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Photos are made for Printing

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You’ve purchased the best digital camera with the most features available. You’ve read the owner’s manual cover-to-cover and read every single article on this Website. Most importantly, you’ve spent all of your free time taking photos of everything you see.

Great! Now what?

Print your photos of course!

One big problem with digital images is that they tend to stay digital. You didn’t buy that 8-megapixel camera for e-mail and Web posting. You bought it to print – and print big.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based design/photography firm Design215 has a handy chart on its Web site that shows maximum print sizes for various megapixel counts. The chart can be found here.

Although there are many printers available for home use, few give you the same quality and number of product choices as you’ll find from a professional photo print shop. Furthermore, the prices at the pro shops are quite reasonable and the turnaround time is generally fast.

I highly recommend Mpix. The folks at Mpix do a great job printing and offer some of the best products available. I’ve used this shop several times and never had a bad print job. The products and photo finishes offered at Mpix are truly outstanding and the prices are quite reasonable. You should also try out the Metallic prints if you want your photos to really “pop.” The Metallic print is a pearlescent surface that makes colors more vivid and really adds a special touch to the image. The folks at Mpix also offer a variety of photo products from gallery wraps to buttons to photo statuettes. You can even make puzzles and calendars from your photos. All of the products are reasonably priced and are produced very well.

With the wide variety of printing products and really low costs, there’s no excuse for not having a house-full of photos. Show off your hard work and your creative side by hanging your own artwork in your home and office by getting your images off the memory card and onto your walls.

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Written by jeremyparce

March 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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Unleash Your Creative Potential

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Digital photography can be a fun way to help you unleash your creative potential and learn about art at the same time.

A digital camera is a great tool for a productive, creative and meaningful hobby. A digital camera provides instant feedback and instant gratification. Plus, photography is a hobby that can last a lifetime or even to lead to a career.

The hard part is over – you already own a digital camera! Don’t let your digital camera collect dust while you wait for an “event” to photograph. Create your own special event and spend some time photographing your kids, grandkids, family and friends while learning about digital photography.

Organize a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are fun and even more so with a digital camera. It’s a great event for a lazy day because it will not only get you out of the house for a few hours but it will require you to walk around in the fresh air and actually look at the world in which we live.

Short on scavenger hunt ideas? No problem. Try a few of these:

  • Letters of the Alphabet: This is a great exercise in creativity I use with my own students because it requires them to focus less on the camera and more on the subject. Plus, it’s extremely simple to do. First, participants go out and photograph objects that make letters of the alphabet. For example, a fork in a tree might make a nice letter “Y” or a curve in the sidewalk my make the letter “C.” The ground rules are simple though: No letters on signs or billboards and no arranging objects to make it look like a letter. Only naturally existing “letters” are allowed.
  • Color Wheel: This is another simple and fun project that will not only make you focus on the subject, but will also teach an important lesson about color theory. The color wheel will be the primary tool you’re going to use for this exercise. Using the colors wheel, participants have to find objects in nature that are yellow, red and blue. Be creative! Look past bananas, apples and blueberries and find some really unique items. Once the primary colors have been photographed, go after photos of the Secondary Colors (orange, green and purple) and Tertiary Colors (yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, and yellow-green). Once completed, have the participants print the photos and make a montage so they can create their own photographic color wheel.

    Color Wheel from the Website http://realcolorwheel.com/colorwheel.htm

    Color Wheel from the Website http://realcolorwheel.com/colorwheel.htm

  • What Is It?: This very simple guessing game is easy to do and produces some really interesting results. Have the participants pick any object they choose and take two different photos of the same object: one very close up and one that’s at full view. Print the images and show the close up first and have fun guessing what was photographed.

Good luck and keep shooting!

Written by jeremyparce

March 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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