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8 Mar

Understanding the Basics of Drone Rules/Regulations

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You peer out your window with eyes barely open and the sun is just rising. The morning dew is evaporating and take in the comforting scent of bold coffee gently making its way to your room. As you finish your last sip, you grab your ultra portable DJI Mavic Pro that you rented from Lumoid and get ready to step outside to capture the stunning golden hour. As you're about to step out, you realize you aren't familiar with the recent drone rules and regulations. Not to worry, Lumoid has you covered! To start off, if you are using a drone for recreation and not for commercial purposes and it weighs anywhere between 0.55-55 pounds, you must register as a drone...
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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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7 Nov

No, Your iPhone Camera Isn’t Just As Good As A DSLR

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Movements like the 'Shot on iPhone6' campaign make some DSLR owners tremble with the fear that, at the end of the day, their expensive equipment is overkill compared to the recent high quality of cell phone cameras. But tremble not, you DSLR enthusiasts. Because, although the newest cell phone cameras might have breathtaking quality, they will never - or at least no time in the near future - live up to the power and complexity of a DSLR. As cell phone technology advances, and apps like Instagram become more and more popular, everyone now thinks they're a professional photographer. Gone are the days of complicated large format cameras and hours spent working over chemicals in a darkroom with expensive sheets of film. Gone, even, are the days of...
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1 Oct

5 Wearables to Help You Achieve Relaxation and Rest

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We all get into those funks from time to time where every little thing in your life seems to go haywire - you spill a cup of coffee on your favorite shirt, get a flat tire, forget your lunch at home and a new work project is constantly worrying at your thoughts. In times like these, it can be challenging to get the proper sleep and quietude your body and mind need in order to recharge and function at peak condition. Never fear, technology is here! These five wearable gadgets will help you battle stress and take charge of your sleeping schedule to give your mental and physical conditions a much needed helping hand. 1. Fitbit Charge 2 The newest addition to the Fitbit fam comes full equipped with...
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30 Sep

Workout Harder or Smarter?

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People train for many different reasons, and these reasons point out the difference between a “fitness enthusiast” and an “athlete." If you train steadily, with diligence, in order to reach goals (not just to vent stress) you must be considered an athlete. One could disagree with my definition, related to training for achieving results, but surely there is something that every athlete (especially professionals) shares between them: the way they perform in order to reach the training goals.It’s all about training and mental approach. If you’re a champion, you are because you have the mentality and the training of a champion. There is an anecdote about Tim Grover, one of the greatest NBA coaches; at the end of every match he used to ask Michael Jordan:...
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29 Sep

How to Neutralize Color Casts Created by ND Filters AKA Big Stoppers

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When you shoot in RAW you’re taking full advantage of what digital photography has to offer in terms of versatility. With this file type good images can become great, and even problematic shots can be rescued. With control over exposure, tonality, color and much more, RAW is the perfect option for landscape photography. Shooting long exposures with a 10-stop ND filter – aka a Big Stopper – attached to the lens is incredibly popular for shooting landscapes. But if you’ve ever shot with one you’ll be familiar with the strong color cast they create. For this reason many Big Stopper shots are converted to mono so they don’t have to deal with the color cast, even when shooting in RAW. But...
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25 Sep

How To: Review Your Workout with Beast

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Intro: The Exercise The Dimel Deadlift is a great exercise I’ve been using since a while among the many deadlifts variations, I saw this exercise on a video by Dave Tate, I want to him here as he’s always a great source of inspiration and education! The exercise is a variation of the Romanian Deadlifts and it is basically a Hip Hinge based movement that works the whole posterior chain with a very quick inversion from the eccentric to the concentric phase. The idea behind this variation is to make the RDL even more explosive and almost plyometric with very high speeds and short Time Under Tension. As Dave suggests in the video below, this exercises is good when performed with long sets (15 to...
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19 Sep

Turn Your Pictures Into Comic Book Pop Art in Photoshop

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The pop art movement, pioneered by artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, is chock-full of extreme contrast and lively, vibrant colors. While you may not have access to silkscreening materials or have the know-how to create this type of art print, a similar style can easily be recreated in just a few minutes using your photographs and Photoshop. Continue reading the tutorial below to whip up super rad Lichtenstein-Warhol hybrid art images of your very own! First off, if your photo is in color, go ahead and desaturate it by going to Image > Adjustments > Black & White. To make the contrast even more pronounced, auto tone the image by going to Image > Auto Tone. Now, you're going to want...
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16 Sep

Speakers That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

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Just because something is small doesn't mean it can't pack a big punch. Case in point? These amazing, itty bitty speakers that fit in the palm of your hand - but you'd never guess their size from the high quality, full sound they deliver. Check out all of our favorite little speakers with really big sound below! 1. Anker Portable Bluetooth Speaker This speaker cube comes in a compact 3-inch design, easily fitting into your backpack or purse for jamming on-the-go. The rechargeable battery is made to last 20 hours, so get ready to party well into the night. 2. Boombotix Boombot Rex This Bluetooth speaker is equipped with dual drivers for stereo sound that you won't believe. The handy-dandy clip on the back also...
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7 Sep

Canon’s New CMOS Sensor Puts an End to Rolling Shutter Effects

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It's good news for Canon DSLR fans! Announced just recently, Canon has now developed a CMOS sensor with a global shutter, which could mean the beginning of the end for future Canon DSLRs that don't feel the brunt of the "rolling shutter" effect. To further expound upon just what this means, CMOS sensors capture images line-by-line so that when shooting high speed or fast moving objects, curved distortions are inevitable considering the subject is in motion. Currently, these types of censors dominate the camera industry since they're less expensive alternatives to CCD sensors, but the one major upside of CCD sensors has always been their global shutter that captures all pixels at one time and eliminates distortion. This new sensor is...
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