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Photography

  • "Thinking Greener" Banner Images

    In this day and age, it's just cool to be "green". And that's great! Even here at banner4sale, we are always striving towards greener printing methods and materials. But, here's an idea: have you thought of adding some more green to your images?

    Now, I don't mean adding text about recycling or something, but actually adding some trees to your backdrop image. Some bushes. Shrubs. Flowers!

    Pictures of nature can make all the difference in the world, especially in recent ad trends that picture streamlined vehicles, towering glass structures, and sleek new devices. Every once in awhile, it's a breath of fresh air (literally) to see a bit of nature in your advertising.  If you Google search "advertisements" or something equivalent, chances are you won't find many ads with pieces of nature in them, maybe not even on the first page. We've gone "urban" with our advertising, but it doesn't hurt to try something new. Since nature is inherently part of our lives, we do have an emotional connection with it, even if we don't want to admit it.

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    Check out the one above: looks like an eye, right? It's a tree with a sawed-off branch, but the similarity is striking.

    Now, here's ad that's sort of related: it has to deal with water shortage and conservation for the summer months. But in the background is a nice green grass field, instead of a drab grey sidewalk. Kind of gives you a different feel.

    Mmmmm, yummy Watermelon. Not a tree, but same difference. It's not a picture of the farmer's market itself, but of one of the products they care about: the everlasting watermelon! It's green, it's pink, and on a blue background. It definitely leaves the feel of freshness and new beginnings.

  • Sepia Tinted Photography for Banners

    Have you ever had to take one of those embarrassing pictures with Old West sets? Had to dress up in costume with Calamity Jane mom and Wild Bill dad and pose in front of a fake saloon?

    I have. It’s not pretty. Can be fun, but not really.

    WELL. As much as we hate these tourist-y photo ops, we can appreciate the art that it was inspired by: old style sepia tone photography.

    Nowadays, sepia is still long and strong in the making, and is used to create gorgeous faux old-fashioned photography. Remember those fake vintage ads I wrote about a while ago? Same difference! At least, in terms of an advertising technique.

    A while ago, my local bank did a campaign about bank accounts running in the family, passing from parent to child. They would have two images side by side: a father and son in sepia tone going out to surf, and a modern color photo of that previous son, now grown up and taking his own son out to surf. So, you see, many things can be implied with the use of sepia tone, especially if your goal is to leave the viewer with a  sense of nostalgia.

    Or you can do the awesome thing, and create an ad with those old style saloon family photos. That’ll get a good laugh out of your customers.

    Here’s some examples of sepia tinted custom banners as well. Inspiration for your next project, perhaps?

  • The Magic of Product Photography for Banners

    We talk a lot about photography and what kind of skill makes us ooh and ahh, but we have never really delved into product shots that cater to your customer's questions, before they can even ask them. These are some things to consider when designing for various ads, even outside of banners and signs.

    Give the Inside Look

    What some businesses have done, especially with cars, is create situations in their ads that their product would benefit in. For example, with selling mini-vans: how many people can it fit? What does the trunk space look like? The front dash?

    By showing these in photograph before these questions can be asked makes interaction with your customer much easier. They can see the pictures, and they can see what works and what doesn't for them and their specific needs.

    "What Does it Do?"

    I get this a lot when talking to my siblings. You've got something to prove about your new product and it's not just all hot air. When it comes to showing product versatility, it helps to include some photos of that product out in the wild.

    Made a collapsible bike? Show someone riding around, and then folding it up just before going to work.

    A new mp3 player? Show all the different places that you can take it, as well as all the functions.

    Tutorial Time

    Some products get released, and it's so exciting, and then it arrives in the mail and...!

    You don't know how it works. Most include an instruction manual (hopefully), but it's in Russian or Chinese or strange pictograms. Not all manuals are so blessed. If you have a product that is being marketed as "easy use", a tutorial timeline would be great! Show step-by-step what makes your product fantastic and so easy. We'll all be thankful.

  • Make a Splash! Water Drop Photography for Custom Banners

    As, I'm typing this, I'm getting pretty thirsty. Where we are, it's still toasty weather outside. Makes the throat itch something awful....but alas! Some splash photography to ease my way!

    Splash photography is nothing new. You see it on ads, in television commercials (albeit, with slow-mo tech), and it looks nice, even pretty. Photographers use high speed cameras to get that perfect shot of strange and beautiful shapes that liquids can make. You also have the option of filming the above surface splash, or the dive down below. Either one can leave wonders.

    Here are a couple of pieces that especially caught my attention on the world wide web. Not because they're pretty splashes, but they're splashes with a purpose, a product, or an amazing color. All three can do wonders for viral marketing images, a great banner display, or a magazine ad. These are especially great for products like juices, wines, drinking glasses, or fruits. In any case, explore your options. Perhaps making a 'splash' is the right move for you.

    by Jack Long

    Don't be fooled. It may look like a flower, or at least frozen before the photograph, but it's totally not. These feux flowers were perfectly timed to get what you see above.

    by Paul Hoksenar

    I don't know if they actually splashed the model (probably), but it still looks amazing.

    For more awesome images of splashes, check out this article from Top Design Magazine.

  • Sandy Banners: Off to the Desert!

    Now, we aren't physically going to the desert. I want to talk about desert photography! The sand, the sun....the camels?

    Whatever floats your boat, if you love the scorching summer heats or the wandering sand dunes, then check out some cool desert photography below. Hey, maybe it'll inspire your next banner or sign design.

    If you've got an upcoming Outdoor event that require some Outdoor Banners, especially if it's a trip to the desert or "desert-themed", take a knack at some desert photography to spruce up that sign for your event. If you get with the landscape, so will your guests, and what's that phrase? "The more the merrier!"

  • Banner Inspiration! Featuring David A. Reeves

    It's always cool to see a photograph where no Photoshop touches have been done, and everything within the frame is raw and real.

    Now, David Reeves' style isn't as "gut-wrenchingly" hardcore as other photographers, but his paper scenes are pretty impressive.

    Using his camera, some bins, black paper, and clever positioning, Reeves can create all sorts of scenes, like a cowboy shootout, a samurai duel, or a little boy lost at sea. At first glance, they may seem out of place, something is off about them. But what you don't know is that they're all made of paper, with the scenery and characters specifically positioned to give that background/foreground blur and feel.

    Let's take a look at my favorite: the Samurai Duel!

    And here's how he did it...

    Clever, eh? I thought so.  If you check out his tumblr site HERE, he not only shows off his best photographs, but also a picture of how he set them up.

    So...what's the lesson? A banner design doesn't have to be expensive or photoshopped to the point of unrecognizable. Sometimes, just using paper, a clever set-up, and a camera is all you need. Take a picture of your creation, blow it up, and turn it into an awesome ad for your newest product, event, or store sale. Personally, I think these would be great for film festivals or movie theaters. :)

  • Banner Giveaway! Jeff Soto & the Seeker Friends

    Candy Eaters Banner Banner4Sale has partnered with Prints on Wood to bring you some great work from artist, Jeff Soto. We are offering free banners of his next work in the Seeker Friends print series!

    Currently at Prints on Wood, Jeff Soto is selling a series of unique prints featuring cute creatures doing various activities: gardening, guitar, painting, etc. Each new Seeker Friend is released once a month, and the next one is coming up real soon!

    So, here's the 411!

    We are giving away four 5' x 5' banners featuring the new Seeker Friend, "The Candy Eaters", just in time for Halloween! There will be two opportunities to win:

    1. Go to www.banner4sale.com and "Like" BOTH Facebook buttons on the home page beneath the scrolling images. If you do this between Thursday October 4th at noon (PST) and Friday October 5th, noon (PST), you'll  be automatically entered. Two people will be chosen at random to win.
    2. If you've already got a couple of Seeker Friends at home, then try the Instagram win! We want to see your Seeker Friend in the *wild*. Are they on your bookshelf, by your computer? In the kitchen? On your desk at work? As a paperweight...(I hope not!). Take some lovely pictures and post them on Instagram between Thursday October 4th, noon (PST) and Friday October 5th, noon (PST). Use the hashtag #seekerfriends and Jeff Soto will pick his two favorites.
    Since we are giving away four banners, obviously there will be four winners! So, what are you waiting for?? Grab your camera or the nearest computer and start "liking" our page, or take wonderful glamor shots of your beloved Seeker Friends. Don't forget the hashtag!
  • Creepy Halloween Banner Ideas: Abandoned Amusement Parks

    Disneyland, Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Schlitterbahn...

    Sound familiar? That's because these theme parks are still well in existence, well in pocket, and doing fine in attendance.

    But have you heard of Gulliver's Kingdom? Or Chippewa Lake Park? There's plenty more that would simply fly over your head, unless you were born many decades ago. These abandoned amusement parks are so-called due to poor attendance or natural disasters. Since then, nature has reclaimed the land, leaving behind hollow shells of rides that once were. Yes, it's kind of sad to say good bye to these beloved places of childhood fantasy, but nowadays, if you visit them, they're just downright creepy.

    If you're stumped on a banner design for Halloween this coming October, it might behoove  you to take a look at some amazingly chilly abandoned amusement park images. This would be especially appropriate if you're planning some sort of Haunted Trail or Haunted Hay Ride. All the rust, the overgrown ivy and foliage, and twisting trees...gives me the willies just thinking about.

    This is from a FunFair near Pyongyang, the capitol of North Korea. It has long been abandoned since the state could no longer fund it.

    From Chernobyl. 'Nuff said. I mean, I don't even want to know what that is...

    Now that we've all been significantly chilled (and had some of our childhood memories dashed), swing on over to Top Design Mag and read this article on more abandoned amusement parks.

  • Great Banner Images with Multiplicity Shots

    Crowd shots are fun, but what if you want the same person repeated over and over again?

    Lex Macho Inc.

    Never fear, it can be done! And what's more, you can do it at home with Photoshop. With just one actor/model, a camera, some Photoshop magic and sense of clever product placement, you can create humorous or thought-provoking banner ads while still saving money.

    These aren't just limited to the curious image either: use the same model in different pieces for a fashion spread; a before and after project; or a frightening Halloween-esque picture.

    "We Are One" by Dave Wares

    "Mac Blend" by R. Malayeri

    "Cynthia Venezuela Multiplicity" by Henry G. Anima

    So, for your next banner design, perhaps you can create a multiplicity shot with your newest product in different places around a room. If it's a multi-purpose device, then show  all of its functions at once! Or, as you've seen above with Henry G. Anima's piece, you can create a fashion spread for one look from several different angles.

    Regardless of how you use the technique, make it fun, make it informative, make it yours.

    Check out more than 50 brilliant multiplicity shots from topdesign mag HERE.

  • Breaking Out of the Box: A New Approach to Banners

    It gets pretty boring when all you see is the same ad over and over again, doesn’t it? But imagine, how it must feel for the designer in question and ask yourself this: am I truly being creative, or does this project look eerily similar to that sign I just saw on the freeway?

    Fear not, for we are all plagued with the occasional creativity slump! But at Smashing Magazine, Mark Cossey offers some advice on how to keep your right brain stretched and toned and ready to go. He calls it “cross-training” for designers.

    Flee the Confines of your Cubicle!

    Looking Outside for Banner Inspiration

    First of all, look around you. Chances are, you are in an office at home or at work, surrounded by four walls and a water cooler (or your Keurig coffee maker, don’t deny it!).

    Cossey suggests that you go outside. No, seriously, throw on some sneakers and take a camera or a notepad. Drawing inspiration from the world in motion is just as important as the experiences that your brain draws on to shape your perceptions.

    The trend, it seems nowadays, is drifting back either towards the organic or the futuristic: natural shapes versus streamlined shapes. Both of these are plenty in evidence outside your door. Take a walk and photograph the shapes you see, be it the clouds or the trolley, that wonky tree you always drive by on your morning commute. Something you see will stir the imagination in you.

    Stimulate Your Brain

    As a designer, whether for a banner or a website, you are creating a visual for the eye. If what you see is the same day after day, it will begin to reflect in your work. The importance of “cross-training” is to stimulate the visuals with new images, and sometimes it’s images that you can’t get in your home or on the internet.

    For the full article, as well as some fantastic and helpful tips, check it out on Smashing Magazine.

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