Frozen lake in Hermantown, MN. Photo by Gene Dianoski

Warm winter day after the polar vortex

During a warming period after a crazy super cold snap hoar frost started forming on many surfaces at higher elevations near me....
View of Anacapa Island and lighthouse

California’s Channel Islands’ natural beauty stuns visitors

The potentially highest-valued real estate in California is off the market. There are eight islands off the coast of Southern California that...
The sun illuminates a cloudy sky in bright orange on the North Dakota prairie on a cold December day.

Rural North Dakota induces city-dweller’s metaphysical crisis

Rural North Dakota is probably not the first place most students desire to recover from a grueling semester. Being fifty miles from...
Statue, monument, display, jewish history, people, shanghai

Exploring the Remnants of Shanghai, China’s Jewish Quarter

Travel the streets of Shanghai China to explore the remnants of its Jewish Quarter and take a brief look at its compelling history.
Lower half of the constellation Orion.

Astrophotography preparation brings success

Astrophotography is not easy but a little planning goes a long way. Learn the steps needed to get it right on the first try.
Long Exposure shot of the stream from Bridal Veil Falls

Finding optimal long exposure starting points

On an excursion in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, I took a handheld one second long exposure. While one second doesn’t seem like...
A local trail runs under the road. Photo by Gene Dianoski.

Framing most important compositional technique

Framing is a critical element to photography composition. Framing leads the eyes and highlights the subject, but also provides a sense of depth and...
Shooting with Arsenal

‘Arsenal’ assistant bolsters photography accessibility

The most notable aspect to the device is that it is designed to improve camera automation and image quality.
A cell phone's camera flash in front of trees and the sky

Proliferation of photography presents credibility issue

Since the advent of the internet, smartphones and social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, today's photography market is undoubtedly saturated....
Glacier National Park

Project goals develop photography style

Having photography projects has endless benefits but they are indispensable tools in order to develop photography style. Shooting with purpose motivates, helps photographers figure...

Delight horror enthusiasts by creating terrifying images

October is the month where people begin thinking about ghosts hauntings, ghouls create chaos and monsters hiding in the closet or underneath...
View of downtown Minneapolis from Loring Park with Loring Pond in the foreground. A shirtless man seeks relief from the sun on a shaded bench.

Eight depth cues to enhance composition

Depth cues are perhaps the most impactful visual elements in photography because environmental objects provide viewers with additional context and clear meaning. Newspaper producers...
An HDR pre-sunrise.

Executing and processing dynamic HDR images

The process of HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is relatively simple to learn because there are only a few steps to know. Basically it...

Fall into the season with beautiful scenery

Not everyone experiences the four seasons but Fall can be a wonderful time of the year. It is a relief from the...

Employing rule of thirds teaches compositional balance

The rule of thirds is another of the most basic and fundamental compositional techniques employed in visual art. As such, this keystone element of...
A pipe and bag of marijuana

Green appreciation before winter gray takeover

With the departure of summer, those residing in areas that experience winter remember green fondly. As the days shorten and autumn brings...

Adjusting Photoshop white balance like a pro

A gray card in photography refers to a flat object of neutral gray used as a reference object for exposure and color. If you...
Remove unwanted objects with Photoshop tools.

Six Photoshop tools that remove unwanted objects

I'm not a professional photographer so sometimes I don't get the most perfect image in-camera. If you are like me sometimes a little help...
Lake Superior Milky Way

Processing Milky Way shots with Photoshop

As promised this article is processing Milky Way shots I took last month. I don’t profess to be a professional photographer or a professional Photoshop...
A neighborhood sign for Prospect Park

Minneapolis’ Prospect Park unique historical urban enclave

The Prospect Park neighborhood is a distinct and eclectic mix of housing and industry in the Southeast part of Minneapolis. Among the public housing...