolated up resolutions. I do not use a sharpen filter as I consider that something to be done optionally as a last step by users who may be otherwise manipulating the images. I use either grayscale or RGB colorspace and LZW compression, which is lossless, and makes most files considerably smaller because most have perfectly uniform backgrounds. I have tested my color balance but different monitors may have different settings for contrast (I use 1.8 gamma) and brightness that need adjustment to make the images look as intended.

My images are real transmissive x-ray photos, meaning the x-rays go through the whole subject to make an image. The final images have often been combined from different exposures and colorized digitally. Object edges are usually traced to enable creation of pure white or black backgrounds. This allows for easier combining of elements (combine layers) and use in layouts. The Stock files available here are saved flat, without layers or paths.