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Trail in Mt. Hood National Forest

Public land protection through landscape photography

To care about our natural spaces, people need a connection to them one way or another. The ties between public land and photography are endless. Where would we be if we didn't have access...
Color theory. Rainbow flag. photopigs 2018.

10 examples that explain meaning of color theory

Colors create depth, mood and communicate cultural meanings in images. Light colors appear closer than darker ones. Bold and bright colors convey higher energy than darker and neutral tones. However, individual colors also communicate...
McDonald's sign with Minneapolis skyline in the background

Advertising: Commodified identity and selling gender roles

Advertisers today hold a keen sense of what their consumers want. Identity, social acceptance, love. These intangibles define our identity-- how we view ourselves and others. Marketers use that to their advantage. As briefly mentioned...
Old Cedar Mill at Vernonia

Explore All Of Oregon: Close to home on Route 47 to Vernonia

This trip out west of Portland was the first photoshoot I did after deciding on the Exploring All Of Oregon project. I marked up the map over where I had and hadn't been and...
Urban environment and street photography.. Minneapolis skyline framed between two freeways to highlight a predominant feature of the urban environment.

Urban environments provide street photography many opportunities

Street photography breaks down the complex urban environment into easily digestible snapshots of information. Lack of confidence and complicated scenes intimidate some aspiring street photographers and produce boring images. Many prize finding compelling stories...

Limited transit resources reduce ability to manage city growth

Shifting demographics and values in American metropolitan cities make maximizing available transit a higher priority. Anticipating a growing population means city planners must develop long-term plans to improve the system's efficiency with limited funding....

Colors create depth, mood and communicate cultural meanings

At its fundamental base, photography is the simple act of capturing the spectrum of light. The eye perceives the visible spectrum of light wavelengths as different hues of color. Different hues and vibrancy create different...

10 examples of using the environment to frame subjects

Environmental framing and lines are perhaps the two most important aspects to effective photography composition. The closely related techniques both guide the viewer's eye toward specific places in the scene and highlight the subject....

How to simulate long exposure with Adobe Photoshop

A simple way to simulate the smoothness of a long exposure using Photoshop is to use a time stack. Instead of one long exposure, stacking uses many shots over time. The post-processing technique helps...

Outperforming mainstream media protest and rally coverage

Protests and rallies used to be simple and straight-forward affairs where people exercised their rights to assembly and free speech. Today, they have become more contentious as groups organize counter-protests on social media. Protest...