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3 Jul

3 Questions Every Photographer Should Ask Themselves Before Accepting a Shoot

For photographers who love their craft, it can be hard to turn down clients or shoots, but sometimes saying no is necessary. Whether a shoot doesn't fit your brand or a client doesn't want to pay what you charge or you're simply burnt out and need a break, saying no to a potential job is occasionally the best option. But it's not always easy, especially if you tend to be a "yes man" or a people pleaser. The next time you have a potential client or gig, ask yourself these questions: 1. Does the shoot match your brand? There are a few key things to consider when deciding whether or not to take on a new shoot or client. The first, and possibly most important, is...
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18 May

Lumoid Community Shares Favorite Tips & Tricks For Wedding Photography

As a community of photographers here at Lumoid, we’re constantly learning from one another. We want to inspire each other to create and explore and grow, so we reached out to the Lumoid community to gather everyone’s tips and tricks for shooting a wedding. The more than 30 comments we received on Facebook include valuable advice that can only be learned from experience. We’ve compiled some of our favorite feedback here. Get everything in writing. We know it’s tedious, but your contract should be as detailed as possible. It’s best if you can sit down with the bride and groom long before the wedding to talk over specific ideas and expectations. Go over the specific hours you’ll be expected to...
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30 Mar

5 Essential Tips For Wedding Photographers Working With Wedding Planners

Anyone who’s ever attended a wedding knows how stressful they can be. Big families are involved, people show up late, rings get lost or forgotten. For wedding photographers, that stress is magnified tenfold. But a wedding photographer's job can be made much easier with a good working relationship with the wedding planner.  While wedding planners and wedding photographers have very different jobs and responsibilities for the big day, it’s absolutely essential that the two teams work together to make sure the wedding goes by without any problems. That’s why we’ve broken down a few key rules to remember if you're a wedding photographer working with a wedding planner. 1. Set up a meeting. When you're hired to shoot a wedding, find out as soon as possible...
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6 Mar

Know Your Worth: A Breakdown On How To Price Your Photo Services

One of the biggest challenges of starting a business is figuring out how to price the goods and services you offer. You don't want to undersell yourself and devalue the market, but overpricing and scaring off potential clients is just as dangerous. Pricing similar to the competition is a good place to start, but since what you're offering is presumably not exactly the same, the prices shouldn't be either. That's why we've compiled this guide that will break down everything you need to know about pricing. The first thing to remember is that your pricing shouldn't be exactly the same as the competition's, just as your services aren't exactly the same. While it's good to compare pricing, it's also important to have a strong...
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16 Sep

Fitbit Bonanza! All the Latest Upgrades from the Fitness Tracking Behemoth

new Fitbit products
When Fitbit wants to make a splash, they create a tsunami. That’s the only way to describe the gigantic announcement the fitness tracker company unveiled recently, detailing tons of new products, upgrades, accessories and sneak peeks of what’s coming soon. In fact, there’s so much to wade through that we could conceivably make a separate post for every single thing Fitbit announced. However, for the sake of brevity and your time, we’ve compiled all the standout moments and highlights from Fitbit’s latest announcement into one handy post (you’re welcome!). Scroll below to see all the latest and greatest from Fitbit. Fitbit Blaze and Alta Go Gold Gold – you either love it or hate it. As it turns out, many have...
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5 Aug

Facebook Launches Hardware Lab with Focus on Internet Drones and Virtual Reality

Area 404
Similar to how the U.S. Government has Area 51, a top-secret fortress that allegedly tests high-powered flying vehicles (some may call them UFOs), Facebook has opened a hush-hush experimental laboratory of its own: Area 404. Recently christened in Facebook’s home base of Menlo Park, Area 404 is a 22,000 square foot hardware lab that the social media giant plans to use in order to model and prototype new components and hardware. Area 404 will bolster Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, the section of Facebook with the mission of bringing Internet access to remote areas of the world. Facebook’s Connectivity Lab already has some impressive hardware in its arsenal, including Aquila, their Internet-beaming drone. Area 404 was born of the idea to reduce the...
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27 Jun

Twitter Purchases AI Firm Magic Pony to Bolster Its Visual Content

Twitter buys Magic Pony
Twitter is really trying, you guys. It has simplified its approach and functionality in recent months, changing the favorite symbol from a star to a more uniform and social media pervasive heart (because apparently awarding a tweet a star because you liked it was too complex from some). It’s incorporated a new, handy built-in GIF feature that lets you plug them into your tweets directly through the platform. And coming soon, Twitter will no longer count photos and links in the overall 140-character count of a tweet. Bottom line: Twitter is definitely earning an A for effort. Now, it looks like Twitter is turning its attention to artificial intelligence in order to boost is credo. The social media giant recently acquired...
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1 Jun

Introducing the Xiaomi MI Drone

Xiaomi drone
It’s getting harder and harder for companies to ignore the popularity and rising ubiquity of drones. Case in point: Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has thrown its hat into the drone ring and released their very first consumer drone. The Xiaomi MI drone is a quadcopter that bears more than a little resemblance to DJI’s Phantom line of drones and is equipped with a 4K camera. While there’s nothing particularly mesmerizing or revolutionary about Xiaomi’s drone, the company definitely came to play with its competition. The thing that separates Xiaomi’s drone from others on the market is a drastically cheaper price tag: $460, compared to $799 for a DJI Phantom 3 4K. Xiaomi’s drone carries its 4K camera in a ball-shaped...
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26 May

Soon You’ll Be Able to Pay for Things With Your Fitbit

Fitbit’s latest business venture might allow all wearer’s of the fitness tracker to soon say, “charge it to my Fitbit.” The fitness tracker giant has acquired the mobile payment platform, Coin – a startup primarily known for developing a smart credit card that enables users to store multiple debit, credit and gift cards onto one single card. Fitbit’s acquisition is a clear indicator that the wearable maker is looking to expand the functionality and available features of their products, incorporating Coin’s technology into their next line of wearables and trackers. Coin will still keep creative rights, licensing and ownership of their already created and established products, such as the Coin 2.0 smart credit card. However, with the Fitbit acquisition, the startup...
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7 May

Two Students Create “Droning About,” an Uber-Like Service for Commercial Drones

Droning About
No, you will not be able to pull up an app on your phone and be chauffeured to your destination via drone – at least not yet. But two students at Ball University have taken the ever-popular Uber service model and applied it to commercial drones for people wanting aerial drone photography and video service. When Matt King and Greg Carbo realized that people would be more than willing to rent these services if there were any easy, Uber-esque method powering it, Droning About was born. Launched in April, Droning About is a startup that is rapidly recruiting drone operators to rent out to a sizeable customer base that wants aerial drone photography and videography. King and Carbo’s goal is to...
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