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Print Greeting and Note Cards for Profit. Part 1

    By Christine Pentecost— The greeting and note card business is booming despite the ease of sending digital cards. Hallmark’s slogan sums up the difference between the two. An emailed card is a half-hearted gesture, but “when you care to send the very best” only a paper card will do. It shows you’ve taken the time to give your recipient a warm and personal feeling  when they open the envelope. About 12 years ago, I decided...

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Posts You May Have Missed This Past Year

To Our Red River Paper Blog Visitors This past year has been a tumultuous one with big news stories breaking almost daily and folks scrambling to re-arrange their schedules each time  new Covid guidelines were announced. We’ve picked some great posts for your reading pleasure in case you missed them the first time around. All of us at  Red River Paper  wish you…  A Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!   Nikola Olic:...

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New Photo Project Book Really Delivers!

By Albert Chi— Despite its quirky title, this new photo book by Chris Gatcum will introduce you to a plethora of projects, allowing you to achieve creative mastery of the digital photography medium…stuff you’ve always wanted to do but never quite figured out how. The subtitle of the book is “52 weekly projects to make you a better photographer” but don’t mistake this for the usual run-of-the-mill book of its kind; it’s way better....

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Favorite Photo Places: The Great Smoky Mountains

By Ron Wolfe and Will Keener— To be sure, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a place for all seasons, but autumn is especially spectacular! The park’s allure is particularly strong in the fall, as Mother Nature uncovers yet another set of delights. There’s a reason that photo workshops, pros, and enthusiasts all head for these mountains in the late days of October and early November. It’s also a time when the park sets visitation...

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Kodak’s Coloramas Still Resonate 30 Years Later

By Arthur H. Bleich— Back in the 1950s I used to take the subway from Brooklyn (where I lived) into Manhattan (“The City”) to go to concerts, museums and other attractions and also made frequent trips for art and music lessons and nighttime fun. Parts of my  borough were still semi-rural; just a decade earlier, cows   grazed nearby my home. As I grew up all the excitement, except for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was across the river. It took...

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Back To Basics: Quick ‘n Easy Print Framing!

By Peter E. Randall— Based on nearly sixty years of experience, I believe there are two major elements to photography. The first part is the making of an image, whether on film, digital or smartphone. The other aspect is what to do with it. Today, internet programs such as Instagram or Facebook appear to be the prime destinations for digital images. This may be momentarily satisfying, but it does nothing for the long-term appreciation of your...

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Collect Iconic Photos For Fun and Profit

By Albert Chi— Classic and contemporary photos by photographers have become a staple  at auctions and all you need to get in on the action and bid is your cellphone. But even if you don’t want to participate, viewing the images up on the block can be a fascinating pastime and you can enjoy looking at a range of work from the beginning of photography to the present. In fact, at one auction house, you  can also look at past auctions and...

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Your Scanner Invites You to Create Exquisite Images

by Janet Dwyer— Often people who see my exhibition prints are floored by the larger than life detail, then stunned when told my ‘camera’ is a scanner. Scanners create some unique effects due to their myopic vision, wrap around quality of lighting, and moving lens. The lens records and lights the objects from several different points of view as it travels past them. In the early 2000s I connected my first Epson scanner to a computer and,...

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A Trifecta of Photo Workshops: Polar Bears, Tornados and Rock Stars

By Albert Chi— There are hundreds of workshops worldwide covering different aspects of photography, but these are unique because they meet three important criteria. First, they’re in unusual venues in the U.S. or Canada. Second, attendance is limited to no more than six and, finally, all are led by experienced and outstanding photographers who are pros in their respective specialties. Dawn Wilson: Go Eye-To-Eye with Polar Bears Dawn...

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Asus 24″ Monitor: Perfect Color for Perfect Prints

By Arthur H. Bleich— You may own cameras and software worth thousands of dollars, but that won’t result in good prints unless you’re able to view your images accurately on your monitor. The 24” Asus PA248QV allows you to do just that; in fact, it out-performs many monitors costing a lot more than its modest price of $219—which includes free shipping. Don’t take my word for it; over 80% of more than 750 reviews from those...

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