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Photo Editing Software for the Ambitious Amateur: Five software programs to consider before shelling out $700 on Photoshop main image
Photo Editing Software for the Ambitious Amateur: Five software programs to consider before shelling out $700 on Photoshop
by Cherilyn Wise | April 14, 2012

So... you just bought that shiny new camera and have taken approximately 2,700 photos. You?ve picked out your favorites of the lake, of your cat, of the kids, etc. but they don?t seem to ?pop? like the ones you see online. Fun Fact: most of those images don?t come straight out of the camera. For the most part, they have been edited, at least in a minor way. And, editing photos is an important part of the artistic process ...

Be Careful Where You are Pointing That Thing main image
Be Careful Where You are Pointing That Thing
by Valerie Johnston | April 3, 2012

Museums...airports...government buildings...what do these places have in common? Most of them are areas where you are not allowed to roam about and freely take photographs. There are also certain geographic locations in which it is culturally forbidden to freely make pictures of people and places too. Okay, okay...before you head to get your copy of the Constitution or national charter, just calm down a minute and spend time learning why you have to be careful where ...

How Cropping Affects Your Image Quality main image
How Cropping Affects Your Image Quality
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr. | March 27, 2012

Have you ever had those moments when you thought you?ve taken the perfect picture of your family during a vacation, smiling fully, at peace with the world, with a famous historical landmark enveloped by the setting sun in the background? Only to find out later on that some sneaky local kids have ruined that perfect scene by posing at the edge while making crazy and wacky poses? So now, you think that the ideal photo on canvas has been ruined ...

Show Off Your Artwork: 4 Reasons Canvas Prints Are The Perfect Fit main image
Show Off Your Artwork: 4 Reasons Canvas Prints Are The Perfect Fit
by Laura McPherson | March 20, 2012

Have you seen the canvas print wall d?cor in the latest magazines? Canvas prints look great in any room and add a unique personal touch. Also called gallery wraps and photo canvas, almost any design you can think of can be printed, mounted, and hung on your walls. Let?s talk about how pictures on canvas make your photos and artwork really pop. 1. Pictures on canvas can pull a room together. Since the pictures are printed on the same material ...

A Megapixel Isnít Everything! main image
A Megapixel Isnt Everything!
by Valerie Johnston | March 19, 2012

In the world of digital photography, however, a larger number of megapixels is not necessarily a good thing. Learn more about Megapixels and Photography.

What Lens Should I Buy? Travel Photography main image
What Lens Should I Buy? Travel Photography
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr. | March 15, 2012

You?re on vacation and you want to take your own version of some fine art photo prints, courtesy of those wonderful man-made structures like the Machu Picchu in Peru, or the Great Wall of China, or the Pyramids of Egypt or the Colosseum in Rome. Or you simply want to take a shot and make a canvas photo out of those wide beaches of the Caribbean or the Philippines, or the rainforests in the Amazon. It sure is a bummer ...

Back It Up!  Use External Storage to Back Up Your Memories main image
Back It Up! Use External Storage to Back Up Your Memories
by Laura McPherson | March 15, 2012

[caption id="attachment_184" align="alignright" width="300" caption="What if the hard drive failed tomorrow? Photo courtesy Michael Connors"][/caption] Anyone who has ever lost important files from their computer knows it?s important to have a back up in place. Today backup options are less expensive than ever, and protect everything on your computer from your digital photography to last year?s tax documents. Backup providers are also making it easier to incorporate backup processes into your routine with programs that run automatically. Whether it?s through ...

Your Spring Break Adventure: Photo Tips & Ideas On What to do with them When You Get Home main image
Your Spring Break Adventure: Photo Tips & Ideas On What to do with them When You Get Home
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 8, 2012

Spring Break is right around the corner for most kids from pre-school to college co-eds.? This is a rite of passage for most high school and college students.? They may be off to the beach or possibly get in a little skiing.? Or, they may be stuck on Mom and Dad's couch for the week.? No matter where you go (or don't go) for Spring Break you will be creating lasting memories and see amazing things ...

A Not So Cheesy Way to Use Selective Coloring With Photoshop Express main image
A Not So Cheesy Way to Use Selective Coloring With Photoshop Express
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 28, 2012

Melissa is back for another tutorial on using Photoshop Express.?? This time she is going to walk you through the steps of the selective color process.? Be careful with this one.? It is fun, but it can quickly go to the cheesy side really quickly.? You all have seen the bad wedding photo of the most random thing being in color and everything else is in black and white.? Well Melissa has found a very ...

How To Use Adobe Photoshop Express to Edit Your Photos - Using the Crop and Rotate Feature main image
How To Use Adobe Photoshop Express to Edit Your Photos - Using the Crop and Rotate Feature
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 17, 2012

Allow me to introduce you to our fabulous Intern Melissa Lidey.? Melissa is a senior Marketing major at St. Edward's University.? She is going to be writing a series of tutorials on how to use Adobe Photoshop Express to edit your photos.? She has no photography experience so she is learning on the job.? I think she is doing a dang good job too.? - Eric Melissa, take it away - Do you need a ...

Donít Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids Ė Part 9 Ė It's All In the Details main image
Dont Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids Part 9 It's All In the Details
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 15, 2012

This is it.? The last installment of our "Don't Say Cheese!" series on how to take better pictures of your kids.? I will leave this one pretty simple.? You know your kids better than anyone out there.? You know how special they are and you know their personality and all the little details that make them who they are.? CAPTURE THOSE DETAILS.? Because as they grow up those details will either disappear or ...

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Don't Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids - Part 8 - Let Them Be Kids!
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 2, 2012

Every once in a while it can be a good idea to reward the kids.? I know, I know...that's why I said "every once in a while".? You can do this letting them do something they don't normally get to do.? Jumping on the bed, wearing Mom's make-up, having a foam fight, having a water fight, drawing on each other...or themselves.? Sure they are going to think you are the coolest parent ever by ...

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Is Replaceable Art just a Passing Fad or is it Here to Stay?
by Eric Von Lehmden | January 27, 2012

First off, let me explain what I mean when I say "Replaceable Art".? This is a term I just created out of thin air that means any art that is changed out monthly, seasonally or every couple of years.? I ask this question because I have personally seen many friends and people in my social network talk about how they like changing up their house decoration every so often...including the artwork or personal photos that hang on ...

Don't Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids - Part 7 - Window Light main image
Don't Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids - Part 7 - Window Light
by Eric Von Lehmden | January 4, 2012

You didn't think we were done with the Don't Say Cheese! series...did you.? Absolutely not.? You know how it goes...you get busy with Christmas...then New Year's.? Well, with the holidays now over we can get back down to business and hopefully learn something new about taking photos of your kids.? In part 7 of this series, I want to tell you about the fantastic benefits of Window Light.? Window light can be ...

Photographer's Rights.  Know What You Can and Can't Photograph While Traveling in the States main image
Photographer's Rights. Know What You Can and Can't Photograph While Traveling in the States
by Eric Von Lehmden | January 3, 2012

This can be a touchy subject.? I am extremely grateful for everything our police officers and all first responders do for our community.? Ever since 9/11 police have been quicker to stop photographers who are taking photos of public buildings and architecture.? I have been stopped on numerous occasions.? All the officers that have approached me have been extremely polite and nice.? We actually end up talking about photography for about 10 minutes.? I ...

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Christmas...The Aftermath. What Do You Do With All Those Photos From Christmas Morning?
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 28, 2011

Just like a strong wind, Christmas has come and gone.? Our hope is that you savored every moment you had with your family or loved ones.? For parents with small kids your Christmas was probably a blur.? You may have stayed up until the wee hours in the morning putting toys together, wrapping them and getting everything just perfect for your little ones.? You probably got to bed at...oh...let's say 2 or 3 am ...

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5 Ways Facebook Can Help You Become a Better Photographer
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 16, 2011

Whether you just picked up a camera for the first time yesterday, or you are a photo enthusiast, or even a seasoned pro...there are a few things you can learn about photography from using Facebook.? Here we go...in no particular order. Join a group that talks about photography in your area.? If one doesn't exist start one and invite your local friends to join the group.? This is a great way to ask questions about ...

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Photographing Your Paintings to Make Giclee Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 14, 2011

For this blog post our very own Caroline Cohoon will take the reigns. Caroline is not only our amazing Director of Customer Service but she is also an accomplished photographer and world traveler. Take it away Caroline. Thanks Eric! You know, selling original paintings is a wonderful thing but it comes with a price. Not only meaning it comes with a large price tag, but also the fact that you no longer have the painting around...

Creating a Workflow System: Get Your Photos Off Your Camera main image
Creating a Workflow System: Get Your Photos Off Your Camera
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 14, 2011

You know the one nice thing about back in the day when all you could take photos with was film...you actually got photos out of the deal.? Real, touchable, feel-able photos in your hands to look at.? In the digital age it is so easy to get in the habit of just leaving your photos on your camera or phone.? And so what ends up happening is that you take photos until your camera's card is ...

Don't Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids - Part 6 - Figuring Out Your Camera Dial main image
Don't Say Cheese! How To Take Better Pictures of Your Kids - Part 6 - Figuring Out Your Camera Dial
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 12, 2011

I have to give a big thank you to my sister Jen for coming up with this topic.? What the heck do all these things mean on my camera dial?? They could also be somewhere on your point and shoot...Let me give you an idea of what I am talking about.? If you have a DSLR...or something that looks like this Then you may have a dial on top of the camera that looks like ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #79

Try to use the lowest ISO as possible. The lower the ISO the less noise in your photo. You may not care about that for snapshots at a party, but when you are doing fine art or photos you want to enlarge it makes a big difference.


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