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We sniffed out this gem of a lesson whilst sipping our morning kibble!
How to Shoot the Perfect Portrait has always been a hazardous task. But no longer! Follow some of these easy tips and your artwork will be Rijksmuseum (just reopened!) worthy!
1. When possible, try to shoot in one of the two “golden hours” of the day. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset provides a soft, warm light on your subject and the background. It’s a well-known discipline that most photographers, portrait or otherwise, utilize regularly.
2. Most cameras have built-in guides for the rule of thirds in the viewfinder. Use those to help you balance your subject off of center. If you don’t see them, you may be able to manually turn them on in your camera’s settings
One of our favorites from Next Exit Photography
Across the country there has been well, weird winter weather…in spring! We at Posterdog.com are not meteorologists but we do know that being this cold is not normal in April! But this cold brings rare photo opportunities, shooting in snow! Here are some helpful tips to get the most out of your photoshoot!
1. Dress warmly. You might be out in nature for awhile. Sounds obvious but most don’t calculate how long they will be in nature.
2. Avoid flash. This can make the snow look hazy and the photograph will look flat and uninteresting. Snow is a collection of diamonds (not structurally but visually yes), make them shine!
3. Try shooting in the early morning and late evening. The warm colors of the sunrise and sunset will be a great contrast to the cool colors of winter. Bellisimo!
When printing a beautiful picture size does matter. In this print and digital world there are two types of size that matter!
Translation:Aspect ratio is the long and the short of life. How wide is your picture? How tall is your picture? Examples!
A portrait is tall-just like Abe!
A landscape is wide-Just like this moose and Teddy’s belly!
So when you are choosing your poster or gallery wrapped canvas decide whether your photo is an Abe or a Teddy!
*Authors Note: Your photo can also be a Howard Taft-equal height and width
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
–Marc Riboud, French photographer, best known for his extensive reports on the East.
The United States has been lucky to have individuals capture truly pivotal moments in history. Those moments are in times of extreme emotion, happy or sad. A gift and opportunity that is very rarely the norm. In 1967 there were multiple highly visible peaceful protests of the Vietnam War. A war that divided generations and hatred and hurt was the result. Social movements were at their most prolific and rigid reactions only fueled the efficacy of the youth in revolt.
Here at Posterdog.com we are trying to encourage capturing pivotal moments in your own history. Your wedding, birth of your first born, the first sunset you saw at the grand canyon, or a panoramic view of the top of the Eifell tower. Don’t miss your hundredth of a second, take photographs often and immortalize them in a poster or gallery wrapped canvas forever. Find your own Flower Power.
Pickles is playing Cupid this Valentine’s Day!
Posterdog.com is offering a sweetheart of a deal for this Valentine’s day! It’s the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, preserving your memories for generations!
click on Pickles or follow: www.posterdog.com to order your print today!
Here at PosterDog.com we take environmental stewardship seriously. We minimize waste, recycle, minimize aour energy usage and in conjunction with AlphaGraphics, we are also FSC certified. However, it is critical to find strong partners in this effort. PosterDog.com uses exclusively HP printers, inks and papers. HP is also serious about environmental stewardship — just visit their webiste for information! Product quality and environmental stewardship are important us, our partners and to our customers!
A few notes from HP:
“Product Design for the Environment
HP’s greatest environmental impact is through customer use of our products and services. Our goal is to improve customers’ lives and work by providing simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology. We integrate environmental considerations into our business strategy because this results in better products.
Since 1992, we have focused on specific environmental issues – through our Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE is an engineering perspective in which the environmentally related characteristics of a product, process or facility are optimized. Together, HP’s product stewards and product designers identify, prioritize and recommend environmental improvements through a company-wide DfE program.
The DfE program has three priorities:
These main priorities are achieved by:
The differences between gloss, satin, and how to choose which is best for your order.
Posterdog.com gives you the ability to take your photos and turn them into poster-sized prints (or gallery wrapped canvases) that are perfect for decorating your home or an event. Our posters come in two different options for finish: Gloss and Satin. But what does that mean? If you are sitting there with a blank or indifferent look on your face, don’t worry; you’re not alone. By the end of this post, however, you will be able to navigate your way through our finishing options like a pro.
Let’s start with our gloss finish.
The gloss finish gives your poster a shiny surface, which tends to be eye catching and pleasing while bringing out the bright, vibrant colors of your photo. The downside to a gloss finish is that fingerprints tend to show easily on the surface of your photo. Also, gloss reflects light, making it hard to view from certain angles or in certain lighting conditions. Gloss finish is a good option for when you are planning to mount your photo on the wall without a glass frame and in an area where light is not going to reflect off of it in a distracting way.
On to the satin finish
Satin is a semi-gloss finish, which makes your photo easier to view in the light while still bringing out some of the same vibrant quality of colors as a gloss finish. Satin does not smudge as easily either, giving satin finish versatility that gloss cannot even compare to. Posterdog.com would recommend that you choose satin finish for the majority of your printing orders, unless you have a special need for a gloss finish.
So in choosing the finish never forget the who, what, when, where, and why of your photo. For portrait photos we would recommend a satin finish to ensure easy viewing at all times. For outdoor scenes, we might recommend a gloss finish in order to bring out the true colors and vibrancy of your photo. But as always, placement of your photograph can help determine what finish you want. Whichever finish you choose; posterdog.com will produce a beautiful print that will be a great addition in any home.
Pretty Trippy San Francisco Is Steep, In Leaning House Photos http://t.co/KL4iGL97eW via @sfist #perspective #welovecoolphotos — PosterDog (@Poster_Dog) November 20, 2013
We love Dogs, We love Canvas/posters, and we love CAL POLY WINNING! Well that last one our marketing Pit Bull does at least. CP San Luis Obispo is her alma mater and she, and therefore we, are extremely excited that the mustangs have made it to the Big Dance for the first time in the school’s history! We’re celebrating by giving our wonderful customers and future customers quite a deal! 20% off the total purchase price is pretty great. Get your brackets ready, Cal Poly is going for the championship!