Monday
Sep272010

From phone to printed memory

Recently, I had the chance to make the trip out to Denver, Colorado for a quick weekend getaway. Being from Illinois (as flat as land gets) I wanted to capture some landscape photos of Denver’s mountain burb of Morrison, home of Red Rocks Amphitheater and beautiful sunset red canyons and other landscapes that a “flat-lander” like myself would consider mountainous. As we arrived all three Illinoisans look at each other and ask amongst themselves, ‘hey, who’s got a digital camera?’ Blank stares amongst the three of us as we look to our recently converted Denverite (Illinoisan by heart) tour guide who also announces that she now sees this kind of stuff all the time and thought we’d likely bring at least one camera. Simultaneously the three of us reached into our pockets and realized that we were armed with 5-8 Megapixel camera phones. Now I know all of the photographers reading this are scoffing, “A camera phone…really? So typical from the 24 year old tourist,” but read on. This may be of interest to you when your camera’s battery is dead, the perfect photo op presents itself and all you have is your trusty iPhone.

The first location we shot was the amphitheater, which was beautiful and a piece of art in itself. But we wanted more raw landscape so we decided to go on a short five mile trek on the Red Rocks trail. Instantly I noticed a sharp cliff with rolling hills capping in the background. So, I pull out my First Generation Motorola Droid (5MP camera) and snapped the photo, making sure I had a stable hand and settings adjusted to auto-light & auto-focus. I then decided to take a look at the photo on my phone’s screen, realizing I got a decent picture for the hardware I was using, which can be viewed below.

Photo taken with First Generation Motorola Droid about 1 mile from Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, Colorado

This picture was the best phone capture of the trip, so once I arrived in Chicago, I transferred the photos from my phone to my computer via e-mail, realizing the quality of the photos really weren’t too bad. I figured since the image was of decent quality I’d try to pull some editing magic with the NIK Software Complete Collection I was provided after product training and see if I could further enhance my favorite picture of the trip. First, I opened Photoshop Elements and the NIK Plug-in for Sharpener Pro 3.0. Using simple pre-sets, as I have minimal photo editing experience I auto-enhanced the photo, making sure the background was enhanced as much as possible. At this point the photo looked pretty good, but I soon realized the color and shadows could really use some attention.

I saved my work from Sharpener Pro and opened the Plug-in for Color Efex Pro 3.0. This is where I realized the power of NIK tools and its compatibility with the ‘photo newbie’ webmaster. I clicked amongst the pre-sets and was instantly drawn in by the Colorize option. A few clicks in editing shadow & light detail within the Colorize Pre-set and I had my end product, a beautiful image that looks like it came from a decent point & shoot with some quality photo editing. In reality the photo was taken with a 5MP camera phone and less than 10 minutes of photo editing. The results of my quick edits can be seen below.

Original photo above edited with NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 & NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0

For those of you who may have limited resources at the time of an epic photo capture, know that there are options for bringing your pictures back to life, even if you have minimal experience in editing photos, you just may need to improvise. Although the quality may not be that of a DSLR capture I was able to convert a camera photo into a printed memory by simply using a 5MP camera phone, e-mail, editing software and a Canon PIXMA IP4000. If you wish to test out some of the editing tools from NIK for yourself click here and download a free 15-day trial, even if you’re not big into photo editing the tools are pretty cool to play around with!

Happy Printing,

Ryan- IT Supplies, Inc

Monday
Sep202010

It's never too early for creating personalized fine art cards

With the upcoming holiday season quickly approaching you may want to consider creating personalized greeting cards for your recipients. Creating your own greeting cards with your inkjet printer is probably the easiest and most cost effective way of creating a personalized card that will be most cherished by your friends or family. Personalized cards are great for any occasion from holidays to invitations. With the artistic look and feel of fine art paper there is no better way to capture the attention of your card’s recipient.

Fine Art cards aren’t only for holidays, if you have a photo of a moment you’ve shared with a friend or loved one why not send them a personalized greeting card rather than the standard ‘boxed’ store options that you’ll most likely pay $3.99 for? If your neutral in holiday celebrations, share your favorite photo of that you’ve taken this year to your friends and family instead.

Printing your own cards may sound like a daunting task, however, most inkjet printers come standard with greeting card templates as do most Photoshop packages. If you have a photo realistic inkjet printer, you can create your own inkjet greeting cards. Standard templates have already been created by Museo for Fine Artist Cards, all you’ll need to do is download the templates and follow instructions that can be found on the Museo website

Share the emotional appeal of special moments and occasions you’ve captured by printing on fine art cards this up coming holiday season. Visit our Inkjet Fine Art Cards section to view a complete listing of available fine art cards from Museo, Moab, Hahnemuhle and Inkpress, in a variety of size options.

Thursday
Sep162010

New Harman by Hahnemuhle products longevity

As you may know, Harman and Hahnemuhle have combined forces and release a Harman by Hahnemuhle line of products.

Users will now be able to choose from six papers and a canvas, which are designed to supplement the old Harman Gloss FB & Matt FB lines of products.


New Harman by Hahnemuhle options include:

  • matte or glossy finish
  • smooth or structured surface
  • white or warmtone base tint

The artist or photographer can apply their individual touch with every print in order to achieve the desired impact and visual finish.

Great Results in Longevity Tests - Valuable Prints to Last for Generations

The test results for the Digital FineArt Collection and the ‘HARMAN by Hahnemuhle product line’ are available immediately. They give photographers, artists and print-service providers information on the respective Hahnemuhle product’s longevity.  Bärbel Manggold, Hahnemuehle Germany Product Manager, explains: “According to the respective testing conditions, our media are certified a lifespan of more than 200 years. The results emphasize our standard to supply top quality, as the market leader.” Hahnemuhle recommends protecting fine art inkjet prints from environmental stresses and advises on the importance of using acid-free materials for the processing - such as framing, gluing and coating. This helps to avoid alterations by chemical materials.

All the test results and testing conditions can be found at www.hahnemuhle.com (Digital FineArt Collection) and http://harman.hahnemuehle.com by Hahnemühle), under the menu item ‘Longevity.’

Tuesday
Sep142010

HDR Video with new emerging technologies

For those of you who own a Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera, you may have a new application for your cameras in the near future. Soviet Montage Productions has created HDR video using under and over exposed image stills that are combined into one, according to Engadget, check out the full article here. Be sure to watch the short clip from Soviet Montage below highlighting their new breakthrough in technology. Just a quick tech update for all of our camera and video buffs out there!

Monday
Sep132010

Photo-Tex for multiple adhesive applications

Talk about the ultimate adhesive, available in aqueous and solvent printable versions, Photo-Tex is a unique removable adhesive media that allows you to reposition the material countless times without losing adhesion or leaving residue behind. Photo-Tex can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications, adding to the versatility of this popular material. This matte surface, water-resistant material will adhere to walls, cars, or any flat surface without falling off or curling like other solutions on the market tend to do over time. Photo-Tex allows users to create custom wall graphics and wall-decor for your customers without having to pay expensive third-party print houses.

Photo Tex used on Elevator Doors (Photo from Photo-Tex website)If it’s a flat surface Photo-Tex will adhere, we’ve found people use this incredible media for a number of different uses including: elevator doors, political campaigns, vehicles, indoor/outdoor signage, billboards, posters, banners, signage, logos, murals, life-size prints, indoor wall decor and more!

Photo Tex used at 2009 NHL All-Star Game (Photo from Photo-Tex website)

Additionally, if you’re a sports photographer, Photo-Tex is for you. Create and sell custom life-size cut-outs for little league and pee-wee football players or large team logos for children’s bedroom wall decor. If you’re a creative printer or photographer, the possibilities truly are endless with this remarkably unique adhesive fabric media.

If you have any questions regarding Photo-Tex and its multiple uses, qualities, or simply want to know if this material is right for your print application feel free to give us a call, we’d be glad to help! Profile information for printing on Photo-Tex can be found here.