Guest Blog: The Power of Print Competition

By Christie Newell, winner of the 2016 National Sunset Print Award and co-owner of Sonshine Portrait Design in Germantown Hills, Ill.

Christie Newell, M.Photog., Cr. CPP, guest blogger

The ever-evolving photography industry vastly changes on a day-to-day basis. How do we stay ahead? How do we rise above the other photographers around us? What makes us grow? The answer to these questions and so many other questions is print competition.

I have been asked why I enter print competition. It can be misleading and make one think you are competing against other photographers. That is not the case. Yes, I am a photographer who creates art pieces for my clients, but I am also a print competitor, it just runs through my blood. I enter print competitions because I know how much I learn and grow. Improving my everyday work for my clients. By setting goals, reaching beyond what I think I am capable of and either failing or conquering.

4 Ways to Step Up Your Floor Graphics

Floor graphics aren’t just for retail anymore. They provide an easy way to create ambiance for special events, turn bland walkways into brilliant displays, and even provide directional signage in the most unusual places. Here are a few examples from customers who have stepped outside the point-of-purchase box:

Wicked-cool Décor: Mark Hawkins of Mark Hawkins Photography took the “Wicked” theme of a recent fundraiser gala to new heights. Hawkins was tasked with bringing the world of Oz to life, and he turned to LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric to create graphics such as the iconic Yellow Brick Road, informational signage and what looked to be the poor Wicked Witch squashed by one of the bars. With its versatility, spot-on colors and ease of install and removal, Print-N-Stick was the go-to choice to create fun, customized graphics for the event.

LexJet’s Cosmic Eclipse Sale: $21 on Select Media Rolls

Events like this come around once in a lifetime. That’s right: It’s the LexJet Cosmic Eclipse Sale, where select rolls of media are just $21 for a limited time!

Just like the total eclipse of the sun, this offer won’t last long. Shop online or call a LexJet rep at 800-453-9538 today, Aug. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern only.

This sale features more than 65 of your favorite products in various sizes, from photo papers and canvas to adhesive vinyl and wallcovering, and much more, while supplies last.

There hasn’t been this much excitement about a complete blockout since LexJet unveiled its Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner. This opaque banner material is a 15mil, water-resistant aqueous-compatible product that offers 100 percent opacity – totality, if you will. And it’s just one of the Cosmic Sale items you’ll find for just $21 today!

Don’t miss our biggest sale ever! Head over to the Eclipse Sale product page a 12 p.m. Eastern to view the list of $21 rolls or search with the keyword “eclipse” to find eligible products.

Prints That Win: Pastel Passage

When you’ve been competing in print competitions as long as Idaho photographer, Dennis Hammon, capturing beautiful landscapes comes as natural as the photo’s subject itself.

While teaching a photography workshop aboard the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship, Hammon was admiring the view during the ship’s departure when he noticed a sailboat along the horizon. Using his keen eye and his Canon 5D, he snapped a couple of pictures of the scene, and a winner was born.

The Sunset Print Award winning photograph, “Pastel Passage,” displays placid waters complete with breathtaking hues of pink and purple pastels that were bestowed by the sunset.

How-to Video: Use a Media Tube to Make an Eclipse Viewer

Want to view the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 in a safe way by upcycling an old media tube and using a few other items you have in your shop?

The video above gives step-by-step instructions on how to use an empty media core, plastic end caps, a ruler, pencil, drill and 1/8-inch bit and a fine-tooth saw to create a pinhole projector for eclipse viewing.

credit: GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Get started now so you’ll be ready on Monday when a total eclipse of the sun will occur and can be viewed as the path of totality cuts across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. For the best viewing, you’ll have to be within the 60 to 70-mile wide path, pictured here.

Remember: Looking directly at the sun in any manner can cause damage to your eyes. Follow the directions in the video above carefully.

To learn more about the eclipse go to GreatAmericanEclipse.com and follow LexJet on social media to learn fun facts about the eclipse.