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Canvas Press' Big Print Canvas Sizes | Large Canvas Printing

by Cody Johnson | Jul 1, 2022 | Advice

Canvas Press' Big Print Canvas Sizes | Large Canvas Printing

We know that sometimes you need to print something BIG. And we don't mean just a little bit bigger than usual. We're talking about printing something so large that it's hard to wrap your head around. That's why Canvas Press offers the biggest canvas sizes in the industry: up to 96" x 54" and beyond! Our most popular large canvas size is 60" x 40", since it can accommodate almost any project—from a giant-sized image of your pet or family member, or even an entire room if you wish. But no matter w...

Why Big Canvas Prints Are Perfect for Your Walls

by Cody Johnson | Feb 17, 2016 | Advice

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 canvas with us. Especially right now while we have our Deal of the Mont...

How to See like an Artist: Creative Art Exercises

by Cody Johnson | Sep 4, 2015 | Advice

How to See like an Artist: Creative Art Exercises

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 us have just buried that ability so far below the surface that we think we can't be creative or ...

Why You Shouldn't Use Sign Shops for Making Wall Art

by Cody Johnson | Sep 2, 2015 | Advice

Why You Shouldn't Use Sign Shops for Making Wall Art

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 make your wall art or photos that you would use as fine art? We think even they would say that isn’...

Canon Lens Price Vs. Nikon Lens Price Comparison

by Cody Johnson | Aug 27, 2015 | Advice

Canon Lens Price Vs. Nikon Lens Price Comparison

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 are based on B&H Photo Video's pricing as of August 27t...

The Essential DSLR Lens Discussion: Nikon

by Cody Johnson | Aug 17, 2015 | Advice

The Essential DSLR Lens Discussion: Nikon

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 what are we talking about? Camera lenses. Which ones are essential, classic, iconic, must haves and why. The ones you should have ...

4 Tips For Taking Amazing Backlit Photos

by Cody Johnson | Aug 5, 2015 | Advice

4 Tips For Taking Amazing Backlit Photos

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 children and family whenever you want to....

Photographer Files: Parents Bribing Kids For Good Photos

by Cody Johnson | Jul 31, 2015 | Advice

Photographer Files: Parents Bribing Kids For Good Photos

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 the bribe is just blurted out from sheer frustration. I have to admit that whe...

Family Photo Shoot Checklist | Portrait Photography Checklist

by Cody Johnson | Jul 28, 2015 | Advice

Family Photo Shoot Checklist | Portrait Photography Checklist

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 me...I have done that too. I once forgot memory cards for a shoot. Needless to say, I was pretty embarrassed. ...

Successful Photography Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

by Cody Johnson | Oct 9, 2014 | Advice

Successful Photography Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

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 for a wedding / portrait photographer. To be a "rock star" well known photograph...