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Create Custom Art with Landscape & Nature Photography

Updated on November 18, 2011

One of the best things about photography is the ability to capture anything you desire. Whether it's people, nature, pets or other random objects.

The beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and just like with any other type of art, photography can be interpreted in many ways.

For some it speaks to the natural beauty in this world and in others it sparks a great appreciation for life and all that it has to offer.

So stop and take time to enjoy the nature and landscape around you.

Grab your camera and start snapping photos of all the things you see everyday.

You don't need an expensive camera or to be an expert photographer. Beauty and simplicity can be captured through any eye, and with any lens.

Bright Sky, Beautiful Water

I love taking pictures of water. It has a soothing and calming effect, so displaying photos of water in my home helps facilitate that atmosphere.

I was walking around the lake, when I took this photo. It was just a normal day at the park but the sky was perfect and the water cast a beautiful reflection of the trees.


Seasons Change with Colors

I absolutely love fall and think it's the best season by far. These photos capture that perfect moment when the leaves are just starting to change colors, but they aren't completely dead yet.


Gray Dock, Cloudy Skies

I normally take my camera with me everywhere, just in case I get some inspiration or come across an amazing photo opportunity.

I was out for a jog when the weather was gray and cloudy, then I came across this old and somewhat forgotten looking dock on the water.

When I got home, I uploaded the picture to and in about 2 weeks I had a custom art canvas for my living area.

Photography Canvas Art
Photography Canvas Art | Source

Sunset on the Water

This photo was taken while on vacation on the Florida coastline one year. I decided to blow it up and display it with a simple 16 x20 frame.

Now every time I walk past it on my wall it reminds me of a wonderful vacation and brings a feeling of peace to my mind.

Photography Art with Simple Black Frame
Photography Art with Simple Black Frame | Source

Winter Fun

Anytime there's snow or cool weather in a photo, it makes me shiver just a little. But I like how photos can insight a feeling or a reaction.

When these photos were taken, I was high up on a ski lift in the middle of Colorado. The air was clean, crisp and with the valley down below, it makes for fantastic photos (and memories).


List of Equipment:

There are many ways to make your own art, but with photographs it's a little easier and more personal.

  • Digital camera

Any style or type of camera will do, it doesn't need to be expensive.

Of course the better quality it is, the more it can capture and create beautiful shots.

  • A computer or Kiosk

If you have your own computer you can upload your photos into a digital photo album like

Otherwise you can take your SD card into any store near and print off the photos yourself at a kiosk.

3 Ways to Make Photos into Art

Now that you have the equipment you can start shooting everything in sight. Be creative.

  • Buy inexpensive frames

Choose any size of the photo you want and purchase a simple frame, or a bunch of frames.

Group them by type (landscape, objects, people, etc) which will create simple but stunning artwork.

This website offers a variety of sizes and photo options, so just pick the one you prefer and you will have a unique piece of art on your wall.

  • Create a custom collage

Magnetic or bulletin boards are a great way to have a personal collage of photos that's always interchangeable.

You can even put pictures of your children's artwork to mix it up a little.

Other Fun Tips

You don't need to be an expert to take beautiful pictures, just be creative and have fun with it.

There are lots of other ways you can create cheap photography art. Simple things like using different tints, black and whites, or even a photo split into multiple frames.

The art is for your enjoyment and for your home, so it doesn't need to be perfect. It just needs to reflect your personality and bring back great memories.

Do photos spark a feeling or memory for you?


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    • carozy profile image

      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      some beautiful pics here and good tips!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      The pictures are breathtaking! I voted you up!

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad I could be of some inspiration.

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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos and excellent ideas to tickle creative thoughts of the reader.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I love your pier photo that you had printed on a canvas. What a wonderful way to remember your vacation for years to come. I have always wanted to put some photos on canvas and I think I will check out the site you used. Thanks for sharing. ~voted up, beautiful, and useful~

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks so much for reading, voting up and commenting thelyricwriter! I appreciate it. Best wishes to you as well this season.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and all across but funny. Wow, beautiful pics Applecsmith. You take some good photos. Very cool pic hub:) Best wishes and take care.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the comment tlmcgaa70! I really enjoy using my kodakgallery online, since I can access if from any computer or location that has internet. Thanks for sharing this post also, I appreciate it.

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      tlmcgaa70 6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      wonderful hub. i love taking pictures, especially of clouds...they can be incredible. i always kick myself when i go somewhere and have forgotten my camera, as invariably i will see something i want to capture with it. on my old computer i had a kodak album and i loved what i could do with it...enhancing certain storm cloud formations would bring out hidden colors and transform them into pictures of intense beauty. however my old kodak wore out and i had a new computer by the time i got another one and the new kodak did not come with the software and i use the picture storage on the computer and i can't do anything with them. i am hoping this uploadable kodak will let me enhance again...ty for the site and for the canvas on demand site as well. voted up and across but not funny. also sharing on my facebook.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you SuperheroSales! I am really passionate about photography and capturing amazing pictures. I'm glad it comes across for others to enjoy. Thanks for the comment.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      - davenmidtown Thanks for the compliment. Your sister has a great idea going, I will have to start doing that. I like it.

      - shea duane Yes, I try to carry my camera with me everywhere. And when I don't have it with me I get bummed. Better luck next time :)

      Thanks for the comments

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      great hub! yesterday, we went to a nearby river to feed ducks, and a lovely swan showed up. I wish I'd had my camera.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Simone is right applesmith: you take wonderful is nice to see them displayed where they bring you peace but even for guests who can admire them too. I don't know why people hide photo's away. My sister has seasonal photographs that she hangs as the year changes. I always thought that was odd...but now I see the beauty in that.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      -Mrs. Menagerie Thanks so much for the comment, that's one of my favorite photos too. It was just the perfect moment.

      -Simone Smith Thank you! I appreciate that. I am a huge photo fanatic. I use them all over the place, in scrapbooks, photo collages and display in all kinds of frames. I love it.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow applecsmith! You take amazing photos and you actually DO something with them! That's a pretty rare combination of talents. Most of the good photographers I know have all of their amazing work hidden away in hard drives!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 6 years ago from The Zoo

      I especially love the bright, orange leaves with the vivid blue background...gorgeous!

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your welcome! I love passing on tips and cheap ways to make my own art. Giving and receiving photography gifts is great too, I really like it.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your photograph is beautiful! Thanks for the canvas web site and for the great tips. I love to display my photography in my house and to give photos as gifts.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I enjoy taking photos and displaying them in my home, so I'm happy to share them with you.

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Lovely photos and ideas! I totally agree with you that art is for our enjoyment and it’s not important if it’s perfect or not. The important thing is that we like it. Voted up!

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      MidwestJerseyGirl 6 years ago from Western Suburbs of Chicago

      Love your composition. I recently worked on a project for a fundraiser and printed some photos on large canvases and they made $900 for our school!! Great ideas. Nice photos.

      Voted Up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I love using photographs as art in my home. They remind me of special people, special places and good times. I like what you said about not having to be an expert. Photographs are as personal as memories- they don't ave to be perfect to give you pleasure.

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      Keith Matyi 6 years ago from Denton, TX

      Yes, they do all the time! beautiful pics and good story!