Printing photos

I don’t know if ya’ll have noticed but I take a lot of photographs!  I have over 50,000 photos on my iMac.  I also have my old laptop w/ a few thousand and I upload a ton to Flickr.  I used to have more photos but my laptop kept crashing and I took it to an “expert” to have a look.  I told him that I didn’t have anything backed up so what did he do?  A complete factory install reboot.  So I lost everything.  I also had the laptop I moved from America with stolen.  So any photos taken prior to 2005 are gone.  I have a lot of great memories of Wal and I that are just in my head.  All the photos from my first trip to Paris? Gone! Madrid? Gone!  All of it gone! I promised myself that this would never happen again.


At the end of every season I print out all the photos I’ve processed.  This is not to say that I print out all the photos I take as I take much more than I process.  I shoot in RAW so I usually crop a bit, adjust white balance or exposure- anything really that needs doing.  I’m pretty light handed w/ Photoshop.  Actually I can’t remember the last time I used Photoshop.  I usually do any adjustments in Lightroom.  I was looking through my photographs from this past Spring (yes, I’m a little late in my printing) when I was contacted by someone from Canvas Dezign.

I don’t usually reply to requests to review products because it’s usually for something I wouldn’t buy or that aren’t relevant to my life.  If it’s something I wouldn’t buy/not interested in then I don’t want it for free in exchange for a review.  Does that make sense? But when this email popped into my in box it peaked my interest as I’d been wanting to order a canvas print for a long time.  I had a quick look at their site and I liked what I saw and read.  I liked that they buy British canvases, hire local workers and try to keep things as green as possible.  I also liked that they’re Northern!  I replied to the email and I eagerly chose a photo to print.  This was not an easy task as I have so many I love.  I finally decided on one and I received the canvas today.


OH EMM GEE!!  When I opened the (very well packed) package I almost cried. It’s stunning!  I can not believe the quality! Especially when you factor in the price.  It looks like I dropped some serious cash but in fact it was just a little more than £50!  It’s also HUGE  30in x 20in.  I can’t wait to finish decorating the front room, it’s going to look fab in there!  I’m also planning ordering a series of 4 6×6 canvas prints of Squidge’s trip to the PYO farm last summer.  So if like me you’ve wanted to print some photos on canvas give these guys a look.  The website is really easy to navigate.  I didn’t once get hung up uploading my file.  They have a pretty extensive FAQ section so if you have any questions I’m sure you’d find the answer there!


For full disclosure Canvas Dezign offered me a canvas of my choice but the opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. August 8, 2011 /

    Nice picture x

    I lost all my wedding photos in a similar incident. I now have a 360GB toaster that I dump everything onto now and again and I store it ‘offsite’. I also use Virgins backup software that is constantly streaming backups of my photos to their storage. YOu should have an offsite backup of your digital. Your ISP will usually offer a service of some sort but there are many other providers to choose from too. Still nothing can take away the memories (except Alzeheimers!)

    • Lindy
      August 8, 2011 /

      How sad that you lost all your wedding photos! I need to set something up like that. I’m getting by at the moment by uploading a ton of stuff to flickr. I also burn them to cd’s every once in a while. It’s probably been a year since I did the last one. Figured it’s better than nothing! I also have this pathological need to print photos out. If all else fails I have a “hard” copy of my favorites.

  2. Mancais
    August 12, 2011 /

    The canvas looks great. Will go have a nosey at the company.