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Large Orders? No Problem!
by Jessy Blanchard | June 15, 2016

Your budget is tight. There’s at least two pages of bulleted "must-haves," and somewhere down there near the bottom is an unassuming little line item that just reads "artwork." To us, art is everything, but to you, it’s one more task you need to tick off. Why not put our passion to work for you? Whether you need one big show-stopping piece or fine art reproduction on a large scale, we’ve got you covered.

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Six Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas
by Jessy Blanchard | April 18, 2016

We owe everything to our mother, and she deserves a gift as special as she is. While jewelry tarnishes and flowers wilt, memories last forever. And as mom always says, ?It?s the thought that counts.? Give mom happy thoughts all year round with a gift that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few awesome ideas for how you can capture a special moment for your mother with a piece of art she?ll be proud to hang ...

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Canvas Press Photo Contest - Flowers
by Eric Von Lehmden | April 13, 2016

This is April after all. ?The month we typically see Spring allowing these beautiful blooms to happen. ?I absolutely love taking photos of flowers. ?It is kind of tough for me not to enter this contest. ?I can't (that would be a conflict of interest), but you definitely can. In the photography world, flowers might not seem that exciting a subject. ?I would disagree. ?I think that sometimes the simple, most popular and most photographed subjects (ie flowers) are ...

It's Never Too Late: One Woman's Story main image
It's Never Too Late: One Woman's Story
by Jessy Blanchard | April 4, 2016

In 1864 photography was still in its infancy and Julia Margaret Cameron was 48 years old. She had spent most of her life in India, but had now come to retire with her husband at their newly purchased estate on the Isle of Wight, near the home of Alfred Lord Tennyson. (For those who can?t recall their English Lit course, Lord Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of both Great Britain and Ireland). That year, she received a camera ...

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Announcing our Wildlife Photo Contest
by Eric Von Lehmden | March 4, 2016

Our photo contest for the month of March is all about Wildlife. ?Up for grabs is some serious Canvas Press cash that 3 winners will take home and can use on any product they would like. ?So what do we consider "wildlife"? ?Animals found in nature. ?That does not count your pets, cows, horses, or anything fenced in. ?What does count? ?Birds, deer, hippos, anteaters, snow leopards (good luck with that one), owls, squirrels...you get the idea. If ...

Why Big Canvas Prints Are Perfect for Your Walls main image
Why Big Canvas Prints Are Perfect for Your Walls
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 17, 2016

Pulling the trigger on large pieces of artwork can sometimes be an overwhelming decision. ?What image to choose, will the photo look good as a large canvas, and will it look good on my wall are the main concerns for most who are thinking about making a statement with a big canvas print. ?Those are extremely valid concerns and hopefully I can show you some of the benefits of going big with your photos and have them printed on ...

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Canvas Press Dog Photo Contest
by Eric Von Lehmden | February 9, 2016

Puppy, mutt, hound, tail-wagger, pooch, man's best friend...whatever you call them, dogs are a huge part of so many family's lives. ?We are honoring those slobbery face lickers with their very own photo contest. ?If you think you have the most adorable dog on the planet, now is your chance to prove it. ?Enter up to three photos in our Dog Photo Contest for one in three chances to win some excellent canvas prints. ?Choosing the photos you ...

Yes!  We Can Do That - Things You Didn't Know We Can Do main image
Yes! We Can Do That - Things You Didn't Know We Can Do
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 22, 2015

Split a photo into several different photos. We can create a wall collage from one single photo. We do that by splitting it up into a variety of different ways. If you have something in mind then just let us know and we can do it for you. Whether we splitting the photo in half, thirds or in unequal parts it isn?t a problem. Don?t worry about messing around trying to crop them yourself. We can send you a ...

5 Tips For Easier Holiday Family Portraits main image
5 Tips For Easier Holiday Family Portraits
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 13, 2015

When the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to change color you know it is time to start thinking about this year?s family portrait. These annual portraits are used to update that family photo wall and in Christmas cards to send to relatives. This is a fantastic tradition that helps keep a unique family history to look back on for Seasons to come, but it is also a stressful time with packed schedules and timelines. We ...

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Fall Landscapes Photo Contest
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 5, 2015

We have a new photo contest for you all to enter.? It is our Fall Landscapes Photo Contest.? You can enter your 3 favorite fall photos.? It doesn't matter if you have changing fall colors or not.? We want to see photos of what fall looks like in your neck of the woods. Just like with our Close Up photo contest, there will be three winners.? Winners will be chosen by the Canvas Press ...

Custom Wall Murals - Hold the Cheese main image
Custom Wall Murals - Hold the Cheese
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 18, 2015

The custom wall mural above was created with an old map turned into a high resolution file. What comes to mind when you think of wall murals in a home??? Does it usually resemble something you would never do in your own home? It may even turn you off to the whole wall mural idea all together. Well, we are officially changing the definition of a wall mural. With our custom wall-paper you are in charge. After all, who ...

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Close Up Photo Contest Winners
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 16, 2015

We are so excited that our first photo contest hosted on our site has wrapped up and we have winners to announce.? There were some amazing photos entered in our inaugural photo contest.? We can't thank everyone who participated enough.? Thanks to all who entered photos and to everyone who voted. We will be continuing to tinker with the contest page here and there to make it easier for you to share your entries & your ...

Creativity Exercises to Help You See Like an Artist main image
Creativity Exercises to Help You See Like an Artist
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 4, 2015

Exercising your creative muscles is not something most people think about doing on a regular basis.? In fact, I would bet that most people think of themselves as not creative at all.? I don't believe that.? Remember back when you were a kid and how easy it was to make things up, imagine things, pretend, draw, color and all that other fun stuff that kids do.? That is where creativity stems from.? Most of ...

Why Sign Shops Should Not Print Your Wall Art main image
Why Sign Shops Should Not Print Your Wall Art
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 2, 2015

We have no beef with sign shops. There are some fantastic ones here in Austin and they do a great job of creating signs for businesses and individuals. My father recently created a large vinyl banner for our football tailgating spot. It is a vinyl banner that he purchased from a sign shop?it looks great. That is my point. Sign shops do a great job of printing signs. But entrusting a sign shop to print your fine art or ...

Close Up Photo Contest - Open For Entries main image
Close Up Photo Contest - Open For Entries
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 28, 2015

We are pretty excited around here this beautiful Friday.? No, not just because it is Friday.? We have just launched our very own photo contest...on canvaspress.com.? Our first contest is a Close Up / Macro photo contest.? Look through your stacks of old pics or go out and take a new one.? Make sure it is a close up photo.? We will be taking entries until Friday, September 4th at midnight ...

Nikon and Canon Lens Price Comparison main image
Nikon and Canon Lens Price Comparison
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 27, 2015

I created this comparison to help guide those who are either just getting into photography as a serious hobby (or even profession) and for those who might be thinking about switching systems completely.? I broke down some of the most essential? lenses into the specific professional uses.? This will now give you a side by side look at pricing between the two DSLR camera giants for some of their most popular and iconic lenses.? These prices ...

The Essential DSLR Lens Discussion: Nikon main image
The Essential DSLR Lens Discussion: Nikon
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 17, 2015

For Nikon Users Let me preface this post by pointing to the title. I would love for this to be a discussion. By no means is one person the end all be all authority on this subject. If you have input on this I want to hear about it. But don?t just throw out a specific lens. Tell me why it is an essential lens to you.? Yes, I will do a Canon discussion as well. Ok, so ...

Prices on Our Canvas Prints...Cut main image
Prices on Our Canvas Prints...Cut
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 11, 2015

We?ve gone and done it. The prices on our canvas prints have been cut. I heard that gasp. We know we have never been the cheap option for printing your photos on canvas. We have competitors out there who steadily sell discounted canvas prints. Some of them seem to have a Groupon?every?single?week. And we aren?t going to lie. It can be hard to compete with that steady barrage of discount after discount. Especially when we know how much it ...

10 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Macro Photos main image
10 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Macro Photos
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 10, 2015

I love taking macro photos. There is so much beauty in nature and objects the closer we look at them. Taking great close up (macro) photos isn?t as easy as turning the dial on your camera to the flower and firing away. Here are 10 things you should think about before you start taking photos of that fly on the windowsill. 1. Do I have the right equipment? There are specific lenses that are made for close up photography ...

4 Tips For Taking Amazing Backlit Photos main image
4 Tips For Taking Amazing Backlit Photos
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 5, 2015

Creating beautiful naturally lit portraits is how a large part of professional photographers make their living. I am going to expose one of their favorite techniques for taking potentially breathtaking portraits. I say ?potentially? because this does take a little practice, and it can go horribly wrong when it is done incorrectly. But when it is done right (and I am giving you the way to do it right) you will be able to take beautiful portraits of your ...

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