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How to Best Prepare Photos for Canvas Printing helps print your photos onto high-quality canvas

With a variety of cameras in different price ranges on the market, it is easier now than ever to take a great photograph to be printed on gallery-quality canvas. You no longer need a high-end digital camera to get a fabulous photograph.

You can take a great image with nearly any smartphone if you follow a few main tips and tricks. In this article, we will examine a few types of cameras and how to optimize each one for canvas prints


After the introduction of a dual-camera sensor and optical zoom on the iPhone 7, Apple started making huge improvements to each device’s camera. Each model from Apple has added specific updates to get an extremely high-definition photo from your camera phone. It is best to have your smartphone settings on HDR, meaning, High Def Resolution, to get a photo with the best quality. All iPhones from the iPhone 4 and newer have this option.

Additionally, each device has increased the number of megapixels in every model over the years. If the megapixel is higher, the quality of the photo will turn out higher and less pixelated. Another great option for selecting iPhone models is portrait mode. Portrait mode helps focus the camera on the main subject while slightly blurring out the background. This is great for pictures that have a specific subject, such as an animal or a child.

Finally, a relatively unknown feature with iPhones is setting a focus point and adjusting the photograph brightness. This can be done by tapping and holding on to the subject of the image. After a few seconds, a yellow box will outline the selected area and lock it to that for focus. You can then slide your finger up and down to alter the brightness before taking the photo.

After taking the photo you can easily upload the image to our customizer and have your canvas print ordered in just a few minutes. 

Using a smartphone to take high-quality photographs


Although iPads are not quite as portable as iPhones, they can still take great photos for all of your canvas printing needs. iPads allow the photographer to see their image on a much larger scale than iPhones do. To zoom in or out on your subject, simply pinch the screen or use the slider on the left side of the screen.

Additionally, iPads have options such as panoramic photographs where you can get a picture-perfect nature scene. Just like the iPhones, many iPads can take super clear photos through portrait mode. This operates the same way that it does on the iPhone. iPad images are great for personalized canvas prints and will truly bring your memories to life. 

Panoramic photos are great for canvas prints

Samsung Galaxy

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is equipped with a very capable camera that is said to be faster than the human eye. This phone has an option called Pro-Mode that allows the user to adjust the shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and focus. Many devices do not have this option to truly change the specifications to your likings.

One fantastic add on feature of the Galaxy S9 is a full camera lens attachment that can transform the device into a true high-definition camera. Be sure to set the mentioned settings high to get the best quality when your order your canvas print. The Galaxy S9 also has Live Mode, which is very similar to the iPhone’s acclaimed portrait mode. 

Nikon DSLR

The Nikon DSLR is one of the most popular digital cameras on the market. They offer affordability with phenomenal definition. If you are looking to step up from a smartphone, this is a great route to go. Just like using the advanced settings on smartphone cameras requires some learning, the DSLR has a learning curve as well.

It is best to spend some time taking photos and adjusting settings such as the aperture to get the best image for your style. Many of our customers who are both professional and amateur photographers use the Nikon DSLR when taking a photo to print to canvas. These turn out to be of great quality and can be customized with a variety of exciting options.

Using a DSLR for photographing nature.

Showcasing your photographs in your space can be an incredibly accomplished feeling. You do not need to be a professional photographer or have high-end equipment in order to get a perfect photograph for your photo canvas print.

By following some of these tips for your device and ordering from a handcrafted canvas printing company, you will increase the quality of your canvas print and receive a much clearer image. After all, it is important that these photos pop and tell a story!