Tuesday, July 3, 2012

An Art Print from My Photo

A couple of weeks ago, EasyCanvasPrints.com offered me a chance to try their service for free so I could review it on the blog. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. I've read about their printing service on other blogs and have been wondering how it looks.

The hard part was choosing the photo.

I have to admit, this artsy one of Kali is the first picture that came to mind. I didn't crop it; this is the whole photo the way I took it. I think it's beautiful, but I was worried it might be too dark. I kept coming back to it over and over.

But, I decided to look through the photo albums and see what else we had that might be a more "normal" photo.

Presto takes a nice photo, but a lot of the ones I have of him are dark, and trying to brighten them up in Photoshop, they end up looking washed out or grainy. I brought my husband in to review my "finalist" pics, and he said Presto looks fat in this picture (which he is) but also the way the light is shining in his eyes makes them look washed out.

Petra always takes a good picture, and she loves to give us a "centerfold" kind of pose. I don't think the colors are particularly good in this one; maybe it's something about the lighting or the camera settings, but the pose was cute.

She's daddy's girl, so I thought he might go for this one, but he said it looked kind of "snapshotty."

Finally, I looked through the pics that I have of multiple cats. This is Misha (on the right) with her little brother Remy (they have the same mother). It's a cute picture, but as with the others, it doesn't really capture any fine detail.

I have a great one from several years ago when all of our cats at the time had curled up on the couch for a nap. Unfortunately, it was taken with our first digital camera and isn't high enough resolution to think it would look good blown up and printed on canvas.

So in the end, I went with my first choice. Tim looked at it, knowing that I was concerned about it being too dark, but after looking at it carefully, we both decided that it has enough highlights and detail in that shot that it should look good.

The ordering process was very quick and easy. I uploaded the print, made a couple of choices about size and border, and in minutes, I had my confirmation number.

When EasyCanvasPrints sends it in a few days, I'll let you know how it turned out and give you a chance to win a free print of your own!


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