Astrophotography of the Milky Way from the North Shore of Lake Superior

How to capture the magnificent arms of the Milky Way

Astrophotography takes a fair amount of dedication. Being middle aged, working a full-time job and living in the city doesn’t help matters when it...
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Time lapse photography not as difficult as it seems

Although learning time lapse photography is sometimes a frustrating process, it is very rewarding and not as difficult as it appears on the surface....
Big Obsidian Flow

Explore All Of Oregon: Hiking the Newberry Caldera

I had to board my cat for a few days due to work being done on my home, so I decided to take off...
A freeway on-ramp in St. Paul, Minnesota

Eminent domain created highways, displaced black communities

St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood was a bustling and vibrant community. It was a prominent cultural hub that housed long-time Minnesota residents and newcomers from...

Will blockchain technology protect photographers?

Blockchain is a digital ledger that tracks data. It is the basis for Bitcoin, Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies. Organizations look at this code for...
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Considering journalistic bias at #FamiliesBelongTogether march

The #FamiliesBelongTogether march in Minneapolis drew thousands into the downtown streets, while approximately 600 similar protests occurred across all 50 states to rally against immigration...
break wall light at dawn

Using focus stacking in Photoshop to sharpen images

Focusing stacking uses both the camera and post-processing software like Adobe Photoshop to create sharper images. Landscape and macro photographer employ the technique when...
Anti-Trump rally crowd

Duluth residents protest Trump rally, call for unity

The Trump protest rally for in Duluth, MN, gathered several hundred people out in the hot sun at the steps of City Hall. The...
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...
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...
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...

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...

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...

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,...
An overhead nighttime view of Wonderland Park in Minneapolis.

Premature babies put on display promoted medical technology

Immense success of Coney Island establishments like Dreamland and Luna Park prompted cities across the country to open their own parks for amusement. Citizens...
Advertising is displayed above the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Advertising: From ancient worlds to postwar America

Ads are ubiquitous in today's world. The cultural impact of advertising and consumption pervade into every aspect of our lives. Advertising and consumer-lifestyle became an...
a silhouetted figure behind a tree

Editors determine paranormal investigations “fake news”

Editor's note: Last week photopigs published a story about finding mysterious files in our archives, apparently as a playful joke for April Fools. Underling...
My feet in a picture of a dock on Lake Odell

Series Kickoff: Explore all of Oregon

I am currently working on a project to Explore All Of Oregon. It's ambitious. I'll be gathering content for my photopigs articles along the...

Paranormal investigations mysteriously appear in archives

The following two accounts are documents that editors mysteriously found deep in the photopigs archives. It doesn't seem as though they were distributed for public...

Missing Peeps family discovers violent Peepeepeep tribe

The Peeps family are avid boaters and live in a house on a large lake system in a temperate climate. It is a particularly...