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Photos on Canvas and Weddings Go Hand in Hand main image
Photos on Canvas and Weddings Go Hand in Hand
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 25, 2013

Canvas Prints have so many great relationships with the way we live.? Let me explain that a little.? A favorite vacation, a family portrait, remembering a loved one, the family pet, and a wedding day.? All of these different facets of our lives are represented by photographs.? A great way to take them a step further and give them a little more emphasis is to have those photos on canvas. I have been photographing weddings ...

The P On Your Camera Does Not Stand for
The P On Your Camera Does Not Stand for "Professional"
by Valerie Johnston | February 8, 2013

Sadly, too many people own a digital single lens reflex camera, and they never turn that knob past the setting that is green or says ?auto? on it. If you only use the auto setting on your camera, you are not making use of its full capability and you are most likely not getting the images you want. It is important that you learn how to make use of manual settings on your camera so that you can have true ...

Cropping Your Photos for More Impact main image
Cropping Your Photos for More Impact
by Paul Cook | January 25, 2013

??You don?t take a photograph, you make it.? ? Ansel Adams Before you press that shutter button, you are likely going to make plenty of decisions to compose the best photograph. As you go through your snaps, you might find that your composition was not up to your expectations. Don?t let your aspirations die down. It happens; even seasoned professional photographers don?t get it quite right in the field. Let go of any temptation you might have to delete ...

Is Your Photo the Right Resolution For a Photo On Canvas? main image
Is Your Photo the Right Resolution For a Photo On Canvas?
by Eric Von Lehmden | January 18, 2013

We often get questions from customers every day wondering if their photo will print to canvas at the size they want.? It's all about the resolution, or pixel size, of the photo in question.? That can get a little complicated (and boring) to talk about.? Let me try to explain resolution in terms that relate a little more to our every day understanding of cameras and computers so the next time you want to make some canvas ...

Tips and Ideas for Photographing Your Little Girl main image
Tips and Ideas for Photographing Your Little Girl
by Laura McPherson | January 17, 2013

There are few things sweeter in this world than a great portrait of your little girl, but if you?ve tried to take portraits of her by yourself before, you know how hard this kind of digital photography can be. With these tips and ideas at your disposal, you can make your next portrait shoot go more smoothly without the need for a lot of photo editing after the fact. Tips to Make Child Portrait Photography Easier With child portrait photography ...

Christmas Portraits - Time To Break Out The Ugly Sweater main image
Christmas Portraits - Time To Break Out The Ugly Sweater
by Paul Cook | December 13, 2012

Tired of traditional Christmas portraits? Even your dog looks un-amused in such photographs. Try adding a twist to your traditional Christmas pictures with these exciting portrait ideas this Christmas season. Head Out Outdoors Christmas portraits shouldn?t be limited to posing in front of the Christmas tree or in your living room amidst all Christmas decorations. The outdoors, even your own front yard, offers incredible chances for memorable clicks. Nature provides wonderful backdrops to form a winter wonderland for Christmas portraits ...

5 Unique Ideas for Christmas Portraits main image
5 Unique Ideas for Christmas Portraits
by Laura McPherson | December 4, 2012

Christmas portraits are a tradition for many families, but even if your family hasn?t done Christmas portraits before, it isn?t too late to start a new, fun tradition for the holidays. These 5 unique ideas for your Christmas portraits will create photos for your walls to go with those pictures of your children on Santa?s lap and provide lasting memories for the entire family. Christmas Portrait Idea #1: Step Away from the Tree Although it is traditional to take Christmas ...

What a Family Should Wear for Family Photos main image
What a Family Should Wear for Family Photos
by Lori Wallace-Roberts | November 21, 2012

It?s family photo time again, and you might be stuck trying to figure out what everyone should wear so the photo will look balanced in both color and style.? There?s nothing worse than looking at an old family portrait where everyone decided to wear red, but your favorite niece didn?t get the memo and wore pink instead! It?s bad enough trying to figure it out if you?re a family of four, but if your portrait will include extended family ...

3 Ideas for Your Christmas Card Photos main image
3 Ideas for Your Christmas Card Photos
by Laura McPherson | November 19, 2012

At my house, preparing Christmas cards inaugurates the holiday season. We usually have the cards ready to send by the week before Thanksgiving, which gives us plenty of time to prepare photo Christmas cards. If you don?t think you have the time, here?s some good news: According to the etiquette gurus at Emily Post, it?s perfectly find to send e-cards as well! Here are three fun ideas for your Christmas card photos, whether you choose to have them printed or ...

5 Tips on How to Sell Your Artwork main image
5 Tips on How to Sell Your Artwork
by Laura McPherson | November 6, 2012

Making a living as an artist is a notoriously difficult undertaking; there is a reason why the phrase ?starving artist? is still used to describe people who rely on artwork sales for income. As a second income or as a paying hobby, though, it?s easier to turn selling your digital photography and other artwork into a lucrative side line. The key to doing this is to be realistic. If you are just starting out, it may be many years ? ...

The Realities of a Being a Full Time Photographer main image
The Realities of a Being a Full Time Photographer
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 26, 2012

I have always held the belief that you should do what you love because life is way too short to be stuck at a job that you loathe going to.? Maybe this is you.? You have long loved taking photos and you are ready to ditch your full time job and venture into the world of making photography your full time gig because you love doing it and it makes you happy. That is all well and ...

5 Tips for The Beginner Photographer to get Amazing Portraits main image
5 Tips for The Beginner Photographer to get Amazing Portraits
by Laura McPherson | October 22, 2012

Great portrait photography is notoriously difficult to accomplish. People having their photographs taken are often uncomfortable at first, which can result in stilted looking photos; portrait photographers also depend on variables in the surrounding environment, including the weather, to help make a great portrait. There can be so much happening at any given moment the photographer can become distracted and overwhelmed by details. However, you should remember that no matter what happens there are no hard and fast rules for ...

6 Photoshop Mistakes to Avoid main image
6 Photoshop Mistakes to Avoid
by Valerie Johnston | October 15, 2012

I love to spend time on Facebook and I have a friend who makes a point of finding some of the very worst examples of Photoshop that she possibly can and then posting them on her timeline. While there are some times when I cannot tell what is "wrong" in an image until she points it out (can you believe I didn't notice someone missing a hand!), there are some that are so blatant, and so painful as to ...

Matted or Unmatted? That Is the Question main image
Matted or Unmatted? That Is the Question
by Laura McPherson | October 10, 2012

So you?ve finally decided which of your newest photography adventures are worthy of being printed and decided on a frame to show off your artwork. Are you going to mat it? Deciding to mat or not to mat is sometimes a more difficult choice than it seems on the outside; on the one hand, matted artwork makes it obvious at a glance that you put a lot of effort into your photo framing, but on the other hand, you don?t ...

Gear the Pros Use: Gaffers Tape main image
Gear the Pros Use: Gaffers Tape
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 3, 2012

Even when professional photographers are given most of the information about the shoot, mostly the situation is rarely as it was described. There are always some adjustments required on the set and for this it is important for them to tag along a professional arsenal. One important item is the Gaffer?s tape; regardless you use it for marking where the model stands, tying up the cables or fixing the flash onto a wall. Gaffer?s tape might just look like duct ...

Three Photography Lessons This Photog Learned the Hard Way main image
Three Photography Lessons This Photog Learned the Hard Way
by Laura McPherson | September 19, 2012

Even though digital photography has made taking great photos and snapshots more accessible, photography is still a technical subject. So much goes into a great photo, from the camera?s capabilities to the lighting to the cooperation of the subject (toddlers and pets are notoriously fickle), there will always be an element of chance in taking a photo that makes people stop and say, ?Wow.? So how do the pros build entire portfolios of awesome photos? They do it through ...

The Original Instagrams - What to Do with the Box of Old Family Photos: Scan and Enlarge Them main image
The Original Instagrams - What to Do with the Box of Old Family Photos: Scan and Enlarge Them
by Laura McPherson | September 16, 2012

You?ve heard the saying "what?s old is new again," and with the explosion of digital photography tools like Instagram the saying has never been more true, as one of the most popular photo effects is artificial aging. These tools let you add borders, dust and scratches, sepia tones, and a multitude of other effects to photos you took yesterday, making them look as ageless as the old family photos you have sitting on the shelf in your office

Window Light Rules! main image
Window Light Rules!
by Valerie Johnston | September 10, 2012

Look at this painting by Vermeer... ?It was painted around 1660 and is known as "The Milkmaid". What do you notice immediately about it? The light of course, and Vermeer was famous for his ambient light. Would you like to become well known for the window light in your digital photography? If you said yes then we're here to explain it. You Gotta Love Window Light Millions of artists and photographers over the years have tried to explain the subtle ...

How to Find Your Photo Style...It's not in Your Closet main image
How to Find Your Photo Style...It's not in Your Closet
by Tina Case | August 31, 2012

As an artist one of the fundamental facets to your work is establishing your style.? Whether you are an illustrator, author, painter or photographer, your style is what sets you apart.? Your style is what draws clients to your work and it is what makes your work unique.? The masters from all genres of art have defining styles that students have studied, imitated and practiced.

9 Things You Need to Know When Photographing Babies main image
9 Things You Need to Know When Photographing Babies
by Laura McPherson | August 27, 2012

Is there anything more fun to photograph than a baby? Babies are so soft, sweet, and new almost every baby portrait turns out well, even when they?re cranky (well, at least most of the time!). Candid baby photography preserves those special moments in the first months of life, whether baby is sleeping or awake. Posed, or at least staged, baby portraits can also be done with a little extra patience. Here are nine things you need to know to ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #263

Don't trust what the photo looks like on the LCD screen. A DSLR camera will often be able to show you a photo's histogram. This is a fantastic tool to know if you got your exposure correct. It isn't too hard to figure out and is really the one thing you can trust to make sure you got the photo right.


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