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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 Choose the Best Photo Orientation for Your Empty Wall main image
How to Choose the Best Photo Orientation for Your Empty Wall
by Laura McPherson | February 21, 2013

An empty wall is a blank canvas that begs to be adorned with digital photography and other artwork, but which artwork to choose? Starting by choosing the group orientation ? horizontal, square, or vertical ? for your photos can set off your photography and your d?cor at the same time. Believe it or not, professional interior designers have developed rules for when and how to use certain group orientations to play up, or play down, the impact of your d?cor ...

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 ...

The Do's and Don'ts of Combining Wallpaper and Artwork main image
The Do's and Don'ts of Combining Wallpaper and Artwork
by Laura McPherson | February 6, 2013

Wallpaper is a fantastic way to dress up a bland wall, but its artistic design can pose a problem when you want to display artwork on that same wall. In fact, this dilemma can pose real design headaches for experienced professional designers, not to mention the at-home designer. Fortunately, there are a few rules of thumb to guide you through this home decor challenge.

DIY Family Art Masterpiece…In 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 Art Projects for the Whole Family main image
Easy Art Projects for the Whole Family
by Laura McPherson | January 14, 2013

Are you looking for easy art projects for the whole family to enjoy? It isn?t always simple to find a project to which family members of all ages can contribute, especially if you?re looking to create not just memories but keepsakes that will stand the test of time. The following digital photography projects will involve all members of the family, from young to old, and can help you create precious keepsakes to use as wall art or memory boosters years ...

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 ...

On Trend Christmas Decorating Ideas main image
On Trend Christmas Decorating Ideas
by Laura McPherson | December 14, 2012

Is your Christmas home d?cor stuck in a rut? We all enjoy unpacking the holiday memories of years past, but sometimes putting the same decorations in the same places can start to feel old. Not to worry though, because you can re-use the same d?cor in a different way for an up-to-date look without breaking the budget! These Christmas decorating ideas will break you out of your routine while preserving the meaning and memories of your holiday traditions. [caption id="attachment_2301" ...

Christmas Wall Art Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List main image
Christmas Wall Art Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
by Laura McPherson | December 11, 2012

Everyone appreciates a thoughtful gift, and wall art gifts with a personal touch will speak volumes to the special recipients on your gift list this year. A handmade gift, even if you can?t give one every year, is sure to be treasured for years to come. It?s also fun to get creative making wall art gifts, and you can even use your digital photography skills in the process!   Framed Travel Wall Art Whether your recipient took an amazing vacation ...

5 Unique Ideas for Christmas Portraits main image
5 Unique Ideas for Christmas Portraits
by Laura McPherson | December 4, 2012

Christmas portraits are a tradition for many families, but even if your family hasn?t done Christmas portraits before, it isn?t too late to start a new, fun tradition for the holidays. These 5 unique ideas for your Christmas portraits will create photos for your walls to go with those pictures of your children on Santa?s lap and provide lasting memories for the entire family. Christmas Portrait Idea #1: Step Away from the Tree Although it is traditional to take Christmas ...

3 Ideas for Your Christmas Card Photos main image
3 Ideas for Your Christmas Card Photos
by Laura McPherson | November 19, 2012

At my house, preparing Christmas cards inaugurates the holiday season. We usually have the cards ready to send by the week before Thanksgiving, which gives us plenty of time to prepare photo Christmas cards. If you don?t think you have the time, here?s some good news: According to the etiquette gurus at Emily Post, it?s perfectly find to send e-cards as well! Here are three fun ideas for your Christmas card photos, whether you choose to have them printed or ...

5 Tips on How to Sell Your Artwork main image
5 Tips on How to Sell Your Artwork
by Laura McPherson | November 6, 2012

Making a living as an artist is a notoriously difficult undertaking; there is a reason why the phrase ?starving artist? is still used to describe people who rely on artwork sales for income. As a second income or as a paying hobby, though, it?s easier to turn selling your digital photography and other artwork into a lucrative side line. The key to doing this is to be realistic. If you are just starting out, it may be many years ? ...

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.com’s 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 ...

9 Things You Need to Know When Photographing Babies main image
9 Things You Need to Know When Photographing Babies
by Laura McPherson | August 27, 2012

Is there anything more fun to photograph than a baby? Babies are so soft, sweet, and new almost every baby portrait turns out well, even when they?re cranky (well, at least most of the time!). Candid baby photography preserves those special moments in the first months of life, whether baby is sleeping or awake. Posed, or at least staged, baby portraits can also be done with a little extra patience. Here are nine things you need to know to ...

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