Taking Halloween Photos

Feeling a little spooky?  Maybe it's because it's time for Halloween. All those little ghosts and ghouls are right around the corner. They will certainly be out trick-or-treating along with pint-sized pirates, skeletons, Power Rangers, and others.  So, what a perfect time to take some "spooktacular" photos! Or maybe you're planning a Halloween party.  As you decorate with your giant spid ...

The History of Frames

Frames have existed since the 2nd century B.C. when borders were found drawn around Etruscan cave paintings. It seems that since people have been creating art they have searched for the proper way to display it. The middle ages produced frames that were handcrafted. The frames were first carved out of wood then covered in Gesso and Gold Leaf. These frames stunned the onlookers with their beauty and attention to detail. Most of the frames at the time were des ...

Fire Fighters Fought to Save Historic Building

An intense fire that consumed part of a historic building on the campus of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas, this past May, has not gotten this school down. The school has shown its spirit, with the help of city and school agencies, and the public.  There have been reasons to celebrate in spite of their great misfortune, including that: * No one was injured * Fire fighters and police came from all over the city to help contain the situation * Building sustained damage ...

Senior Portraits

High school senior photos aren't what they used to be.  In the past, seniors basically had one choice - formal portraits.  Nowadays, seniors can really be themselves, and show people who they are. How about an outdoor shot for your senior photo?  The House of Photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan, takes photos right outside their studio.  Photos can be taken near flowers, sitting on a tree swing or on distinctive benches, or near a barn. For the person who loves to change th ...

5 Colleges Working On Their Green Efforts

It's fantastic. "Green" action to help our planet is being accomplished at college campuses and in their communities all across the country.  Below are 5 schools out of many that have great ideas.  The Oberlin College Shower Drill While previous generations may have focused on recycling and environmental cleanup, students at Oberlin College want to combat global warming by figuring out ways to reduce carbon emissions in their own lives, starting with their own colleges. Oberlin's new sus ...

Sponge Mounting

If you have decorative art, invitations, birth or wedding announcements or other paper items with 3-D elements, sponge mounting is a technique that can be used before framing.  Sponge mounting will allow you to flatten the piece and remove any warping or cockling while maintaining the 3-D raised elements.  Done properly and by an experienced framer or conservator, sponge mounting can improve severe warping and allow for safe mounting and a nice framed presentation of art and items with 3-D element ...

Caught Sleeping In Your Office Cubicle

If you just recently graduated from college this past May, hopefully you have found your first entry level position, or you are busy on the search for that "perfect" job to jumpstart your career.  What a big adjustment though.  Now you must get used to a regular workweek.   The weekend no longer starts on Thursday; you can't sleep in on a Tuesday because the only thing on the agenda for the day is one class at 12:30; and even more shocking, is that you probably shouldn't stay out partying ...

Take Photos of Your Pets

Click!  Just look at your pet parrot, with its hooked beak, black eyes, and brilliant colored feathers of chartreuse green and lemony yellow.  Click!  Click!  How about your cat in a relaxing pose on a cushy chair?  Or even your pet dog, as his inquisitive face looks straight into your eyes. The thing is, nowadays, people treat their pets more and more like family members.  People are having formal pet portraits taken of their animals.   Besides that, they are na ...

Preserving Children's Artwork

If you are a mom or dad of young children, I am sure your refrigerator is covered in those beautiful art pieces, collected over time from art classes and school projects.  Your little artists deserve to have their greatest masterpieces preserved for years to come.    As a parent, you can treasure them always as the years go on.  Your kids will soon grow old, but now you can protect the fine art of their young, creative minds.  And what fun for your future college graduate ...

Landscape Photos

From a snow covered mountain range, to a tropical island, to a busy highway; a nice landscape can be found just about anywhere. Photographing landscapes can be quite different than photographing people; therefore these tips will help you take breathtaking scenic pictures that are unlike other photographs you often take. 1. Be creative! As a photographer, it is your job to find beauty in any environment. Pick something interesting that catches the eye. Even if there is a specific object that stands out, it ...
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