So you got that new camera but don’t know what to shoot? Pictures Plus has got the fix for you! Throughout the year, we will be issuing photography challenges in which you, the photographer, will be given a theme to shoot. Winners will receive a print of their photo framed up in one of our matted or deluxe frames.
The theme for this challenge is “A Hawaiian Autumn“. Show us your creative pictures and you can win one of our quality picture frames with your winning photo!
How to win
1. Take a creative picture representing the photo challenge theme “A Hawaiian Autumn“.
2. Send your photo to email@example.com with your name and phone number. It is optional to name your photograph and provide the camera and settings used. Send us a file no bigger than 2MB but please make sure you save the original or post processed file on your computer in full resolution for printing!
3. We will post your photo for public voting from October 29th, to Sunday, Nov 14th. We will post pictures on our Facebook, Blog and Flickr accounts for everyone to see your work!
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 | Article by: Devin Sasai
Have you ever gone to a event and got to meet some of the stars? I surely do. As a kid, I remember chasing after NFL stars when they would come down for the Pro Bowl every year. It was a thrill to meet some of my childhood heroes and be able to get their autographs. Today, it goes beyond just sports and goes into the realm of entertainment. Mixed martial arts is very popular right now and with Hawaii based fighters like B.J. Penn and Chris Leben leading the way, we have a new generation of fans that are clamoring for a piece of the stars of that sport.
Recently, I had the pleasure of framing a sample of some autographed memorabilia from UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste. I started with a signed version of the outfit she uses at the televised events, an 8″ x 10″ photo, a photo of Arianny actually signing the clothes, and an autographed sports card of her.
I designed the shadowbox in a way that would highlight each individual item while preserving both the monetary and sentimental value of the piece. I used a triple layer acid-free mat, museum glass, and our new line of opalescent metallic frames with a 2″ black suede liner. To highlight the signed outfit, I did a 1/4″ black channel groove around it. This helped to square off the piece and to focus your attention on the item. Add to this the protection and clarity of museum glass and the preservation properties of tack mounting, and we have a piece that is both gorgeous and preserved.
This piece was a lot of fun to design, and our factory staff did a beautiful job of bringing it to life. Seeing the completed memorabilia all framed up brought back some fond memories of my youth and flooded my head with all the possibilities that I could do with some of my most prized pieces. The collectibles that most people collect sit idle in boxes and bags in the back of closets. Many of them will either be forgotten or damaged. Just think that if we can do this for this piece, what can we do for yours?
Dennis Mathewson’s brand of artwork certainly attracts a unique audience. Case in point: Tak Matsumoto. Not only is Tak an avid collector of Mathewson’s artwork, he is also the guitar virtuoso for the popular Japanese rock band, B’z. Below are a few pics of Dennis, Tak, and a few rockin’ pieces of artwork…
Here is a random shot of Jason and Marlene discussing how this video tutorial scene is going to take place in our rebuilt studio. If you haven’t already, check out our YouTube Channel for some tutorials we uploaded yesterday!
Fresh off the video editor and on to youtube, two more video tutorials! These two tutorials goes hand-in-hand with each other so if you are ever lost, you can refer back to our youtube channel. Speaking of videos, we are shooting more tutorials tomorrow in our rebuilt studio! Should be great!
Fresh from my email inbox and after 225 hours of painting, Dennis Mathewson shares another lively piece. Although “Tak Lounge” is not the final name of this piece, it is done for Tak Matusmoto, a Japanese rock guitarist. He’s played in a couple rock bands – “B’z” and “Tak Matsumoto Group” (aka “TMG”).
Aloha everybody, i’m finally fished with the commission for Tak Matsumoto.
22″X42″ original on metal with no title yet. Lots of detail, color and life to this piece.
YAHOO, I’m finished…..Whew! This piece took 225 hours to paint.
Take care Dennis
We mentioned a couple weeks ago that we will be making some video tutorials based on what our customer’s frequently asked questions. Introducing our very first video tutorial! This video is tutorial on how to do a hinge mount. It compliments Framing Tip #6: Matting.
Since this is our very first time making a video, we had to experiment a lot and do a lot of takes. In the end, we got what we wanted. For those who are wondering what we used to take the video, we shot it with a Nikon D5000 DSLR. Not really the best choice but it works and we will probably use something a bit better next time. We will be uploading more videos so you can check out our youtube channel here.
The word prodigy seems to be thrown around a lot these days. A true prodigy has uncanny talent and an innate ability to produce works of art that trained and educated artists work a lifetime to accomplish. A prodigy might come around once in a generation – Autumn DeForest might be the one. I won’t go as far as to compare her to Picasso or Van Gogh, but I do think she has artistic ability far beyond her years. You be the judge…