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Artist Thomas Kinkade died at the Age of 54 main image
Artist Thomas Kinkade died at the Age of 54
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 9, 2012

Thomas Kinkade, the famed "Painter of Light" died unexpectedly on Friday at the age of 54. Kinkade died at his home in Monte Sereno, an affluent neighborhood near Los Gatos in the Bay Area. His family attributed his death to natural causes.? Officials? say that the Santa Clara County coroner will perform the autopsy to figure out the cause of death. Millions of his paintings and prints hang in homes around the world, popularity that translated to more than ...

Panasonic Releases the Lumix GF5 main image
Panasonic Releases the Lumix GF5
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 5, 2012

Panasonic has announced the arrival of their micro four thirds compact camera the Lumix GF5.? It will have improved and faster autofocus, a higher max ISO at 12,800 for shooting in low light situations, a larger touchscreen, and for you HD video buffs a new 1080 / 30p video mode.? It will also shoot a faster 4 frames per second over its predecessor the GF3.? It has the same sleek styling as the Lumix GF3 ...

Custom Wallpaper Murals + a New Look to the Website Homepage main image
Custom Wallpaper Murals + a New Look to the Website Homepage
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 5, 2012

You may have noticed a few changes on the Canvas Press homepage yesterday.? We have made a few changes to the current site while we are still anticipating a completely revamped and improved site in the next month.? I think even bigger news is the launch of...get ready for it...a new product for us: Custom Wallpaper!? It's here and it is amazing.? You can now fully customize your wallpaper by ordering it through us ...

Instagram App for Android Users Has Arrived main image
Instagram App for Android Users Has Arrived
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 3, 2012

Android users rejoice.? Today Instagram announced the release of their famous photo app for android operating systems.? For some photography lovers this has been a long time coming.? The app will work with Android users with version 2.2 or newer.? The app looks and feels the same as on a iOS but with a few things missing.? For right now there is no tilt-shift or blur option but apparently those will be coming soon ...

The Canvas Press Facebook Pet Photo Contest is in Full Swing main image
The Canvas Press Facebook Pet Photo Contest is in Full Swing
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 19, 2012

If you have a furry (or feathered...or scaly) pet in your house that you absolutely adore than you should enter a photo of them in our Facebook Pet Photo Contest.? You could win a 16x20 1.5" canvas print just for entering.? Here is the low down.? Head over to our Facebook Page and click on the "Photo Contest" link.? Then just follow the directions from there.? We are taking entries until Tuesday the ...

Sony Announces 10 New Cameras to its Arsenal main image
Sony Announces 10 New Cameras to its Arsenal
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 16, 2012

This is good news for all levels of photographers from the pro to the point and shooter.? Sony has announced 10 new cameras that will be added to their line-up as early as April to May.? Among the newcomers are several entry level and intermediate level compact point and shoot cameras.? The biggest release may be their new DSLR model.? The SLT-A57 which should retail for around $700 ...

Canvas Press at Imaging USA in New Orleans...The Aftermath...Part 1 main image
Canvas Press at Imaging USA in New Orleans...The Aftermath...Part 1
by Eric Von Lehmden | January 20, 2012

We are back from New Orleans, and oh what a trip it was.? I think the only bad part about the trip was the traffic that we hit getting into New Orleans...the 8 hour trip turned into a 10 and a half hour trip.? But after that it was smooth sailing.? We met a ton of terrific photographers and everyone was so nice.? We answered a lot of questions about our photo canvas prints, our ...

Canvas Press Wishes You and Your Family A Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! main image
Canvas Press Wishes You and Your Family A Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 23, 2011

We hope that your time with family and friends is joyful, filled with laughter, and memorable occasions.? We pray that each of you, traveling this Christmas, to remain safe and reach your destination without any stress or problems.? For those of you having a white Christmas be sure to drink lots of hot chocolate for all of us having a sunny Christmas in the high 70's.? One of these years Austin will have a white Christmas...I ...

Putting Our Heart & Soul in to Photos on Canvas For...You! main image
Putting Our Heart & Soul in to Photos on Canvas For...You!
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 15, 2011

As we are getting closer to Christmas we, at Canvas Press, wanted to take a little time out and give a huge thank you to all of our amazing customers out there who have ordered a photo canvas or even multiple photos on canvas.? We know there are several choices out there and even if you do choose one of them some other time we hope that you will see that the quality of our product and craftsmanship really ...

Be Inspired: Andreas Gurskey main image
Be Inspired: Andreas Gurskey
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 13, 2011

Andreas Gurskey recently made big news in the fine art photography world for selling a photo for 4.3 million dollars.? Pretty insane right.? Well the photo has been object of a lot of criticism and acclaim over the last few weeks, but the one thing you can not take away from Andreas Gurskey's work is his ability to see the whole picture.? Gurskey has a knack for seeing patterns in the environment, in crowds, and in ...

Be Inspired: W. Eugene Smith main image
Be Inspired: W. Eugene Smith
by Eric Von Lehmden | December 8, 2011

Smith was a photographer for Life magazine and perfected the photo essay while working for them.? He could tell a complete story without any words whatsoever.? He is well known for being a bit on the bristly side and was a well known perfectionist.? When you look at his photographs and photo essays the stories he was telling through his camera still rings true today.? Do a google search for him and you will be amazed ...

40% OFF! It's Here...Cyber Monday is Here! main image
40% OFF! It's Here...Cyber Monday is Here!
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 28, 2011

Wow.? We can't believe that it is officially Christmas time (it is my favorite time of year by the way).? And to celebrate this Cyber Monday we are offering 40% Off All Orders today (November 28th) through 11:59pm (CST).? Just use the promo code CYBER40 when you check out to get your 40% discount.? So pick out your favorite photo or photos (because at 40% off you might as well do more than one) and upload ...

Kicking off the Christmas season right...with Canvas Press and Cyber Monday main image
Kicking off the Christmas season right...with Canvas Press and Cyber Monday
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 23, 2011

We just wanted to let everyone know that we are planning something big for Monday the 28th or Cyber Monday as it is now known (the Monday after Thanksgiving).? So for all of you shopping die-hards who love hunting for deals and the crowds on Black Friday, we invite you to sleep in...rest...hit the snooze bar a couple times on Friday.? Our Cyber Monday deal will start at 8pm on Sunday November 27th.? Feel free ...

Be Inspired: Galen Rowell. Landscape Photographer main image
Be Inspired: Galen Rowell. Landscape Photographer
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 17, 2011

Galen Rowell's images of landscapes are different.? They are different in the fact that before Galen, wilderness photos were much more of the observer with a camera.? Galen transcended wilderness photography by becoming an active participant in the image and landscape he was photographing.? Rowell often hiked, climbed mountains, and camped for days on end before getting the photo he wanted.? In 1972 he became a full time photographer and one of his first major assignments ...

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2 Amazing Reviews and Canvas Press Giveaways
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 17, 2011

Canvas Press is so blessed with amazing customers from all over the country.? We just received two of the nicest reviews possible from two different blogs.? Modern Parents Messy Kids and Piece of Me blogs both did reviews of our canvas prints and both are doing their own independent giveaway.? On the Piece of Me blog giveaway check out the post to win a free 16x20 1.5" gallery wrap canvas print and Modern Parents Messy Kids ...

Shakespeare's Henry V and...Canvas Press? main image
Shakespeare's Henry V and...Canvas Press?
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 14, 2011

That's right.? Canvas Press was the star of a Shakespeare's Henry V. ?? Well, "Star" might be laying it on a little thick, but I would venture to say we provided a very important prop to The Baron's Men production of Henry V.? The Baron's Men is a non-profit acting troupe dedicated to performing Elizabethan plays in an authentic and entertaining way at Richard Garriott's Curtain Theater (which is a scaled reproduction of The Globe Theater in London ...

Be Inspired: Walter Iooss  main image
Be Inspired: Walter Iooss
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 9, 2011

Walter Ioss was one of the big reasons I got into photography.? I saw his book "Diamond Dreams" one day while at a local bookstore and my jaw hit the floor.? I had no idea sports photography could look like this.? Iooss probably one of the most famous Sports Illustrated photographer...ever.? You have no doubt seen his images on their pages.? He is known for his iconic portraits of Michael Jordan and for SI ...

Be Inspired: Nick Brandt main image
Be Inspired: Nick Brandt
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 26, 2011

I am an animal lover, but I was never into wildlife photography.? Nothing against wildlife photographers because I know how difficult it is to get a great shot of a wild animal...but it never really resonated with me.? That is until I saw Nick Brandt's photos from Africa.? These are some of the most stunningly beautiful portraits of the animals that roam the African plains.? Nick didn't use super long zoom lenses to photograph these ...

Be Inspired: Ansel Adams - You will be surprised by the photo. main image
Be Inspired: Ansel Adams - You will be surprised by the photo.
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 20, 2011

Yes, we all know Ansel Adams is a photography GIANT.? His photos are iconic and often copied (rarely to any type of success).? There are amazing stories of him waiting months or even years to get the perfect photo of Yosemite, and hiking for miles for that perfect perspective.? Without a doubt he alone has inspired thousands to pick up a camera and learn photography.? But the photo I want to show you today isn't this ...

Be Inspired: Vivian Maier - Street Photographer main image
Be Inspired: Vivian Maier - Street Photographer
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 12, 2011

I want to feed you a little hit of inspiration on a weekly or maybe even more than weekly basis.? I'll do the research for photographs and art that I think is inspirational to share with everyone.? I would also love to hear from you too.? If you have run across an amazing photo or piece of art online let me know about it and I will put it up on the blog. First up is Vivian ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #307

Nothing can ruin the composition of a photo quicker than a branch in the background that looks like it is sticking directly out of your subject's head. Checking your backgrounds for distracting elements like that will help improve your portrait photography.


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