Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Screaming deal on two canvas prints...

Who wants a canvas print of one of my images for a great price? I've got two vouchers right now for large canvas prints (16x20" or thereabouts) gallery wrap style, and I thought I'd offer a screaming deal to my fans - a canvas gallery wrap of your choice for $99 (including shipping in the continental US (for AK and HI we could probably work something out for a bit more - for folks outside the US, this probably isn't the deal for you as international shipping for a large print would probably be quite expensive)).

So, if you're interested, let me know via email josh (at) wildlandphotos.com or via google+ or facebook in order to reserve one or both of the two prints, then head on over and pick an image from my gallery at wildlandphotos.com (the popular photos collection is a good place to start browsing). Finally, get back to me with a link to the desired image and we'll work out payment (probably via amazon payments or some other alternative to paypal - I'm rather anti-paypal).

Please get ahold of me with any questions...
--Josh.










Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Calendar price drop, and a quick discount...

Given that the holiday gift season is over and my calendar is now losing 1/365 of it's functionality every day, I'm reducing the price by %15, bringing the price to $16.99...

Through January 6th 2012, Lulu's promotional discount code: ONEMORETHING to further drop the price by 25% bringing the price down to $12.75!... You've got that birthday gift you still need to buy for someone, right???

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wildlife cinematography...

If you like nature and wildlife films and filmmakers, check out my friends production company - Twin Lions Productions.  They are based in Alaska and have a lot of stock film and video of southern Alaska wildlife...

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Calendar is a Go!


Great news! Lulu.com came through with a great looking sample of my 2012 calendar, so sales are back on - Buy it now at Lulu.com.

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

Here's a slideshow of the images in the calendar...


Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday!



Time to shop! Through the end of the month you can take 20% off any purchase from wildlandphotos.com with the code blackfriday2011 .

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CafePress Win...

While I'm not sure if my calendar will be offered on CafePress again (if they convince me that the quality will meet my expectations), I do want to say that their return/refund policy certainly makes them worth a try...

Also I received this message from their customer service manager:

Hi Josh,

I happened upon your blog and I was disappointed to see that it sounds like we didn't do a great job with your calendar order.  We are going to reprint the calendar and try and see what you mentioned happens again.  We are also going to try and send you a better version of the calendar.  The head of our production team is aware of this and is working on it. 

I am really sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.  Please let me know if there's anything else I can help with.  We take the quality of our products very seriously and we want to do our best to make sure you are satisfied.

Thanks,

Jonathan Keane
Sr. Manager of Customer Service
So, they are actively engaged in trying to improve their product (or at least their reputation (and honestly, that's working with me - hence this post)). 

Looking back at the calendar, the big issue in my view is the vertical banding through the images - if they can eliminate that issue, I'd use 'em again for sure...

Monday, November 14, 2011

CafePress Fail - lesson learned!

Howdy all - as I said when I introduced the 2012 Calendar a few posts ago, I've produced calendars online several years running, and always with good results. Unfortunately, in my haste to get a calendar available for sale online this fall, I trusted that CafePress would meet or exceed the print quality I've always gotten from other printers (shutterfly.com, and I believe snapfish.com) which has always been excellent.  I'm sorry to say that I've found that assumption to be false.  I received my first copy of my calendar today, and found it to be a mixed bag of prints some of which look quite good, while others look atrocious bad!  The bad ones include combinations of things like, oversaturation (looks nothing like the image I uploaded, and I know the colorspace was correct), flakes of ink missing from the page(!), visible halftoning with big dots, and many shots include vertical banding to one degree or another (not sure if this is some sort of moire pattern from the halftoning (halftoning?!) or just bad printing).

Lesson learned - always get a sample before offering a product to the public!
For now I'm removing the CafePress version from the market, and I'll be looking into other printers (and likely handling orders myself rather than through a web based service).

For those of you who are planning on ordering calendars, don't worry, I'm still pursuing it.  I'll post here when I get more info!

Luckily (heh, kinda, I guess), only two of you have ordered calendars so far, so this hasn't affected too many customers. 

For the two of you who already purchased, what I'd recommend is checking out your calendar when it arrives - since these are printed on demand, one at a time, there's a chance that yours turned out better (maybe I got the new guy), if it's fine, awesome, congrats; If you can identify problems with the printing, you should return it using CafePress' 100% Money Back Gaurentee. Their policy states, "Please note: Shipping charges are only refundable if your return is a result of an error made by CafePress.com.", and I'd say there are any number of "errors made by CafePress.com" in my copy, so if you decide to return the calendar due to these problems, you should get you shipping cost returned as well.  Let me know how that goes for you and I'll make it right (as well as discounts on new calendar purchaces for you two when the the new version is finalized - get in touch with me for details).

Gah!

Update - CafePress has issued a refund, and after I pressed the issue, has refunded my shipping costs as well, so if you're displeased with your copy, CafePress should make it right (with a little pressure).

Update 2 - I've been contacted by CafePress who are going to try to resolve my issues - proactive damage control!  Between their attempt to improve and their low-risk return policy - I'd say give 'em a try if you're interested, just get a sample sent to you first.

Egret Alighting ~ Santa Cruz, California