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16 May

Lumoid Makes Affordability a Priority

Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for a camera body or lens that you might use a handful of times, try renting instead! Lumoid is leading the charge in providing consumers exceptional affordability when it comes to renting camera bodies, lens, drones, wearables, and audio equipment. With new technology hitting the shelves at dumbfounding rates, it is hard to keep up with the latest gadgets. In addition, with added features and new bells/whistles, a camera or lens you bought 6 months ago essentially becomes obsolete. Lumoid understands this issue and has presented a "try-before-you-buy" philosophy where 20% of your rental cost goes towards credits which you can use for purchasing photo gear. By renting, you are investing in yourself. Revolutionary! Unbeatable...
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4 May

Drones vs. DSLR Photography

It's a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let's take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two. Image Quality Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution. Don't get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath...
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16 Jan

Camera Sensors: When Bigger Really Is Better

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to camera sensors, the stereotype holds true. If you’re in the market for a new camera, or are comparing the quality of two cameras, the first place to look is inside, at the sensor. Image quality is largely dependent on sensor size, meaning cameras with larger sensors will produce higher quality images than cameras with smaller sensors. This is due to the fact that larger sensors have larger pixels, which means they’re better at reducing noise, can record more information, have a larger dynamic range and perform better in low light. There are a few major camera categories, each of which has a corresponding sensor size. Medium Format Medium Format cameras have the...
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14 Nov

Your New Favorite Lens: The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

If you're a Canon shooter in the market for a new, professional quality wide angle lens, then look no further because the Canon EF 16-35mm at f/2.8L III USM is here, and it's your new best friend. Measuring in at 3.5" x 4.4" and weighing in at 1.4 lb, this lens is slightly heavier than its predecessor, and slightly larger than a 24-70 f/2.8 II. Its exceptionally high quality makes it worthy of its L series designation, and will leave you drooling over its stunning results - whether you're a professional or amateur shooter. This lens has a large, 82mm filter size. You can always avoid the cost of the filter by simply not buying it, but only when the filter is...
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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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24 Oct

Achieve The Perfect Bokeh Without Spending Thousands On A Lens

We all love a good bokeh effect - that dreamy, out of focus background, created by shooting with an open aperture - but unless you're shooting with an expensive lens, the bokeh in your images might not be as extreme as you want it. Thankfully, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on top of the line lenses to get this nice bokeh effect in your photography. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps in Photoshop and you can create your own perfect bokeh in ten minutes. Start by opening your picture in Photoshop. This effect works best with an image that already has some bokeh effect, even if it's not much. Try this out with a...
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6 Jun

The Perfect Camera and Lens for Every Summer Vacation

Summer is finally here, which, for many, means travel plans are right around the corner. Whether you plan on spending your summer road tripping across the United States or exploring a new country overseas, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture your experience on camera. Travel photography is not only a great way to document a trip and provide yourself with tangible memories, but it also offers an incredible opportunity to improve as a photographer. This summer, while you’re packing your bags full of bathing suits, hiking boots and sunscreen, don’t forget to pack the photo gear you’ll need as well. If you’re thinking about buying or renting a new camera body or lens for your summer vacation, look...
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23 May

Everything You Need to Know About Night Photography

Nighttime photography offers photographers the opportunity to capture a completely different world on camera, but the preparation and technical aspects of the long exposures can be daunting. In order to capture stunning star photos or other nighttime shots, you'll need more gear and pre-planning than you would when shooting during the day. But once you have the equipment and the settings down, you’ll be capturing beautiful star trails and midnight landscapes in no time.  Get your gear ready.  The Body - When considering what camera body to use, there are a few specific settings and features to keep in mind. First, you'll want a camera that can shoot on a high ISO. Although you’ll also be shooting with a shallow depth of field...
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9 May

Everything You Need To Know About Proposal Photography

Do Your Research  With proposal photography, you only get one chance to get the perfect shot, so it’s crucial to do plenty of research before the question is popped. Talk to the person who’s proposing about their plan for the evening. Will it be a private, intimate event with just the couple, or will family and friends be a part of the festivities as well? If the proposal includes more people than just the couple, be sure to coordinate with the family and friends and make sure everyone is clear about the plan, the time and the location. You don’t want little cousins popping up in the background of photos of the couple before the big question gets popped. Scout the...
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28 Apr

The Best Ways to Invest Your Money as a Photographer

Matej Sokol is a self-taught hobbyist who loves nature, mountains, and travel. To see more of his work, give him a follow on 500px. You want to be a better photographer, and I dare say you've probably already realized there are ways to be better. And while some of us are talented and create brilliant pictures before even knowing anything about photography, some of us need to invest in this field first to get some real results. Photography can be an expensive hobby: there are lots of lenses, cameras, and accessories to buy. But this post is NOT going to be about which brands you should invest in, or which lens is best—there are many articles and forum conversations that cover this...
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