Levison Wood: Photo Encounters With Strangers
May16

Levison Wood: Photo Encounters With Strangers

  by Levison Wood— I have spent the majority of the last ten years in the wild and on the road, travelling in more than a hundred countries. It has been a time of great and rapid global change, and I have been lucky enough to witness many of these changes at first hand and document them in images that preserve these moments in time. For me, every single picture conjures a memory of an individual, a family or a whole community,...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: Renaissance, Part Two
Apr29

Our National Parks Odyssey: Renaissance, Part Two

by Andrew Slaton— Part Two of Two. 02/18/22. Our National Parks odyssey has shifted into a different kind of journey. Nearly six years ago we set off on an adventure to travel the country and see/ document all the national parks. Since then, three new parks have been created, two presidential changes, a two-year (and still counting, in some states, at least), raging pandemic. Yet in the midst of all this, we found a new direction. We...

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Our National Parks Odyssey: Renaissance, Part One
Apr17

Our National Parks Odyssey: Renaissance, Part One

by Andrew Slaton— Part One of Two. 01/19/22. The light filters through palms and dances seductively along the prickly- looking edges of the Spanish moss. It hangs in a pattern of almost perfect randomness on the ancient oaks above my camp. Florida feels like home. Hell, who am I kidding? So many places feel like home these days, it’s hard to decipher what “home” really means anymore. This June will mark six full years of living as...

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Back to Basics: Photographing Events
Mar31

Back to Basics: Photographing Events

By Albert Chi— Winter has officially ended, opening the door for for a plethora of of events that are going to take place this spring, summer and fall— all of which  have the potential for great images. Holiday parades, musical performances, sports events, rodeos and, of course, graduations, birthday parties and weddings just to name a few. Events provide great photographic opportunities, but because they usually move at their own...

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Success on Paper: Story #1  –  Red River Paper Brings History to Life
Mar21

Success on Paper: Story #1 – Red River Paper Brings History to Life

Welcome to Success on Paper, our series highlighting businesses from around the country with at least one thing in common: Red River Paper. From architectural firms to printing retailers, companies that depend on impeccable paper quality and creative customer service are relying on RRP to help them present their work in beautiful, compelling ways.  First up in the series: The Historic Map Company of Lafayette, Louisiana. A Bright...

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Isaac Wright: Stunning Cityscapes From On High
Mar13

Isaac Wright: Stunning Cityscapes From On High

By Arthur H. Bleich— Early 2017 was the start of a tough time for U. S. Army Sgt. Isaac Wright, a paratrooper stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. An pending divorce and a serious reassessment of his life’s goals prompted him to buy a Nikon D3400 and begin to shoot photographs to get his mind off his problems Wright had enlisted in the Army in 2014 when he was 18, right out of high school and, though things had been going well for two and half...

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Make Spectacular Reflection-Free Framed Prints
Feb27

Make Spectacular Reflection-Free Framed Prints

By Al Warfield– After you’ve gone to the effort of taking the perfect shot, making the perfect print, and choosing the perfect frame, why spoil your image by framing it under glass where a myriad of reflections will wreck its beauty? It’s easy to eliminate reflections on framed prints made with Red River Matte and Fine Art Matte papers; you’ll also have the added advantage of displaying an image as large as the frame size instead of a...

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Favorite Photo Locations: The Oregon Coast
Feb15

Favorite Photo Locations: The Oregon Coast

FLASHBACK – Originally posted 2/18 By Laurie Excell Some of the most beautiful coastline in all America is just a short, ninety-minute drive from Portland, Oregon and stretches 363 miles from the Columbia River to the California border. [See “Resources” below for map.] It’s hard to know where to point your camera first when confronted with 80 state park and recreation areas, nine-plus light houses, numerous quaint...

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Print Greeting and Note Cards for Profit. Part 2
Jan30

Print Greeting and Note Cards for Profit. Part 2

by Christine Pentecost—  Receiving a card in the mail will always eclipse one sent electronically—not only because it shows the recipient you really spent some time picking it out just for them, but also that you wanted to write a personal note of your own and not rely on some clever or flowery language that was written to cover all bases. Your thoughts really do count. Now let’s go into what customers like to buy when it comes to...

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Print Greeting and  Note Cards for Profit. Part 1
Jan16

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 to...

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Posts You May Have Missed This Past Year
Dec31

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...

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New Photo Project Book Really Delivers!
Dec21

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. The...

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Favorite Photo Places: The Great Smoky Mountains
Nov30

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...

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Kodak’s Coloramas Still Resonate 30 Years Later
Nov08

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!
Oct19

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...

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Collect Iconic Photos For Fun and Profit
Oct03

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
Sep17

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...

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A Trifecta of Photo Workshops: Polar Bears, Tornados and Rock Stars
Aug30

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
Aug15

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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Our National Parks Odyssey: Time Marches On
Jul31

Our National Parks Odyssey: Time Marches On

By Andrew R. Slaton— There was so much sunshine in those days. The abundant and pillowy cumulus clouds were always present, but they seemed to narrowly skirt obstructing the source of all that light for a suspiciously long amount of time. The cold, dark shadows would come eventually. Open country has always had a way of capturing my full imagination—in an all- encompassing way. It wouldn’t matter what manner or shape of landscape; the...

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