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Beard and Mustache Championships 2014

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Guest Post by Greg Anderson
I shot the Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans in 2013 and had so much fun I to go back and do it again in Portland. Between the two, I photographed a few smaller local competitions, one in Vegas and one in Sacramento, but none of the others compare with the National or World Championships. (more…)

10 Wicked Portraits and Halloween Shooting Tips

Tips & Tricks

Fall is the landscape photographer’s dream season but Halloween is when portrait photographers get all of the fun! Check out the images below, plus gain some shooting tips from working photographers. Let the shapes and shadows of the night inspire you and have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone at BorrowLenses! (more…)

Simple Tricks for a Treat of a Halloween Photobooth

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Every year, SmugMug cofounder Chris MacAskill hosts a Halloween photobooth in his garage. Read on to find out how he does it and gain tips on building your own bewitching booth!

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Tip: Get down low for kids (and invest in some good kneepads).

MacAskill put together his first Halloween photobooth in 2007 using a single light and a 40″x 60″ softbox placed directly above the camera. Over time, the booth has expanded to include side lighting slightly behind and above the subjects to provide edge definition for hair and dark costumes. MacAskill always uses a black backdrop and has everyone stand about 10′ away from it to ensure enough light falloff for a pitch black background. (more…)

BorrowLenses Gear Rentals of the Week: 25% Off Discount

Gear of the Week

Save 25% off the following rentals now through Sunday, November 2nd, 11:59 EST. Place any of the following items in your cart for rental. Enter BLDOW in the promo code section at checkout and automatically receive 25% off those items! Good for any future rental period so long as the order comes in before Sunday night. This week’s discounted items are as follows:  (more…)

Win a Phantom Quadcopter and GoPro HERO4s at PhotoPlus Expo

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Visit us along with over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts this year in New York City at PhotoPlus Expo in Booth #159! Get your badge scanned for a chance to win a Phantom Quadcopter or several chances at a GoPro HERO4.

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Stop by our booth anytime between October 30th and November 1st to have your badge scanned to enter to win a prize. You don’t have to be present to win a GoPro! Quadcopter live drawing will be at noon, November 1st.

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While you’re there, be sure to visit our friends over at Phlearn on Thursday, October 30th at 4pm in the food court of the expo convention center. We’ll be there giving away all kinds of goodies, including nice camera straps, monopods, bags, and more. RSVP via the Facebook page today (not required, just handy for planning purposes).

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BorrowLenses Lens and Filter Size Guide

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Filters are optional accessories that can either be screwed onto, dropped in front of, or dropped into lenses. They are usually made of glass with a metal or plastic frame. We put UV filters on almost all of our lenses going out on rental because even cheap filters help protect the front element during transport. Not keeping them on, or at least putting them back on when shipping back, can cost you!

However, most people use filters for artistic reasons. They either want to restrict the amount of light coming into the lens, as in the case of neutral density filters, or they are trying to cut out glare with polarizing filters. There are strong UV filters that cut out visible light in the violet end of the spectrum (reducing haze) and there are graduated filters used to cut down exposure on only part of the frame – and many more! You can even stack them, though we kind of overdo it.

Most of the time you’ll be encountering screw-on filters. Make sure you are renting the right size with the right-sized lens. Usually the front element of any lens will tell you its filter size (the lens cap is also telling) but here are some handy guides to help you find the correct pairing:

Lens to Filter Chart – Canon with even more information here.

Lens to Filter Chart – Nikon with even more information here.

Lens to Filter Chart – Sony

Lens to Filter Chat – Tamron

Lens Chart (see Filter Size column) – Sigma

Winners of the BorrowLenses.com Camera Giveaway

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We’ve been torturing you with posts goading you to “like” and “share” our big camera giveaway of 2014 and 15 of you have been rewarded with one of the many runner up prizes we’ve received from our partners and 1 enviable soul has won their choice of a brand new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Camera, or a Canon 6D Digital SLR.

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Halloween Special: Free Rental Days

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Gain extra time to grab that fall color with 3 free rental days! Use code PUMPKIN14 at checkout.

If your rental is due back on Halloween (October 31st)  you can keep it for the weekend! Get three free days added to your order when your rental begins on one of the dates below and keep it until Monday, November 3rd:

October 28th  ( For a 3 Day Rental )

October 24th  ( For a 7 Day Rental )

October 21st  ( For a 10 Day Rental )

Create a custom rental period that ends on Halloween and automatically get your bonus days free!

Fine Print: Not eligible for existing orders or For Sale items. BorrowLenses.com rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card. This code is for rentals only, is not transferable, is not valid on items for purchase, and cannot be combined with other discount codes. Coupon expires October 31 at 11:59pm PST.

10 Essential Tips To Get Great Blue Angels Photos

Tips & Tricks

This weekend is Fleet Week here in San Francisco and given numerous emails I’ve received about photographing the event I thought I would consolidate my tips to photographing the Blue Angels. Following these 10 Blue Angels photography tips as originally found on my blog  should put you on the fast track to walking away with some great photos. (more…)

22 Fall Photographs That Will Inspire You to Get Out and Shoot

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Fall is the photographer’s dream season and we asked photographers both experienced and new to share fall photos that we hope will inspire you. From traditional landscapes, to football, and autumn weddings, here is what fall means to these shooters. Learn what they used to capture the scene and gather ideas for your own adventures. We’d love to see your fall photography in the comments below. (more…)

Behind the Shot: Alone In The Dark

Behind The Shot

Behind the Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Find out the backstory of how David Crewe captured this one-in-a-million moment while out on his first time-lapse. 

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Photographer/Filmer/Editor: David Crewe (more…)

Lightroom Keywording Tips

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Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His Lightroom Viewfinder series provides photographers with the tools they need to effectively use Lightroom for organization, editing, and printing.

Lightroom Keywording Tips

by Seán Duggan

Keywords are an important part of the organizational workflow for maintaining an image archive that is easy to work with, and one where photos can be found quickly. In an earlier article, I covered some basic keyword strategy and concepts for how you might use keywords to add more meaning to your images. In this article, we’ll concentrate on the procedural side of applying keywords with a look at some essential techniques for adding keywords in Lightroom. (more…)

Senior Portrait Rules and Resources New Photographers Must Know

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Senior portraits have been an American tradition for over a hundred years and were traditionally shot by a school-invited studio where everyone was posed the same way. Today almost anything goes for a senior portrait and that can be lucrative for freelance photographers.

If you’re new to senior portrait photography, here are some things to know: (more…)

Alternative Ways To Photograph Iconic Landmarks

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The sheer volume of iconic imagery is boundless. Although enticing to point your camera and begin clicking away at the first landmark you see, below are some quick tips that will help set you apart from the crowd.

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Landscape vistas are awe inspiring and finding a vantage point that grants you an uninterrupted panoramic can yield spectacular photographic opportunities.  However much a majestic view, creating a unique image that differs from others who have shared your view can be right in front of you. Try adding something simple to the foreground of the scene to enhance interest and intrigue to the overall picture. Push yourself to build layers of information that will depict  a story of space and time. (more…)

Behind the Shot: Milky Way

Behind The Shot

Behind the Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Find out the backstory of how Michael Bonocore captured this clear and peaceful image on the outskirts of Mount Shasta. 

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Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Michael Bonocore (more…)