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Hampton Photo Arts: Online Photo Accounts

Hampton Photo Arts: Online Photo AccountsWe at Hampton Photo Arts offer two special ways to keep in touch with us online:

• A free Standard Account for our customers, and

• A Photographer Account for those looking to display and sell their work.

Standard Account

Customers, getting access to your photos has never been this easy!  With a free standard account, there’s no longer any need to bring your memory card, CD, or digital camera to our store. You can now securely order the same high-quality prints you’ve come to expect from us online, from the convenience of your own home.  We offer you the option of either picking up the prints in our store or having them sent to your address.

In addition, our standard account lets you:

-         Upload your work to your very own online collection.  It’s a great way to preserve precious moments and memories.

-         Showcase your own photography.  Whether you’re a hobbyist or a seasoned professional, your standard account lets you document your growth and explore your passion as a photographer. 

-         Print photos from home in a variety of sizes.

-         Organize the photos online and share them with family and friends.

 Photographer Account

The photographer account goes one step beyond the standard account by allowing you to sell your work.  Photographers of all skill levels will find two exceptional benefits to this account: exposure and income potential. 

Professional photographers, open an online showcase with us to share your photos with the world.  The digital storefront (Photo Gallery) provided with your account allows you to create custom collections of your images and sell photos directly to customers.  You’ll be able to set your own price for prints above and beyond what we normally charge, giving you an opportunity to make a profit.  Your customers will receive archival-quality, first-rate prints that are a fine representation of your talent.

Amateur photographers or those looking to make a little extra income: if you’re interested in taking your passion for photography to the next level, our photographer account allows you to do just that.  Showcase your work with a powerful online presence.  Take photos of events and tourist activity to sell directly to organizations or individuals who request such work.  The sky is the limit!  Setting up an account with us is the perfect way to get experience and exposure—and get paid for it. 

Artists, sell Giclée prints and other types of prints directly to customers. “Get the word out” about yourself; establish an online portfolio that allows you to display and organize your art.  The exceptionally high-quality prints we’ll ship to your customers will be an excellent representation of your artwork.

Organizations are invited to post pictures from business-related or recreational events.  A photographer account allows you to sell high-quality prints to any customer interested in revisiting those memories.

We’ve made the process easy and quick. The advantages are too good to pass up.  Start an account with us today!

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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