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Favorite Photo Places: Howl with the Wolves in Montana

By Christine Pentecost— I’m fortunate to see a lot of wildlife. Living with my husband in the mountains near Bozeman, Montana, close to Yellowstone National Park, we’ve had black bears look into our windows, moose wander through the yard, bobcats and mountain lions meander through our property, and an over abundance of deer visit us, just to name a few. The diversity of wildlife in our area is amazing! I’m lucky to be able to enjoy...

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Clouds Pose Cheerfully and Make Great Images

By Gavin Pretor-Pinney— It is easy to forget that you live in the sky—not beneath it, but within it. Our atmosphere is an enormous ocean, and you inhabit it. This ocean is made up of the gases of air rather than liquid water, but it is as much of an ocean as the Atlantic or the Pacific. You may think of yourself as living on the ground, but all that means is that you are a creature of the ocean bed. You still inhabit the atmosphere like a...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: The Ultimate Challenge, Part 2

By Andrew Slaton— So here we were in Florida, as March rolled closer to April. News about the Coronavirus sparked fear throughout the country. All of our state and national park reservations were canceled out from under us, and photo jobs were postponed or canceled outright. The world, to most everyone, looked a bit more uncertain. But for us, not too much more uncertain. Let’s be honest here:­ Our lives for the last four years have been a...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: The Ultimate Challenge, Part 1

By Andrew Slaton— It’s mid-May at American Horse Lake in Oklahoma as I sit down to write. Things are beginning to open back up, but the second wave of a global pandemic still looms as an inevitable possibility. So much has changed. The Sooner state in the spring is awash with color. Newly budding branches green with rebirth. Skies of complex and ever-changing hues of blue, then textured white, then glowing pink and orange. Reflective water,...

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Thank Essential Workers With A Personalized Card

By Albert Chi— More than 100,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 since the year began so it’s easy to understand why the Sympathy and Get Well card slots in store card racks are bare. But Thank You cards are also in short supply at many locations as grateful survivors and their families snatch them up to send to medical staff and others who’ve gone above and beyond to save patients. Yet, there’s a whole cadre of essential...

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Printing Project Ideas: Sample Kits

Find ideal paper for your needs with our Sample Kits Many of you have tried one or a few papers, but have you explored our other papers? We have samples kits for scrapbookers, photographers, artists, and greeting card enthusiasts.We recommend printing the same image or collage on every surface and keeping it in a binder for reference. This way you can see how each surface affects the same image with vibrancy, color depth, and texture....

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Printing Project Idea: Postcards

Create You Own Postcards Now is a great time to send postcards to family and friends or add them to your online store. Use your photography & art to make custom postcards, sharing your past adventures or your latest art work. We have gloss, matte, and fine art options in both the standard 4×6 ($0.35 to mail) postcard size or larger 5×7 ($.0.50 to mail). Our most popular options are our 60lb. Pecos...

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Back to Basics: The Power of Light

By Suzanne D. Williams— Light is the key element in every photograph and having an understanding of it is essential to becoming a good photographer. Relying on your camera’s automatic settings will at some point become a hindrance because these settings can be misleading. The camera does not always make the correct choice. Instead, you, the photographer, must be able to recognize the light and know how it will affect your final...

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Nina Katchadourian: Photo Artistry at 36,000 Feet

By Arthur H. Bleich— It’s 2011. On a jumbo jet 36,000 feet over the Pacific headed for New Zealand, night has fallen, the cabin lights are  dimmed and most of the passengers have dozed off.  Nina Katchadourian  slips quietly out of her aisle seat, cellphone in hand, and makes her way down the aisle to one of the lavatories. She’s on a mission in conjunction with a project she’s titled “Seat...

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Printing Project Idea: Print for a Photo Album or Framed Wall Art

Remember looking through your family’s photo albums? While at home during this time, why not work on creating your own photo album. Whether you use 4×6 or 5×7 for prints, we have the sizes and surfaces you need to print your inkjet photos to last for years to come. The two most popular papers for photo albums are our UltraPro Satin and UltraPro Gloss.  If you don’t...

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