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Author: Carter Gibson

23 Jan

Drawing The Eye In: How To Create Clear Focal Points In Your Photos

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Have you ever looked a photograph and your eye was immediately drawn to one part of it? The rest of the photo seems to drift away, relegated to mise en scene. But you don't mind.  The photo is stunning - striking even - and you can't take your eyes off of it. This sensation happens when a photographer is able to create a strong focal point. Focal points are crucial in any kind of photography, from landscapes to portraits. Most often defined as, "the thing that makes a photo unique," a focal point is basically where a photographer directs the eye of the viewer. Photographers use all sorts of techniques to show you their point of view. Here are a few you...
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10 Jan

The Best Surprises of CES 2017

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Creatives, dabblers, fitness junkies, and experimenters have had another field day at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). If you're unfamiliar, CES is a sort of technological World's Fair - just without the monolithic feats of architecture. Held in a convention center in Las Vegas, tech companies - and non-tech companies that want to do tech things - converge at CES to show the world not just a new product, but their philosophy of how people like you an me will use technology in the future. Sometimes that future is just days away. Other times it's a decade away. No matter what, CES is filled with exciting gadgets, nostalgic throwbacks, and cutting edge tech that people like you and me...
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5 Dec

Lumoid Holiday Gift Guide

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There's nothing worse than spending a ton on that "perfect" gift only to find out that you purchased the almost correct version. This is especially true with all things tech. Unless you're reading blogs (like ours) every day, you may be entering the holidays a little cold-footed.  You've only got a few weeks left to wrap up your presents, but don't worry! Renting gear with Lumoid for the holidays lets your loved ones test the gear themselves before anyone makes hasty, costly decisions. The editors at Lumoid have tried nearly every piece of gear under the sun and we know what's best and what's worth skipping. With so many pieces of technology out there, we're here to help you find the...
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31 Oct

Snap Halloween Photos That Jump Out

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Halloween is the time of year designated for being anything we want to be. We can be an ironic Ken Bone, a zombie bride, our favorite superhero, and, undoubtedly, someone will be a Minion. This ephemeral moment deserves to be captured by photographers the world round. Whether we're trying to take a timelessly terrifying portrait or a group shot at a party that's a cultural snapshot of the zeitgeist, Halloween can be one of the most interesting times of year to shoot. Don't be afraid of monsters In order to get that quintessential Halloween portrait, you're not going to be able to be shy. Sure, some of your friends probably have great Halloween costumes, but you'll need to make some new friends to...
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27 Aug

Five Landscape Photography Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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What's not to love about landscape photography? It gives you an excuse to travel, the freedom to create your own vision in post processing, and it's one of the most powerful ways to convince people that Earth is worth appreciating. Landscape photography is all about massive scale. Talented photographers know how to make scenes look inviting, intimidating or downright unreal. The next time you're out shooting the world (literally), keep the following five common mistakes in mind. By being aware of just a few, you can dramatically improve your shots. 1) Too much sky on a nice day I know...
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23 Aug

Fujifilm’s New Cameras Are Retro-Chic Outside, Premium Inside

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On my desk at work are three cameras. One is a Canon 6D that I use all the time. One is a Nikon N50 film camera which I never use and hate the way it looks. And, most beloved, a Pentax K 1000. It's a camera I wish I used more before because it exudes a classic coolness that's missing in my main camera. Never heard of a Pentax K1000? Here's what my baby looks like: Image: Ken Rockwell It's simultaneously sleek and industrial, reminiscent of a bygone era in photography. It's quintessentially a camera: classic and utilitarian. Frankly, it's a look that I wish newer DSLRs would embrace. I'd love to see more camera makers break out of...
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19 Aug

Danielle Pottberg: Accidental Photographer and Dream Advocate

Life can throw us for quite a curveball sometimes. There are paths we never consider that we can find ourselves on, and end up thriving by taking a chance and going down them. Danielle Pottberg can certainly attest. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design to study art, photography was the last thing on her mind. In fact, she would only pick up a camera to document her art work. Art was her passion; photography was merely a tool to document it. During her thesis presentation on textiles, an outside critic looked at her photographs and told her that she should look into photography instead. Ouch. "At the time, I was insulted," Pottberg recalled. "Why focus on the photographs and...
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18 Jul

The Photographer’s Guide to Braving Yellowstone

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When I moved to San Francisco, I drove across the United States from D.C. and saw everything I could. One of my favorite stops was Yellowstone. Yellowstone is an expansive, awe-inspiring, uncompromising and dramatic national park filled to the brim with iconic locations, subjects and wildlife. Venturing to Yellowstone, you'll need a strong sense of adventure and sturdy walking shoes, for sure, but you'll also need the right gear. Yellowstone is unforgiving and won't make getting your shots easy, but armed with these tips below, you'll be able to capture its majestic beauty. Prep for Time Lapses Yellowstone is alive. The ground is moving beneath your feet, and an impressive selection of geysers are there to remind you of it. You'd be...
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15 Jul

Debunking 5 Popular Nutrition Myths

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It's stressful out there for women who want to be both fit and healthy. No matter where you go, you're bombarded with headlines, radio ads and a seemingly endless supply of "You won't believe it!" tricks to help you "lose belly fat - FAST!" It's exhausting - and most of time it's false. Let's take some of that stress off of you by debunking the most popular, persistent nutrition myths out there. It's nice to know what B.S. to completely ignore. Myth 1: Dark breads are better for you I know what you're thinking, "But white bread is the devil and whole wheat breads have more nutrients!" To a certain extent, you're right! But don't get fooled into thinking that the darker...
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11 Jul

Use These Funny Fitness Quotes For An At-Your-Desk Ab Workout

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Working out, when you think about it, is usually pretty absurd. Here we are, mild-mannered professionals, thrashing our bodies around at an aerobics class, twisting and turning to get rock hard abs, all the while sweating our brains out. The good news is that laughing is a great ab workout too! Since we're in the middle of beach season, let's take a quick break at work before our next workout to relish in some fitness absurdity. For all those times when you were the only one who had no idea what to do during exercise class...
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