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Photo Ideas: Create vintage photos
How to create a "vintage" photo collection without ruining irreplacable family treasures.

Those old black and white photographs sit waiting, nestled in the dark pages of ancient albums for someone to look at them and smile. Some are yellowing, some are falling out of their little corner mounts, some may even be cracked and curling in some forgotten desk drawer. You may have inherited Grandma's antique album, holding such treasures as her and Granddad's wedding portrait or a photo of your mother in her christening gown and later in her cap and gown. Why hide these heirlooms when they can be enjoyed by the whole family?

Hampton Photo, Art and FramingCreate a photo collection that will bring a tear to Granddad's eye this holiday season or on his wedding anniversary. No, you won't be giving away the goods, because you won't be using the actual snapshots. Those old photographs are irreplacable family treasures and you don't want to tape them into a multi-framed matt where they will be exposed to sunlight. You need to clone them - reproduce them, and you will have a new family treasure to enjoy.

The first step is buying the frame and mat. These can be found ready made at Hampton Photo Arts in Bridgehampton. Next, go through the old album, shoebox or drawer and find those favorite shots. Try to find a representing photo of every member of a generation or two, depending on the size of the family. Keep in mind those images that are NOT favorites and avoid using them. On to the cloning.

If you have a personal computer, complete with scanner and photo quality paper and ink, then you can accomplish all of the copying from the comfort of your desktop. If this option is unavailable to you or you would like to have a real photograph,  Hampton Photo Arts can create a reproduction print for you. Of course, Another avenue is a photocopy. The old photcopier is also an option, with technology today giving us wonderful clarity. Black and white or color copy machines can give you a result that, under the glass of the frame, will look like the real thing. When you are finished fitting the new images into the mat, those "old" family favorites will be new fodder for retelling old family stories. And the next generation will be able to gaze at their ancestors without getting fingerprints all over the originals, nestled safely back in their albums.


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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.


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Art of Photography

Art of PhotographyPhotography is an amazing art form. A photograph album is a catalogue of life's history as seen through the camera. People, animals, nature, holidays, celebrations and even disasters are captured instantly and recorded as part of history. It is through the powerful presentations of photography that we better understand the progression of time and life. Hampton Photo Arts has over twenty years of experience working with photographers as they seek to capture and preserve the history of families and communities.

When families get together, both children and adults love to look through photograph albums. They enjoy seeing the childhood photos of older family members and compare themselves to ancestors who lived a hundred or more years ago. Photos are among the most important treasures of every family. They should not be faded and dull. They contain the smiles, tears and emotions of generations. The staff members at Hampton Photo Arts display excellence in the art of photography reproduction. They work with the highest quality materials. They know how to create family memories that will be just as beautiful one hundred years from now as they are today.


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Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor 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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