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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Photographer Files: Parents Bribing Kids For Good Photos main image
Photographer Files: Parents Bribing Kids For Good Photos
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 31, 2015

When trying to get a good photo of a child, parents will resort to pretty much anything to get them to A. look at the camera and B. not give a super fake smile. I have seen all kinds of bribes over my photography career. Some parents come prepared with bribe in hand and sometimes it is a predetermined reward that was discussed with the children before a photo shoot has started. And still there are the other times when ...

A Family Photo Session Checklist main image
A Family Photo Session Checklist
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 28, 2015

I will admit it...I forget things.? I forget where I left my phone, I forget where I parked, I forget what my wife just got finished telling me.? This list goes on.? That is why I am constantly making lists...so I don't forget.? Well, when you are a photographer and it is your job to have certain things with you for a photo shoot, it is best that you don't forget something important...trust ...

A Lesson Learned From Kung Fu Panda About Being a Successful Photographer  main image
A Lesson Learned From Kung Fu Panda About Being a Successful Photographer
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 9, 2014

The first time I held a camera in my hands I knew somehow that it belonged there. Since that time I knew I found my passion. About 15 years ago I went full time with this passion, taking photos and trying to become successful doing it. For a long time I struggled with the idea of what a successful photographer should look like? Every industry has their stars and at first I thought that was the pinnacle of success ...

At What Resolution Can You Print to Canvas? main image
At What Resolution Can You Print to Canvas?
by Laura McPherson | October 2, 2014

If you?re like me, your photo folders are probably bursting with images taken with all types of different cameras. There are images that were taken on planned trips with a DSLR, images taken on casual outings with a point and shoot, and images taken off the cuff with smartphones or copied from friends? Facebook and Instagram accounts. When it comes time to print to canvas, are all of these at a reasonable resolution to order? Actually, even the images ...

The Best Canvas Prints Come from Photos that Mean Something to You main image
The Best Canvas Prints Come from Photos that Mean Something to You
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 10, 2014

All photos have a story behind them and the best canvas prints come from photos that mean something to you from the story they tell. A canvas print of a meaningful moment can invite you and your guests to pause and appreciate love, family, and friends. The high quality and longevity of canvas prints from Canvas Press provide the perfect medium for memorializing the special people in your life and the events that you share. Canvas Prints for Life ...

Timing Is Everything for Candid Photos on Canvas main image
Timing Is Everything for Candid Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 3, 2014

A candid photo is any photo of a person taken in the moment without deliberate posing and ideally without the subject appearing to be aware of the camera?s presence. While candid photos are growing in popularity, they remain one of the more challenging forms of photography. Recognizing that timing is everything is the first step to getting the best candid photos on canvas. These tips will help you get great results from your candid photography. Finding and Anticipating the ...

Photo Tip for Better Photos on Canvas : Turn Off Your Flash main image
Photo Tip for Better Photos on Canvas : Turn Off Your Flash
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 29, 2014

The number one tip professional photographers give those learning how to take their photography to the next level is to turn off your camera's flash. If you?ve ever caught a modelling reality show you might wonder why this is the case when so many of these high end shoots appear to be using flash. What isn?t explained is that in most cases the flash being used on the sets is professional fill lighting, which is quite different from the ...

Sepia Canvas Prints = Instant Nostalgia main image
Sepia Canvas Prints = Instant Nostalgia
by Laura McPherson | August 20, 2014

Sepia tone brings a feeling of instant nostalgia to nearly any photograph. Its rich tones are known to put the focus on the subject and composition of a photograph while subtly adding warmth and complimenting skin tones in portraits. Paired with canvas prints, sepia can create a photo that feels at once modern and timeless. Why Sepia Tone Works In the early days of photography, sepia tone and black and white were the only options available for film developing ...

When Image Wrapped Canvas Prints Are a Bad Idea main image
When Image Wrapped Canvas Prints Are a Bad Idea
by Laura McPherson | August 15, 2014

When most people think of canvas prints, the characteristic image wrap usually comes to mind ? where the image printed on the front of the canvas extends to the sides without breaking the image?s continuity. Image wraps can provide an ultra-finished and sophisticated look for most pictures and images, but when important parts of a photo are close to the canvas edge an image wrap might not be the best wrap option. To make sure that your canvas prints ...

Choosing the Right Vacation Photos to Print on Canvas main image
Choosing the Right Vacation Photos to Print on Canvas
by Laura McPherson | August 14, 2014

People probably take more photos on vacation than at any other type of event besides weddings. The reasons are clear: family and friends are having fun times in new photogenic places, with plenty of opportunities for portraits, landscapes, and simple snapshots of the cool things found in a new environment. It?s easy to come back from even a short vacation with hundreds of photos to print on canvas. What?s difficult is deciding which photos to print! Following are a ...

When to Use Mirror Borders on Your Canvas Prints main image
When to Use Mirror Borders on Your Canvas Prints
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 13, 2014

Canvas print mirror borders, also called mirrored edges, wrap the parts of the image closest to the edge over the sides of the canvas in a mirror image. This is a bit different from an image wrap, which simply continues the image over the side; a mirror border literally mirrors what is on the front edge. Mirror borders are a great solution to images that might not work as well with an image wrap, and allow you to capture ...

4 Things to Avoid When Ordering Canvas Prints main image
4 Things to Avoid When Ordering Canvas Prints
by Laura McPherson | August 4, 2014

1. Avoid low resolution images pulled from the internet. Low resolution images are the top thing to avoid when printing on canvas. Although the texture of the canvas itself paired with a little editing in a program like Photoshop can help ?hide? the fact that an image is lower-quality, no amount of help can fix very low resolution images (72 dpi) that have been formatted to load quickly on web pages by reducing image quality. However, images from photo-heavy ...

“The First Look” Is it a Good or Bad Idea? main image
The First Look Is it a Good or Bad Idea?
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 31, 2014

The music starts, the audience rises to its feet, the doors in the back of the church swing open wide and the beautiful bride starts her walk down the aisle.? This is the traditional way most grooms see their blushing bride for the first time on their wedding day. In the past few years a new trend has started.? It is called ?The First Look?.? This is when the bride and groom choose a time before ...

How to Store Canvas Prints main image
How to Store Canvas Prints
by Laura McPherson | July 29, 2014

Artwork is an investment and certainly isn?t any less so when the artwork is your own. Even if you came in below your budget with your canvas prints your prints have value to you and to your family, and if properly cared for can last for decades. When it?s time to change your artwork or store it, how do you make sure that your canvas prints are properly secured? Here we?ll talk about the where?s, how?s, and why?s of ...

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If you want to freeze the action at a sporting event your shutter speed needs to be higher than 125th of a second and if the action is really fast you may need to bump it up to 250th of a second.


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