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Wider is Better

By Arthur H. Bleich– Most amateur photographers lust for longer focal length lenses that bring distant subjects nearer. But most professionals will tell you that if they had to choose between a telephoto or a short focal length lens, they’d take the wide-angle every time. First, it’s a very versatile lens, especially for shooting close-up action. It has great inherent depth of field; you can disengage your camera’s autofocus, set the...

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Favorite Photo Locations – The Wave

“The Wave” comprises the Navajo Sandstone dunes that have calcified vertically and horizontally, turning into hardened, compacted rocks over time. Photographs of it are widely published and highly desired but it can be a dangerous location for photographers who are not in good physical condition. Located near the Arizona-Utah border in Paria Canyon of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, this sandstone formation is famous both for its...

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A Gold Mine Of American Images– Free!

By Arthur H. Bleich–   America, 1935. A land in the midst of a Great Depression. Drought and over-cultivation of farmland had spawned dust storms that stripped vital topsoil away. In a country that was predominately rural and small-town, the massive crop failure that ensued caused millions to lose their farms and homes. Blown out, baked out and broke, most were forced to drift aimlessly from place to place, looking for whatever work they...

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Sample Lesson from Greeting Card Design for Photoshop Users

by Susan Bailey Susan Bailey recently released her second edition of Greeting Card Design for Photoshop Users.  She was kind enough to share a free lesson from the book with you, the Red River Paper blog enthusiast. Free Lesson – TEXTURE BACKGROUNDS 1. Open image with white or other solid background. 2. Double click the Background layer to get an editable layer that will be called Layer 0. 3. Select the solid color with the Magic Wand...

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How Well Do You Know Your Aspect Ratio?

By Shelly Katz Recently, a puzzling question crossed my desk – yes, it was a Monday. Question: Do you have a chart of what is the most standard actual print sizes to fit on a certain paper size. EX:  17×22 paper size –  renders a 18×12 print Thanks! My Reply:  At first all I could say is that any size image up to the size of the paper would surely fit, and although I wasn’t quite sure what the writer was asking, it...

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Quick Access to Inkjet Printer User Guides Manuals

Epson and Canon offer detailed user guides for most of their printers.  We encourage you to refer to them and even study them when questions arise.  We see people heading to the forums first with questions when the answer might be in the user guide right at your fingertips. Because the guides are often buried on company websites, we have compiled this list of direct links.  Enjoy: Epson Epson R2000 Epson R3000 Epson 1430 Epson R2880 Epson...

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Judging a Lens by the Quality of a Print

by Derrick Story, thedigitalstory.com I test a lot of gear over the course of a year, including lenses in all sorts of mounts. I don’t have an optical bench for these reviews. I focus on how the equipment performs in the field. The final step in this process is to make a 13″ x 19″ print on Red River Paper UltraPro Gloss 2.0. Why? Because the print shows me the image in a different way than on a computer screen. And in my book,...

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Join a Camera Club Near You and Attend an Annual Event!

If you are a part of a PSA Camera Club or just want to learn more about photography, you are invited to attend the 2014 PSA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico!   If you would like to join a local club, here is a listing:...

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My Boxes of Red River Paper

By Derrick Story Not long ago, I published a picture on my Facebook page of an “odds and ends” room from my studio. I was writing about an older iMac DV Special Edition that I kept in there. But a number of sharp eyes noticed the boxes of Red River Paper that I keep on hand.     It’s true: I love having a variety of surfaces to choose from when it’s time to print with my Epsons. But I’ve found these...

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Shooting Perfect Sunsets

By Arthur H. Bleich–  You can’t beat a magnificent sunset to make you feel, as Robert Browning put it, “God’s in his heaven– All’s right with the world.” Frequently though, all’s not right with the pictures you took. Without the salty aroma of the ocean, balmy summer breezes or the sounds of birds singing in the trees, your sunset photos can be a real letdown. While there’s no way to bring back the sensory elements, just a...

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