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Panoramic Photos on Canvas With Your iPhone main image
Panoramic Photos on Canvas With Your iPhone
by Caroline Cohoon | April 5, 2013

Panoramic photos are everywhere now. The technology has improved so much that not only is it easier to take, but the results look much better in the end. Gone are the ugly dark lines in the sky from stitching shots together ? it?s all done in one seamless motion. Sony pioneered this technology several years ago, trademarking the term ?Sweep Panorama? for their service. Since then, all the other manufacturers have come up with similar functions, panorama mode even comes ...

Four Tricks to Getting Better Photos of Your Pet main image
Four Tricks to Getting Better Photos of Your Pet
by Paul Cook | March 13, 2013

Your tail waggin', tongue hangin? pooches and playful, cuddly felines won?t simply pose for your camera. While you many want to capture some amazing portraits of your adorable pets, they always seem to look away or move at the last second. Pet photography requires a lot of patience to seize that microsecond when your pet?s expression says it all. Before you begin, make sure you understand the personality of your pet and attempt to capture that in your shots. Just ...

How to Get that Cool, Blurry Background in Your Photos main image
How to Get that Cool, Blurry Background in Your Photos
by Valerie Johnston | March 11, 2013

Have you ever looked at those cool photos where the background is blurry, points of light look like orbs, and the subject truly stands out? Have you wished you could do the same thing? You actually can, but there are a few things you will need to learn first. With some practice and a little knowledge, you can start taking pictures with that blurry background anytime you would like.   What Is It? It actually has a name. The name ...

Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, or Paper Prints...How To Choose What is Best For Your Photos main image
Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, or Paper Prints...How To Choose What is Best For Your Photos
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 6, 2013

Variety is supposed to be the spice of life, right?? Well, sometimes variety (especially when the variety is all amazing) can be a little overwhelming.? You are left not knowing what to choose.? You want to make sure you photo is printed on the right product...so here I am to help you out.? Be forewarned...even I go back and forth in my mind on what I should print some of my photos or artwork ...

Five Keys to Getting Better Sports Photographs main image
Five Keys to Getting Better Sports Photographs
by Paul Cook | February 19, 2013

Any photographer would agree that the intricacy of sports photography presents considerable challenges that require greater efforts to master. It isn?t fleeting action rather its capricious moments unfolding right before your eyes which you need to capture when you press the shutter.Go over these keys to help you nail down exceptional sports photographs.   [caption id="attachment_2668" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo by Gary Curreri[/caption]   Position For Great Shots Incredible sports photographs result from positioning yourself at the perfect location from ...

How to Take Better Portraits…Without a Camera main image
How to Take Better PortraitsWithout a Camera
by Valerie Johnston | February 15, 2013

You can understand everything there is to know about your camera and how to use it for the best digital photography. You could know all the "ins and outs" of the right lenses. You could have the perfect portrait lighting. Yet, somehow, your portraits could be lacking something. Where did you go wrong? It may have nothing to do with your digital photography. After all, a great deal to do with the quality of your portraits has nothing to do ...

How To Choose the Right Image For a Custom Wall Mural main image
How To Choose the Right Image For a Custom Wall Mural
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 12, 2013

You are looking at a bare wall in your bedroom, kitchen, guestroom, or kid's room.? You know you want to put up some custom wallpaper, but you don't know which image to choose and more importantly...will that image be good enough to enlarge to the size of the wall.? Not to worry because we are here to help you out every step of the way.? Here are a few scenarios and some ideas for solutions. Scenario ...

Going Macro: Tools and Techniques main image
Going Macro: Tools and Techniques
by Paul Cook | February 11, 2013

Macro Photography is the art of capturing the essence of an object in a close-up shot. Close-up photography reveals such remarkable details that are unnoticeable by the naked human eye. Those of you who might have experimented with digital macro photography at some point would have been awestruck by the intricacy in pattern, detail and texture. Magnified photography unveils the finer details of life as you hurriedly shuffle through your day. Going macro involves increasing the size of an object ...

How To Prepare Your Photos for Canvas Prints main image
How To Prepare Your Photos for Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 6, 2013

Let me start out by saying that we understand that not everyone out there has Photoshop on their computer and that is ok.? I just wanted to share some basic advice and thoughts on getting your photos or artwork ready to be printed as canvas prints.? We are always here to help so don't worry if you aren't able to follow any of these nuggets of wisdom I am about to lay down ;-D? Most of this really ...

3 Quick Photoshop Tricks Everyone Should Know main image
3 Quick Photoshop Tricks Everyone Should Know
by Laura McPherson | January 7, 2013

Photoshop has put professional level digital photography editing within the reach of anyone willing to learn how to use its powerful tools, but simple edits are sometimes overlooked. These three quick Photoshop tricks and tutorials will help you improve your photos and make them ready for classic canvas prints. Adjust Levels to Remove Color Cast Levels control the brightness, contrast, and to a great extent color of a photo. This makes the levels tool helpful for removing color casts that ...

How To Tell A Story This Christmas With Your Camera? main image
How To Tell A Story This Christmas With Your Camera?
by Paul Cook | December 19, 2012

Christmas, the time of festivities, is up around the corner beaming with the chance for all camera lovers to capture evocative, memorable photographs. Take out your digital camera and let pictures tell their own tale. Click The Details To The Big Event Preparation for Christmas is perhaps the second best aspect of Christmas filled with exciting and fun moments that give you amazing photographic opportunities. Activities like food preparation, putting up decorations, wrapping gifts, kids having an outburst of excitement ...

Photographing in the Snow...There is a Trick. main image
Photographing in the Snow...There is a Trick.
by Paul Cook | November 23, 2012

When you are looking for some dramatic digital photography in the cold winter months, you are challenging yourself for some serious shots. With mountains draped in layers of snow and single flakes of snow fluttering to cover ever inch of the asphalt road, snowfall makes everything truly dramatic! If you have been inspired by snow and are photographically inclined, you may have clicked a few snapshots only to find to your dismay, a depressing gray picture of the bright perfect ...

How To Protect Your Camera Gear From the Elements main image
How To Protect Your Camera Gear From the Elements
by Paul Cook | November 16, 2012

Your passion for digital photography would surely make you travel to scenic locations for the perfect jaw-dropping shots. Your camera and related accessories will most likely be the priciest items you would be carrying along on your trips. Ensuring the protection of your expensive camera equipment from jerks and bumps, and also from extreme weather conditions is essential to make your camera last longer. When not in use, make sure you place your camera gear inside an all-weather camera bag ...

7 Ideas on How To Capture Everything Fall has to Offer main image
7 Ideas on How To Capture Everything Fall has to Offer
by Paul Cook | October 29, 2012

With summer almost to an end, the beautiful autumn has spread its glory with its array of dazzling, gorgeous colors. Brilliant reds, sun yellows and bright oranges shadows have not only taken over the leaves but also the sunset skies. If you are craving to take your bike out and explore how the fall is spreading its warmth, make the best of this season by unleashing your creative digital photographic skills. Here are a few ideas in which you can ...

How To Make Your Photos into Panoramic Masterpieces main image
How To Make Your Photos into Panoramic Masterpieces
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 10, 2012

The word panoramic comes from panorama and the definition of panorama is :?An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area. ?You have probably seen beautiful panoramic images of cityscapes or exotic landscapes. ?But you can make your own panoramic images with really a few simple steps. ?Let's know the rules of a panoramic image first...then later on we can break those rules and make up our own. A panoramic (or pano) photography is a photo technique using specialized equipment ...

Developing Your Photo Style: Know What You Like main image
Developing Your Photo Style: Know What You Like
by Valerie Johnston | October 4, 2012

Developing your photo style is a topic with many discussions.? In this installment we will talk about why finding out what you like in others photography is so important to developing your own style. Do you think that you need an "eye" in order to excel at photography? You might be frustrated that all of the time you have spent with your camera stuck to your eye has yet to result in an image as good as one that ...

How to Ask Someone to Critique Your Work main image
How to Ask Someone to Critique Your Work
by Laura McPherson | September 26, 2012

If you?re like me, whenever you find something you like doing you wonder in the back of your mind whether or not you?re good at it, or if you could take it further. For anyone who counts photography as a hobby, this concern is always bubbling up. Even if friends and family say that your digital photography is good, they could be saying that because they?re expected to ? you know they lied about how great that red sweater ...

Order Custom Wallpaper Directly on our Website main image
Order Custom Wallpaper Directly on our Website
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 21, 2012

Have you ever wanted to have a "WOW" wall in your home? ?A wall or walls that leaves your friends mouths on the floor? ?You might want to consider creating a custom wall mural or put a graphic print on our custom wallpaper. ?We have made efforts to make the steps for ordering a little easier for you...not to mention the addition of EasyStick. ?This is a self adhesive wallpaper that you can put up and take right back ...

5 Keys to Taking Killer Landscape Photos While on Vacation main image
5 Keys to Taking Killer Landscape Photos While on Vacation
by Valerie Johnston | September 17, 2012

Vacation...what pops into your mind when you hear that word? A lot of people automatically envision "the place". And wherever that might be, it also means taking pictures when you're there. Whether your vacation place is "New York City" or "miles from nowhere", you have mental images of what you hope to see during your stay. This means that you also want to use top quality digital photography in order to remember it forever. So, how do you make ...

6 Tips on How to Get Noticed As a Photographer? main image
6 Tips on How to Get Noticed As a Photographer?
by Paul Cook | August 16, 2012

?Don?t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.? ?David Alan Harvey Photographers go through a lot of phases while they learn the craft of capturing artistic images that stun and inspire viewers. Just like other skills, theory is of little use if not put into practice. But once you have gained a grip over the basics and acquired a certain level of proficiency, you consider less of the essentials as they simply become ingrained in ...

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