Our National Parks Odyssey: The Ultimate Challenge,  Part 2
Jun29

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...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: The Ultimate Challenge,  Part 1
Jun16

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...

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Thank Essential Workers With A Personalized Card
May30

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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Back to Basics: The Power of Light
May17

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
Apr30

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 Assignment” and tonight...

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Printing Project Idea: Print for a Photo Album or Framed Wall Art
Apr29

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 already...

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Printing Project Idea: Create Your Own Coloring Pages
Apr22

Printing Project Idea: Create Your Own Coloring Pages

    If you are looking for projects to do while at home, printing your own coloring pages is a quick and easy craft project. You can print some free coloring pages for kids AND adults from Crayola’s website as well as The Spruce Craft’s .   You can also turn your own photography or artwork into a coloring page with websites like Reallycolor.com The two papers we recommend for coloring pages (tested with...

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Use Lockdown Time To Sharpen Your Photo Skills
Apr03

Use Lockdown Time To Sharpen Your Photo Skills

By Arthur H. Bleich— “These are times that try men’s souls.  That’s what Thomas Paine wrote in 1776, after our country severed its ties with England. Now, 244 years later, we’re facing  a similar challenge with most of the country in mandatory lockdown. Although confinement to quarters can be frustrating and time seems to creep along slower than a snail in mud, it may be a blessing in disguise, allowing you to do things you’ve...

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Here comes the sun…and Solarcan’s ready to grab it!
Mar18

Here comes the sun…and Solarcan’s ready to grab it!

By Albert Chi— Many strange-looking cameras have been produced but Solarcan may be the weirdest, yet. And, certainly, what it’s made to do gives it a leg up on all the others. Basically, it’s a pinhole camera with a twist (curved to be more exact), made to record the transit of the Sun, for a day, a week, a month—even a year or more. The image it produces shows how, as the seasons change, the sun takes a different path across the sky...

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Jules Aarons: Mind of a Scientist, Eye of an Artist
Feb29

Jules Aarons: Mind of a Scientist, Eye of an Artist

by Arthur H. Bleich— By day Jules Aarons worked as an astrophysicist, unraveling mysteries of celestial communications; weekends he roamed Boston’s West End, photographing its vibrant street life; nights found him in the darkroom, transforming his images into works of art. When he died in 2008, at 87, Aarons had made his mark; both as a space age pioneer and a documentary photographer who’d taken thousands of stunning...

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Texture, Deckle and Float Your Flower Images!
Feb18

Texture, Deckle and Float Your Flower Images!

By Christine Pentecost— Living in Montana, where the winters are  long, I decided to give myself a photographic challenge, so I could enjoy my flowers year round. I wanted to photograph fresh bouquets of flowers, but in a way that I could have unique backgrounds, which could easily be changed.  I also wanted a new way to present them at the many shows I exhibit at. Here’s an overview of three techniques to make your flower...

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Vacation With An Artist; It Could Change Your Life!
Feb03

Vacation With An Artist; It Could Change Your Life!

    By Albert Chi— If you crave something new and unusual for your overseas vacation this year, why not consider spending some time with a master artist, photographer or other creative artisan in the country of your choice? Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA) can connect you with about a hundred of them in almost 30 countries for a one-on-one experience that ranges from a few days to more than a week. Those who’ve participated...

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Jason Ware: Deep Space Images In A Cosmic Arena
Jan21

Jason Ware: Deep Space Images In A Cosmic Arena

By Arthur H. Bleich— Thirty years ago, Jason Ware’s wife gave him a simple telescope as a Christmas gift, kindling a passionate love affair with the stars that has never faltered. Today, at 58, he’s still enamored with the night sky and the photographic exploration of deep space. He’s very good at it– his images have been published hundreds of times and hang on the walls of many fine homes. Astrophotography is a demanding technique to...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: Metamorphosis, Part 2
Jan01

Our National Parks Odyssey: Metamorphosis, Part 2

by Andrew Slaton— As Wyoming’s towering mountains began to thaw, we hit our stride, spending more and more time apart, fully immersed in our new endeavor as business managers. We found our rhythm and dialed in each of our roles. I was the mechanic and extra driver, as well as the company’s web developer. Ellen managed employees and customer service. Pretty much everything behind the scenes was her jam. There wasn’t really much time...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: Metamorphosis, Part 1
Dec16

Our National Parks Odyssey: Metamorphosis, Part 1

By Andrew Slaton— I’ve learned that stagnation often seems to be the natural state of humanity. But this is not how people thrive… it is merely how one survives. And Ellen and I need change. Dallas in December is a crap shoot. For many reasons, really. First, the weather is often all over the place. Blustery and in the 40s one day, and the next, 75 and sunny. It wreaks havoc on my allergies. Also, we spend most of the year away from...

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Photographing a World Within a World
Nov29

Photographing a World Within a World

by Joshua Haruni— As a photojournalist, I became curious about the resurgence of the “Practical Kabbalah” amongst mainstream Israeli Jews and was intrigued as to why, at the end of the 20th century, educated people with full access to modern medicine, technology, the law and democracy were turning to religious scholars and ascetics for help as if none of the above existed. I knew from my Jewish upbringing that the study and practice...

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Favorite Photo Places: Hot Air Balloon Festivals
Nov15

Favorite Photo Places: Hot Air Balloon Festivals

By Will Keener and Ron Wolfe— It’s hard to imagine an event that could provide more colors, shapes, characters, configurations, and downright joy to photographers than a hot-air balloon festival. The kaleidoscope of color and the interaction of the setting, the viewers, the balloons and their crews make for a stunning variety of possibilities. Living within hours of one of the first and finest balloon festivals, experience has taught...

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A Rock Photographer’s Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Oct29

A Rock Photographer’s Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

By Baron Wolman— In April 1967, my life changed unexpectedly, and for the better, when I met Jann Wenner—a then twenty-one-year-old freelance writer and student at the University of California, Berkeley. I had been photographing bands for a while in the Bay Area, when Wenner told me of his plans to start a new kind of music periodical. It would become Rolling Stone. He invited me to join him in his endeavor and I immediately agreed,...

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Unique Frames Give Images Extra Pop
Oct17

Unique Frames Give Images Extra Pop

By Arthur H. Bleich— Frames are fantastic for making your images stand out, but rather than going for traditional plain ones, here are some unusual options (and the stories behind them) to make your pictures shine. We’ve even obtained some special deals just for Red River Paper blog readers should you be interested in purchasing some of them. Ross and Kristen Hunter live in Edinburgh, Scotland and have always been attuned to things...

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12,000 Free “Roadside America” Images
Oct02

12,000 Free “Roadside America” Images

         By Albert Chi — Tooling along in a spiffy, rented Cadillac, John Margolies, architectural critic, author and photographer would take off on months-long road trips throughout America along with his Canon FT, a 50mm lens and a trunkfull of ASA 25 Kodachrome film. It was the 1970s and the new interstate highways were about to bypass the venerable old ones where here and there and everywhere roadside signs and kitschy...

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