To top

how to Tag

21 Aug

How to Take Breathtaking Self-Portraits Outdoors

You might be someone who avoids self-portraiture for fear of seeming arrogant, pretentious, or vain. While there are many understandable arguments against it, there are just as many valid reasons that self-portraiture is a cathartic, motivating, and mind-opening genre of photography. Taking photos of yourself is an effective way to organically release emotions, to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to challenge your ability to work independently. In short, it's more than just a photo of the artist behind the camera. Photo by William Randles Many artists, when taking photos of themselves, tend to experiment in the safety of their homes. Indoor shoots are ideal for strengthening your ability to work with minimal resources. If you're...
Continue reading
20 Jul

How to Set Up a Drone Shot

You want to wow your audience with sunsets, skylines, and possibly selfies.You've practiced enough to have a good grip on control and maneuverability, but the next step you want to take is how to set up the perfect shot. Here is a step by step list to get you started on creating that perfect shot! 1. Scope Out the Scene The first part of creating an awesome shot is to scope out the scene where you are shooting. Look out for obstructions like, tall trees, buildings, and power lines. These will be the biggest hindrances to your flight path if you don't check out the area beforehand. Also, be sure to observe how populated or condensed the area is. If it is...
Continue reading
10 Jul

How to Perfect Skin Tone Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop

One of the main complaints subjects have about being photographed is skin imperfections showing up on camera. And it's true, with high definition DSLRs, every pimple and blemish is on display. But that can be easily fixed with a little help from Photoshop. So the next time your model expresses concerns about their less than perfect skin, you can reassure them with confidence that their skin will look flawless by the time the photos are seen by the world. In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to perfect skin tone using frequency separation in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Make two copies of the background layer by clicking twice on the icon in the bottom right corner that looks...
Continue reading
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...
Continue reading
26 Jun

Create a Polar Bear Dreamscape in Photoshop

To start, you’ll need two cloud images - one of darker, stormy clouds and another of lighter, fluffy clouds. You’ll also need an image of a rocky cliff ledge, a picture of a polar bear (or your favorite animal), and a picture of a girl, boy or yourself reaching out a hand.  Start by opening up Photoshop and going File>New. Set the new document width to 2100 pixels and the height to 1400 pixels. Make sure the document is oriented horizontally. Set the resolution to 72 pixels per inch and the color mode to RGB. The background contents should be white and 8 bit.     Open the stormy cloud image. Use the move tool to drag and drop the cloud picture to the new document....
Continue reading
19 Jun

Create a Stunning Black and White Image in Lightroom

The digital age of photography is all about color, but there’s no denying the beautiful simplicity of black and white. You don’t need to shoot film or set your digital camera to black and white in order to achieve bold, desaturated images. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take a color image and turn it into a striking black and white picture in Lightroom. This effect works best with landscapes or images that already have strong contrast and clean lines, as well as portraits if you're going for a more serious, moody tone.  Start by opening a color image in Lightroom. At the top of the editing box, click Black and White to remove the saturation from the picture. If you’re...
Continue reading
15 Jun

A Breakdown of Drone Cinematography Techniques

To make amazing video reels and awe inspiring cinematography, a videographer must possess a vast array of skill sets to bring his or her picture to life. They must have an unique eye to envision the shot, an uncanny ability to transform the norm into something extravagant, and a variety of different shots to amaze the audience. One way to amaze the audience is by using drones to provide aerial imagery. We will outline some basic shot techniques used by renowned operators to achieve cinematic aerial shots! 1. Slow and Steady The number one rule when using drones for film is to fly slow. Going slower is usually more cinematic and gives the viewer the idea that you are shooting from a...
Continue reading
15 Jun

How to Properly Install Drone Propellers

It may seem like a relatively easy task, but attaching propellers to drones is not the most intuitive. With different locking mechanisms and various types of propeller locks, attaching a propeller can be more confusing than you'd think. Also, by not attaching a propeller correctly, you are in danger of severely damaging your drone whether it be during take off or even in mid flight. We here at Lumoid have created a cheat sheet to show you how to install the propellers for various drones below! DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro   The Phantom series comes with quick release propellers. The key is to identify the propellers with the black and grey rings and attach the black ring propellers to the black...
Continue reading
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...
Continue reading
5 Jun

Become a Master of Dodging and Burning in Lightroom

Dodging and burning is a technique as old as time - or at least as old as dark room photography. Dodging and burning refers to the addition (burning) or subtraction (dodging) of light to a certain area of a photo. Traditionally, this was done by using your hand or a piece of cardboard to block a specific part of an image while it was being exposed in the dark room under an enlarger. It’s a technique we still use today with digital photography, but programs like Lightroom and Photoshop make the process much easier and more exact. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to master the dodge and burn tools in Lightroom to give your portraits a more finished, contoured...
Continue reading
We are on Instagram