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HOliday photo ideas and inspiration for 2020

Once you have gathered with family and friends (carefully this year of course), and have taken so many photos and don’t know what to do with them now, let us help!! We offer a wide variety of printing options from fine art papers, metallic, rice and rag, to canvas options as well! (Including custom picture framing in house!) Want to add a little something extra to these, have our professional calligrapher give your photos an added touch that will elevate the special piece all the more!

Here is a website we just love, and love sharing some of their great tips with you!!

Enjoy!

https://blog.depositphotos.com/holiday-photo-shoot-ideas-2018.html

Take it outside

The weeks leading up to Christmas are a magical time in cities around the world. Take your photo shoot outside! Make the most of all the wonderful holiday-themed decor and place your subjects in context.

holiday photo shoot ideas 2018

Get artsy with compositions

The holiday season is also the time for arts and crafts. Play around with artistic compositions and the little details that make Christmas time so special.

christmas photo shoot ideas 2018

Document the making of

People spend an unbelievable amount of time prepping for the holidays, especially Christmas, with a proper holiday feast. Document not the beautiful dinner setting, but people working at putting together the famous family meals.

christmas photo shoot ideas 2018

If people have pets, include them

Focus on people’s pets throughout your photo shoot. These little members of the family are fun to observe, and capturing moments with them will certainly be appreciated by the people that love them and would like to preserve little memories of them being part of the festive events that are coming up.

holiday photo shoot ideas

Capture intimate moments

Candid, sentimental moments are the way to go during the holidays. Capture couples interacting and going about their day because chances are they’ll appreciate a more authentic, candid photograph over a staged shoot.

christmas photo shoot ideas 2018

Capture the wardrobe choices

Some people really go all out during the holiday season and bring out their favorite themed outfits. This is especially true for kids, so make sure to capture the little details as well.

holiday photo shoot ideas 2018

New Heading Photo

Our new heading Photo is by the very talented Ezekiel Coppersmith. You should check out his work, especially his galaxy images! They are also available for purchase. (shipping available)

https://coppersmith.photography/?fbclid=IwAR2rfQ5slM-nw0e6991k1to8I2bT3W72DHMqGDfbldMCY7At2lxfuZFAbqM

Autumn print Special!!

Are you getting some amazing shots this fall? Colors will be poppin’ soon so make your plans to get out there and shoot! shoot! shoot!!

Then bring your images to use for printing! Starting October 15 thru Oct 30 we will be running our Autumn print special! All orders over $50 receive 10% off when the print special is mentions at time of order. Any orders over $100 will receive 15% off total as well!

And because so many fall photos look great on metallic paper, we are running a special on that as well!! All metallic prints size 11×14 and up will be 15%!!

Remember you can always send in your digital images for us to process at any time day or night!

Here are some fall leaf shooting photo tips! Now get out there and have some fun!!

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography

Fall photography is all about color — red, yellow, and orange leaves, blue skies, and evergreen trees. As temperatures cool down, the warm hues of the countryside attract photographers and visitors from all over with stunning picturesque landscapes.

Although the leaf-peeping season is brief, you’ll discover tons of gorgeous scenery, such as the leaves changing from green to gold and the ground becoming blanketed with colorful fallen leaves. The autumn landscape makes the perfect background for seasonal portraits and festive family candids. Grab your camera gear and use these tips to capture some breathtaking views.

Choose your location

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography

When you live in a region surrounded by colorful trees, you don’t need to go any farther than your own backyard for fantastic fall photos. If you’re planning a fall foliage trip, you’ll need to be aware of peak viewing times for the area you’re visiting. Weather plays a major role in the timing and intensity of autumn colors in any given year, so regularly check the foliage forecast in the area and consult with local residents for the best routes and times to plan your drive in the country.

Timing is everything

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography day timeExpert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography night time

The timing of autumn colors can impact what and where you choose to shoot. The peak of fall color is short-lived, so be prepared to head out before chilly autumn storms knock the leaves to the ground. There are plenty of great photo ops to be found before the colors peak, with patches of ambers and reds bursting out among the mostly green leaves. The post-peak season also offers attractive scenery, with yellow leaves covering the forest floor and riverbeds.

Time of day can have a drastic impact on the vibrancy of autumn colors, depending on the direction of light and the brightness of the day.

Make the most of available lighting

Make the most of Photography lighting

Outdoor photography presents a challenge in any season, with shifting clouds and unpredictable weather conditions sometimes hampering an extraordinary scene. In autumn, the midday sun and brilliant blue skies make red and orange hues pop, creating dazzling fall landscapes. If you’re looking to capture hillside vistas at scenic overlooks, plan for overcast days with white skies for stellar images. You can still get lots of magical fall photos on cloudy days — just reduce the amount of sky that’s visible in your composition.

Sunny days crank up the brightness and contrast, casting lots of deep shadows in wooded areas. If you’re taking photographs within a park or forest, use the shadows and backlit leaves for dramatic effect in your images. Remember to activate your camera’s flash when taking portraits or still-life photos to keep your subject adequately lit by filling in deep shadows.

When photographing outdoor scenes with a combination of warm and cool colors, try using a polarizing filter on your lens. A polarizing lens filter can reduce reflections from water, darken skies, and enhance cloud contrast, all of which will balance colors and make the whole scene more vivid. They are best used at right angles to the sun but also play a major role in reducing reflections on cloudy days — ultimately increasing the color saturation in your image. Simply turn the filter until you see what you like, and snap away!

Experiment with framing

Framing tips

The longer focal length lets you zoom in on specific details within a landscape scene, like a cluster of birch trees or a single golden leaf on an old tree stump. Get low and shoot a path or roadway in wider angle to exaggerate the perspective.

Isolate your subject

Isolation camera tips

Great photographs need a compelling subject. By choosing a focal point — a branch full of glowing red maple leaves or yellow leaves on a weathered picnic table — you’ll boost the visual interest in your images. Use Av (Aperture-priority) mode on your camera or select a wider aperture, around f/2.8 or f/5.6, to isolate your subject from its surroundings. The wider aperture will soften or compress the background so that your still-life subject stands out.

Slow it down

Slow it down

Great photographs need a compelling subject. By choosing a focal point — a branch full of glowing red maple leaves or yellow leaves on a weathered picnic table — you’ll boost the visual interest in your images. Use Av (Aperture-priority) mode on your camera or select a wider aperture, around f/2.8 or f/5.6, to isolate your subject from its surroundings. The wider aperture will soften or compress the background so that your still-life subject stands out.

Autumn print Special!!

Are you getting some amazing shots this fall? Colors will be poppin’ soon so make your plans to get out there and shoot! shoot! shoot!!

Then bring your images to use for printing! Starting October 15 thru Oct 30 we will be running our Autumn print special! All orders over $50 receive 10% off when the print special is mentions at time of order. Any orders over $100 will receive 15% off total as well!

And because so many fall photos look great on metallic paper, we are running a special on that as well!! All metallic prints size 11×14 and up will be 15%!!

Remember you can always send in your digital images for us to process at any time day or night!

Here are some fall leaf shooting photo tips! Now get out there and have some fun!!

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography

Fall photography is all about color — red, yellow, and orange leaves, blue skies, and evergreen trees. As temperatures cool down, the warm hues of the countryside attract photographers and visitors from all over with stunning picturesque landscapes.

Although the leaf-peeping season is brief, you’ll discover tons of gorgeous scenery, such as the leaves changing from green to gold and the ground becoming blanketed with colorful fallen leaves. The autumn landscape makes the perfect background for seasonal portraits and festive family candids. Grab your camera gear and use these tips to capture some breathtaking views.

Choose your location

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography

When you live in a region surrounded by colorful trees, you don’t need to go any farther than your own backyard for fantastic fall photos. If you’re planning a fall foliage trip, you’ll need to be aware of peak viewing times for the area you’re visiting. Weather plays a major role in the timing and intensity of autumn colors in any given year, so regularly check the foliage forecast in the area and consult with local residents for the best routes and times to plan your drive in the country.

Timing is everything

Expert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography day timeExpert Tips for Spectacular Fall Foliage Photography night time

The timing of autumn colors can impact what and where you choose to shoot. The peak of fall color is short-lived, so be prepared to head out before chilly autumn storms knock the leaves to the ground. There are plenty of great photo ops to be found before the colors peak, with patches of ambers and reds bursting out among the mostly green leaves. The post-peak season also offers attractive scenery, with yellow leaves covering the forest floor and riverbeds.

Time of day can have a drastic impact on the vibrancy of autumn colors, depending on the direction of light and the brightness of the day.

Make the most of available lighting

Make the most of Photography lighting

Outdoor photography presents a challenge in any season, with shifting clouds and unpredictable weather conditions sometimes hampering an extraordinary scene. In autumn, the midday sun and brilliant blue skies make red and orange hues pop, creating dazzling fall landscapes. If you’re looking to capture hillside vistas at scenic overlooks, plan for overcast days with white skies for stellar images. You can still get lots of magical fall photos on cloudy days — just reduce the amount of sky that’s visible in your composition.

Sunny days crank up the brightness and contrast, casting lots of deep shadows in wooded areas. If you’re taking photographs within a park or forest, use the shadows and backlit leaves for dramatic effect in your images. Remember to activate your camera’s flash when taking portraits or still-life photos to keep your subject adequately lit by filling in deep shadows.

When photographing outdoor scenes with a combination of warm and cool colors, try using a polarizing filter on your lens. A polarizing lens filter can reduce reflections from water, darken skies, and enhance cloud contrast, all of which will balance colors and make the whole scene more vivid. They are best used at right angles to the sun but also play a major role in reducing reflections on cloudy days — ultimately increasing the color saturation in your image. Simply turn the filter until you see what you like, and snap away!

Experiment with framing

Framing tips

The longer focal length lets you zoom in on specific details within a landscape scene, like a cluster of birch trees or a single golden leaf on an old tree stump. Get low and shoot a path or roadway in wider angle to exaggerate the perspective.

Isolate your subject

Isolation camera tips

Great photographs need a compelling subject. By choosing a focal point — a branch full of glowing red maple leaves or yellow leaves on a weathered picnic table — you’ll boost the visual interest in your images. Use Av (Aperture-priority) mode on your camera or select a wider aperture, around f/2.8 or f/5.6, to isolate your subject from its surroundings. The wider aperture will soften or compress the background so that your still-life subject stands out.

Slow it down

Slow it down

Great photographs need a compelling subject. By choosing a focal point — a branch full of glowing red maple leaves or yellow leaves on a weathered picnic table — you’ll boost the visual interest in your images. Use Av (Aperture-priority) mode on your camera or select a wider aperture, around f/2.8 or f/5.6, to isolate your subject from its surroundings. The wider aperture will soften or compress the background so that your still-life subject stands out.

Hello Friends!!

We are restructuring our printing space, adding new papers, media and framing options just for you! But in doing so, we will be need to close our doors for a few days. From Friday August 21 and reopen on Aug 25 should give us plenty of time to get everything ready! We are so excited to be able to bring you such a great selection of media for your photography, giclee’ and fine art prints!!

Thank you for your patience with us as we continue to expand our options to bring you more!!

(you can always email in your print orders and they will be addressed ASAP)

Happy 4th of July!!

Wish all of our clients and friends a safe, fun and festive Holiday weekend! This is a good article about how to be safe in these strange times we are currently in.

We will be Closed-Sign-Transparent  Closed from July 5th-July 13th, 2020.  You may still send in your images for printing, however, they will not be addressed until July 14th.

 

How to safely celebrate the 4th of July during a pandemic

Here’s how to celebrate the Fourth of July during the coronavirus pandemic including how to watch fireworks while social distancing.

Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2020/07/01/how-safely-celebrate-4th-july-during-covid-19-pandemic/5354732002/

or most Americans, the Fourth of July is going to look a lot different this year. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many cities and states have decided to cancel their annual parades, festivals, and fireworks displays, along with closing picnic areas and park pavilions to discourage crowds from gathering.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also urging people to take necessary safety precautions this Independence Day. Addressing the recent spike in coronavirus cases, Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said, “For the Fourth of July, which is a family event, we want to emphasize that it’s really important that we get back to being vigilant as our collective commitment … to protect vulnerable friends, family, community.”

While you may not be able to attend the usual festivities or gather with friends and neighbors to watch fireworks, there are still ways to celebrate the Fourth of July while social distancing and following the CDC’s guidelines for preventing the further spread of COVID-19. Whether it’s finding a safe way to go see fireworks or hosting a backyard barbecue that doesn’t put yourself or others at risk, below are our top tips for enjoying the holiday responsibly this year amid the global pandemic.

Quarantined? Now what?

With the Nation (and most of the world) on lock-down for a few weeks, hopefully not much longer than that, what will you do with your time? I’m not putting these in any specific order, just a few ideas to start out.

Well, here are a few suggestions:

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  1. HOUSECLEANING

It may not be your favorite past time,but it has to be done at some point. Maybe even a good deep cleaning, get out the step stools and clean the tops of the blinds and drapes. Reach to the far corners of the rooms, and be sure to get the fan blades as well. Have you changed your A/C filter yet? There are plenty of house cleaning supplies that you can make/use if you run out of the standard store bought stuff.

Bonus: pretty much germ free (at least for a while) and smells good!

2.START EDITING

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If you can, this will be a great time to sit down and start working on the backlog of images you keep putting off or have forgotten about.

GET IT DONE!!

3. TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE

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If it’s something you are interested in, there are a ton of places to take a wide variety of courses, from home. Everything from art classes and tutorials to adding a new skill that is related to your career or job, a new language, a new craft, hobby, and just about anything else.

4.WORK OUT

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Grab that yoga mat, jump on that treadmill, lift those kettle bells!! I’ll cheer you on from afar! But I’ll be honest with you, I am not that disciplined to work out daily at home, but I know plenty of folks who are. So if it makes you feel good, then do it! (I really should do more myself)