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13 Mar

Reflectors: Every Portrait Photographer’s Best Friend

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In photography, lighting is everything - especially when it comes to portraiture. For portrait photographers, there's nothing better than that early morning or late afternoon natural light, but the sun isn't always gracious enough to behave how we want it to. That's when we have to call in help from external lighting equipment, which can come in many different forms.  While handheld flashes and studio lights are great for illuminating a subject, they can also be bulky and inconvenient to use. Large flashy lighting equipment can also be intimidating for a new or shy model. Reflectors, on the other hand, are easy to transport, require no batteries or electricity and can have a dramatic effect on a photo’s quality of light. Plus, they're...
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23 Jan

Drawing The Eye In: How To Create Clear Focal Points In Your Photos

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Have you ever looked a photograph and your eye was immediately drawn to one part of it? The rest of the photo seems to drift away, relegated to mise en scene. But you don't mind.  The photo is stunning - striking even - and you can't take your eyes off of it. This sensation happens when a photographer is able to create a strong focal point. Focal points are crucial in any kind of photography, from landscapes to portraits. Most often defined as, "the thing that makes a photo unique," a focal point is basically where a photographer directs the eye of the viewer. Photographers use all sorts of techniques to show you their point of view. Here are a few you...
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28 Nov

Shoot Like a Painter, Think Like an Artist: Zenfolio Pro Tips

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Zenfolio Pro Team member Dan Ballard is a Professional Fine Art Photographer from Colorado. He has an extensive portfolio of award winning landscape and travel images, which have been on display in museums and galleries around the country. Today Dan shares some insight on how to create a powerful image. Photography is Art To create a truly powerful image, we must combine light, elements of the world around us, and emotion in a way that speaks to the viewer in a profound way. Yet, due to the simplicity of pushing the little button, we almost never achieve that lofty end. Normally, we pull out the camera, aim and fire, giving almost zero thought to what we are doing. In Contrast, Painting A blank canvas....
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31 Oct

Snap Halloween Photos That Jump Out

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Halloween is the time of year designated for being anything we want to be. We can be an ironic Ken Bone, a zombie bride, our favorite superhero, and, undoubtedly, someone will be a Minion. This ephemeral moment deserves to be captured by photographers the world round. Whether we're trying to take a timelessly terrifying portrait or a group shot at a party that's a cultural snapshot of the zeitgeist, Halloween can be one of the most interesting times of year to shoot. Don't be afraid of monsters In order to get that quintessential Halloween portrait, you're not going to be able to be shy. Sure, some of your friends probably have great Halloween costumes, but you'll need to make some new friends to...
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27 Aug

Five Landscape Photography Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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What's not to love about landscape photography? It gives you an excuse to travel, the freedom to create your own vision in post processing, and it's one of the most powerful ways to convince people that Earth is worth appreciating. Landscape photography is all about massive scale. Talented photographers know how to make scenes look inviting, intimidating or downright unreal. The next time you're out shooting the world (literally), keep the following five common mistakes in mind. By being aware of just a few, you can dramatically improve your shots. 1) Too much sky on a nice day I know...
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20 Aug

Video Editing 101

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There's a lot more that goes into editing video than editing still photographs. You have to consider which editing software to use, how to transfer clips from your camera to your computer and how to cut and combine those clips to create a final story. It can be an overwhelming process, but with a little patience and practice, you too can become a pro. First, it’s important to consider the basics. Welcome to Video Editing 101! Choosing Your Software Although all Macs come with the free video editing software, iMovie, something more advanced is usually preferable. Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere are both professional video editing programs that are fairly easy to use, but will cost you about $19.99 a...
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18 Jul

The Photographer’s Guide to Braving Yellowstone

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When I moved to San Francisco, I drove across the United States from D.C. and saw everything I could. One of my favorite stops was Yellowstone. Yellowstone is an expansive, awe-inspiring, uncompromising and dramatic national park filled to the brim with iconic locations, subjects and wildlife. Venturing to Yellowstone, you'll need a strong sense of adventure and sturdy walking shoes, for sure, but you'll also need the right gear. Yellowstone is unforgiving and won't make getting your shots easy, but armed with these tips below, you'll be able to capture its majestic beauty. Prep for Time Lapses Yellowstone is alive. The ground is moving beneath your feet, and an impressive selection of geysers are there to remind you of it. You'd be...
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30 Jun

Stand Out on Instagram this Fourth of July

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There are a few times, every year, when you know that social media is going to ablaze with photos: Christmas, spring break, and, not least of all, the Fourth of July. You probably know the feeling of scrolling and scrolling through your friends' posts seeing a black sky with some blurry color that may or may not be fireworks or a sparkler. Maybe you'll also see some haphazardly composed, PBR-influenced BBQ's as well. This Fourth of July, Lumoid is here to help out by providing you a few perspectives for our country's 240th birthday as well as some great gear recommendations to help you capture your vision. Image: Kazuend via Unsplash Don't forget the mise en scene Fireworks, by...
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