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Paul Nguyen Photography

Waltham, Massachusetts · 112 Sales

paulnguyen

Paul Nguyen Photography

Waltham, Massachusetts 112 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Stunning, emotional photographs of landscapes, wildlife, and pastoral scenes, available as high-quality matted prints ready to decorate your favorite spaces

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Last updated on Apr 8, 2016

Stunning, emotional photographs of landscapes, wildlife, and pastoral scenes, available as high-quality matted prints ready to decorate your favorite spaces

Paul Nguyen

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What goes on in the mind of a photographer...

Perhaps the story of my shop and my photography can best be told through an imaginary interview, because we all like to pretend that we're famous.

Q: Wow, your shots are amazing! What kind of camera do you use??

A: Thanks for the semi-compliment. I get this question a lot. My main camera these days is a Canon 5D MK III digital SLR, and I use my older Canon 7D as my backup. I've also used entry-level cameras like the Canon Rebel T2i, the Lumix G2, and even a point-and-shoot to make shots that I've sold as artwork. In the end, great shots can be made with any camera, but it helps to have one where you can tell it exactly what you want it to do.

Q: Paul, I notice that a lot of your [amazing] shots are taken at dawn, and sometimes before the sun even rises. Does this mean that you're a morning person?

A: Absolutely not. And I never have been. When I was a wee lad, my dad and my brother would wake before the crack of dawn to go fishing or hunting, but you could not have paid me enough to get up that early. And that was around the age, 12 or so, that I started becoming interested in photography - strictly during normal waking hours of course. It was only many years later that I realized that the shots that other people were getting that I wanted to get were happening at odd hours - before dawn or in the middle of the night. So my enthusiasm for photography "forced" me to start waking up earlier to go out and grab these elusive shots that everyone has come to love so much in my portfolio. But to this day, I only drag myself out of bed early for a shoot. On any other given day, I'm perfectly fine sleeping in til 9!

Q: So how exactly did you start doing photography, and when did you get your first camera?

A: My dad was a good technical photographer, so he was able to show me the basics when I was relatively young. The story of how I got my first SLR is a funny one. My dad had a friend who owned a Canon T70 35mm SLR, and he brought it out with him everywhere he went. For some reason I was so fascinated by this camera that I started asking my dad's friend everything there was to ask about how to use it, and how to figure out exposure and whatnot. He very patiently answered every question, but for a curious kid, every answer just led me to ask another question, until he couldn't take it anymore, and he just outright gave me the camera so I could experiment with it on my own! I think my dad must have ended up paying his friend for the camera later on. So that became my first camera, the Canon T70.

Q: Where have you done most of your photography?

A: Most of my shots are from my home area of the Northeastern US, but I've photographed in New Zealand, Hawaii, India, parts of the Midwestern US, and all over California. Most people say my best work is from around my home area, which is no surprise. I think people have a very intimate and intuitive connection to the region where they've lived for most of their lives, and that allows us to naturally find great art in our environment

Q: Can you briefly describe the process by which one of your digital photographs becomes a product that you would sell on Etsy, or at a live event?

A: Once I've edited my photograph, I send the file to a lab that I trust for printing. The process is color managed from begining to end, meaning that my equipment and the lab's equipment are calibrated to the same standards to insure that the final print colors are a close match to what I saw on my monitor. The prints are sent to me a few days later. I believe in matting every photograph I sell, because the mat is part of the artwork and gives me the chance to caption the photograph on the mat and sign it as well. For larger pieces, I hand cut the mats from matboard stock, and for smaller pieces, I may buy pre-cut mats. I always prefer mat dimensions that fit commercially available frames, just to make it easier for my customer to buy a frame later on. I use three main colors of mat: white, ivory, and black, because these will match almost anything. I mount the photo to the mat, and then add a backing board for stability, and put the whole thing in a cellophane sleeve for protection. This becomes a finished item that I could sell in my Etsy shop, or at an art fair. I also frame many of my works myself, and I sell these framed pieces at art fairs.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who's looking to improve at photography?

A: Don't be enamored with the "latest and greatest" camera out there that promises amazing picture quality. Trust me, I've tried upgrading as a means of improving my photos, and it didn't help! Instead, just stick to one camera for a while, become really familiar with how to use it, know it inside and out, and that will be the single best way to improve your photography, because it will allow you to emphasize the art part of it, rather than wasting time getting used to a new camera. And wake up early. Really early.

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  • Paul Nguyen

    Owner, Maker, Photography, Mat-cutting, Framing, Assembly

    I am Paul Nguyen, an established photographer from Massachusetts, USA, specializing in landscapes and wildlife. I have been selling my work in New England, but hopefully through Etsy I can reach nature photography lovers around the world!

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Last updated on July 3, 2012
Welcome to my shop, and thanks for looking at my work. :) These photographs are my pride and joy, my passion, and I am proud to be able to turn my love into my profession. I am Paul Nguyen, an established photographer from the northeastern USA, specializing in landscapes and wildlife. I have been operating a business selling my photographs as an artist at events around New England, and I hopefully through Etsy I can reach out to art lovers all across the globe.

The images that I offer come from around the world including New Zealand, India, Hawaii, California, the Midwestern U.S., and my home area, the Northeastern U.S. I travel frequently in order to create the most diverse and interesting photographs that I possibly can, and I'm always looking for new destinations. If you have ideas in mind for places that I must photograph, I'm all ears! :)

I have been photographing since I was 12 years old (that's about 25 years as of now), and my favorite themes are natural landscapes in low light, wildlife, coastal scenes, foreign cultures, and decrepit structures.

All photographs in my shop are made by me and I own full copyright (c) all rights reserved on all of them. In my shop, I sell the printed images only and not the right to reproduce them, distribute them, or sell them on in any way. So when you buy a photograph from me, you have the right to display it privately, for your own personal use, and that is all. If you would like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs in any way other than private display, such as commercial or non-profit public use, please contact me.

The digital product images shown in the store contain my watermark in order to protect my intellecual property. The printed image that is the actual item you will be receiving does not contain the watermark.

Note that the on-screen product images are digital representations of the printed work, so the actual item you are ordering may look somewhat different from what you see on the screen. All computer monitors are different, and the majority of computer monitors are not calibrated to any standard, so there is no such thing as a "perfect" digital representation of a photograph. Colors and brightness are different on each monitor. Also, computer monitors are backlit, so the shadow areas of a digital photograph on screen will look brighter than the same shadow areas of a printed photograph. Keep these points in mind when viewing my products and placing your order.

All of my photographs are already mounted on mats, either black or white depending on what works best with the colors in the particular photograph. The mats are hand cut by me personally, and are captioned with the title of the image and are signed by me in black pencil. The back of each photograph is signed by me in black archival ink. The mats are sized to fit commonly available picture frames, most commonly 12"x16", 11"x14", or 16"x20". I believe in selling all my photographs with mats, because I believe the mat is part of the artwork, but if you'd like to buy just the print, please feel free to say so. And if you would like to buy the photograph in a dimension other than what is listed, I can create a custom-made one for you. Contact me and we can discuss the details.

The photographs are professionally printed on archival-grade paper, which, depending on the photograph, will be either Kodak matte finish E-surface paper, or Metallic (pearlescent) paper.

Items listed in my store have already been created and are available immediately. Anything that would count as a custom order can usually be ready to ship within 4-6 working days.

These are my most common photograph sizes and their prices (in USD):

8"x10" photograph in 11"x14" mat: $45
8"x12" photograph in 12"x16" mat: $45
11"x14" photograph in 16"x20" mat: $60
10"x15" photograph in 16"x20" mat: $60
12"x18" photograph in 18"x24" mat: $70

Prices include shipping on orders within the U.S.A. For international orders, shipping will be extra.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payment by PayPal and Direct Pay through Etsy, and will ship your item as soon as possible after confirmation of funds received and cleared in my PayPal account - I aim for this within 2-3 working days but it is usually within the first day. If I'm unable to meet this expectation for whatever reason, I will notify you immediately.

Purchases made within Massachusetts, U.S.A are subject to 6.25% sales tax.

Payment is generally expected on the day of purchase but if for any reason this is not possible please let me know.

All custom orders must be paid for before I produce them, and they will generally be ready for shipping 4-6 days after payment is received.

If you do not have a PayPal account, here is some useful information on how to pay via PayPal. Click here for more details: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/
Shipping
Shipping is included in the price for all orders within the U.S.A. For international orders, shipping is extra. All matted prints are protected with a clear plastic sleeve and foamcore backing board, and packaged within a corrugated cardboard box. Multiple items may be packaged within the same box. Shipping will be through USPS Priority Mail within the U.S.A., and USPS First Class Mail International Parcel for international orders. Shipping is free within the U.S.A. Shipping to Canada is $5. Shipping to all other destinations is $9.

I will ship your item as soon as possible after confirmation of funds received and cleared in my PayPal account, or confirmation of payment in Direct Pay - I aim for this within 2-3 working days but it is usually within the first day. If I'm unable to meet this expectation for whatever reason, I will notify you immediately. Custom orders will usually ship 4-6 days after the order is placed.

Buyers outside the U.S.A are responsible for paying the appropriate taxes, tariffs and customs fees for international purchases in their respective countries. I refuse to mark packages as "gift" on customs forms, even if you ask nicely. :)

I will obtain proof of postage for each item shipped.

I will do all I can to ensure that your photographs are safely sent to you as soon as possible after confirmed payment. However I am not responsible for items which are damaged or lost in the mail. But do contact me if any such problems occur, and I will resolve the issue or refund your payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
I can refund or exchange items if they are not as described. The purchased item must be in its original condition and be returned within 7 days.

Before you consider asking for a refund please read this paragraph (from my Welcome Message) again carefully:
Keep in mind that the on-screen product images are digital representations of the printed work, so the actual item you are ordering may look somewhat different from what you see on the screen. All computer monitors are different, and the majority of computer monitors are not calibrated to any standard, so there is no such thing as a single "perfect" digital representation of a printed photograph. Colors and brightness are different on each monitor. Also, computer monitors are backlit, so the shadow areas of a digital photograph on screen will look brighter than the same shadow areas of a printed photograph. Keep these points in mind when viewing my products and placing your order.

Your satisfaction with my artwork is important to me, so if there are any problems with your order, please send me a message immediately and we can resolve any problem. USPS Priority Mail delivers to U.S. addresses within 3 days, but please do understand that postal delays can occur and in exceptional circumstances mail can take up to six weeks to arrive.

Although I am not responsible for items damaged in transit, do contact me if this occurs, and if the item is returned to me within seven days of receipt I shall do what I can to replace the item in cases where the mail system is at fault.
Additional policies and FAQs
The product images for display in the shop small, low resolution files with watermarks for my protection, but the shipped prints will be made from the orginal high-resolution files, without watermarks. Prints are signed on the reverse in black and ink, and the mats are captioned and signed in black pencil.

The on-screen product images are digital representations of the printed work, so the actual item you are ordering may look somewhat different from what you see on the screen. All computer monitors are different, and the majority of computer monitors are not calibrated to any standard, so there is no such thing as a "perfect" digital representation of a photograph. Colors and brightness are different on each monitor. Also, computer monitors are backlit, so the shadow areas of a digital photograph on screen will look brighter than the same shadow areas of a printed photograph. Keep these points in mind when viewing my products and placing your order.

All photos in my shop are my own work and I own all rights reserved full copyright. Only the printed image is for sale, and it is not to be copied, distributed, or sold further in any way. If you would like to purchase a license to use any of my photographs in any way other than private display, such as commercial or non-profit public use, please contact me.

These are my most common photograph sizes and their prices (in USD):

8"x10" photograph in 11"x14" mat: $30
8"x12" photograph in 12"x16" mat: $30
11"x14" photograph in 16"x20" mat: $40
10"x15" photograph in 16"x20" mat: $40
12"x18" photograph in 18"x24" mat: $45

Prices include shipping on orders within the U.S.A. For international orders, shipping will be extra.

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