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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Summer 2016 Winners Announced  for “How Do You Share Great Photographs” Contest
Aug22

Summer 2016 Winners Announced for “How Do You Share Great Photographs” Contest

Red River Paper is pleased to announce the winners of the How Do You Share Great Photographs contest which wrapped up on July 31. In association with Corbell Photographic Workshops, photo enthusiasts were asked to submit stories about how they share their great photographs. It’s wonderful to see the creativity in our photo community. Red River Paper is used in many classrooms by students and educators. Will Milne’s students in Denton,...

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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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Red River Pro Tony Bonanno Will Host New Mexico Workshop In October
Jun29

Red River Pro Tony Bonanno Will Host New Mexico Workshop In October

  Red River Pro Tony Bonanno will share his in-depth knowledge of New Mexico’s land and peoples in a five-day adventure workshop, October 16-21, 2016. Tony’s subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” series. For the first three days, the workshop will be based an...

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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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Epson’s New ET-2550 Printer. Say Goodbye To Ink Cartridges Forever!
Jun01

Epson’s New ET-2550 Printer. Say Goodbye To Ink Cartridges Forever!

Red River Paper has just posted a comprehensive field review of Epson’s new printer/copier/scanner that can bring the cost of printing photos and greeting cards way down. Blog Editor Arthur H. Bleich put the printer through its paces for more than four months and printed hundreds of photos on different Red River Papers –and at all the printer’s resolutions– and the results were revealing, to say the least. The ET-2550 uses only...

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Keyboards Short, Long, Fat, Thin, Loud, Soft And More
May18

Keyboards Short, Long, Fat, Thin, Loud, Soft And More

By Arthur H. Bleich– For years I wanted to take a circular saw and cut the numerical pad off of my keyboard. The the last time I used it must have been…I don’t even remember. But there it sat, just taking up space and putting my mouse just beyond a comfortable reach. Then, one day, tucked away on the Web, I found two companies you’ve probably never heard of– Fentek and Matias. Fentek has the largest collection of specialized PC (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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The History of Photography in 5 Minutes
Feb16

The History of Photography in 5 Minutes

I came across a gem of a video the other day and thought I’d share it with you. But to digress a bit, its title brought back some great memories of Don Novello, a comedian whose character, Father Guido Sarducci, made millions of viewers laugh in the late 70s and early 80s when he appeared on Saturday Night Live and many late-night talk shows. The good “Father” spoke with an Italian accent and purportedly was a reporter from a...

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Paper Crafts: Make Your Own Valentine Puzzle Purse
Feb01

Paper Crafts: Make Your Own Valentine Puzzle Purse

  Red River’s greeting card papers are perfect for Valentine’s Day cards  but for something really special,  use Red River’s 12×12-sized paper to make a Valentine Puzzle Purse that will enthrall your beloved and endear you to them forever. Puzzle Purse Valentines made their first appearance in Jane Austin’s time and were the rage from 1700s until the mid 1800s.Back then,  when romance was an art,...

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Test – Card Setup and Printing EPSON – Vertical Image Layout – Photoshop CC CS6 CS5
Jan28

Test – Card Setup and Printing EPSON – Vertical Image Layout – Photoshop CC CS6 CS5

Card Setup and Printing – Vertical Image Layout – Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 Epson Setup STEP 4 – CUSTOM PAPER SIZE Most recent driver versions look like this in Advanced Mode**. Find the drop down menu that has paper sizes. Find and click on the User Defined option. **If you do not see this menu arrangement, you are probably in Basic Mode. look for a button near the bottom right marked Advanced and click it to get to this...

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Test – Inkjet Card Setup Tutorial  Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 Windows
Jan28

Test – Inkjet Card Setup Tutorial Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 Windows

Inkjet Card Setup Tutorial Photoshop CC CS6 CS5 Windows   Vertical Image Opens like a traditional greeting card Standard Template Tutorial This lesson uses our blank Photoshop templates. You should be familiar with layers, cropping, image sizing, and the text tool to use this lesson. Begin the Standard Tutorial – Vertical Image Super-Simple Card Tutorial Not a Photoshop wizard? Not familiar with layers? This is the lesson...

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Test – Frequently Asked Questions Home

Frequently Asked Questions Home Choose an FAQ category below to begin Technical Support and trouble shooting Product related questions Shipping questions Company information Website use questions Coupons and webcodes offering discounts on your entire purchase cannot be applied toward previously placed orders or prior purchases. Lost your account user name or password? Click here...

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Pros Choose Tony Bonanno To Print Their Best Images
Jan27

Pros Choose Tony Bonanno To Print Their Best Images

Flip a Tony Bonanno coin and it’s a winner either way it lands. Heads, it’s an internationally renowned photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico who travels worldwide to shoot architecture, travel, documentary, corporate events, editorial and fine art photography. Tails, a talented digital print maker who works with both Epson and Canon large-format printers and outputs images for other pros. Bonanno is recognized as a Master...

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Try Soft Light For Great Portraits
Jan12

Try Soft Light For Great Portraits

By Arthur H. Bleich– In the early days of amateur photography, enthusiasts were always being warned to “keep the sun at your back” because films were slow and  needed lots of light to record a decent image. But before photography became the beloved hobby of the masses, Victorian studio photographers had discovered that the best way to light their subjects was to avoid the sun altogether. They set up indoor studios with...

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