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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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12 Jun

Create The Perfect Wedding Photography Filter In Lightroom

Sifting through thousands of wedding photos is an overwhelming task for any photographer, and editing hundreds of those photos to match can be an even bigger struggle. That's where Lightroom filters can be a huge time saver for anyone editing a large number of similar images. You don't have to fork over a bunch of money on pre-made Lightroom filters. With a few simple adjustments and a little experimentation, you can create your own Lightroom filter to use for all of your wedding and engagement shoots. Start by opening one of your wedding images in Lightroom. This image already looks pretty good, but I want to add some warmth and depth to give the picture a more romantic mood. Start by increasing the Tint...
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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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8 May

How To Shoot and Edit Pro Interior Design Shots With Lightroom

Whether you're shooting for a restaurant, hotel or someone's personal home, interior design photography can be a great way for photographers to make money and become better known within the photo and business communities. Interior design photography might seem simple - there are generally no moving elements and you're free to manipulate the space as you wish. But there are a few common mistakes beginners make, and easy ways to avoid them. It's a common misconception that large, interior spaces need as wide of a lens as possible. Although a wide lens is helpful, it's not necessary and can sometimes be a detriment to the image. Most lenses that are wider than 24mm on most camera bodies will create a distorted, fish-eye effect. This...
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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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27 Apr

Can You Spend Your Whole Workday in VR?

Virtual reality (VR) is one of the fastest growing technologies today. Many tech companies are joining forces to provide quality VR experiences to their customers. But what about simulating a day at work in VR? GamesBeat writer Jeff Grubb did exactly that, using Virtual Desktop, an upcoming PC program that allows anyone with a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset to emulate their desktop in the VR world. To truly understand how VR is making an impact today, it's essential to realize that many emerging technologies require a lot of trial and error and  that most of today's tech products are for consumer use rather than business use. One of the most popular uses right now for VR is entertainment—people are...
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11 Apr

ParaZero SafeAir Puts a Parachute on Your Drone

Drones are a popular yet expensive hobby. While many have been using drones for reasons ranging from business to recreational, there have been reports of drones being shot down and drones crashing into things. There's even drone insurance, which just goes to show that drones are probably here to stay. However, a company called ParaZero has taken drone protection even further by placing a parachute on your drone, just in case it meets its untimely end. The ParaZero SafeAir is a drone fitted with a capsule that holds a parachute that deploys in less than a second, designed for hobbyist drones that might fly into some precarious situations. This drone knows when it's in danger sooner than whoever is in control,...
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29 Feb

Wevr to Launch Transport, the YouTube of Virtual Reality

While tech giants pour billions of dollars into virtual reality technology, one startup company is seeking to create content that can close the gap between tech giants and startups. Wevr, a company based out of Venice, CA, is seeking to create what they call the “YouTube of virtual reality” and has received $25 million in funding from investors. The product, called Transport, is an online virtual reality content network where content creators can submit their virtual reality environments for people to experience. The project is currently in private beta, and there will be both free and paid content. Anyone using a virtual reality headset such as Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vibe, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, can access...
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