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Canvas Prints – To Frame or Not to Frame? main image
Canvas Prints To Frame or Not to Frame?
by Laura McPherson | April 9, 2014

One of the benefits of canvas prints is that they can be hung directly on your wall without framing, but canvas prints can also be framed for a put-together, finished look. Canvas prints are usually framed when the print is mounted at depths less than two inches. Since part of the beauty of canvas prints is in the texture of the canvas, even when framed canvas prints are not generally hidden behind glass. So how do you choose whether to ...

Impress Your Mother This Mother’s Day with a Canvas Print main image
Impress Your Mother This Mothers Day with a Canvas Print
by Laura McPherson | April 8, 2014

After Christmas, Mother?s Day is the holiday on which the most gifts are exchanged. If you are a mom yourself, you may have experienced how your own children tend to gravitate towards ?safe? gifts like chocolates and flowers. Chocolates and flowers are always appreciated, no matter the reason that they?re given. However, sometimes it?s welcome to receive a gift that lasts and can be appreciated the year round. A canvas print is a great gift for Mother?s Day because it ...

Creating an Annual Photo Portrait Event for the Family: How to Make It Special main image
Creating an Annual Photo Portrait Event for the Family: How to Make It Special
by Laura McPherson | March 24, 2014

One of the most magical shared moments can be flipping through the family scrapbook, warming our hearts with thoughts of those we've known. Our connection to heritage is reaffirmed. To capture those moments on a regular basis, many photographers put an annual photo event on the calendar with family and friends to take special photos of loved ones. Try incorporating an annual photo event in your schedule of activities for lasting memories.? With large family gatherings it can get ...

9 Tips for Using Natural Light to Boost Your Photo Style main image
9 Tips for Using Natural Light to Boost Your Photo Style
by Laura McPherson | January 7, 2014

Even with a room full of high end equipment it is next to impossible to perfectly mimic the benefits of natural light in photography. However, even natural light has its ranges, and some kinds of natural light are better than others to use in boosting your personal photo style. Learn all about how to use or manipulate natural light in your photography below. The "Golden Hour" is a fantastic time for natural light photography, but not the only time that ...

Get the Most Out of the Season With Your Fall Photo Checklist main image
Get the Most Out of the Season With Your Fall Photo Checklist
by Laura McPherson | November 12, 2013

Autumn is loaded with photographic opportunity, offering an atmospheric richness that is not found in other season. As the climate makes its transition the warm sunlight of summer pairs with the colors and early chill of autumn. Lush, panoramic landscapes are hard to resist, but you can also diversify your digital photography portfolio by taking advantage of a more intimate look.? Here are some ideas to put on your fall photo checklist. Getting Up Close with Nature Documenting the ...

Photo Project – Portraits with an Emotive Expression main image
Photo Project Portraits with an Emotive Expression
by Laura McPherson | October 17, 2013

What differentiates a portrait from a snapshot? One of the important differences between the two is the subject's expression; while a person can be smiling in either a portrait or a snapshot, it makes a difference whether the smile is merely because a photo is being taken or is actually emotive. Portraits also tend to express a fuller range of emotive expressions. Continue reading to learn about emotive expressions and how you can encourage your subjects to help you create ...

Pain Free Guide to Hanging Your Artwork main image
Pain Free Guide to Hanging Your Artwork
by Laura McPherson | September 17, 2013

Hanging your artwork can be an exercise in frustration, not least because with the work that you put into selecting the art to be hung and the frames to set it off you do not want to make a mistake! Although it takes time and effort to create expert-looking results, hanging your artwork does not have to be a puzzle. Spend more time admiring your work and less time hanging it with these hanging tips for grid and photo collage ...

How To Be the Next Henri Cartier Bresson main image
How To Be the Next Henri Cartier Bresson
by Laura McPherson | August 30, 2013

Street portrait photography is a great way to push the boundaries of your digital photography but it can be a difficult subject to master as the conditions on public streets are largely uncontrolled, unlike in studio portrait photography. These street portrait photography tips will help you get started on your street portraiture journey. Photo by Hugo Fernandes Be Polite and Ask In busy urban environments, it can be tempting to assume that since people see you with a camera they ...

How Rough Can I Be With My Camera? The Surprising Answers main image
How Rough Can I Be With My Camera? The Surprising Answers
by Laura McPherson | August 19, 2013

Your camera is an investment, especially if you are shooting with a higher end interchangeable lens camera (DSLR). It makes sense that you would want to protect it from damage, but sometimes photographers miss out on great shots for fear of damaging their camera. The reality is that most cameras can handle rougher usage than most photographers subject them to. This guide will help you understand how rough you can be with your camera. [caption id="attachment_3528" align="aligncenter" width="600"] You don?t ...

iPhone Wall Art: 5 Mistakes to Avoid with iPhone Photos main image
iPhone Wall Art: 5 Mistakes to Avoid with iPhone Photos
by Laura McPherson | August 7, 2013

iPhone users are never lacking for the opportunity to take great photos. The iPhone camera is amazingly powerful for its small dimensions, allowing users to have wall art printed from iPhone photos in relatively large sizes for a camera phone. However, if you want high quality wall art from your iPhone photos, you should be aware of the five common mistakes iPhone camera users make with their photos. iPhone Wall Art Mistake #1: Not Checking Photos on a Larger Screen ...

How to Prepare Mentally and Physically for a Photo Session main image
How to Prepare Mentally and Physically for a Photo Session
by Laura McPherson | July 24, 2013

Photo sessions can be stressful even if you have experience working with human subjects in posed photography. However, you can reduce the stress and increase the quality of your finished photos with proper preparation. The following tips will help you prepare for a photo session as a photographer physically and mentally, allowing you to get the great portraits you have in mind. Mentally Preparing for a Photo Session   Your state of mind during a photo session can ...

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Photographing Household Objects main image
Ordinary to Extraordinary: Photographing Household Objects
by Laura McPherson | July 10, 2013

Ordinary household objects are easy to overlook when you see them every day. Yet these ordinary objects can be photographed to create memorable photos worthy of being printed large and hung on the wall. With a little staging and the right settings on your camera, you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and create new art for your home. Picking the Objects to Photograph There are probably more items in your home that are artistic in their own right ...

5 Tips for Getting Your Art Noticed main image
5 Tips for Getting Your Art Noticed
by Laura McPherson | June 17, 2013

The number one priority for most full-time artists is to get their art noticed. After all, art is meant to be appreciated! Yet very few artists are famous on the level of Dean Koontz or Gillian Wearing, and those who are worked hard to get there. By starting small you, too can get more notice for your own artwork, and it is up to you if you want to build publicity to family and friends or wider audiences.? There ...

5 Ideas for Decorating the Walls in Your Office main image
5 Ideas for Decorating the Walls in Your Office
by Laura McPherson | June 5, 2013

Your office can reflect your personality while still remaining professional. You may have more leeway if you work in a home office or a laid-back office away from home, but even in a corporate office there are a number of ways to differentiate your office space from others. Decorating the walls in your office can make the space feel more comfortable to you, and help keep your creativity flowing for the projects you work on in the bargain. Say goodbye ...

Shoot for Yourself: The Best Way to Create Your Personal Photo Style main image
Shoot for Yourself: The Best Way to Create Your Personal Photo Style
by Laura McPherson | May 28, 2013

What differentiates snapshots from the kind of photography that really holds the eye? A lot of the difference is found in the individual photographer?s style. A well-developed style can give artistry to any subject, and part of the joy of an artistic style is in developing it. This comes from photographing for your own enjoyment and allowing your style to develop on its own, especially early on when you are learning about photography. The Growth of a Personal Photo Style ...

Try New Ways to Have Your Photography Printed main image
Try New Ways to Have Your Photography Printed
by Laura McPherson | May 6, 2013

Online photo albums are a great way to share your digital photography, but nothing compares to the feeling of seeing your work take on new dimensions through physical printing. Professional printers are taking work like yours beyond the standard photo print with the help of new technologies using quality materials that last for generations. These methods are also more affordable than ever. If you have not explored these new options, your photography might be missing out! Photographic Paper Printing Past ...

Creative Exercise: Planning a Photo Walk main image
Creative Exercise: Planning a Photo Walk
by Laura McPherson | April 22, 2013

You have heard of art walks before, but have you heard of a photo walk? Photo walks are a way to get in exercise while practicing your digital photography, alone or with friends. There is no better way to get in touch with your inner artist than getting inspired by your surroundings out on a walk, whether it?s in a new place or somewhere familiar. Here are four ideas for your next photo walk. [caption id="attachment_2986" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shooting everyday ...

Photo Project: 10 Things to Photograph This Spring main image
Photo Project: 10 Things to Photograph This Spring
by Laura McPherson | April 9, 2013

There is still snow on the ground for many of us, but the promise of spring is beckoning as March roars in. Already the days are getting longer and there are fewer grey days on the horizon, which means it?s time to start thinking about what to photograph this spring! After a long winter inside, your DSLR or point and shoot will be happy to get outside in the sunshine, and so will you. So what to shoot? Here are ...

Relieve Stress – Really! – Creating Your Own Gallery Wall main image
Relieve Stress Really! Creating Your Own Gallery Wall
by Laura McPherson | March 27, 2013

Here?s one more reason to make time for yourself by making time for your art: A spate of recent studies has confirmed the therapeutic benefits of letting your creativity loose in painting, photography, and other artistic endeavors. Read about how art can reduce your stress levels and plan your own gallery wall for lasting health benefits. [caption id="attachment_2860" align="alignleft" width="300"] The therapeutic benefit of art is more translatable for many people than putting the need for stress relief into words ...

Answers to Questions that Photographers Are Asking main image
Answers to Questions that Photographers Are Asking
by Laura McPherson | March 18, 2013

Although digital photography and the internet have made photography more accessible, photographers still get asked a lot of questions and very often, have a lot of questions themselves. The following frequently asked questions for photographers will hopefully shed some light on the most pressing photography questions. [caption id="attachment_2803" align="alignleft" width="300"] Outfits for family photo sessions should be coordinated and comfortable. Layering is a great idea, too![/caption] What should clients wear for their photo session? The number one rule of ...

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To document this Thanksgiving be sure to get detail shots of all the food being prepared along with the cooks working in the kitchen along with the kids in the yard playing football. Make sure you get a group shot of everyone together before the sun goes down.


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