How To Survive If Your Drive Takes A Dive
Dec05

How To Survive If Your Drive Takes A Dive

By Arthur H. Bleich– There are few things more chilling than to see this message pop up on your computer screen during startup: “This disk is not readable by this computer.” Is your data still on the hard disk? Is it a software problem? A hardware problem? A connection problem? What happened? If it’s your internal drive that’s gone south, you won’t even be able to get online for help. You get that numb feeling of fear. Well, hang in...

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Paper Crafts: Custom Christmas Inkjet Gift Tags
Dec04

Paper Crafts: Custom Christmas Inkjet Gift Tags

We all love to add a little bit of personal touch to our Christmas decorations and gifts. How about printing your own Christmas tags? We went over to NorthpoleChristmas.com and downloaded the free template, picked out a couple of our favorite Red River Papers (see which in “Resources” below) and voila – adorable Christmas tags.   If you are using Photoshop, you could even personalize the tags with the font of...

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Cash In On Greeting Cards!
Nov03

Cash In On Greeting Cards!

  By Drew Hendrix– Electronic greeting cards may be click ‘n easy but the public still has a voracious appetite for printed cards; all it takes to enter the market and start making money is a printer, the right Red River Paper card stock and, of course, your best images. The Greeting Card Association estimates that more than 7 billion paper cards were sold last year at prices ranging from $2 to $10 and that women accounted for...

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Richard Baker: War and Peace
Oct26

Richard Baker: War and Peace

By Arthur H. Bleich– In 1966, Richard Baker aimed his M-16 at the Vietnamese; today he uses an arsenal of analog cameras to shoot them. His goal is to photograph all 54 ethnic tribes in the country where he was once sent to fight. Now 68, the twice-wounded Army veteran has been back to Vietnam about 15 times since the war ended; he jokes that he’s done more tours of duty there than any other soldier. Capturing images on pin-hole and...

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Rock Solid Images From The 60’s
Oct01

Rock Solid Images From The 60’s

    An interview with famous 1960s rock photographer Baron Wolman appears in the October 2015 Shutterbug Magazine. Written by Blog Editor, Arthur H. Bleich, the piece took three years to make it into print. “It seems,” recalls Bleich, “that everything was conspiring against it ever being published.” The article was assigned in 2012 by Shutterbug’s then-editor, George Schaub, right in the middle...

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What To Think About BEFORE You Shoot
Sep09

What To Think About BEFORE You Shoot

   By Arthur H. Bleich– Chances are you already know about different post production work flow techniques that can be used in Photoshop and/or Lightroom after you’ve shot your pictures. But it’s equally important to establish a workflow you can follow before you even make the shot. Here are nine things you should think about before you lift the camera to your eye. I’ve grouped them so when you begin to follow this recipe you only...

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Quickstart Guide To Inkjet Papers
Aug10

Quickstart Guide To Inkjet Papers

By Drew Hendrix –Today’s selection of inkjet papers provides amazing creative opportunities for photo enthusiasts by offering quality, control and cost savings previously unknown to photographers who worked with conventional photo papers. There are many more options to let you match the paper’s surface to suit your photographic style. Weight, texture, shade and more can finely tune the look and feel of your prints. Never in the...

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Frame Your Images for Maximum Impact!
May12

Frame Your Images for Maximum Impact!

By Arthur H. Bleich– Throughout history, great works of art have been showcased in frames and your best images deserve no less. It’s amazing how they’ll stand out and gain stature; a framed photograph seems to announce: “Look at me, I’m worthy of viewing!” But how do you choose the right frame? For years I’ve put off framing my best images for two reasons. First, I wasn’t up to learning how to frame from scratch; for example, making...

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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 2
Apr14

Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 2

By Tim Grey–  Variability. I am often asked whether it is best to use a full backup solution where the backup is replaced each time you perform a backup, or an incremental backup where only changes made since the last backup are copied. My answer is to use both of these approaches. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of backup, and so I encourage you to use more than one approach to help make up for the limits of each...

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Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 1
Apr07

Backup Therapy for Paranoid Photographers, Part 1

By Tim Grey–  To me a big part of why I capture photographic images in the first place is to preserve memories that are important to me. By definition, if I intentionally pressed the shutter release button on the camera then the photo I captured is important to me in some way. Therefore, I want to make sure that my photos are stored in a way that minimizes the risk of loss. Hard drives fail—all too often—and I want to ensure that a...

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Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print
Mar24

Nothing Says it Better Than A Photographic Print

By Drew Hendrix– I have a friend whose daughter died when she was a teenager but he still greets her every day with: “Hi kiddo, how’s it going?” And he says she always replies with a smile from within her picture frame on the wall. He told me that when he views her image on a computer or cellphone screen, it just doesn’t seem as real. Nor would many of our memories be as pleasurable to recall if they had to be dug out from...

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Six-day Orgy of Free Seminars wIll be Streamed February 23-28 during Photoshop Week 2015
Feb20

Six-day Orgy of Free Seminars wIll be Streamed February 23-28 during Photoshop Week 2015

The world’s foremost Photoshop and Lightroom experts will come together at CreativeLive’s Third Annual Photoshop Week (February 23-28, 2015), a six-day series of 49 online seminars streamed directly to your computer for viewing in the comfort of your home or studio. CreativeLive will broadcast live, 90-minute classes presented by the industry’s leading Photoshop experts including Dave Cross, Tim Grey, Jason Hoppe, Mike Kelley,...

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Shoot Masterpieces On Your Kitchen Table
Feb17

Shoot Masterpieces On Your Kitchen Table

by Arthur H. Bleich– When the weather outside turns frightful why not stay inside, where it’s nice and warm, and shoot some still lifes. What’s a still life? It’s simply a creative arrangement of objects which you design. You’ve probably seen classical still life paintings such as flower arrangements or bowls of fruit with fish or fowl in the scene. While these are more traditional still life subjects, yours should be...

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Great Photo Ops Lurk In Unexpected Places
Dec08

Great Photo Ops Lurk In Unexpected Places

By Arthur H. Bleich– I rarely just wander around looking for good pictures. Instead, I almost always have a clearly defined goal in mind when I sling my Pentax over the shoulder and set out for a shooting session. For example, doing a series of images at the town’s train station in the early morning light, catching some action at a kid’s soccer game or shooting a summer band concert down by the river–­ thematic subjects like that....

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Fine Tune Your Exposures  With “Smart” Bracketing
Sep18

Fine Tune Your Exposures With “Smart” Bracketing

by Arthur H. Bleich– Most digital cameras have an auto-bracketing feature that allows three or more images to be shot manually or automatically in rapid succession, each at a different exposure. The first picture is exposed at what the camera’s light meter determines to be correct, followed by an under-exposed image and then another that’s over-exposed. You can preset the amount of exposure difference between shots and sometimes even...

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Wider is Better
Jul29

Wider is Better

By Arthur H. Bleich– Most amateur photographers lust for longer focal length lenses that bring distant subjects nearer. But most professionals will tell you that if they had to choose between a telephoto or a short focal length lens, they’d take the wide-angle every time. First, it’s a very versatile lens, especially for shooting close-up action. It has great inherent depth of field; you can disengage your camera’s autofocus, set the...

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How Well Do You Know Your Aspect Ratio?
May21

How Well Do You Know Your Aspect Ratio?

By Shelly Katz–  Recently, a puzzling question crossed my desk – yes, it was a Monday. Question: Do you have a chart of what is the most standard actual print sizes to fit on a certain paper size. EX:  17×22 paper size –  renders a 18×12 print Thanks! My Reply:  At first all I could say is that any size image up to the size of the paper would surely fit, and although I wasn’t quite sure what the writer was...

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Judging a Lens by the Quality of a Print
May05

Judging a Lens by the Quality of a Print

by Derrick Story–  I test a lot of gear over the course of a year, including lenses in all sorts of mounts. I don’t have an optical bench for these reviews. I focus on how the equipment performs in the field. The final step in this process is to make a 13″ x 19″ print on Red River Paper UltraPro Gloss 2.0. Why? Because the print shows me the image in a different way than on a computer screen. And in my book, this is...

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Shooting Perfect Sunsets
Mar28

Shooting Perfect Sunsets

By Arthur H. Bleich–  You can’t beat a magnificent sunset to make you feel, as Robert Browning put it, “God’s in his heaven– All’s right with the world.” Frequently though, all’s not right with the pictures you took. Without the salty aroma of the ocean, balmy summer breezes or the sounds of birds singing in the trees, your sunset photos can be a real letdown. While there’s no way to bring back the sensory elements, just a bit...

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Boldly Going Where No Lens Has Gone Before
Feb20

Boldly Going Where No Lens Has Gone Before

By Arthur H. Bleich–  You can fiddle around with in Photoshop to merge several images taken at different distance settings in order to increase your depth of field but nothing does it better (or faster) than Helicon Focus, a stand-alone application created by a team of developers, headed by Dan Kozub, in the Ukraine who relish taking on software challenges like this. Helicon Focus combines a series of shots that have had their focus...

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