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Shoot for Yourself: Staying Inspired as a Photographer main image
Shoot for Yourself: Staying Inspired as a Photographer
by Laura McPherson | March 4, 2013

Whether you do digital photography for pleasure or as a professional, creative ruts do sometimes happen. These ruts are a hazard in any creative endeavor, but the biggest mistake you can make is to simply wait it out. By seeking inspiration to rejuvenate your true creative instincts, you can keep your skills sharp as well as your mind. Here are three ways to reconnect with your love of digital photography by shooting for yourself.

How to Arrange Photos on a Wall: Photo Wall Gallery Ideas main image
How to Arrange Photos on a Wall: Photo Wall Gallery Ideas
by Laura McPherson | February 21, 2013

An empty wall is a blank canvas that begs to be adorned with a photo wall gallery. Use this easy Canvas Press guide to arrange your photos up on your wall!

Get Frame Happy! Taking Frames Beyond the Family Portrait main image
Get Frame Happy! Taking Frames Beyond the Family Portrait
by Laura McPherson | February 13, 2013

As photography goes digital, you?re probably scrapbooking less but still accumulating paper memories in the form of letters, cards, event tickets, and other keepsakes. Frames aren?t just for the family portrait anymore! Nearly any memento that once would have been saved in a scrapbook with your photography can be mounted and framed for display in your home.   Preserve T-Shirts and Other Cherished Clothing Items Your children?s clothing takes a beating, but when it is time to retire a loved ...

Hanging Pictures on Patterned Wallpaper | Art on Wallpaper main image
Hanging Pictures on Patterned Wallpaper | Art on Wallpaper
by Laura McPherson | February 6, 2013

Wallpaper is a great home d?cor idea, but hanging pictures on patterned wallpaper isn't easy. Learn about placing art on wallpaper with Canvas Press!

DIY Family Art MasterpieceIn the Backyard! main image
DIY Family Art MasterpieceIn the Backyard!
by Laura McPherson | January 29, 2013

When it comes to family fun it?s the more the merrier, but including all family members in the same art project indoors can be difficult. For a fun spring scheme that every member of your family can enjoy, create a super-sized wall mural using play balls as paintbrushes in the backyard! The minimal clean up from taking art supplies outdoors will have you smiling, while the kids will enjoy getting creative (and messy!) with this entertaining project. What You?ll ...

Tips and Ideas for Photographing Your Little Girl main image
Tips and Ideas for Photographing Your Little Girl
by Laura McPherson | January 17, 2013

There are few things sweeter in this world than a great portrait of your little girl, but if you?ve tried to take portraits of her by yourself before, you know how hard this kind of digital photography can be. With these tips and ideas at your disposal, you can make your next portrait shoot go more smoothly without the need for a lot of photo editing after the fact. Tips to Make Child Portrait Photography Easier With child portrait photography ...

Easy Family Photography Art Projects | Canvas Press main image
Easy Family Photography Art Projects | Canvas Press
by Laura McPherson | January 14, 2013

Are you looking for easy art projects for your family to enjoy? View our family photography project ideas like scrapbooking and more for your next craft day!

3 Quick Photoshop Tricks Everyone Should Know main image
3 Quick Photoshop Tricks Everyone Should Know
by Laura McPherson | January 7, 2013

Photoshop has put professional level digital photography editing within the reach of anyone willing to learn how to use its powerful tools, but simple edits are sometimes overlooked. These three quick Photoshop tricks and tutorials will help you improve your photos and make them ready for classic canvas prints. Adjust Levels to Remove Color Cast Levels control the brightness, contrast, and to a great extent color of a photo. This makes the levels tool helpful for removing color casts that ...

Original Christmas House Decorations to Feel the Holiday Spirit main image
Original Christmas House Decorations to Feel the Holiday Spirit
by Laura McPherson | December 14, 2012

Want to feel the magical Christmas spirit without breaking the bank? Make it possible with these original Christmas house decoration ideas from Canvas Press.

Wall Art Gift Ideas for Christmas: Family Handprint Craft & More main image
Wall Art Gift Ideas for Christmas: Family Handprint Craft & More
by Laura McPherson | December 11, 2012

Wall art gifts will speak volumes to the special recipients on your Christmas gift list this year. Check out our ideas like the family handprint craft and more!

5 Family Christmas Portrait & Photoshoot Ideas | Canvas Press main image
5 Family Christmas Portrait & Photoshoot Ideas | Canvas Press
by Laura McPherson | December 4, 2012

Christmas portraits are a tradition for many, but it isn?t too late to start a new tradition. Browse our 5 family Christmas portrait and photoshoot ideas!

3 Christmas Card Photo Ideas from Canvas Press main image
3 Christmas Card Photo Ideas from Canvas Press
by Laura McPherson | November 19, 2012

At my house, preparing family Christmas cards inaugurates the whole holiday season. Browse our 3 Christmas card family photo ideas from Canvas Press!

How to Sell Your Art Online & Locally | Canvas Press main image
How to Sell Your Art Online & Locally | Canvas Press
by Laura McPherson | November 6, 2012

Making a living as an artist is a notoriously difficult undertaking. Make your life easier and follow our tips on how to sell your art online and locally.

5 Tips for The Beginner Photographer to get Amazing Portraits main image
5 Tips for The Beginner Photographer to get Amazing Portraits
by Laura McPherson | October 22, 2012

Great portrait photography is notoriously difficult to accomplish. People having their photographs taken are often uncomfortable at first, which can result in stilted looking photos; portrait photographers also depend on variables in the surrounding environment, including the weather, to help make a great portrait. There can be so much happening at any given moment the photographer can become distracted and overwhelmed by details. However, you should remember that no matter what happens there are no hard and fast rules for ...

Matted or Unmatted? That Is the Question main image
Matted or Unmatted? That Is the Question
by Laura McPherson | October 10, 2012

So you?ve finally decided which of your newest photography adventures are worthy of being printed and decided on a frame to show off your artwork. Are you going to mat it? Deciding to mat or not to mat is sometimes a more difficult choice than it seems on the outside; on the one hand, matted artwork makes it obvious at a glance that you put a lot of effort into your photo framing, but on the other hand, you don?t ...

How to Ask Someone to Critique Your Work main image
How to Ask Someone to Critique Your Work
by Laura McPherson | September 26, 2012

If you?re like me, whenever you find something you like doing you wonder in the back of your mind whether or not you?re good at it, or if you could take it further. For anyone who counts photography as a hobby, this concern is always bubbling up. Even if friends and family say that your digital photography is good, they could be saying that because they?re expected to ? you know they lied about how great that red sweater ...

Three Photography Lessons This Photog Learned the Hard Way main image
Three Photography Lessons This Photog Learned the Hard Way
by Laura McPherson | September 19, 2012

Even though digital photography has made taking great photos and snapshots more accessible, photography is still a technical subject. So much goes into a great photo, from the camera?s capabilities to the lighting to the cooperation of the subject (toddlers and pets are notoriously fickle), there will always be an element of chance in taking a photo that makes people stop and say, ?Wow.? So how do the pros build entire portfolios of awesome photos? They do it through ...

The Original Instagrams - What to Do with the Box of Old Family Photos: Scan and Enlarge Them main image
The Original Instagrams - What to Do with the Box of Old Family Photos: Scan and Enlarge Them
by Laura McPherson | September 16, 2012

You?ve heard the saying "what?s old is new again," and with the explosion of digital photography tools like Instagram the saying has never been more true, as one of the most popular photo effects is artificial aging. These tools let you add borders, dust and scratches, sepia tones, and a multitude of other effects to photos you took yesterday, making them look as ageless as the old family photos you have sitting on the shelf in your office

How to Use Colourlovers.coms Photocopa Tool to Find Colors That Compliment Your Favorite Photo main image
How to Use Colourlovers.coms Photocopa Tool to Find Colors That Compliment Your Favorite Photo
by Laura McPherson | September 5, 2012

Photocopa is a tool that allows you to see what colors are in a photo, how dominant they are, and how they match with one another. It does this by pulling out the tones in a photo in a way that?s easy to manipulate; in fact, if you?ve used a newer version of Photoshop, you can probably jump right in without a tutorial. From finding and matching colors for website design to creating a palette for interior decorating, Photocopa makes ...

How to Take Baby Pictures - Tips on Photographing Infants
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How to Take Baby Pictures - Tips on Photographing Infants
by Laura McPherson | August 27, 2012

Photographing infants can be tricky since they won't follow your directions. Learn how to take good baby pictures with these tips from Canvas Press.

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Tips-n-Tricks #184

Thanksgiving day is a busy day. The best time to get a group shot of the whole family is usually about 30 minutes before the meal is served. Pick you spot and be ready to go. Announce to everyone that you will be doing a group shot in "X" minutes. Be sure to check with the cooks to see if that time is good with them.


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