A Note About Photos
I try and include as many photos as practical in my listings, for as they say--a picture speaks a thousand words.
Usually the photos are taken with a flash which can subtly change the tone of a piece or make a shaded portion stand out more than it will in person. If I did not use a flash the photos would be too dark to be of much use to you. If you want a piece to look as close as possible to the flash photo then displaying it in a lit display case with a light directed at it is the best option. That or in a sunny window.
I have read some negative comments among the feedback of some sellers where the buyer is angered at the fact that the photos were closeups. Presumably these buyers thought they were getting something much bigger than they received. Some buyers have scolded, STOP USING CLOSEUP PHOTOS!! Fortunately my buyers have proven to be an intelligent and understanding group of folks and I have not had a problem with this, BUT it must be stated that without closeup photos there is no way to show small details in a specimen--details that you can see in person. Taking a photo without closeups simply will not accurately portray a specimen and without them we might as well give up. Who is going to buy a vague rock where it cannot be determined what it looks like?
Again, I will use the sizing standards explained above to help guide potential buyers as to the size of any given specimen. It is important to read the description and note the size measurements. If you need more help draw a box on a piece of paper using the measurements given and visualize the piece within that box. On smaller pieces I often mount them in a display box and give the measurements of the box, for instance many thumbnails are placed in 1.1" square boxes. This can be a useful guide for determining the relative size of the specimen.
I try to make sure the colors in my photos are accurate. I do not alter photos to improve the appearance of a specimen. There are some colors that just do not transfer well, for instance I have never accurately depicted a photo on my computer of blue-green Cavansite, they always turn out blue. I have even tried photo-shopping it and cannot get the color right! Also, note that monitors differ in their color reproduction, and users may adjust their settings, creating a wide range of possible color variations.