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24 Aug

Let’s Talk Frames Per Second For Drone Filming

Frames per second (fps), also referred to as frame rate, is the rate at which images are displayed in a video. It’s important you understand this concept as a videographer, so here’s some info on it and how it pertains to filming with your drone. Understanding Frame Rate As we briefly mentioned, the frame rate is the frequency that consecutive images are displayed in a video. A video is just many still images moving rapidly, which tricks our brain into thinking they are moving. The frame rate is described by frames per second (fps). For example, 30 fps means that there are 30 still images being displayed every second in the video. There are several different frame rates, all with their own pros...
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7 Aug

How to Shoot Cityscapes

While many landscape photographers will take the free weekend to run over to the countryside and capture a blissful landscape where the mountains touch the sea, others choose to work with what they’ve got at home, in the city. That is, of course, urban landscape photography. Today we’ll talk about shooting Cityscapes. Even if you haven’t done this type of photography before, surely, you’ve seen photos of cities shot during dusk, showing the sky glow after sunset, city lights and car trails. Such a photograph can have a powerful effect due to the mixture of different light sources, capturing at the same time what is a chaotic urban world, and a peaceful calm that is the natural sky. For the same...
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29 May

Create A Surreal, Underwater Portrait In Photoshop

Underwater photography is tricky, and requires expensive, complicated equipment. But thanks to Photoshop, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on underwater housing just to create a stunning underwater portrait. All you need is your standard DSLR camera, a little creativity and a few simple steps in Photoshop to create a compelling, surrealist image. For this tutorial, you'll need a portrait of someone posed in a falling position, an image of an empty underwater scene and Photoshop. Start by opening the underwater background image in Photoshop. Click on the small half-white, half-black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer. Select Color Balance. Click on the small box with the arrow next to it, located at the bottom...
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9 May

To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade To The Mark IV

Canon's 5D series of DSLRs has been a cult favorite, serving full-frame photographer to a larger, wider audience while transforming the video market with Full HD video capture. Building on the features and performance of the Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV is really quite special. Here's how it matches up with the Mark III.                   1. Sensor There wasn't much of a difference in terms of resolution between the Mark II and the Mark III – from 21.1MP to 22.3MP – but the IV boasts a 31.7MP sensor that outputs images at an effective 30.4MP; and according to Canon, it's a brand new design. Worth the upgrade? Yes. 2. Expanded Sensitivity With a new sensor, the Mark IV has a slightly broader native ISO...
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24 Apr

Create A Surreal Ocean Portrait In Photoshop

We all have our heads in the clouds from time to time, and with the help of Photoshop, we can bring our day dreams to life. For this tutorial, you'll need a straight-on headshot, an image of water, a cutout of a dolphin and a cutout of a ship. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Crop the portrait until it's a tight shot from the shoulders up. Make sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked at the top of the screen. Use the Crop tool to expand the top of the image so that there's plenty of space for the effect. Click on the Quick Selection Tool on the lefthand toolbar, and make a selection of your subject. Once your subject...
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8 Mar

Understanding the Basics of Drone Rules/Regulations

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

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

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

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?

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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