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Back to Basics: Resolution Simplified, Part 2

By Arthur H. Bleich– In Back To Basics: Resolution Simplified Part 1 camera and print resolution were explained. In this part, we’ll cover printer resolution, how to select the best printer settings for quality output and how to add more pixels to an image to enlarge it (within reason) without it looking like patchwork of pixels. To make things as easy to understand as possible, I’m not diving too deep because I...

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Back to Basics: Resolution Simplified, Part 1

By Arthur H. Bleich– Resolution goes hand-in-hand with almost every aspect of digital photography– from image capture to the final print. If you want your photographs to be the best they can possibly be, it’s necessary to have a basic understanding of it. At first, it may seem confusing because many who try to explain it often use the wrong terminology or throw lots of numbers around which only makes things worse. This is my shot at...

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Quick Tip: Get Your Adobe Creative Cloud Receipts Quickly

At Red River Paper, we have at least four Creative Cloud accounts at any one time. Since it is a subscription service, we get charged monthly or in some cases yearly. The accounting department needs receipts to make it all legal. Here is where the problem starts. Adobe cannot (will not?) send a monthly email receipt to remind you of your purchase. You have to log into their site and click around to locate and print a receipt. If you want to...

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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 the value of black, causing all neighboring tonal values to be brightened up accordingly. With the vast majority of printers I find that no...

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Fuse Your Photos to Stone and Tile for Unique Gifts and Stunning Displays

By Christine Pentecost– Finding a unique niche in today’s world of photography is not the easiest thing to do. Fortunately, something as simple as making your own coasters, trivets or hanging wall decorations using inexpensive tile, Mod Podge and Red River photo papers is an easy yet wonderfully creative way to share your photography. I begin by sizing my images to fit the stone or tile I will be using. For a 4-inch square coaster, I...

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How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 2

by Arthur H. Bleich– We continue with Part 2 of How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos. In case you missed it, Part 1 was posted on 8/1/16. Stash the Flash. Nothing kills a picture quicker than lighting it with on-camera flash. Pasty, washed out faces and big black shadows guarantee it will never achieve prize-winning status. Unless you’ve mastered the use of off-camera sophisticated flash units, just turn the flash off and shoot with...

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Summer 2016 Winners Announced for “How Do You Share Great Photographs” Contest

Red River Paper is pleased to announce the winners of the How Do You Share Great Photographs contest which wrapped up on July 31. In association with Corbell Photographic Workshops, photo enthusiasts were asked to submit stories about how they share their great photographs. It’s wonderful to see the creativity in our photo community. Red River Paper is used in many classrooms by students and educators. Will Milne’s students in Denton, Texas,...

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How To Shoot Prize-Winning Photos, Part 1

by Arthur H. Bleich– Over the years, I’ve analyzed what separates prize-winning images from the rest and I’d like to share with you what I’ve discovered in this two-part series. Even if prizes are not your goal, you can take a creative leap forward if you keep these suggestions in mind. Every pro has them burned into their thought processes and all photographers who want to improve their work can benefit from them. Let’s begin. Look...

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Textures Can Transform Your Photos Into Fine Art

By Nitsa Malik– The fastest way to add a new dimension to a picture is to open your photo editor and insert an additional layer which contains texture on top of your original photo. Textures are usually a photograph or a scan of another image, such as peeling paint, distressed or scratched surface and even vintage paper. These textures can be added on top of your own photo and merged with it by changing the blend modes and opacity level...

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Red River Pro Tony Bonanno Will Host New Mexico Workshop In October

  Red River Pro Tony Bonanno will share his in-depth knowledge of New Mexico’s land and peoples in a five-day adventure workshop, October 16-21, 2016. Tony’s subjects have ranged from the President and First Lady of the United States to indigenous peoples and their cultures, to capturing the beauty and rhythms of running horses in his acclaimed “Hooves & Dust” series. For the first three days, the workshop will be based an hour...

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