The Amazing Light Painting Technique

Light painting is a term that I had never heard of until a few days ago. I was looking at a few photos on a photo web site, and I must say that I am amazed at the quality of some of the photos that were exhibited there.

Especially interesting to me was a set of pictures taken by a photographer that had the look of the “old world” Dutch master painters. The Light painting is just fantastic and the end result is most appealing. You can view some examples at PhotoZoomy.com.

The execution of Light Painting is actually very simple, although getting good results maybe a bit more exacting. First, set up a table with a dark cloth backdrop. Next, arrange your still life objects. Set up your camera on a tripod and focus on your objects with all the lights on.

Turn the lights off after you set your shutter speed to around 20 seconds. Click the shutter. Shine a flashlight on different parts of your objects that you want to highlight for about 2 seconds on each spot.

After 20 seconds you will have your Light Painted photo. This is of course is a very simplistic explanation of Light Painting and you will probably have to take 20 or 30 pictures to get it right, but it gives you the basic idea of how it works.

Photo Frame – A Creative Home Decor Accessory

Who doesn’t want to capture memorable moments of holidaying with friends, family or time that you have spend with your partner. As photos play an essential role to remind us of the days spend with our dear ones. So, why not frame these photos to live the happy moments of happiness long after you are back from holidaying. While personal taste is obviously the most important factor to consider when framing photos, you should also take into consideration the other aspects of the framing process.

Your photo frame should exhibit photos in the best possible light, also complementing the decor of the room. The right picture frame will help your photo to catch the attention of the viewers, without overwhelming it or clashing with it. Moreover, these frames also help in protecting your photo from damage or any other sort of deterioration. Here are few ideas on how to make a creative photo frame:

Painted Photo Frames
Painting your photo frames is an excellent option if you are bored and want to change the look of the color. Try painting all the frames on a grouping of photos one color, as this will help to tie them together visually. If you think any of your current photo frames to be gaudy or tacky, try painting over it in a neutral color, such as beige or black. You can also paint decorative flourishes onto frames–try using stencils to add interesting shapes and embellishments to them.

Bulletin boards
Bulletin boards and old crates can also be transformed to these frames when used imaginatively. There is something very quaint and interesting about old bulletin boards. Make use of this feature to accentuate your photos – just adhere them on to the board in a simple way and your half of the job is done. Same goes for the crates, attach photos to the inner side of the crates and fix painting hangers at the back. And its for sure that how these simple things add a great accent to your photos and turn them into artful home decor accessories.

Embossed Frames
Embossing is another wonderful idea to add creativity to these picture frames. This can be easily accomplished using embossing stamps and powders. Try to use stamping photo frames with flowers, foliage, insects, fleur-de-lis, fish, fruit or other decorative motifs.

Decorative Matting
Nondescript frames can be rescued by using intriguing, flattering matting. Always use acid-free matting, as other types of matting may damage your photos. While some frames need to be matched with the colors of the photo. Choose the matting colors that most appeal to you, taking into account that monochromatic tones tend to be most complementary.

Photo To Art Paintings Is A Great Way to Add Beauty To Your Home or Office

Discover truly unique fine art in customized paintings created from the collaboration of talented independent artists from around the globe and your favorite photograph. A gift of fine art with personal relevance gives new meaning to the warmth of home and the ambiance of an office. Photo to art raises amateur photography to frame worthy wall-hangings of your favorite view.

The value of capturing a moment in time was recognized by earliest man in rudimentary expressions of prehistoric art. Though the tools and styles in the expression of art have continually evolved throughout time, art’s importance and value remains uniquely constant throughout every culture’s history.

The time-consuming and costly endeavors involved in sitting for a portrait today are left for heads of state and royalty. Technology simplifies the process of portraiture for the majority of fast-paced lifestyles and budget restrictions that define the rest of the population. Modern cameras give everyone the ability to snap a clear photograph with all the appeal that renders it a favorite. With a laptop in most homes, a snapshot can be edited to ‘perfect’ and then turned into a customized work of hand-painted, photo-realistic art with a click.

The style of art is determined by the preference of each individual desiring a painting. A full range of stylistically diverse, professional artists are available to create all realms of interpretative art. Decisions regarding the size of the artwork and painting mediums in oils, watercolors or pencil to create the customized masterpiece are appropriated per the commissioner’s desire.

As a collaborative endeavor, the artistic eye of a discerning painter may notice subtleties in the chosen photograph where image editing would result in better aesthetic balance. In this event, the artist will communicate with the consumer by email or a phone conversation to exchange ideas and discuss the options to ensure both the artist and commissioner of a painting are on the same page for a finished product that results in a cohesive vision.

Upon completion, the artist will email a clear, unblemished photo of the original painting for detailed viewing by the individual commissioning the painting. At that time, any changes or suggested modifications are shared to ensure the painting meets or exceeds expectations.

If modifications are desired, the revised painting will be emailed by the artist for review. Upon acceptance, the artist awaits final confirmation by email, after which, the delivery process is initiated. The final, approved, hand-painted portraiture is couriered using the specified, recommended procedures for transported artwork, which is rolled in waterproof wrap and recycled paper. Your vision of a personal masterpiece is signed, sealed and delivered in a span of three to five weeks.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The photo to art process begins with your personal vision, realized with painterly inspiration, applied through an artist’s eyes, hands and tools. The priceless people in your life, a beloved pet, a scene with invaluable memories, or the landscape of a place that holds great meaning, are immortalized in a timeless vision of hand-painted artistic expression. The beautiful treasures you hold closest deserve no less.