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Hampton Photo Arts Debuts New Online Photo Store

Order Photos OnlinePrints, Online Photo Albums, Image Archives, Sell Your Photos and More Now Available at

Hampton Photo Arts today unveiled its new online photo store,  Customers visiting the website will be able to order prints and sell photos, archive images and join a unique membership program for special offers and savings. 

“Customers now have 24-7 access to the same products and services that we have in our  Bridgehampton store through this new user-friendly website,” said David McHugh/President. “Having an online presence not only offers added convenience and accessibility for our customers, it allows us to offer them additional services, as well; services such as image archiving.  Now customers can store their precious memories with a local store they know and trust.”

Order Photos OnlineDavid McHugh explained the website features, “My Page” – a headquarters for all of the user's photo collections and jumping-off points for uploading pictures, starting projects and shopping.  Additionally, the “Collections” feature offers users a way to move and combine pictures under a single heading, helping them to focus on the event or subject, rather than on the date range the photos were taken before they cleared their camera card. “Smart Collections” take this organic type of organization even further, automatically grouping images according to keyword, date, rating, etc.  Customers can also edit and organize photos and share albums or their My Page with friends and family.

“The store may be virtual, but online customers will experience the same trademark service and expertise of our brick and mortar store in Bridgehampton.  We’re happy to walk customers through the website in our store, as well, to get them acquainted with its unique features and special offers.  We’re convinced they’re going to love it as much as we do.”

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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