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Cameras For Kids - Ages 5 to 9 main image
Cameras For Kids - Ages 5 to 9
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 24, 2014

I love photography.? But I didn?t ?find? this love until I was about to graduate from college.? I often think about where I would be as a photographer if I had started earlier.? I?m not saying that it would make that big of a difference, but for those adult photo bugs out there who want to introduce photography to a child they can do so without spending too much money or stressing about their child breaking ...

Canvas Press Size Guide For Canvas Prints main image
Canvas Press Size Guide For Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 22, 2014

We made this graphic as a guide for anyone who is trying to figure out what is an appropriate size? canvas print for a wall.? Our hope is that this can give you a better visual before you buy to figure out what the best size would be for your space. Whether it is above a couch or not you can relate to the size of a normal couch.? We used the normal industry sizes as the ...

7 Unique Family Portrait Ideas main image
7 Unique Family Portrait Ideas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 17, 2014

For the bold and daring who might want a non traditional family portrait we have a few ideas for you that you can get inspiration from.? These are definitely not your run of the Olen Mills family portrait ideas.? I spent some time scouring some of my favorite photographer sites and Pinterest to find something out of the norm for your next family portrait.? I think these ideas are still worthy of hanging on a wall ...

Our Favorite Ideas for Maternity Photos on Canvas main image
Our Favorite Ideas for Maternity Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 14, 2014

Maternity photos are more popular than ever. The best maternity photos are usually taken around 6 to 7 months, when the baby bump is prominent but mom is usually feeling more glamorous then she will later in the pregnancy. It?s also a good idea to shoot from an angle slightly above the baby bump to capture the right feeling while flattering mom?s shape. In addition, while mom might want the glamorous, artistic feel of black and white, it?s usually ...

Keys to Capturing Candid Photos on Canvas main image
Keys to Capturing Candid Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 9, 2014

I guess we should start with what is the definition of a candid photo.? To me a candid photo/portrait is a photo where the subject does not know you are taking their photo.? They are acting as they naturally would, but are or performing some sort of action (laughing, playing, singing etc).? Being a wedding photographer I have seen the tide swing from traditional photos taken at events to more of a candid / photojournalist style ...

9 Large Family Portrait Ideas to Print on Canvas main image
9 Large Family Portrait Ideas to Print on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 7, 2014

If you are wanting to update the family portrait that is hanging on your wall right now we want to run some ideas by you.? Each of these family portrait ideas are a little different than your traditional family portrait.? Think of these as jumping off points to spark your own creative photo.? Once you have it nailed down and have your favorite photo then you now where to find us to help you print on ...

Your Photos Are Just Waiting to Become Panoramic Photo Prints main image
Your Photos Are Just Waiting to Become Panoramic Photo Prints
by Laura McPherson | July 3, 2014

Panoramic photos are a visually stunning way to present your images because the less-common dimensions of a panoramic photo add interest and tend to encourage the eye to move from left to right, a natural direction for the eyes to flow because it mimics our reading patterns. Despite their visual appeal, many people avoid taking panoramic photos save for on special occasions because it can be a pain to switch a camera?s settings (and to remember to switch the ...

Why You Will Want Giclee Prints for Your Family Memories main image
Why You Will Want Giclee Prints for Your Family Memories
by Laura McPherson | June 27, 2014

The photos that you take of your family, and the photos that have been taken of the family members who came before you, are an important part of your family?s legacy. It?s also important to remember that even in this digital age, what we take for granted as common file types today might not be common ten or twenty years from now (have you seen a .pic file lately?). To ensure that this legacy is passed down to ...

Fine Art Printing: Giclee Prints vs Inkjet Prints main image
Fine Art Printing: Giclee Prints vs Inkjet Prints
by Laura McPherson | June 23, 2014

Although both giclee and inkjet processes produce photos, the two processes are quite different from one another. The superior quality that giclee provides over the inkjet alternative is apparent right from the day that prints are made, with the higher quality of giclee becoming even more clear over time. Taking a look at a few of the major differences between giclee and inkjet prints can help explain why this is so and why ordering giclee prints offers not only ...

Pet Photos on Canvas as Wall Art main image
Pet Photos on Canvas as Wall Art
by Laura McPherson | June 19, 2014

Pets are an integral part of the family, holding a special place in our hearts and minds while they are with us and even after they are gone. Many families will have about the same number of photos including their pets as they do family members, which shows just how important pets can be to the family unit. Customized pet photos on canvas as wall art can make use of these great photos while providing eloquent and attractive images ...

The Difference Between Hard Light vs Soft Light in Photography main image
The Difference Between Hard Light vs Soft Light in Photography
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 19, 2014

If you know a photographer or maybe you are married to one you will often here them obsess about the light.? You will hear them say stuff like, ?This light is unbelievable! Where is my camera!? or ?Honey, look at how the light is falling on that enter noun here!?? If you haven?t guessed it photographers are a little nerdy when it comes to stuff like that.? We freak out about light.? All kinds ...

7 Tips For Making Awesome Family Portraits main image
7 Tips For Making Awesome Family Portraits
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 18, 2014

Whether you are a professional photographer or just want to gather the whole gang for a family photo there are some important elements that can improve your family portrait photos.? I will tell you right now that photographing a gathering of people of different ages, heights, and temperaments can be quite a challenge?even for a seasoned professional.? Here are 7 things to consider the next time you want to make awesome family portraits. Be as prepared as ...

5 Family Poses That Will Make Amazing Canvas Prints main image
5 Family Poses That Will Make Amazing Canvas Prints
by Laura McPherson | June 16, 2014

Family portraits make for classic wall art for the home, but they also help cement and commemorate the family bond. Sitting together for a family portrait can be a fun event for your family, which you can combine with other activities after the portrait is taken. The question that most budding photographers who are interested in taking their own family portrait have is how to ask the family to pose for the best looking canvas print. Here are a ...

Vacation Photography Do’s & Don’ts main image
Vacation Photography Dos & Donts
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 16, 2014

Let?s talk about going on vacation.? For serious amateur photographers going on vacation presents amazing new photo opportunities.? It is very exciting.? So much so that the vacation photography part can overwhelm the vacation part.? Trust me, I know from experience.? As a professional photographer I have put pressure on myself while going on vacation to get these amazing photos.? I wasn?t getting paid to take great photos, but because I love photography ...

Minor Retouching Can Transform Your Canvas Prints main image
Minor Retouching Can Transform Your Canvas Prints
by Laura McPherson | June 13, 2014

On the left is the original image and the edited image on the right.? Only contrast and color saturation were used to make the image better. The minor retouching of images is common, largely because most photos are not as picture perfect as they can be?including when taken with high end digital cameras. Retouching can bring out the best in a photo, which is important when considering how long an image can last after having it printed on canvas ...

Let’s Get Tropical: Beach Vacation Canvas Prints main image
Lets Get Tropical: Beach Vacation Canvas Prints
by Laura McPherson | June 12, 2014

Trips to the beach are a hallmark of summer vacations, whether your family takes a road trip to visit the shore or visits the local beach. While you?re there you will probably be taking tons of photos of your family to create picture perfect memories, which you can then have printed on canvas as wall art for your home. Here are a few ideas for creatively photographing and commemorating your family?s beach vacation. Beach Vacation Canvas Print Ideas No ...

How to Make the Choice for Your Next Photo on Canvas main image
How to Make the Choice for Your Next Photo on Canvas
by Laura McPherson | June 11, 2014

When it?s time to create new wall art and choose a photo to enlarge and have printed on canvas, how do you make the choice? Even if you do not take photographs every day, you might have hundreds of images to choose from. Following are a few tips and tricks to help you choose which image is right for your next photo on canvas. How to Narrow Down Your Photo Library The easiest way to begin choosing a photo ...

Use Your Lens Hood…It Could Save Your Life main image
Use Your Lens HoodIt Could Save Your Life
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 10, 2014

That title might be a little dramatic.? I am sure there is some MacGyver situation where a lens hood could actually save your life, but for this post I can tell you for sure that it can save your lens. For the better part of the last 14 years I have been a professional wedding photographer shooting an average of 25-30 weddings a year.? A wedding photographer?s job can definitely be stressful at times and of course ...

What Photo Equipment To Take While Traveling? main image
What Photo Equipment To Take While Traveling?
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 9, 2014

School is out and for many families that means it is time for a summer vacation trip.? For those who are photography lovers who have acquired a lot of photo gear it can be a difficult choice on what gear to take while you are traveling.? The question really is ?Do you want to lug around every piece of equipment you own??? I am facing a similar dilemma (and my trip is a year away) and ...

9 Things I Look For When Photographing Landscapes main image
9 Things I Look For When Photographing Landscapes
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 6, 2014

I wouldn?t call myself a ?Landscape Photographer?, but I do love taking photos of landscapes when I travel.? There are several things that make a beautiful landscape photo and the more you practice the better you get at recognizing them.? You could always study some of the masters of landscape photography and learn the elements of their photographs that move you.? Of course Ansel Adams is the most recognized of landscape photographers.? Also take a ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #430

When taking portraits make sure the eyes are in focus. If you are using auto focus then place your auto focus point over one of your subjects eyes to make sure they are sharp. The eyes of your subject can communicate more than any other element in the photo.


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