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Must-Have Scrapbooking Supplies List

We highly recommend scrapbooking as a fun way to express yourself and preserve memories. But before you start, consult our must-have supplies more

Learn How to Cut Card Stock

Cutting card stock seems straightforward, but there are several techniques to more

How to Color Calibrate Your Prints to Your Monitor

You may think think your monitor is accurately displaying the exact colors that are in your image file, but it may not, leading to prints with disturbing color casts. Here's how to fix that more

Upscale Photos With AI to Make Stunning Image Blow-Ups

Many Red River Paper users complain that increasing the size of their images often produces a print that’s blocky and blurry. New Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based software is changing that. But first, let’s review some of the basics of image more

How to Print on Card Stock

There’s a difference between planning a weekly date night and planning a wedding. Likewise, printing a recipe on play 8 1/2" paper and printing your artwork on card stock are very more

Printer Drivers: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

You have a computer. You have a printer. Isn’t that all the tech you need to share and sell your work in your shop, on Etsy, or in galleries? Not more
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Tricks, Hacks, Super Apps and More

Summer is upon us once again and here are some tips and product snippets to help you get back into the swing of things. Let's talk mice, monitors, ink, light, calibration and more

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? more

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. First step, making of an image. Second step, to display the more

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, more

It’s Summertime! 25 Cool Tips For Great Photos

By Albert Chi— 1. Avoid wandering aimlessly around looking for good pictures to shoot. Always give yourself a mini-assignment to stay on track. Like, street vendors, kids at play, people at bus stops,  interesting doorways, afternoon shadows, and so on. That way, you have a direction in which to go and the challenge of more

Seeing Differently

By Michael Freeman— One of the first tenets of professional photography is that you have to try harder, always and all the time. There’s almost too much said about this, so I’ll restrict myself to one only, from American photographer William Albert Allard: “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking more
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Think Inside the Box For Dramatic Flower Photos

By Christine Pentecost– I’ve always been intrigued by photos of flowers on pure black backgrounds, so last summer, I decided to do some  black box photography, using an abundance of mountain wildflowers blooming around our Montana homestead as subjects. I began by making a box that had four sides: right, left, top and back ( more

What Rembrandt Taught Me About Portrait Lighting

By Joel Grimes– Part of the requirements for receiving a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona included half a dozen semesters of art history.At the time I felt like this was overkill and was only interested in attending my photo-related classes. In hindsight, one of the greatest influences that shaped my personal more

Choose The Right Paper For Printing Old Photos

By Christine Pentecost– Digitally restoring old and damaged photos and bringing them back to life has been a very rewarding and challenging hobby for me over the past 15 years. I have restored photos from the late 1800s that were mounted on cardboard, to Polaroids from the 70s, and to photos ravaged by Hurricane Katrina’ more

Spark Up Your Holiday Photos!

By Suzanne D. Williams– We’ve all done it, taken that endless stream of holiday photographs with the same people doing something, only we can’t exactly tell what. Then there’s the familiar, “Oh look at the tree!” only it’s slightly blurry and the top is missing. Sound familiar? Who doesn’t have similar Christmas and other holiday more

Add Value and Security to Your Images

By Arthur H. Bleich– If you currently sell (or would like to sell) prints of your best work here’s a technique I’ve used successfully to assure buyers that if they resell my photographs some day it can be proven that they are genuinely mine and not unauthorized copies. I began doing this a few years more

Get Maximum Shadow Detail in Your Prints

By Tim Grey– In many cases a print will not reflect the full level of shadow detail as actually exists in the image file. Instead, that shadow gets “blocked up,” similar to the way shadow detail gets clipped in an exposure that is too dark. You can compensate for this issue by essentially brightening more

Try Soft Light For Great Portraits

By Arthur H. Bleich– In the early days of amateur photography, enthusiasts were always being warned to “keep the sun at your back” because films were slow and  needed lots of light to record a decent image. But before photography became the beloved hobby of the masses, Victorian studio photographers had discovered that the best more

Richard Baker: War and Peace

By Arthur H. Bleich– In 1966, Richard Baker aimed his M-16 at the Vietnamese; today he uses an arsenal of analog cameras to shoot them. His goal is to photograph all 54 ethnic tribes in the country where he was once sent to fight. Now 68, the twice-wounded Army veteran has been back to more