Photo Blog

These articles are written by photographers and experts in their field to address many questions that come up in the world of photography and digital imaging. Some of these posts also contain useful links to other resources and places to shop for products discussed in the features. We are eager to hear your input so that we can enhance our reader’s experience and grow this section as a valuable resource.

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Info, Fun and More

ArtsyMall Artsy Mall is a Red Bubble store that features images of natural beauty including landscapes, wildlife, and domestic animals photographed by Fran Kiley. It is also a place where exp ...

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Manufacturers & Suppliers

Delkin Devices Delkin Devices manufactures industrial flash storage solutions that include CF (CompactFlash), SD (Secure Digital),  microSD,  SSD (Solid State Drive), and USB. They also man ...

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Software Links

Adobe Although many browsers feature a built capability to read PDF files, you still want to have a version of Acrobat Reader on your system. You can download the latest version for free from ...

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Non-Profit Links

Believe in Tomorrow Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together durin ...

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Clubs & Organizations

Bowie-Crofton Camera Club The Bowie-Crofton Camera Club has been serving photography enthusiast for over thirty years. In addition to Bowie and Crofton, our members come from a large geograph ...

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A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective We all watched the news and heard about the awful things happening in distant parts of the globe and people could scarcely believe how many were being affected by this ...

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Monitor Calibration

The single most important component of your color correction workflow is a properly calibrated monitor. If not done correctly, your monitor will only frustrate you and result in costly mistak ...

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Color Output Settings

Our Noritsu QSS-3202 PRO photographic imaging equipment works in the 8 bit, sRGB color space. Our Canon Pro 4000 printer can use either 8 bit, Adobe 1998 or sRGB for Studio Giclee’s. Output ...

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Framing a Group of Images

Groupings of mixed and matched art and frames, is a popular theme today. Unlike a matched set of art that is generally framed the same and hung in a highly structured way, random groups are u ...

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Framing Soft Goods

Framing Sports Jerseys Sporting memorabilia is fun to have on display. Whether your favorite sports star is a professional or in little league, framing a jersey is a great way to remember a w ...

What Should You Frame?

Buy Art That You Love You should always choose art that you love, not something that happens to have the same color scheme as your room. When you feel emotionally connected to your art, you ...

Choosing a Frame

Choosing A Frame Color Several methods are used when selecting appropriate frame colors, including:  Match or coordinate a dominant color in the art. Relate to the color of the art. Red, o ...

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Mat Styles

Bottom-Weighted Mats A bottom-weighted mat is one with a wider border below the art than on the top and sides. This classic technique was used when mats originated and it is still used today. ...

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Print Mounting

Nearly everything we print can to be mounted in some fashion. Cold mounting will adhere regular photo prints and posters to rigid backings so they will look their best in a frame for years to ...

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Acrylic vs. Glass

We offer both glass and acrylic for all of your framing needs. Some of our customers prefer one over the other and we believe there is a time and place for both options. Glass is less likely ...

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Giclée Prints

What’s in a Name? A Giclée (gee-clay) is a fine art inkjet print produced to exacting standards on archival media substrates. The process was originally pioneered in the early 1990’s ...

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Rendering Intents

Several rendering intents are available when saving a file within a given color space. Each offers specific advantages depending on the output device and end use of the printed piece. This r ...

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Basic Color Management

Have you noticed that your photos sometimes don’t match the image you see on your computer screen? There can be plenty of reasons why, but most are due to improper Color Management. E ...

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Pixel to Print Resolution

The resolution of your digital file needs be large enough to support the print size that you want. The chart below will allow you to determine the pixel resolution required for various print ...

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Photoshop Tips

We get asked all the time where to find training and tutorials on Photoshop and other skills. I have found that Lynda.com is among the most comprehensive resourse you can find, and they offe ...

Backing Up Your Photos

Do your digital images really exist? If you really think about it, unlike the old days of film when you could tuck away your photos, slides and negatives safely in a file cabinet, today̵ ...

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Raw Conversion

Although many photographers want to take advantage of the security that the extended exposure latitude and color correction range RAW shooting provides, they find the ordeal of processing im ...

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Guide to HDR Photography

Ferrell McCollough, published by Lark Books Number of Images and Bracketing Amount The approach to shooting HDR photography is one of capturing enough dynamic range that the HDR merging softw ...

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Photo Buying Advice

This tip is to help you become a more informed buyer of photographic art. There are a lot of things that go into the quality of a print besides your personal attraction to the image, and the ...

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Caring for Photographs

Whether you’ve just bought an exciting new photograph or have a prized older one already on display, there are things you can do to protect and preserve your precious possession. First ...

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Setting Depth of Field

The depth of field in an image is crucial in photography. Especially so in nature photography, where technical excellence is expected, since there is usually time to thoughtfully set up one& ...

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Tripod: Essential Tool

Ah, the tripod. Nobody, but nobody likes to carry one. Yet nothing, but nothing, will improve your photography as much. The tripod is the single most important camera accessory most photogra ...

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Archiving Digital Images

In today’s digital world, many people believe that storing images on hard drives, CD’s and through other electronic media solves your archival concerns. Unfortunately, this is no ...

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Zoom vs. Prime Lenses

“Zoom” lenses are simply lenses that have an adjustable focal length; “prime” lenses, in distinction, have a fixed focal length. Many people mistakenly equate “ ...

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Color Temperature & CRI

Fluorescent lights are commonly used for overhead lighting to view prints and for light table illumination to view transparencies. Incandescent lights are too yellow and too hot. But not jus ...

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Digital Histograms

Whether you are shooting with a digital camera or are editing an image in the computer, an understanding of histograms is so useful as to be essentially mandatory. Histograms give you essent ...

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File Naming Suggestions

For ease of handling and to help avoid production issues, you must be certain to limit your digital image file names to no more than 24 characters. There are several reasons for this; for on ...

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Glossary of Art & Framing

Most industries have their own unique language. The Art and Custom Framing industry is no exception. If you are unfamiliar with some of the more basic lingo, here are some definitions to hel ...

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