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Preserving Photographs

Photographs are vulnerable to damage. Here are some things you can do to ensure they last for the longest possible time.

Handling photographs
Handle photographs by their edges to avoid leaving fingerprints. Oils and salts in our fingertips leave permanent marks on photos and contribute to fading of the image.

Do not try to repair photographs that are torn or in pieces. Materials such as sticky tape and masking tape cause fading and staining. Keep the photograph in a folder or sleeve by itself.

 
Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs

Photographic materials have complex physical and chemical structures that present special preservation challenges to the librarian and archivist. Since the birth of photography in the late 1830s, many different photographic processes and materials have been utilized, each subject to deterioration through time and with use. Although deterioration is an ongoing natural process, nevertheless much can be done to slow the rate at which it takes place in photographs.

Deteriorated photographs may require specialized conservation treatment by a professional photograph conservator, often a costly, skill-demanding, and time-consuming procedure. For the majority of photographs in research collections, single-item conservation of deteriorated photographs is probably not a feasible or a cost-effective preservation solution. Instead, preventive conservation actions such as maintenance of a good environment, promoting proper care and handling through staff and user education, and the use of good quality storage housings will have a more lasting, positive impact on the preservation of a collection.

 
Hampton Photo Arts: Mail Order Photo Services

Hampton Photo Arts: Mail Order Photo ServicesThe advent of digital photography has opened new doors to amateur and professional photographers. Popular photo editing software provides a literal mini darkroom for the computer. When the editing is completed, photographers want their final product to look professional and reflect the pride they take in their work.

For over twenty years Hampton Photo Arts has provided high quality, professional processing services to photographers all over New York. They have now expanded their excellent photo print services to include mail order. With this service they can meet the needs of photographers nationwide. Hampton Photo Arts uses Fuji Crystal Archive paper, and chemicals, to assure brilliant colors, bright whites and image stability to keep customer's photos beautiful for generations to come. Daily equipment testing, assuring color accuracy and consistency, is only one aspect of their commitment to excellence.

 
Image File Formats
The JPEG File Format
The JPEG file format is the most popular image file format in the world today. It’s very popular because it saves a lot of hard drive space. A high-resolution picture with 25MB of color information can be shrunk down to about 1MB using JPEG compression.

The downside of JPEG? Well, bear in mind that each time you edit and save a JPEG image, you’re losing image quality. Some photographers who want maximum image quality will avoid using JPEG totally.
 
Retrieving Your Pictures From a Damaged Memory Card

Hampton Photo ArtsMemory cards are in use in almost all digital cameras and camera phones. Most of these cards are either CompactFlash or one of the variations of the Secure Digital (SD) card format, which include miniSD, microSD and SDHC. There are several other types of cards on the market as well. All of these digital photo cards have one thing in common: they are susceptible to data corruption by mishandling or simply from excessive use. Once this happens to your memory card it may be difficult if not impossible to retrieve your photos using either the camera or your personal computer.

 
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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?

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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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