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29 Sep

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

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

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

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

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

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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2 Sep

How to Create a Sunset Effect Using Photoshop

Golden hour photography is notoriously gorgeous - the glowing reds, yellows and oranges are hard to resist. Although sometimes, your outdoor shots just don't quite give off those warm and cozy sun-kissed vibes that you want from them. Photoshop can help! In just a handful of minutes you can take your backlit photos from drab to absolutely spectacular. Here's how: First, create a new layer over your image by going to Layer > New > Layer. Now go to your gradient tool and then click on the drop down menu circled in red to create your color scheme for your faux sun. Choose any of the pre-made gradients, it doesn't matter which, so you can change the colors into the ones you'll use! Select...
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27 Aug

Forget the Gym Membership, This 10-Minute Routine is Your New Go-To Workout

While there's certainly nothing wrong with working up a sweat at your local gym, there's also this notion that you have to go outside of your home in order to establish an effective exercise routine. Believe it or not, you can in fact get a fat-burning, muscle-building high intensity interval training workout right in the comfort of your living room. These five short exercises should be done for 20 seconds each (with as many reps as you can get in) and in a set of two (meaning 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest, then repeat once). In 10 quick minutes using just a simple timer, following this easy routine will have you getting fit from home in no time! 1....
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26 Aug

Want to Learn About Landscape Photography from a NatGeo Pro? Sign Up for Our Workshop!

We've all seen gorgeous landscape shots - sprawling green hills and blue skies, glossy waves swallowing up glowing red sunsets, towering mountains and lush forest oases - but just what goes into capturing these scenes for yourself? Even still, is there a way to distinguish your own landscapes from those of others and bring a totally new creative approach to presenting them? Creating successful landscape images of your own requires photographic knowledge as well as an understanding of creative technique, both of which you will be able to tap into when you enroll in the "Landscape, Beyond the Postcard" workshop led by pro photographer and National Geographic contributor Raul Touzon November 11-13 at Lumoid HQ: 375 Potrero Ave Suite 1 San Francisco,...
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24 Aug

10 Habits to Help You Learn to Love Exercising

Getting in shape can be hard. Some of us just aren't blessed with the athletic gene or maybe we have serious trouble getting our head off the pillow on those early mornings we swear we'll get up for a run. As it turns out, developing and following certain routines can make the whole process a whole lot smoother - you might even find yourself enjoying those sweat-it-out sessions more than you thought. Here are 10 simple habits you can develop to teach yourself to love exercising: 1. Get feedback Getting real-time feedback and results on your workouts can give you the motivation you need to push forward in your exercise routine. Wearable devices like the Fitbit Charge HR and the Garmin Vivosmart will...
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22 Aug

Give Your Images a Cool VCR Glitch Effect with Photoshop

We may being living in the digital age, but the aesthetics of retro camera and video gear have definitely been making a comeback as of late. From trendy toy cameras to Polaroids to analog fine art photography, the resurgence of techniques and tools from yesteryear keep popping up left and right. If you want to experiment with some vintage elements in your own photography but don't have the right equipment, fear not! Here's how to use Photoshop to give your pictures some uber cool throwback VCR glitch effects. After opening your image in Photoshop, the first step is to add your fake timestamp in the bottom corner. For this tutorial, the font VCR OSD Mono Regular was used. You can choose whatever time...
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