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How to Create Large Wall Art from Small Items main image
How to Create Large Wall Art from Small Items
by Laura McPherson | August 14, 2012

If you?re thinking that your next home decorating project might be a piece of large wall art but you?re not sure if you want to spend the money or the time creating a large piece, think small! Small items can easily be built up into stunning displays as part of a large wall art piece, using things that you already have or are inexpensive to buy. Even better, your piece will be completely unique to you and your home. Here ...

How to Find the Perfect Frame for Your Photo main image
How to Find the Perfect Frame for Your Photo
by Laura McPherson | August 3, 2012

Finding the perfect photo frame depends on personal taste, but using your existing d?cor and the subject of your photo as guidelines can help you narrow in on the right choice. Your choice will also be guided by quality, since a low quality frame can actually damage your photos and artwork, as much as by cost. The key is striking the right balance between these needs without breaking the bank. Start with Your Interior Decorating Theme It is easiest to ...

How to Make Beautiful Wall Art from Bad Photos main image
How to Make Beautiful Wall Art from Bad Photos
by Laura McPherson | July 23, 2012

There are so many editing programs available for digital photography that even a mundane photograph with technical problems can be turned into gorgeous wall art in less time than it takes to order a print. These three popular digital photography fixes will help you take almost any ?bad? photo and turn it into a great piece of wall art for your home. Fix #1: Convert to Black and White Converting digital photography into black and white is a great fix ...

Moo Cards Can Make Great Gifts main image
Moo Cards Can Make Great Gifts
by Laura McPherson | July 17, 2012

If you?re looking for new and unique ways to use your digital photography, you?ve probably given some thought to printing photo cards, either as business cards or as gifts. Have you looked at MOO cards yet? MOO is an online printing business dedicated to quality, cost effective business cards, greeting cards, and other printable media. Since MOO specializes in cards of all types, it?s a great company to use for your smaller digital photography projects.? What sets them apart ...

How to Capture Lens Flare with Your DSLR main image
How to Capture Lens Flare with Your DSLR
by Laura McPherson | July 6, 2012

Back in the days of classic film photography, lens flare was considered more of a nuisance than an artistic statement, considering the cost of film. Now that DSLRs have made digital photography the standard, lens flares have caught on as a creative way to add a bit of visual interest to photos. Let?s explore how to use lens flare in creative digital photography.

How to Photograph Amazing Sunsets main image
How to Photograph Amazing Sunsets
by Laura McPherson | June 18, 2012

Why is it that the best sunsets always occur while we?re driving, or cooking dinner, or just coming out of the store? It could be Murphy?s Law, but it might also be because in the daily rush it?s easy to forget that sunsets happen every day until there?s a great one we just happen to miss. We can?t control when a vivid sunset happens, but we can control what we do when it happens on its own. Keeping a point ...

5 Tips on How to Take Amazing Food Photos main image
5 Tips on How to Take Amazing Food Photos
by Laura McPherson | June 13, 2012

As the technology inside point and shoot cameras catches up to DSLRs, it?s easier to make just for fun food photography look great. Sharing pictures of food and drinks is easier now, too, with uploads to social media sites like Pinterest and Facebook possible in just a few clicks. This connectedness allows us to bond over one thing we all share in common: The love of a good meal!? Here are five tips on how to take amazing food ...

How to Keep Kid's Creative Juices Flowing During Summer Vacation main image
How to Keep Kid's Creative Juices Flowing During Summer Vacation
by Laura McPherson | June 4, 2012

No matter how good a child is at self-distraction, ?I?m bored? is bound to pop up at least once in awhile. In the wintertime, it?s easy to respond kids? ?I?m-boreds? with a movie or another trip out of the house. During a long summer vacation, this strategy is the quickest way to end up in the poorhouse! Kids? art and art projects are a good way to combat the boredom blues, and they don?t have to cost a fortune ...

5 Ideas to Boost Your Creativity and Find Photo Inspiration main image
5 Ideas to Boost Your Creativity and Find Photo Inspiration
by Laura McPherson | May 18, 2012

[caption id="attachment_954" align="alignright" width="300" caption="You may be inspired to try new techniques like silhouetting on the Flickr: Explore! Page. Photo courtesy chelle"][/caption]   Creative ruts are bound to happen to all photographers sooner or later. Even if you are not inspired by any new digital photography ideas, the best thing to do if you are having photographer?s block is just go out and take pictures. If you?re looking for a new technology to try or just a little extra motivation ...

6 Steps To Throwing the Perfect
6 Steps To Throwing the Perfect "Art" Party for Your Child
by Laura McPherson | May 9, 2012

Are you looking for birthday party ideas, or are you thinking of throwing a kid?s theme party just for fun? Throw an art party! Art parties are fun for children and adults, and art is an easy theme to work around without breaking the bank. The kids will enjoy art and play while creating their own party favors to take home and cherish. Follow these six steps to a memorable kid?s theme party. Step 1: Send out themed art ...

10 Things Kids Need to Stay Creative main image
10 Things Kids Need to Stay Creative
by Laura McPherson | May 3, 2012

Kids are creative by nature and they don?t need much to keep their imaginative juices flowing. They live in a world where a tissue box can become a race car as easily as the space underneath the dining room table becomes a dangerous (and perhaps forbidden) cave. There are, however, ten things that as a parent or caregiver you can provide to keep kids? art instincts strong. 1. Age appropriate tools. Keeping sharp objects out of kids? hands is important ...

How to Mix Framed & Unframed Art to Create a Cohesive Wall Collage main image
How to Mix Framed & Unframed Art to Create a Cohesive Wall Collage
by Laura McPherson | April 26, 2012

Wall collages are a great interior design idea to pull together your wall art and digital photography, especially if you have a lot of different pieces. You can even mix framed and unframed art together in a wall collage to cut down on the expense of framing. These decorating ideas will help you create a cohesive wall collage using framed and unframed pieces, from digital photography and canvas prints to paintings and travel mementos.

Lens Filters. Should You Buy One and What Are They Good For? main image
Lens Filters. Should You Buy One and What Are They Good For?
by Laura McPherson | April 24, 2012

Lens filters, which thread on to the end of a DSLR lens, used to be critical to photography. Now that many of the functions lens filters perform happen automatically within a camera?s imaging systems, photographers may question the need for filters. Advanced technology has made some lens filters obsolete, but filters are still useful for some types of photography. Before purchasing a filter, be aware that filters come in different sizes to fit different camera lenses, so a filter for ...

Best Pinterest Inspirations for Spring Decorating main image
Best Pinterest Inspirations for Spring Decorating
by Laura McPherson | April 19, 2012

Spring is officially here! With all the time you?re spending outside for relaxation and garden planning, you?re in great shape to update your walls because all of the top spring decorating trends on Pinterest and elsewhere take their cues from nature. Pinterest is one of the best places to keep your thumb on the latest chic decorating ideas, since new pictures are constantly being uploaded from around the world. From the hottest colors to the best ways to display your ...

Custom Wallpaper and Commercial Applications main image
Custom Wallpaper and Commercial Applications
by Laura McPherson | April 19, 2012

For businesses looking to maximize their design budget and the interior designers who help them get there, ordering wallpaper murals to display artwork and branding just became a little easier. Many established printing companies are adding wallpaper murals, murals printed on vinyl or canvas with an adhesive backing, to their product lines. Businesses and interior designers can take advantage of this trend to display artwork and marketing messages with a look that?s more upscale than posters and more cost-effective than ...

Transform Your Kid’s Room with Custom Wallpaper Murals from Canvas Press main image
Transform Your Kids Room with Custom Wallpaper Murals from Canvas Press
by Laura McPherson | April 18, 2012

Kids are creative, and if you?ve ever asked your child for input on how they would like their room decorated, you know that their creativity isn?t bound by adults? ideas on interior decoration! It?s hard enough if they want wild colors that would take days to paint over once they tire of the color scheme, but children usually want familiar characters or themes in their rooms, too. This usually entails either holes in the wall from pictures and posters or ...

The 80s Are Back and So Are the Bright Colors. How to Decorate with Them in a way that is…Totally Awesome main image
The 80s Are Back and So Are the Bright Colors. How to Decorate with Them in a way that isTotally Awesome
by Laura McPherson | March 28, 2012

If you have a teen girl at home, you know that the 80s are back in a big way. Skinny jeans, lace-up sneakers, and neon nail polish are all the rage, and the styles are making their way into interior decorating. 80s retro for home decorating is not bringing back pastels and Laura Ashley (thankfully!); the trend is to use the same bright colors seen in clothes and commercials of the time. This is a great style for your ...

Photoshop Elements Technique: How to Turn Your Images B&W and Sepia main image
Photoshop Elements Technique: How to Turn Your Images B&W and Sepia
by Laura McPherson | March 27, 2012

Photoshop Elements makes it easy to prepare your digital photography for gorgeous custom canvas prints. One way to create stunning images without a lot of effort is to convert them into black and white and sepia. Though most digital cameras have a mode to take monochrome pictures, the monochrome modes on a camera discard a lot of detail. Photography Mad has a great article that goes into the details on why this happens. If you plan on ordering custom canvas ...

Show Off Your Artwork: 4 Reasons Canvas Prints Are The Perfect Fit main image
Show Off Your Artwork: 4 Reasons Canvas Prints Are The Perfect Fit
by Laura McPherson | March 20, 2012

Have you seen the canvas print wall d?cor in the latest magazines? Canvas prints look great in any room and add a unique personal touch. Also called gallery wraps and photo canvas, almost any design you can think of can be printed, mounted, and hung on your walls. Let?s talk about how pictures on canvas make your photos and artwork really pop. 1. Pictures on canvas can pull a room together. Since the pictures are printed on the same material ...

How to Get the Shot: Easter Egg Hunt Action Photos main image
How to Get the Shot: Easter Egg Hunt Action Photos
by Laura McPherson | March 19, 2012

Taking candid shots of children to print as photos on canvas is a lot of fun. Children are never more open than when they are doing things that they love, so holidays are a great time to bring out the camera. And with children?s second favorite holiday after Christmas coming up the first week of April, it?s time to get ready to take Easter portraits! The annual Easter Egg Hunt is a great setting for candid portraits of the ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #390

Plan a family day this summer and photograph it like a photojournalist. Tell the story from the beginning to the end with your photos. Incorporate details to bring it all together. Could be something as easy as a bike ride, or a picnic, a trip to the pool or beach.


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