That moment when a firework explodes and sparkles across the night sky, frozen in time and multiplied by a hundred. More to love here: http://bit.ly/instacanvas_fireworks

If Instagram’s bold move earlier today proves anything, it’s that photo and video are two very popular mediums for expression. Even with video becoming more and more accessible, there are still some things that are easier to achieve where still images are concerned. 
FOCUS
A video consists of a multitude of frames- many of which might pass you by if you’re not paying close enough attention. A photo is a single moment that has been carefully chosen by the photographer and literally frozen in time. This offers an audience something very specific to behold, all while giving the artist more control. 
MANIPULATE
When you’re working with a single image, manipulating certain elements of it can be achieved quickly and easily. Even if you’re a expert at Photoshop, editing video is significantly more time-consuming and difficult to master, simply due to the sheer complexity of the finished product. 
TRANSFORM
It’s well known that the majority of photographers and videographers are not relying on physical film to capture their favorite moments anymore. Despite this phenomenon, it’s still very easy to print digital photos onto any object you can dream up, allowing you to enjoy them any old time you feel like it. 
MASTER
Any art form requires a combination of talent and skill, both of which can be amplified by practice. Photographers must learn to keep their eyes open for possibilities at all times- something that also comes in handy for videographers. There are heaps of things photographers don’t have to consider, however, such as audio, jump cuts, pans, zooms and shooting b-roll. 
What do you think? Is video the wave of the future? Are you open to the creative possibilities it presents, or are you sticking to still images? Comment and let us know!  High-res

If Instagram’s bold move earlier today proves anything, it’s that photo and video are two very popular mediums for expression. Even with video becoming more and more accessible, there are still some things that are easier to achieve where still images are concerned. 

FOCUS

A video consists of a multitude of frames- many of which might pass you by if you’re not paying close enough attention. A photo is a single moment that has been carefully chosen by the photographer and literally frozen in time. This offers an audience something very specific to behold, all while giving the artist more control. 

MANIPULATE

When you’re working with a single image, manipulating certain elements of it can be achieved quickly and easily. Even if you’re a expert at Photoshop, editing video is significantly more time-consuming and difficult to master, simply due to the sheer complexity of the finished product. 

TRANSFORM

It’s well known that the majority of photographers and videographers are not relying on physical film to capture their favorite moments anymore. Despite this phenomenon, it’s still very easy to print digital photos onto any object you can dream up, allowing you to enjoy them any old time you feel like it. 

MASTER

Any art form requires a combination of talent and skill, both of which can be amplified by practice. Photographers must learn to keep their eyes open for possibilities at all times- something that also comes in handy for videographers. There are heaps of things photographers don’t have to consider, however, such as audio, jump cuts, pans, zooms and shooting b-roll. 

What do you think? Is video the wave of the future? Are you open to the creative possibilities it presents, or are you sticking to still images? Comment and let us know! 

This Father’s Day, may your taste in awesome-looking art surpass your taste in spiffy neckties. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Order by June 3rd for arrival by Father’s Day with standard delivery (US only), and use code DADSROCK to save 20% off your entire purchase! Shop our ‘Gifts for Him’ collection:http://bit.ly/ICgiftsforhim
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ARTISTS: Want to make some SALES this month? Share this photo along with a link to your gallery, and tell your friends & followers to use the code DADSROCK for 20% off Father’s Day gifts! 
Tip: If you have our iPhone app, use it to create a special Father’s Day Gift Collection, then use the promotion tool to share it along with the DADSROCK discount code. If you do not have access to our app, log into your gallery manager at http://my.instacanv.as, then click + drag the shots you want to sell to the top of your gallery. 
Good luck and good selling!  High-res

This Father’s Day, may your taste in awesome-looking art surpass your taste in spiffy neckties. 

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Order by June 3rd for arrival by Father’s Day with standard delivery (US only), and use code DADSROCK to save 20% off your entire purchase! 

Shop our ‘Gifts for Him’ collection:http://bit.ly/ICgiftsforhim

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ARTISTS: Want to make some SALES this month? Share this photo along with a link to your gallery, and tell your friends & followers to use the code DADSROCK for 20% off Father’s Day gifts!

Tip: If you have our iPhone app, use it to create a special Father’s Day Gift Collection, then use the promotion tool to share it along with the DADSROCK discount code. If you do not have access to our app, log into your gallery manager at http://my.instacanv.as, then click + drag the shots you want to sell to the top of your gallery.

Good luck and good selling! 

You know that lovely person in your life with a birthday coming up? Whether they’re 80 years young or 12 going on 30, they deserve a card that will make their eyes light up brighter than a box of trick birthday candles. Browse our selection: http://bit.ly/ICgreetingcardsOr enter our Birthday Card contest on Instagram:http://bit.ly/IConinstagram High-res

You know that lovely person in your life with a birthday coming up? Whether they’re 80 years young or 12 going on 30, they deserve a card that will make their eyes light up brighter than a box of trick birthday candles. 

Browse our selection: http://bit.ly/ICgreetingcards

Or enter our Birthday Card contest on Instagram:http://bit.ly/IConinstagram

A beautiful night sky is the stuff of dreams- Amazing to gaze up at, but a little tricky to capture on camera. Today’s Instagram challenge gave our community a chance to show off their skills in the dark.. and yes, we mean photography skills, you cheeky monkeys.

Visit the galleries of the artists most likely to be seen prowling around after midnight with a camera (from top left): @sean_e_, @kevturner007, @slvrlyt, @poeticjas, @vincentwestberg, @yhabril, @adam__ko & @preservedlight

Join us for tomorrow’s challenge!

Blending- not just for margaritas anymore! Today’s photo challenge theme on Instagram was all about blending 2 or more images together, otherwise known as an overlay. This effect can be achieved using a variety of apps, including Art Studio, Layover, and Blender. Featured here are 9 artists who have really mastered this technique (from top left): @joshbphoto, @samrobbins23, @thetonypaul, @iamemma_, @mexinaca, @luiseag, @arepnov, @bellacasia_xo, & @phxtarin

To browse through more supercalifragilistic photos, visit our site!

Trees are magnificent things. They possess a certain stillness, they’re on a trek ever upwards, they blossom every Spring, and you can even climb them! Thankfully for us, our artists just love taking pictures of them, as you can see from our favorite shots from today’s #ictrees photo challenge on Instagram

Check out more work available from the artists featured here (from top left): 

@garrettcooper_

@kanuku808

@littlecoal

@elgrecogrande

@jakeharris01

@odairu

@christybrug

@sim1b

@annaleeblysse

Take in the warm glow of the winning submissions from our orange-themed photo challenge on Instagram today… it’ll boost your mood, according to the wonderful science of color psychology! 

Visit the galleries of the artists featured here, from top left: 

@deisauce @iajit @thaikrub

@hiyapapayaphotography @danfieldsphotog @rickiewklee

@rachel_joanne @atomwatt @magicunicorn

Orange you glad it’s Friday? 

Take in the striking beauty of towering manmade structures as seen through the lenses of Instacanvas Artists from from Luxembourg to Weehawken! These shots are some of our favorite submissions from today’s #icarchitecture hashtag challenge on Instagram. Be sure to join us for tomorrow’s challenge- it’s going to be a real doozy. 

See more work available from the artists featured here: 

@burrky @carly_789 @irapoe

@fdaisque @noah_yager @tristantre

@johntorres @guillermo_va @tschang

Bonus points to anyone who can tell us where Weehawken is! 

Instacanvas Artist @slvrlyt on Why Mobile Photography Will Set You Free

This week, we talked shop with native Californian and L.A. enthusiast @slvrlyt, otherwise known as David Roberts. This darkroom photography teacher made the switch to digital in 2004, and has since made a phone his weapon of choice. Pull up a chair, strike your best listening pose and find out what makes this Instacanvas Artist tick!  

How do you think mobile photography is changing the game, and how has it affected you as an artist?

Having the ability to “shoot as you go” opens a creative realm that many people would never have the opportunity to experience if mobile photography were not available. I own a Canon 7D and love it, yet it is not practical for me to ride my bike and carry an expensive DSLR around. Being able to pull over on my bike, set up a shot, snap away, and ride on is a very liberating experience as a photographer.

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Ride on, brother. Any tips you can give to Instacanvas artists who want to take better photos?

By capturing images in a way that someone else might not, through framing, composition, added meaning such as humor, and most importantly through proper lighting, your images have more chance of standing out. I might see a background or street art image I really like, but if the wall is not properly lit, I won’t shoot it. If the wall is facing east, I’ll shoot it in the morning, if facing west or south west, I’ll shoot in toward the end of the day. Plotting your route based on available light also adds an element of creative and conceptual freedom when shooting.

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Your bike makes pretty consistent appearances throughout your gallery- in fact, it’s almost like a character. How did that come to be?

By adding my bike to my photos, I was able to give each image a new meaning, and the added subject soon created a narrative. It’s gotten to the point where if I post an image without the bike, people ask where it is. It seems to have become my muse so to speak. Riding around has allowed me to absorb my surroundings and experience LA on a whole new level.

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Check out more of David’s work available in his gallery: http://instacanv.as/slvrlyt

With the digital space being flooded with more images than ever before, what are your thoughts on developing your own unique style as a photographer? Comment and let us know!