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Frequently Asked Questions

1)  What is your shipping Policy?

 

For Archival Inkjet Prints:

Namaste Photography ships worldwide with USPS and FedEx.

We will choose the most cost-effective shipping carrier based on the items ordered and their destination. Shipping times range from 1-7 business days. You will receive a tracking number as soon as your order has been shipped.

SHIPPING PRICES are calculated based on your cart total as follows:

Cart Total From To Standard Shipping^ 2-Day Shipping^ Overnight Shipping^ International Shipping Charge^
$0.00 $49.99 $9.49 $14.99 $19.99 $11.86
$50.00 $149.99 $16.99 $24.99 $34.99 $21.24
$150.00 $199.99 $19.99 $29.99 $39.99 $24.99
$200.00 $249.99 $26.99 $39.99 $54.99 $33.74
$250.00 $499.00 $29.99 $44.99 $59.99 $37.49
$500.00 $999.00 $49.99 $74.99 $99.99 $62.49
$1,000.00 Plus $99.99* $149.99* $199.99* $124.99*

^ Due to shipping requirements, pieces with a long side greater than 40" or a short side greater than 30" may incur an additional charges

* Crate fees may be added to shipping charges at checkout if required


Large Size Products and Crating Policies

  • Due to shipping requirements and the potential for damage, some products over 30" on the short side, or over 40" in length must be crated at an additional cost.
  • Products over 40" long that are shipped flat may require freight shipping, We can provide freight quotes for these orders. Please allow additional time for the quote and freight delivery times.
  • All additional Crate and Freighting Fees will be billed separately after processing your order.

Shipping Outside of the Continental US, Expedited Shipping, and Special Requests

  • If you reside outside of the continental United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, please contact Namaste Photography regarding your shipping preferences.
  • APO shipping is charged full cost and sent via USPS.
  • Requests for shipping outside of the continental United States, other types of shipping, and expedited shipping will be charged at full cost.
  • We are not responsible for duties and taxes required for international shipping.
  • Shipping Quotes are available for large orders or orders shipping to international destinations. Please contact Namaste Photography with the details of what will be in the order and the address it will be shipped to.

For Silver Gelatin Prints (limited editions):

  • All items are shipped from Saint Paul, MN
  • Shipping costs are based on estimated weight of .5 lb. 

 

2) What is your Policy on Returns/Exchanges/Refunds? 

  • All sales are final.
  • Exchanging an item for one of equal or greater value is allowed within 14 days of the receipt of your product.
  • If your prints arrive damaged, please keep all packaging and contact Namaste Photography with your order number for further instructions.

 

3) How can I keep up with your new work?

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4) Why do you offer both digital (inkjet) and analog (film) prints?

  • I offer both because I feel there are important differences between the two mediums. Digital photography has come a long way since its inception over 20 years ago, but I feel it still can't fully match the look of film.  There is nothing like a well-developed and processed silver gelatin print! My first digital camera was a 4 megapixel point-and-shoot model. Being only 4 megapixels the main limitation was its ability to resolve fine detail. Several years, and camera models later, my Nikon DSLR was 36 megapixels. It was capable of incredibly sharp, finely detailed photos, but when I closely examined a digital and film print of the same scene it seemed that with digital there was still something missing. To me, digital photos, if not processed carefully, have an overly homogenized look that makes the scene look different than how I saw it. To many this difference is seen as "better."  In fact, this was what I believed for many years. However, as I began to experiment with film over the past few years my beliefs have undergone a radical shift. I now realize that sharpness is not the end-all, and if overdone can actually detract from a photo's character and quality.

  • In addition to  my experience working directly with film, studying the masters of photography has contributed to this shift. I really love the look of classic photography by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Eugene Atget, and Minor White, to name a few. To me, film has more grit and substance, and is a purer representation of reality. It does not strive to cover up the blemishes of life, nor should it have to. Another advantage of film is that it allows use of classic lenses that still are among the best ever made. These lens add to the character of the resulting photo because they have unique signatures, and "draw" of "render" the scene differently than do modern lenses. 

  • ‚ÄčCurrently, I have 5 film cameras (two 35mm, and three medium format - 6x6, 6x7), and one digital camera.  I do still use digital on occasion because in certain situations, particularly shooting in low light, it offers a significant advantage and allows me to capture photos that would be impossible with film. I have become such a fan of film over the past few years that in 2017 I had a darkroom built in my basement so I could process my own film. Having my own darkroom allows me to offer limited edition prints of my analog work. I hope some of you decide to talk advantage of this unique opportunity, 

 

5) Why do you only offer black and white photos?

  • I only offer black and white photos because I feel that when color is absent from a photo it allows other aspects of the scene to more fully emerge. In particular, the quality of light, form, pattern, and texture. Taken together, the emergence of these characteristics often leads to more dramatic, emotionally impactful photographs.  Also, there is a sense of timelessness that characterizes black and white photography and I find this adds to the allure of the photo. 
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