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Making a simple, effective and inexpensive lightbox

Lightboxes are great tools for any photographer to have in their arsenal. They create a controlled environment with great lighting that a photographer can...

Using movement to draw the eye through a photograph

Movement is a very important aspect to discuss in photography, and is one of our four main visual cues of depth, movement, color, and...

4 simple ways to do split-toning in Adobe Photoshop

Split-toning is the process of tinting the highlights and shadows in an image. It allows you to change the feel of an image and...
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How Instagram ruined my Tuesday

Instagram users noticed a change in how the platform works for them since the new code put into place in Jan. 2018. Some have...

Respect and communication key to successfully working with models

At some point in your time as a photographer, there will be an opportunity to work with people. Even hobbyists receive inquiries and there...

An introduction to smartphone photography

Smartphone cameras have taken the market by storm. So much so that many photography communities and websites are saturated almost exclusively by cell phone...
A view of Wizard Island from the rim of Crater Lake

Snowshoeing and winter sports fun creates unique photo opportunities

Taking pictures while out snowshoeing, or doing other winter sports like skiing, cross country skiing or snowmobiling, is fantastic. Snowshoe trekking is my winter...

Lines guide the mood and composition of a photograph

Effectively using lines to control a photograph's composition sets the scene for the viewer. Leading lines guide the eye through a photograph, drawing attention...
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Forced perspective requires practice and an open mind

Forced perspective is a technique that creates illusions and produce an array of different effects with strategic use of environmental context and other cues....
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How long is just enough? Long exposures – Part 1

I recently photographed some handheld long exposures in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. I made a series of shots with a one second shutter...
Lower half of the constellation Orion.

Preparation helps bring first-time astrophotography success

Astrophotography is not the easiest subject to shoot, but some preparation helps improve the success of the beginner's first session. While we're not yet...
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photopigs celebrates winter holidays

Wintertime brings cold to many areas but it also brings the celebrations of various holidays and displays of lights. Candles are lit on the...
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Boosting your food photography game during the holidays

It’s the holidays, which is the season of special family meals, eating out and stopping for nice treats to help get through all the...

Creatively using shadows and lighting for dynamic nighttime photos

Nighttime photography can be an exhilarating and adventurous experience. The contrast of dark shadows and bright lights create new challenges and dynamic outcomes. The...
Cars of the Grand Canyon Railway going around a curve

Capturing expressive photos when traveling on trains

Last year I spent about one hundred and twenty five hours on passenger rail in the US, which is how long it takes to...

Framing is the single-most important compositional technique to learn

Correctly framing a subject is a great basic way to form the composition of a photograph. Framing serves the main functions of leading the...
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Projects guide photographers to find their unique voice

Having photography projects has endless benefits. They can motivate you, help you figure out what to do next and give you a clear way...

How photopigs.com will build a unique photography publication

photopigs.com is a community-driven photography publication where enthusiasts gather to discuss and produce educational articles for beginners and amateurs. Although photography and writing are...