Ditch the Tacky Tie and Delight Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th. Delight Dad with a metal print photo collage. We have created a new design just in time for Father’s Day. This design allows for eight square photos and measures 8 inches by 8 inches. The metal print photo collage can either hang on the wall or stand on a desk or table.

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Celebrate their Graduation

A great way to celebrate the graduate is to have their portrait made into a metal print. Checkout some of the new designs for 2016. Metal prints are a unique and creative way to display those cherished high school memories.

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Instagram Photos

Your Instagram photos don’t have to be stuck on your phone. The square sizes of Instagram shots make them perfect for square metal print sizes. For instance, Pixel2Metal offers several square sizes ideal for Instagram pics. They range from 4”x4” all the way up to 24”x24”. In addition, we have some nice templates that you can you use to make a collage of Instagram photos. Don’t waste your Instagram photos: think outside the screen and turn them into personalized photo memories.

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Something cool for the coolest guy you know - Dad

We have designed some Father’s Day themed metal prints so its easy to say Thanks this Father’s Day. Nothing like a photo based gift, especially a metal print, to create an emotional impact and a meaningful gift for a lifetime. You can simply locate either a single panel metal print or a metal duet (stacked metal print) by selecting the style metal print you wish and then utilize the search by tags option to find Father’s Day themed metal prints.8x10-metal-PG-529-THUMBMA-94_8x10 on 11x14-THUMB

New Creative Shaped Metal Prints

Pixel2Metal is offering two new creative shaped metal print styles (Fiji and Berlin). As with our other creative edge metal prints these two new styles combined with the impact of metal create a uniquely artistic way to display your images. Each metal print by Pixel2Metal includes float mounts so your metal print is ready to hang on the wall upon arrival.

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Do Something Special with Senior Portraits

For everyone involved (parents, grandparents, siblings) with a senior soon graduating from high school it is an extremely special time. It is a rite of passage to be remembered. The senior portrait is a milestone moment to be captured as the young adult emerges from a young child and hung between baby and future bridal portraits. Pixel2Metal has designed a couple of unique senior backgrounds for use with senior portrait images. These designer metal prints make a wonderful keepsake and gift for family and friends to cherish for years. Simply upload the senior portrait photo and align image within the background and add some text if you wish.senior pixel2metalsenior 2 pixel2metal

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How Durable Are Metal Prints?

Metal prints are in fact very durable and can be expected to last in excess of 50 years. When tested for fading, metal prints lasted two to four times longer than leading photo papers. An added benefit is that you don't have to worry about the weight and potential damage from glass as metal prints don't need to be protected under glass. Furthermore, metal prints by Pixel2Metal are scratch resistant, waterproof, cannot tear, and will not yellow with age. Nonetheless, it is not recommended that metal prints be displayed in direct sunlight or outdoors. Metal prints by Pixel2Metal are easy to care for. Dry cleaning can be done with a microfiber cloth. Fingerprints and smudges can be easily cleaned off using isopropyl alcohol.

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It's Hip to be Square

With the popularity of Instagram and cameras like the Holga there has been resurgence in square format photography.

In fact, square format photography has been around for many years.  Long before the digital age many photographers started in medium format with a camera that shot 6x6 cm negatives. However, today with Photoshop, Lightroom and other photo editing software you can easily you can take a photo and crop it square.

Why the appeal to Square Format Photography

The change in composition is refreshing and a new approach for many photographers. The simplicity of a square provides a certain inherent beauty and elegance to well a composed square image. There is little wasted space with a square photo. Eliminating any superfluous elements in your images can enhance them by just featuring the main subject.

With square format photography it comes back to having a single subject. You don’t want to split the viewer’s attention. You will want to move in close, or crop fairly tightly on the subject. By utilizing a single subject you will provide greater detail and add some depth to the image. Including some background for context is okay, but make sure that the background stays in the background
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Square Metal Prints

Now that you have begun to shoot square images the question becomes what do you do with all those cool images. Well, we think at Pixel2Metal that they would look great on metal. Your square image becomes infused into a piece of aluminum. The metal print adds another dimension and uniqueness to your image(s). At Pixel2metal, we offer a variety of sizes and surfaces for your square images. For
single square prints, we offers the very popular 4”x4” and the larger 12”x12” metal prints. For those true lovers of square images we offer square metal duets. Your image is printed on a square metal panel that floats a ½ inch above another square metal print. The larger background metal print can be either another one of your images or one of our designer backgrounds.

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How to Photograph Fireworks

Wondering how to photograph fireworks on 4th of July?

Well here are some tips on digital firework photography.

Since autofocus can be slow when its dark, set your digital camera to infinity mode, or manually focus to infinity. Capturing the light trails requires long exposure times. With long exposure times you need to use a tripod or some type of support to ensure sharp exposures. Also use the self-timer or a camera remote to release the shutter. A cable release ensures that you won't have to physically touch the shutter release thus eliminating the possibility of camera shake. Turn off the flash (if you can’t turn it off, tape a piece of cardboard over it).

Set your camera’s focal length to the equivalent of 50 mm or wider. Using a wide focal length is generally more effective than zooming in when photographing fireworks because the aperture is faster at the wide end of the zoom. Later, when editing, you can crop to give the appearance of a close-up shot.

In short, the best way to photograph fireworks is to set the camera to manual exposure, set the aperture to a suitable f-stop and the shutter to 'b' or bulb. Open the shutter just before the firework bursts and close it after it's finished. By the way firework photography looks especially impressive on metal prints. The metal print surface that I recommend would be either the glossy solid or clear glossy.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!



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HDR Photography

What is HDR Photography?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR Photography is a post-processing task that uses multiple images of the same scene shot at different shutter speeds that are combined into one photograph. The outcome is a photograph with exceptional detail in the shadow and bright areas of the image.

Our eyes are infinitely more preceptive than a camera sensor. With a camera information is lost in the shadows and bright areas. Our eyes allow us to see and perceive colors and tones no electronic device can capture. Cameras are limited in that they can only capture a fairly limited dynamic range - the range of light and darks in a single image. However, taking images with your camera at different exposures you can render the light areas, midtones, and dark areas of the same scene to gather all the rich detail. With Photoshop or HDR programs you can assemble these images into one Photograph that resembles all the information the human eye captures.

If you are a fan of HDR photography then I highly recommend you try one of your images on metal by Pixel2Metal. Metal prints lend them selves to saturated colors and dramatic high contrast.


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Enjoy Macro Photography

Macro Photography is fun way to shoot photos and can be done in your own backyard. Wikipedia defines Macro Photography as extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. What I like about macro photography is that the simplest subject can take on a certain prominence when amplified. You will often be pleasantly surprised by the myriad of interesting details found in objects shot at close proximity. Whether it’s a fruit blossom, a bee, or a rose petal, there are a plethora of interesting subjects to photograph up close.

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Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind with macro photography:

  • 1. Switch to Manual Focus
When you are in autofocus mode you may notice your camera attempting to focus backwards and forwards to focus. To obtain a more precise and quicker focus, I recommend switching to manual mode.

  • 2. Light
You will want to shoot in the early morning or late afternoon to capture the best natural light. Often in the morning, a drop of dew will be on a flower, which can add to the image. Additionally, an off-camera fill-in-flash can ad to an image.

  • 3. Keep it Steady
Camera shake is especially noticeable in macro photography. I recommend using a tripod and a remote release to fire the shutter button so you don’t touch the camera. Also it is helpful to use quicker shutter speeds and make sure your image stabilization is on.

  • 4. Depth of Field
Use apertures to control the depth of field. Select a small aperture like f/16 or even f/22.

  • 5. Composition
Make it interesting by experimenting shooting at different angels. Also, have the subject fill 75% of the area. And don’t forget to be mindful of the background. Remove anything that can be distracting.

  • 6. Patience
From experience, I find it is best to wait and be patient for curious insects to settle in a place rather than chasing them around. Insects are curious by nature and they will often come to you if you are in the right setting.

Enjoy,

Mike

Get Creative with Your Photos

metal benelux 300x300 Add some creativity to your images by selecting one of our creative border shaped metal prints. The Pixel2Metal creative shaped metal prints come in two unique shapes. Both the Benelux and Milan styles are European inspired. These unique shapes are the latest trend in photography wall art displays and will add flare to any room in your home or office. The Benelux metal prints by Pixel2Metal are available in 11x8 and 15x11 inches. The Milan metal prints are available in 8x8 and 12x12. As with all Pixel2Metal prints they come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee so why not try something different with you photos. You will be pleasantly surprised how a different shape gives your photos an aesthetically pleasing appeal.
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Take Great Photographs of Hummingbirds

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Did you know that Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards? They can also fly sideways and upside. Pretty amazing. Not only are hummingbirds wonders in flight but make great photographs due to their iridescent colors. Its best to take pictures of hummingbirds in bright sun so you can capture their iridescent colors. With regard to equipment, I suggest that you use zoom or telephoto lens so you can get a good close-up. Additionally, I recommend using a tripod or monopod for stabilization. If your lens has a stabilizer feature then make sure it is turned on.

By using the auto-focus (AF) setting on your camera this will allow you to refocus on the hummingbird as it is darting around. Its helpful to use the center AF point for focusing. You also need to use a fast shutter speed of 1/800 and an ISO of about 400. Keep in mind, that if either are too high in low light you will get too much noise making your picture look grainy.

Especially with hummingbirds, you will want to take a lot of pictures. But once you capture that great image it will be well worth the effort.

Happy shooting,
Mike