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xD-Picture Card (XD Card)

ImageThe xD-Picture Card is a type of memory card, used mainly in digital cameras. xD originally stood for extreme Digital. The cards were developed by Olympus and Fujifilm, and introduced into the market in July 2002.

°xD cards are used in Olympus and Fujifilm digital cameras and Olympus digital voice recorders.

Sony Memory Stick (MS/MS-PRO)
Memory stick is the name for Sony's proprietary flash memory format. It's been used by Sony since 1998 when it was first launched as a way to store images in Sony's digital cameras. The Memory Stick can also be used in just about any form of portable device that has need of storage. The term Memory Stick applies to the entire line of Sony Memory Sticks, which includes Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro and even Memory Stick Pro Duo. Sometimes it's mistakenly applied to any form of portable flash memory, but, because it's a proprietary format exclusive to Sony, it has little chance of ever being the standard in flash memory for any other company.
CompactFlash (CF)

ImageCompact Flash or CF Card comes in two different flavors: CF I, the standard Compact Flash card that has been around for over a decade; and CF II, its slightly wider cousin. Originally, this card was only a standard of flash memory, but today the basic format is used for various devices which can plug into the CF slot. As a flash memory standard, it's one of the oldest and today it's much larger than most of its competitors. It first came to prominence as memory for digital cameras and competed with all the early standards of flash memory from its generation.

SD Card (Secure Digital Card)

SD Cards or Secure Digital Cards come in three different physical sizes: SD, miniSD, and microSD. The SD card is typically used in personal computers, video cameras, digital cameras and other large consumer electronics devices. The microSD and miniSD cards are commonly used in smaller electronic devices like mobile phones. Some manufacturers offer adapters to fit a traditional SD card slot, allowing even greater versatility and flexibility to use the card in a mobile phone as well as a computer or video camera.

To determine the right card for your device, always consult the device's user manual. All SD memory card formats are available at Hampton Photo Arts.

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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