Why are some prints listed as "Currently Unavailable"?
A print may be unavailable because as artist has donated a photograph but we have not received their signed Letter of Agreement or Certificate of Authenticity. Uploading an image takes only a few seconds while snail mail for paperwork can take a few weeks. We just ask that you be patient. We promise that the photo will be available soon.
What kind of prints do you sell?
We work with a professional lab in Brooklyn, Green Rhino Inc., to make archival, exhibition-quality prints. The Collection prints are chromogenic color prints (c-print) and the Signature Series prints are archival pigment ink prints on 100% cotton rag paper.
How much of the photograph’s purchase price is donated to the charity I select?
The revenues from all photographs sold on our website and events are divided as follows:
70% goes directly to the charity you choose.
30% goes to keep Shutter To Think up and running (this includes printing costs and overhead).
Why isn’t Shutter To Think a non-profit?
After numerous consultations with accountants and attorneys, I decided to start Shutter To Think as a tax-paying organization instead of a non-profit for one reason: it allowed me to consistently give the most money to highly effective charities in the simplest manner.
And that’s exactly what we do. 100% of our profits go to the charities listed on our website. Our business model allows us to keep expenses to a minimum, while maximizing our donations to organizations helping to educate girls around the world.
We are not dependent on funding from a fickle institution or through grant approval. We are funded by our customer’s, through a share of each print that they purchase.
Can I deduct my print purchase from by taxes as a charitable donation?
It is our understanding through the U.S. tax code that because you are receiving a product that does not have a predetermined value, by non-professional photographers, that the purchase amount is not deductible.
How can I be sure that the photograph is authentic?
Every artist that donates a photograph to Shutter To Think signs a Letter of Agreement stating that he/she took the photograph and that he/she has the right to donate the photograph to Shutter To Think. In addition, our Collection includes a Letter of Authenticity with a printed signature by the artist.
Our Signature Series includes an original, signed Certificate of Authenticity with every print.
What is the difference between the Collection and the Signature Series?
Our Collection is an open edition, which means we can create an unlimited number of prints per image. This way we’ll be able to raise the most amount of money for girls’ education. That said, we will most likely print only 200 copies of each photograph to allow for more artists to be featured. Shutter To Think reserves the right to discontinue a print at any time.
The Collection prints are digital C-prints on Fuji archival paper.
Included with each print in our Collection is a printed Letter of Authenticity.
A printed Letter of Authenticity is a letter signed by the photographer stating that they took the photograph that they are donating. This letter is then reproduced to accompany each print.
Our Signature Series prints are typically larger prints, created as a limited run.
This means we will create a limited number of prints and when they sell out we will no longer offer that image in the Signature Series.
The Signature Series prints are archival pigment ink prints on 100% cotton rag paper.
Each print in our Signature Series is accompanied by a signed, Certificate of Authenticity. This Certificate of Authenticity is a certificate signed by the photographer stating that they took the photograph that they are donating.
This Certificate of Authenticity is not reproduced and is sent with each photograph as an original certificate with the original signature.
What accompanies the Collection prints and the Signature Series prints?
The Collection prints come with a Letter of Authenticity with a printed signature by the photographer.
The Signature Series prints come with a Certificate of Authenticity with an original signature by the photographer.
Are the Signature Series prints Limited Edition prints?
The prints in the Signature Series are not Limited Edition prints. We do not limit what the photographer can do with his or her own photograph. But because the artists’ who have donated their photographs do not rely on photography for their livelihood it is not likely that you will find these prints anywhere else.
Who owns the copyright license for Shutter To Think photographs?
The photographers own all rights to their photographs. Reproducing their photographs without their permission is illegal.
Will the photograph I receive look identical to what I see on my screen?
We strive to make sure that what you see online matches what you receive in the mail. However, there are many variables that affect what you see on your computer that are out of our control such as your monitor’s calibration. Please note that the quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.
How do I care for my print?
Make sure to never touch the surface of your print. Hands are dirty and can scratch the surface or harm the pigment of a photograph. We recommend that you have your photograph professionally framed. Detailed instructions on how to care for your photograph are included in your package.
How do I frame the photograph I purchase?
There are multiple ways to frame a photograph. We recommend that you take your photograph to a professional framer and have them use UV protectors on the glass and archival-oriented material.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept credit cards, debit cards and Paypal.
I made a typo/error when I submitted my order, how do I correct it?
Can I return the photograph I purchased?
Our goal at Shutter To Think is to ensure complete satisfaction with your purchase but because we donate 70% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice we cannot take returns.
Why does shuttertothink.org look funny on my browser?
Old browsers such as Netscape 4, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer for Mac and the Comcast Browser can negatively impact the enjoyment of our site. We suggest you update your system to a free browser like Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Explorer 7.