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Nothing makes the individual like his or her castle. And if that individual happens to throw down in the mountains, on the beach, in the desert, or wherever else Mother Nature lures him, then the castle should show it. It should be adorned with pictures of some of the gut-wrenching and challenging destinations seen and conquered (or humbly conquered by).


Photo: MtnBikeRiders.com, with permission.

Unfortunately, good photography doesn’t come cheap. Covering your walls with artfully snapped photos of scenic vistas can quickly ring up in the four- to five-figure range.

Since you’re out there already, save some money and take your own photos. They may not be magazine quality, but they will be first-hand evidence of your global footprint seen through your eyes.


Photo: Brian Kretschmar, VirginiaSkier.com, with permission.

Bear in mind, though, your average piece of tattered 8 x 11 printer paper really doesn’t look that sweet tacked to your wall. Sure there are better DIY photo options than printer paper, but you can save yourself the hassle of finding them with an online service that allows you to upload a photo. I recently ordered a print from a website called Easy Canvas Prints as a gift and was happy with the service so decided to recommend it. I really like this photo that was shot by my friend Leanne Cole, it turned out really well:

canvas print

Easy Canvas Prints is a simple online service that transforms your photo(s) of choice into classy canvas prints that look like real-deal art on your wall. You select your canvas dimensions and options, and upload your photo.

Overall, the service is an easy way to make your snapshots wall-worthy. It lets you design your picture like an artist, moving the photo around and making it look perfect. The company provides additional services like red eye removal and removal of people or objects from the photo.

On the down side, the interface is a little fussy, so keep these pointers in mind if you decide to use the service:

-Only pictures sized 20 MB or smaller are accepted. “If your file is over this size limit you can flatten the image, convert to RGB in 8–bit mode and save as a JPG at the maximum quality level.”

-Once you upload your photo to the canvas, you won’t be able to rotate it, so make sure to do this ahead of time.

Bottom line: This is a solid and pain-free way of turning your field photos into home decor. If you don’t happen to take photos worthy of hanging on a wall they also have a bank of over 1.5 million photos for you to choose from.

Steeze Your Pad With Easy Canvas Prints, 5.8 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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January 28, 2012

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