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Printing Your Pet Photos on Canvas main image
Printing Your Pet Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 9, 2013

Jackson has become a fixture here in the office lately.? He wonders from office to office looking for back-scratches and a good place to nap.? He just loves to be around people.? Even though Jackson isn't my dog I feel what most pet owners feel.? Your pet is a part of your family.? Why wouldn't they deserve a spot on you wall.? You can add to your family collage of photos by printing ...

How To Figure Out the Best Custom Photo Canvas Size for My Wall? main image
How To Figure Out the Best Custom Photo Canvas Size for My Wall?
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 1, 2013

  You have the photo and you have the wall, but you have no idea how large your custom photo canvas should be...sound familiar.? Choosing the right size for your custom photo canvas can be a challenge if you don't do a lot of photo enlargements.? It can be tough to gauge how large or how small a custom photo canvas should be so it doesn't overpower or get swallowed up by the particular wall you ...

Firework Photos on Custom Canvas Prints For Original Wall Art main image
Firework Photos on Custom Canvas Prints For Original Wall Art
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 27, 2013

5 Tips on Photographing Fireworks to turn into Custom Canvas Prints Fireworks are an iconic part of Americana.? Something we look forward to every 4th of July.? They can be one of the most frustrating things to photograph, but when they are done well they can be made into custom canvas prints.? These one of a kind pieces of artwork will be a conversational piece all year round.? The trick is getting the shot.? Here ...

10 Tips for Creating Artistic Canvas Photos From Your Beach Vacation main image
10 Tips for Creating Artistic Canvas Photos From Your Beach Vacation
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 24, 2013

Summer is less than 10 days away (insert a "woohoo" here).? With the summer comes trips to the beach and I wanted to share some tips with you on how to get some amazing photos that you can turn into canvas photos for you house, to sell or give as a gift.? I am going to stay away from the normal rules of photography tips because those are pretty universal.? Instead I want to try to pass ...

What is Better Photoshop Actions or Lightroom Presets? main image
What is Better Photoshop Actions or Lightroom Presets?
by Paul Cook | June 21, 2013

When you are a photographer, you need some quality editing software programs. Without them, your photography skills will remain incomplete. However beautiful your shot may be, you won?t be able to give it your own signature touch until and unless you have a great editing system. This is where Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets come in the picture! These programs make your life much easier as you don?t have to ?fill in the colors? on your own. Theses software ...

5 Tips for Getting Your Art Noticed main image
5 Tips for Getting Your Art Noticed
by Laura McPherson | June 17, 2013

The number one priority for most full-time artists is to get their art noticed. After all, art is meant to be appreciated! Yet very few artists are famous on the level of Dean Koontz or Gillian Wearing, and those who are worked hard to get there. By starting small you, too can get more notice for your own artwork, and it is up to you if you want to build publicity to family and friends or wider audiences.? There ...

Starting a Photography Business? Make Your Pro Bono Work Pay main image
Starting a Photography Business? Make Your Pro Bono Work Pay
by Paul Cook | June 14, 2013

If you have been thinking of starting a photography business, then you must have been taking lots of pictures, not only for yourself but for others too. So now is the time when you can make your pro bono work worth all the effort. Many photographers feel that pro bono work can reduce their chances of gaining a name in the professional world. What they don?t realize is that they can use it to leave a distinct impression on ...

6 Tips For Great Photos From Your Disney Vacation main image
6 Tips For Great Photos From Your Disney Vacation
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr. | June 3, 2013

Vacation photos offer a lifetime of priceless memories. No matter how old you get, you can never have enough pictures of your kids in happy moments. This is especially true during those times when they interacted with their favorite characters or rode their preferred attractions when you went on a Disney vacation. So be prepared! Arm yourself with the following tips before heading over to Disney World and reward yourself with amazing vacation photos!   1. Digital photography requires a ...

Shoot for Yourself: The Best Way to Create Your Personal Photo Style main image
Shoot for Yourself: The Best Way to Create Your Personal Photo Style
by Laura McPherson | May 28, 2013

What differentiates snapshots from the kind of photography that really holds the eye? A lot of the difference is found in the individual photographer?s style. A well-developed style can give artistry to any subject, and part of the joy of an artistic style is in developing it. This comes from photographing for your own enjoyment and allowing your style to develop on its own, especially early on when you are learning about photography. The Growth of a Personal Photo Style ...

Should You Just Say 'No' to Glossy Photo Paper? main image
Should You Just Say 'No' to Glossy Photo Paper?
by Valerie Johnston | May 13, 2013

When you walk into a store and start shopping for photo paper, one thing that you will find very quickly is you have so many options, it is very easy to get confused and overwhelmed. With so many choices in photo paper these days, you may be wondering what type you should be using. If you are like many, your first instinct may be to reach for the glossy, but that would be a very big mistake. In fact, I ...

Try New Ways to Have Your Photography Printed main image
Try New Ways to Have Your Photography Printed
by Laura McPherson | May 6, 2013

Online photo albums are a great way to share your digital photography, but nothing compares to the feeling of seeing your work take on new dimensions through physical printing. Professional printers are taking work like yours beyond the standard photo print with the help of new technologies using quality materials that last for generations. These methods are also more affordable than ever. If you have not explored these new options, your photography might be missing out! Photographic Paper Printing Past ...

Making Baby Portraits Work in Any Home? main image
Making Baby Portraits Work in Any Home?
by Paul Cook | April 18, 2013

Babies are heart-warming, little souls that lighten up the lives of those who are blessed with them. Taking memorable pictures of your most precious little bundle of joy requires a little bit of knowledge as to how to make the perfect pose. Remember safety and comfort always comes first when you are making your baby pose for an adorable picture. The best time to take photos of a baby are when they are only a few weeks old...even days ...

Solutions for Backing Up Your Digital Photos main image
Solutions for Backing Up Your Digital Photos
by Caroline Cohoon | April 18, 2013

By Caroline Cohoon Protecting your data is always important and often a source of frustration. Chances are, you?ve lost photos/ music/ documents in the past to a hard drive failure or computer crash. Maybe you?ve even lost data to theft, or a natural disaster. A few years ago we had horrible wildfires in the Central Texas area and it made me think twice about my backup plans. I had important photos and files stored on an external hard drive (in ...

National Parks, Instagram, and Photos on Canvas main image
National Parks, Instagram, and Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 3, 2013

When you think of the beauty and scenic views of a national park you might be inspired to grab your camera and maybe go out and buy a tripod to capture that beauty.? And I wouldn't stop you because I would do the same thing.? Visions of Ansel Adams with his large format camera, capturing amazing vistas in Yosemite are very enticing and part of the reason I learned photography in the first place.? But if you ...

Five Myths of Being a Professional Photographer main image
Five Myths of Being a Professional Photographer
by Valerie Johnston | March 20, 2013

*Note this post is not meant to discourage anyone from following their dream of becoming a professional photographer.? Just a few insights from a pro who has been in the business for a while. Any professional photographer will tell you that the myths that float around about them are frustrating and just plain not true. Here is a story of how professional photographers often get a bad rap simply because people all too often believe the myth. This ...

Canvas Prints Help Maintain Family History main image
Canvas Prints Help Maintain Family History
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 19, 2013

Have you ever gone through an old box of your parents or even grandparents photos.? All of the history in that box of photos.? I can hear my mom now as she is describing who is who in the photos, "Now that is your great aunt and that is your grandfather and I'm not sure who that person is".? And the largest photo we have of our grandparents are a few 5x7's from their wedding day.? ...

Answers to Questions that Photographers Are Asking main image
Answers to Questions that Photographers Are Asking
by Laura McPherson | March 18, 2013

Although digital photography and the internet have made photography more accessible, photographers still get asked a lot of questions and very often, have a lot of questions themselves. The following frequently asked questions for photographers will hopefully shed some light on the most pressing photography questions. [caption id="attachment_2803" align="alignleft" width="300"] Outfits for family photo sessions should be coordinated and comfortable. Layering is a great idea, too![/caption] What should clients wear for their photo session? The number one rule of ...

Shoot for Yourself: Staying Inspired as a Photographer main image
Shoot for Yourself: Staying Inspired as a Photographer
by Laura McPherson | March 4, 2013

Whether you do digital photography for pleasure or as a professional, creative ruts do sometimes happen. These ruts are a hazard in any creative endeavor, but the biggest mistake you can make is to simply wait it out. By seeking inspiration to rejuvenate your true creative instincts, you can keep your skills sharp as well as your mind. Here are three ways to reconnect with your love of digital photography by shooting for yourself.

What Is “Fill Light” And How To Use It Like A Pro? main image
What Is Fill Light And How To Use It Like A Pro?
by Paul Cook | February 28, 2013

Skill level ? Intermediate to Advanced.? As a photographer, you must have struggled with exposure, white balance, tone and contrast, every time you grabbed your camera for a perfect shot. The magic ingredient for a picture-perfect scene is the nuances of light that play together for a great photograph. If you are relying on a natural light source, it can be amazing to see how it can change in a couple of minutes and affect your photograph. Regardless of ...

Getting the Most Out of Your Point and Shoot And Why You Should Ditch the Digital Zoom main image
Getting the Most Out of Your Point and Shoot And Why You Should Ditch the Digital Zoom
by Valerie Johnston | February 26, 2013

Point and shoot cameras have limitations. There is no one that would argue with this. They just do not have the ability to take images on par with what can be taken with a single lens reflex camera. However, the most important thing to remember is that the quality of image often has less to do with the camera itself and more to do with the person taking the picture.   There are ways to overcome the limitations of a ...

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