How To Print Beautiful Antique Christmas Cards
Dec06

How To Print Beautiful Antique Christmas Cards

By Arthur H. Bleich– The Christmas card-giving tradition began in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole commissioned an artist friend, John Horsley, to design a card that could be mailed to his friends. Some say Sir Henry thought up the idea to avoid writing long letters in reply to those sent by friends and acquaintances– an English tradition at Christmastime. He had a “To___” printed at the top so he could write in his friends’ names–...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: Ups and Downs
Nov16

Our National Parks Odyssey: Ups and Downs

This is the second part of an ongoing series about Red River Pro Andrew Slaton and his wife Ellen who, along with their two dogs and a cat, have hit the road full time in a travel trailer to seek adventure and photograph all the National Parks. There have also been some side trips, some ups and downs and…well, let’s hear it from Andrew. –By Andrew Slaton– Redefining Success… “Success is to be measured not so much by...

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Fine Art Inkjet Printing
Oct30

Fine Art Inkjet Printing

By Jim Nickelson– I’m often asked from friends, family, and even other photographers about why I bother printing my work when the whole world seems to be moving digital. For me, the reason is simple: creating a fine art print is my primary purpose in making photographs. As is likely becoming obvious, I am a strong proponent and champion of the fine print. If you are a photographer, I think it is essential to eventually print...

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For Love Of Lions
Aug22

For Love Of Lions

By Kenn Jacobs– My first published photo in a book was a pub sign–The Old Red Lion–shot in a now-forgotten English village. It wasn’t until many years later, though, that I had an epiphany when I came face to face with the sculpture of the Lion of Lucerne in Switzerland. Carved in 1820 as a memorial to the bravery of 600 Swiss Guards who lost their lives in 1792 during the French Revolution, Mark Twain described it as “the most...

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Make Big Images With Small Desktop Printers
Jun18

Make Big Images With Small Desktop Printers

By Christine Pentecost– I have a beautiful, scenic image in my collection that begged to be displayed larger than could be output by my desktop printer– which only can use letter-sized paper. Surely, I thought, there must be some way to solve this problem and, as it turns out, there is. Image Splitter is a very simple-to-use (and free) software program that takes an image and quickly divides it into sections which can then be sized to...

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Exhibit Your Photos for Prestige and Profit
Jun02

Exhibit Your Photos for Prestige and Profit

       By Peter E. Randall– For most photographers, the chance to have a one-person exhibit is an exciting opportunity. Then reality sets in and it’s apparent that having an exhibit is more stressful and difficult than making the photographs in the first place. The most ideal opportunity is to be invited to show by a major gallery or a museum, but for most of us that’s not an option. We don’t have the reputation or the following...

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Our National Parks Odyssey
Apr10

Our National Parks Odyssey

By Andrew Slaton– Steam from the early morning chill rises off the Green River in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  Squaretop, an aptly named handsome granite mountain in the distance catches the first rays of the sun, rising somewhere I cannot yet see. I sip my scalding, black coffee in our trailer and wait. This is what I do. I get paid to just sit out in some of the wildest places of the world until that unreal moment of light,...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 3: Post Production
Mar19

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...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 2: Techniques
Mar01

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
Feb13

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...

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Add Value and Security to Your Images
Jan25

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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Get Maximum Shadow Detail in Your Prints
Oct04

Get Maximum Shadow Detail in Your Prints

By Tim Grey– In many cases a print will not reflect the full level of shadow detail as actually exists in the image file. Instead, that shadow gets “blocked up,” similar to the way shadow detail gets clipped in an exposure that is too dark. You can compensate for this issue by essentially brightening the value of black, causing all neighboring tonal values to be brightened up accordingly. With the vast majority of printers I find that...

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Fuse Your Photos to Stone and Tile for Unique Gifts and Stunning Displays
Sep28

Fuse Your Photos to Stone and Tile for Unique Gifts and Stunning Displays

By Christine Pentecost– Finding a unique niche in today’s world of photography is not the easiest thing to do. Fortunately, something as simple as making your own coasters, trivets or hanging wall decorations using inexpensive tile, Mod Podge and Red River photo papers is an easy yet wonderfully creative way to share your photography. I begin by sizing my images to fit the stone or tile I will be using. For a 4-inch square...

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How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 2
Aug31

How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 2

by Arthur H. Bleich– We continue with Part 2 of How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos. In case you missed it, Part 1 was posted on 8/1/16. Stash the Flash. Nothing kills a picture quicker than lighting it with on-camera flash. Pasty, washed out faces and big black shadows guarantee it will never achieve prize-winning status. Unless you’ve mastered the use of off-camera sophisticated flash units, just turn the flash off and shoot with...

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How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 1
Aug01

How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 1

by Arthur H. Bleich– Over the years, I’ve analyzed what separates prize-winning images from the rest and I’d like to share with you what I’ve discovered in this two-part series. Even if prizes are not your goal, you can take a creative leap forward if you keep these suggestions in mind. Every pro has them burned into their thought processes and all photographers who want to improve their work can benefit from them. Let’s begin. Look...

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Textures Can Transform Your Photos Into Fine Art
Jul16

Textures Can Transform Your Photos Into Fine Art

By Nitsa Malik– The fastest way to add a new dimension to a picture is to open your photo editor and insert an additional layer which contains texture on top of your original photo. Textures are usually a photograph or a scan of another image, such as peeling paint, distressed or scratched surface and even vintage paper. These textures can be added on top of your own photo and merged with it by changing the blend modes and opacity...

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Exploring Light
Jun19

Exploring Light

By Bryan Peterson– You can do one of the best exercises I know near your home whether you live in the country or the city, in a house or an apartment. Select any subject, for example, the houses and trees that line your street or the nearby city skyline. If you live in the country, in the mountains, or at the beach, choose a large and expansive composition. Over the course of the next twelve months, document the changing seasons and...

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Photos To Art Prints In Eight Simple Steps
Apr20

Photos To Art Prints In Eight Simple Steps

By Brady Wilks– A digital inkjet wet transfer print provides a look that no other process can achieve. Due to the variations that an artist can use to manipulate the print and its unique visual aesthetic, this alternative photographic process is a powerful and viable option for an artist’s expression. The process is simple and your supply list is short. You will need an inkjet printer; wax paper or a pack of printer labels (address,...

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FREE GIFTS! The Nik Collection from Google and Nik Tutorials from GreyLearning
Apr03

FREE GIFTS! The Nik Collection from Google and Nik Tutorials from GreyLearning

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you know just how coveted Nik imaging software programs are. Google bought Nik in 2012 and has announced that as they focus on long-term investments in building photo editing tools for mobile use, including Google Photos and Snapseed, they’re going to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available free. Actually, insiders say Snapseed was the prime target but Google had to...

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Tri-Fold Brochures Can Yield Big Profits
Mar06

Tri-Fold Brochures Can Yield Big Profits

                                                                                       By Arthur H. Bleich– My first introduction to tri-fold brochures came in pre-web times when I was on an extended assignment to Alaska and based in Sitka. The Chamber of Commerce had placed some small ads in travel magazines to promote their beautiful town as a tourist destination. The response was overwhelming but when readers requested more...

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