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Create Your Own Art Gallery with Instagram Photos main image
Create Your Own Art Gallery with Instagram Photos
by Paul Cook | September 21, 2012

Instagram is a sensation that has captivated iPhone users around the world, ingraining in them the idea of mobile photography, or in other words, Iphoneography. Life-changing, momentous occasions are captured with a single click of your iPhone along with random photos that can very well make you feel like Robert Capa or Steve McCurry. Add a simple Instagram filter and voila! You have created an amazing masterpiece with a simple ordinary picture. Both professional and amateur photographers have started investing ...

Use Fonts to Make Fun Canvas Prints main image
Use Fonts to Make Fun Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 11, 2012

Is there a certain quote, bible verse or song lyric that you absolutely love? ?Maybe it applies to your family or just your personal outlook on life so perfectly that you find yourself referring to it over and over again. ?Well, why not put it on a canvas? ?Word art can create a fun and unique impact on your home's decor and what is even better is that this is something that is coming directly from you and your family ...

A Canvas Collage Will Get the Most Out of Your Canvas Prints main image
A Canvas Collage Will Get the Most Out of Your Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 6, 2012

We understand that buying even one photo canvas can be a pretty large purchase for most people.? This may be something you purchase once or twice a year.? Maybe one canvas print for you and one as a gift.? Here is an idea to maximize your photos on canvas by creating a canvas collage.? A canvas collage is when you have multiple photos on one canvas.? The trick is picking the right photos and the ...

How to Create Large Wall Art from Small Items main image
How to Create Large Wall Art from Small Items
by Laura McPherson | August 14, 2012

If you?re thinking that your next home decorating project might be a piece of large wall art but you?re not sure if you want to spend the money or the time creating a large piece, think small! Small items can easily be built up into stunning displays as part of a large wall art piece, using things that you already have or are inexpensive to buy. Even better, your piece will be completely unique to you and your home. Here ...

Photos on Canvas and Weddings...A Match Made in Heaven as the Perfect Wedding Gift main image
Photos on Canvas and Weddings...A Match Made in Heaven as the Perfect Wedding Gift
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 9, 2012

If you are anything like us, you rack your brain trying to find that absolute perfect gift for someones event.? Wedding, birthday party, Christmas...whatever.? Well I think we have found a great solution for you.? Canvas Prints have gained in popularity in large thanks to professional photographers taking beautiful wedding photos and young couples wanting a unique way to show off their beautiful photos (and wedded bliss).? There are a couple of ways you can ...

Ten Things You Can Still Photograph Before School Starts main image
Ten Things You Can Still Photograph Before School Starts
by Valerie Johnston | August 7, 2012

Summer is winding down, but don't tell that to the kids.? They will eek out every last bit of their summer vacation.? And I don't blame them.? It is the little things in life that matter, but we often get caught up in the bigger scheme of things. Don't think so? Well, did you snap a photograph of your daughter hugging the cat out on the front porch? Or did you happen to get a picture of ...

How to Find the Perfect Frame for Your Photo main image
How to Find the Perfect Frame for Your Photo
by Laura McPherson | August 3, 2012

Finding the perfect photo frame depends on personal taste, but using your existing d?cor and the subject of your photo as guidelines can help you narrow in on the right choice. Your choice will also be guided by quality, since a low quality frame can actually damage your photos and artwork, as much as by cost. The key is striking the right balance between these needs without breaking the bank. Start with Your Interior Decorating Theme It is easiest to ...

Me, The Wife, A Rangers Game, Six Flags, and My iPhone Camera main image
Me, The Wife, A Rangers Game, Six Flags, and My iPhone Camera
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 3, 2012

Being a photographer for the last 12 years it is almost known to your wife and the rest of your family that when you go somewhere on vacation (even if it is just the weekend) you are probably going to bring your big 'ole DSLR and lug it around with you all weekend.? Well, I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself.? A few weekends ago my wife (Kim) and I went up to Arlington ...

A Man Cave is a Place forůManly Art main image
A Man Cave is a Place forManly Art
by Paul Cook | July 30, 2012

[caption id="attachment_1503" align="alignright" width="300"] Guitars and other musical instruments make great wall art.[/caption] In the early centuries, men dominated the public sphere; from workplaces to bars, and boxing clubs to fraternal lodges. In the last hundred years, the male space has shrunk because of the changing attitudes towards gender and anti-discrimination laws. The industrial revolution marked the beginning of the end of the male space and now mostly women get to design home d?cor and style to better suit ...

How to Make Beautiful Wall Art from Bad Photos main image
How to Make Beautiful Wall Art from Bad Photos
by Laura McPherson | July 23, 2012

There are so many editing programs available for digital photography that even a mundane photograph with technical problems can be turned into gorgeous wall art in less time than it takes to order a print. These three popular digital photography fixes will help you take almost any ?bad? photo and turn it into a great piece of wall art for your home. Fix #1: Convert to Black and White Converting digital photography into black and white is a great fix ...

Moo Cards Can Make Great Gifts main image
Moo Cards Can Make Great Gifts
by Laura McPherson | July 17, 2012

If you?re looking for new and unique ways to use your digital photography, you?ve probably given some thought to printing photo cards, either as business cards or as gifts. Have you looked at MOO cards yet? MOO is an online printing business dedicated to quality, cost effective business cards, greeting cards, and other printable media. Since MOO specializes in cards of all types, it?s a great company to use for your smaller digital photography projects.? What sets them apart ...

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Custom Wallpaper and Entryways: Make a Stylish Statement
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 5, 2012

Most of you know that we launched our custom wallpaper line a few months ago.? If you didn't know that...well now you are aware.? We are still so excited about the limitless capabilities that this gives homeowners and designers to take a space in your house from average to extraordinary.? I found some great ideas on Houzz.com (fantastic place to get decorating inspiration) on how to spice up your entryways with wallpaper.? Now each ...

4th of July Fireworks are Perfect for Summer Decorating on Canvas Prints main image
4th of July Fireworks are Perfect for Summer Decorating on Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 3, 2012

Taking a good photo of fireworks is right up there on the degree of difficulty with photographing lightning (I think photographing lightning is one of the hardest things to do).? But when you get a great shot of some fireworks it can make for a fantastic photo canvas.? There are a few tricks to try this 4th of July in getting some good fireworks photos. 1. Timing is everything.? Most firework shows have a slow start and ...

How to Keep Kid's Creative Juices Flowing During Summer Vacation main image
How to Keep Kid's Creative Juices Flowing During Summer Vacation
by Laura McPherson | June 4, 2012

No matter how good a child is at self-distraction, ?I?m bored? is bound to pop up at least once in awhile. In the wintertime, it?s easy to respond kids? ?I?m-boreds? with a movie or another trip out of the house. During a long summer vacation, this strategy is the quickest way to end up in the poorhouse! Kids? art and art projects are a good way to combat the boredom blues, and they don?t have to cost a fortune ...

Take Instagram Out To The Old Ballgame main image
Take Instagram Out To The Old Ballgame
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 1, 2012

Instagram and the National Pastime are a fantastic fit.? It is something new (that makes your photos feel old) paired with something old (that has a new beginning every year).? Confused yet?? The one thing that baseball and Instagram have in common is a sense of nostalgia, creating memories that will be called upon each and every spring when opening day rolls around.? It makes for a perfect fit. The social photo sharing network has seen ...

Communicating with Colors Through Your Photographs main image
Communicating with Colors Through Your Photographs
by Valerie Johnston | May 31, 2012

Do you know about Feng Shui? Most people think of it as a way of arranging the furnishings in the home in order to balance "chi" or life energy. It is also, however, a way of using colors to control energies in a space too. So, it is a theory to consider where interior design is concerned, but also a wise theory to apply to almost any instances of using color. Now, we are not saying that all of your ...

A Few Tips on How to Create a Photo Story main image
A Few Tips on How to Create a Photo Story
by Paul Cook | May 30, 2012

In the technologically sound society we live in, digital photography has come a long way since its inception. What was once defined as just a new genre of photography has overshadowed the older styles, forcing them into obscurity. The avant-garde DSLR cameras and other similar gadgets occupying endless aisles herald an era of photography that inspires nothing but awe. In the last few decades, video and film have emerged as the predominant form of story telling but with contemporaries like ...

Father's Day Gift Ideas: We Don't Think Dad Needs Another Tie main image
Father's Day Gift Ideas: We Don't Think Dad Needs Another Tie
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 30, 2012

The year is absolutely flying by.? We've hit Valentine's Day, Spring Break and Mother's Day already.? Now school is out, summer is here (not officially, but if you are in Texas...it's here) and it is time to start thinking about what to get Dad for Father's Day.? Dads are notoriously hard to shop for because they don't appreciate flowers like your Mom...or fine chocolates.? The ole standby gifts are the "designer" tie or the ...

6 Steps To Throwing the Perfect
6 Steps To Throwing the Perfect "Art" Party for Your Child
by Laura McPherson | May 9, 2012

Are you looking for birthday party ideas, or are you thinking of throwing a kid?s theme party just for fun? Throw an art party! Art parties are fun for children and adults, and art is an easy theme to work around without breaking the bank. The kids will enjoy art and play while creating their own party favors to take home and cherish. Follow these six steps to a memorable kid?s theme party. Step 1: Send out themed art ...

Cook While Overlooking the Hills of Tuscany with a Custom Wallpaper Wall Mural main image
Cook While Overlooking the Hills of Tuscany with a Custom Wallpaper Wall Mural
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 4, 2012

Have you been looking for a way to bring an Italian theme into your kitchen? What better way to celebrate delicious cooking than a custom wall mural! Custom wallpaper murals are more exclusive than posters, and can be printed with removable adhesive backing that prevents damage to walls and ensures that any artwork you put up can be moved. It isn?t as much of a commitment as painting your walls with a template, and costs much less ? without the ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #196

Traveling to a spot where there will be tons of tourists? Try to resist the temptation of taking all the touristy photos...or if you do then try to look for a unique way to photograph what everyone else is. That may take some creativity, but the idea is to think and tell a story.


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