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Get Your Camera Practice at CameraSim.com
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 16, 2012

Most camera novices don?t know too much about their DSLR when they buy it.? They stick it on the auto feature and click away.? They may be a little timid about figuring out what all those dials and settings mean on the camera.? Here is a pretty cool little online resource you can go to play with some of those settings.? The CameraSim from camerasim.com is kind of like a flight simulator with most of ...

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70 years of wedded bliss celebrated!
by Caroline Cohoon | February 23, 2012

That's right, you read the title correctly. 70 years MARRIED... Now that's an anniversary to celebrate! A customer came to me with a big request. He wanted a good, recent photo of his grandparent's together to showcase at their anniversary party. Problem was, the only recent photo of them included the whole family from a wedding. Not that that's a BAD thing, it just wasn't what they were looking for. Here's the original photo. Could it be done? To be ...

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How To Make Canvas Prints From Your Old Film Negatives
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 20, 2012

Let's reminisce for a little while...shall we.? Remember the days when cameras actually took pictures with a thing called 'Film'?? Ahhh yes, good old film.? Those were the days.? The days when film would stay in your camera for months with 12 shots left and you had no idea what was even on that roll of film.? Do you remember the anticipation and excitement you felt when you went to the photo lab at ...

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5 Tips on How to Screw Up Your Family Photos
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 5, 2011

We are all about giving you the tips on how to take better photos of your family, pet, vacation photos...whatever floats your boat.? But you may be doing things to mess up your photos that you didn't even know you are doing.? Here are 5 common mistakes that we all have made that inevitably mess up that family photo. THANKS MOM, NOW I'M SEEING SUN SPOTS - Everyone in the photo is squinting and you can't see ...

It can be done!  Using a low resolution file for a canvas print.   main image
It can be done! Using a low resolution file for a canvas print.
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 19, 2011

For this blog post Caroline tell you a little bit about how Canvas Press can turn some low quality, low-resolution images into some stunning canvas prints.? Take it away Caroline! Have you ever finally tried to actually PRINT one of your digital photos, only to be told it isn?t high enough quality or to get it back and find out it looks pixilated and distorted? It happens way too often and most people don?t understand why. Your computer screen ...

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Canvas Press Oilworks - Now your photos can look like an oil painting masterpiece
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 17, 2011

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful that you thought it was a painting or at least someone should paint it?? Well go ahead and take a photo of it and bring it to us.? We can make that photo into a an oil painting masterpiece that Rembrandt would be jealous of...or at least he would do a double take at it.? Ok, so it isn't actual oil painting that we are doing...even ...

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How to make a gallery wrap canvas print - a behind the scenes look at Canvas Press
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 14, 2011

In case you wanted to try your hand at hand stretching a gallery wrap canvas print...here is a behind the scenes glimpse at how we do it here at Canvas Press.? Our very own Adam Boley is the star of the video...he is the man who oversees all of our production and making sure your photo looks perfect on canvas.? For those of you who think this is too daunting a task not to worry...you ...

iPhone Photos to Canvas Art - How to create art with your iPhone photos. main image
iPhone Photos to Canvas Art - How to create art with your iPhone photos.
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 4, 2011

What you will need: Your iPhone, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and Canvas Press Difficulty: eh...a little Photoshop knowledge helps and a little math (nothing crazy) iPhones and smartphones are fantastic.? I mean you don?t have to worry about a thing when you leave the house as long as you have your iPhone (except maybe getting mauled by a lion?maybe that?s just me).? But seriously, you have your phone, email, web, navigation and camera all in one amazing device ...

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Photoshop Tutorial: Sizing and Cropping
by Canvas Press | June 17, 2011

Everyone needs a little learning once in a while. So, here's a quick video tutorial on how to size and crop your images properly when ordering your 1.5" Gallery Wrap canvas with an Image Border from Canvas Press. Feel free to post your questions in the Comments section below. Thanks! ...

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How big can I print my photo on canvas?
by Caroline Cohoon | May 24, 2011

It's a question we get asked all the time. People want to know how large they can print their image, taken from their camera. The terminology can be confusing but we've prepared this chart to serve as a guideline. The MegaPixels in your digital camera translate into pixel dimensions, which tell us how large an image can be printed. All cameras have different settings (read our?previous blog post to see just what can happen if you don't know your settings) ...

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Turning candid photos into Masterpieces
by Caroline Cohoon | November 3, 2009

You don?t have to be a master of photography to capture those most perfect moments in time of your children, human OR fuzzy. I find that some of the best shots of our children are candid, when they are being completely natural. However, many times when those moments arrive, all we have is our cell phone camera. While, your babies may look adorable, the backdrop in which they stand, the lighting or graininess discourages you from turning it into ...

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Saving money without sacrificing beautiful art
by Caroline Cohoon | July 24, 2009

    When you have a canvas made from Canvas Press, you receive a high quality Giclee print of your photograph or artwork. This is a great way to decorate your home and in these tough economic times where nothing is certain, it can be a huge cost savings to get art on your walls that looks great. A new customer of ours in Georgia has started doing this now, here is what he had to say:   I ...

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OilWorks Master Artist Canvas
by Caroline Cohoon | April 22, 2009

Our OilWorks enhancement is the option to have an artist digitally paint your image to give it the look of an oil painting instead of a photograph. The True Artist option is $79 and an artist adds brush strokes and embellishments to the entire image by hand before we print it onto the canvas. The Master Artist option is $249 (a new reduced price!) and our artist creates a new masterpiece painting out of the image. For all Master ...

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How To Frame a Standard Stretch Canvas
by Caroline Cohoon | March 5, 2009

Framing stretched canvas is quite different from framing a traditional photograph. Stretched canvas does not require a mat or glass and it fits into an open back frame. You can take your Standard Stretch canvases to a professional frame shop or?use these instructions to do it yourself and save money. With a Canvas Press Standard Stretch canvas, the image is on the front?while the sides are white. The?wood frame?the canvas?is stretched?around is ?? thick and we staple the canvas ...

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Avoiding Blurry Pictures
by Canvas Press | March 4, 2009

One of you recently posted a comment on our blog asking, Is there any way I can save pictures taken out of focus on my d60 Nikon? Those nifty crime shows have led us to believe any blurry image can be made sharp with the right computer software. While this is not true, you can use Adobe Photoshop to add a small amount of sharpening. Filter< Sharpen< Unsharpen Mask Sharpening more than 150% at a radius of 1 will ...

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Gallery Wrapped - Colored Border
by Canvas Press | February 17, 2009

?Many of you call and email asking about our Gallery Wrapped - Colored Border product. This product positions your image on the front of the canvas while a solid color is selected for the four sides. A recent customer's comments clearly detail why this product is useful. "Hi Canvas Press, Yes, got my order and loved it! I wasn't sure how it would turn out because it was a photo of a poster, and not taken with the intention of ...

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Photographing Kids and Pets
by Caroline Cohoon | March 18, 2008

Learn a few tips to getting great photos of your favorite subjects. Kids and pets, I think is safe to say are the most photographed subjects. Both hold a special place in our hearts, and they are always just so darned cute! There are a few things you can do to make the pictures of your children and pets turn out amazing. Easily enough, most of the tricks to get better pictures will work on both kids and pets. Squeaky ...

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Protecting Your Pictures
by Caroline Cohoon | January 19, 2008

Storage ideas to organize your digital and print images and negatives so they will last a lifetime. Since digital photography has only become popular within the last decade, you probably have boxes of old prints and negatives shoved in the back of a closet somewhere. You also may have a lot of camera equipment if you are a hobby photographer, and maybe you have even started collecting some antique or unique cameras and photo gear. We've talked before about photo ...

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Portrait 101
by Canvas Press | November 16, 2007

It's a pretty safe assumption that most of you have a digital camera of some sort. With all the features and options available on a digital camera, sometimes it can get confusing as to how to create a decent picture. And many of us don't have the equipment or extra hands to replicate the kinds of portraits that come out of a professional studio. So as a regular parent, friend, or budding photographer, how can we make portraits that stand ...

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Bring it into Focus
by Caroline Cohoon | October 11, 2007

How many times have you taken the most amazing picture in your life, only to find out later that it is out of focus and blurry? It happens to everyone, even the pros. There are several different reasons that this happens and many tricks to help make it better. You can always try to add some sharpness on the computer later, but it often degrades the quality of the image and never quite does the job. The best bet is ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #315

The closer a light source is to your subject will result in more contrast and shadow in your photo. The further the light source is from your subject the more even the light gets distributed.


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