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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...
An unidentified figure wearing their hair in a ponytail holds a black sign with orange letters that read, "vote out the NRA" in capital letters.

March for Our Lives demonstrates in San Jose

Gun violence and legislation revolving owning a firearm has been a hot debate after two key mass shooting events: Las Vegas and Parkland High...
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That Abandoned Aesthetic – Part 2

If you missed the previous article on abandoned places, check out That Abandoned Aesthetic Part 1. I cover the challenges of finding good places...
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Photography adventures to capture that abandoned aesthetic

Finding and photographing abandoned places can be an adventure. There are known abandoned places, ghost towns or preserved old schoolhouses clearly marked for tourists....
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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...
Minnehaha Falls flowing into a mug

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....
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...