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New Palo Duro Etching Paper Makes “Botanica Spectrum” Bloom

By Shamsy Roomiani– I photograph natural textures and specimens that inspire me using my digital SLR camera and my iPhone camera. These photos are used as reference for my sculptures and drawings, as well as sources for my digital collages. When constructing my digital collages, I work with a collection of photos and then pair them to create a unique conversation within each composition. I then manipulate the piece to create intense color...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 3: Post Production

By Ron Risman– Finishing Your Image As good as your image may look straight out of the camera, it’s really not finished yet. Since I shoot using RAW, the image is captured with a very flat profile. It lacks contrast and sharpness and can easily be brought up to wow status using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Adobe Lightroom, or other image processing packages. Once you import your images into Lightroom or ACR select one of your images and jump into...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 2: Techniques

By Ron Risman– Let’s Get Ready to Shoot: In Part 1 of this article, I gave you an understanding of where and when to capture the night sky. Now let’s discuss HOW to do it. Since starlight is very dim, we need to set up our camera so that it can see in the dark. This is done by using a “fast” lens and through proper camera settings. For best results, set your camera’s capture mode to RAW. This will give you the widest dynamic...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 1: The Night Sky

 by Ron Risman– Ever since I can remember I have had a fascination with the night sky. As a young child I would stare up at the stars while on summer vacation and when my daughter was old enough I would take her out during meteor showers to see how many shooting stars we could count. For me, night sky photography is what photography is all about – that is the ability to capture something in a way that most have never seen with their own...

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Add Value and Security to Your Images

By Arthur H. Bleich– If you currently sell (or would like to sell) prints of your best work here’s a technique I’ve used successfully to assure buyers that if they resell my photographs some day it can be proven that they are genuinely mine and not unauthorized copies. I began doing this a few years ago when a friend who sells prints at art shows and fairs in this country traveled overseas and found copies of his work being sold...

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Favorite Photo Locations: Arches National Park

By Ron Wolfe– While the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River is best known for winding through the Grand Canyon, it also offers exciting opportunities for photographers as it meanders through Southeastern Utah. Near the town of Moab, one will find Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument– just a few of the more significant locales. Also, not to be overlooked, Monument Valley...

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Three Photography Book Gems For Under $10 !

by Arthur H. Bleich– Now that we’re into the holiday season, I’d like to recommend three photography books that are stand-outs and would make great gifts or be worthy additions to your library. All are currently available at Amazon in used (but mostly like-new) condition at about $10 or less. Some are going for as little as a penny which makes them an excellent bargain. Here they are: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by...

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Back to Basics: Resolution Simplified, Part 2

By Arthur H. Bleich– In Back To Basics: Resolution Simplified Part 1 camera and print resolution were explained. In this part, we’ll cover printer resolution, how to select the best printer settings for quality output and how to add more pixels to an image to enlarge it (within reason) without it looking like patchwork of pixels. To make things as easy to understand as possible, I’m not diving too deep because I...

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Back to Basics: Resolution Simplified, Part 1

By Arthur H. Bleich– Resolution goes hand-in-hand with almost every aspect of digital photography– from image capture to the final print. If you want your photographs to be the best they can possibly be, it’s necessary to have a basic understanding of it. At first, it may seem confusing because many who try to explain it often use the wrong terminology or throw lots of numbers around which only makes things worse. This is my shot at...

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Quick Tip: Get Your Adobe Creative Cloud Receipts Quickly

At Red River Paper, we have at least four Creative Cloud accounts at any one time. Since it is a subscription service, we get charged monthly or in some cases yearly. The accounting department needs receipts to make it all legal. Here is where the problem starts. Adobe cannot (will not?) send a monthly email receipt to remind you of your purchase. You have to log into their site and click around to locate and print a receipt. If you want to...

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