Cold Weather Shooting Tips

Cold Weather Shooting Tips

Shooting in cold weather isn’t without challenges. Here are some tips that will help armor you against the temptation to let your camera hibernate this winter. Shoot Quickly Plan ahead so that you can get in and out with the images you want as quickly as possible. Don’t let a storm prevent you from shooting altogether – just let it give you a sense of urgency. Most modern cameras can handle getting precipitation and a certain amount of snow on them so there is no reason to panic at the first sign of weather, especially if it seems to be a passing flurry since many landscapes are best seen just after a storm. Bad weather = unique images! Pack Up Professionally Use silica gel packets inside plastic bags to store your gear when not in use. Coming into warm buildings from cold weather and out again can produce condensation inside your gear. Once your gear is all fogged up from an extreme temperature change, it may take a long time before you can really use it so try and keep your gear’s temp as constant as possible. Some shooters even put their gear in the refrigerator after coming in from the cold to help it acclimate (just don’t forget it’s in there). Carry heat packs for your lens to use while out and try to hold your breath during composure to prevent fogging up your screens. Note that cameras will produce some of their own heat, especially during time-lapses, from normal, continuous operation so you might not need to completely cover your gear while shooting, especially during a mild...
Personal Bests of 2015 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

Personal Bests of 2015 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

A year in review reveals improvements in our work – whether we realized it along the way or not. Even the pros take stock of their accomplishments, what they learned, and how to do better next time. Below are 20 final products from working photographers and why they feel it is among their best work of 2015. Get inspired and link to your personal best in the comments below! Alexis Cuarezma “This was taken on the third day of shooting portraits of the USWNT for Sports Illustrated. I was shooting Abby Wamback for her individual cover. It was the end of the day and usually these shoots go by quickly. I wanted to photograph a celebration shot of Abby and asked what she usually does in that situation. She said, ‘I’ll be down on my knees and I’m going to celebrate’. I’ve done this many times before with athletes. However, when I got ready to photograph Abby, she yelled as loud as she could for about 10 seconds at the top of her longs! Full out 100% with passion. I could not have asked or even dreamed of a better moment to capture/create in the studio. It’s one of my favorite captured-in-studio unexpected moments. The exploding powder was added later in post as you can’t use it indoors or get that on the athletes.” – Alexis Cuarezma, who shot this with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens on a Canon 5D Mark II with Profoto lighting. See his work on his site and on Instagram. Benjamin Von Wong “Just working on this project has allowed me to greatly increase my understanding...
5 Great Photo & Video Gear Pairings to Salivate Over

5 Great Photo & Video Gear Pairings to Salivate Over

Take a break from dinner planning this holiday season to discover a few of our favorite pairings among some of the latest gear to hit the BorrowLenses shelves. Get consumed by these pre-made packages and save money versus renting each item (no coupon clipping required)! Relish in Resolution 50 megapixels + Zeiss = rich, rich resolution. If you’re a landscape, fine art, still life, or urbex shooter then you’ll love this package, which includes the Canon 5Ds R plus 4 manual focus, super sharp professional primes: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus, Zeiss 35mm f/2 Milvus, Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus, Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Rent these pro items all together for cheaper in 1 click here. Light: The (Not So) Secret Ingredient Go out on the town with a project that will have everyone glowing: Light painting! Put your camera on a tripod, dial in a slow shutter speed, light up the Pixelstick and start moving it around in front of your lens! Here is a visual step-by-step how to do it and this package includes everything you will need: the Pixelstick LED Lightpainting Tool, the Canon 60Da, the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens, and a tripod/tripod head combo. The Canon 60Da behaves exactly like your standard DSLR but features a modified filter that allows for crisp, clear images of red – a color often difficult to resolve. This camera is also designed specifically for shooting bright events against dark spaces, making it perfect for astrophotography, fireworks shooting, and light painting. Rent this fun kit all together for cheaper in 1 click here. Simple Ingredients for Great Images The Fuji X100T is a street and travel photography favorite...
Cool Benefits of Winter Photography: 10 Reasons to Keep Shooting During the Bleak Season

Cool Benefits of Winter Photography: 10 Reasons to Keep Shooting During the Bleak Season

Don’t let your photography skills hibernate this season. Fall is the unofficial “photographer’s favorite season” and spring gets all the love for being lucrative but winter has way more benefits than you might expect. Check out these 10 reasons why you should be getting geared up more than ever for winter. Better Light: The days may be short but the sun’s low aspect means beautiful light all day long. This is a huge benefit for natural light portrait photographers, wildlife photographers, and cityscape photographers. Put the sun behind you for golden light on your subject or shoot directly into dramatic skies. More Atmosphere: Long nights during the cold winter months provides a greater chance of fog or mist at dawn. Wake up early to catch the ethereal landscape shot. Long Lenses for a Cause: Animals and birds are hungry in the winter. It is not recommended that you try and get any closer to them than you have to because scaring them just stresses them out further in their food hunt. This is a great excuse to get familiar with super telephoto length lenses. Distracted Subjects: Cold weather can be a goldmine for street photographers. Everyone is paying more attention to the elements than to you, rendering more opportunities for natural candids. Scenes Get a Clearcutting: Trees lose their majesty in winter but bare branches means better visibility of buildings. With dominating foliage out of the way, winter is a great time to capture architecture with a more documentary approach. Brighter Interiors: In the winter, the sun stays closer to the horizon which provides a better opportunity for sun to beam through...
Cut the Cord: BL’s Best Wireless Lighting Options

Cut the Cord: BL’s Best Wireless Lighting Options

With the exception of Speedlights, portable lighting options are limited. Fortunately, that is starting to change and every year we’re getting more and more powerful, wireless lighting. So cut the cord and try out one of these travel-friendly lights for your next event, reunion, or on-the-road portrait session!   Westcott Ice Light Type of Light: Continuous LED Key Features: Dimmable, has a ¼”-20 mount on both ends for easy attachment to light stand, and is barely over a pound. How it’s Powered: Internal battery with an included AC wall cable to charge. The Cons: Only 1 hour of use for about 2.5 hours of charge time. Also, it starts flickering after 1 straight hour of use. Good For: Product photography, thanks to its ability to stand by itself on a tabletop with very close placement to the product without emitting any heat. It also produces easy, fun edge lighting. Example below.   Profoto B1 500W/s AirTTL Battery Powered Flash Type of Light: Strobe Key Features: Compatible with legacy Profoto speed rings and modifiers, super fast sync speeds (up to 1/19,000th of a second), and long battery life (220 full-powered pops on a 1 hour charge). How it’s Powered: Lithium-ion battery that latches directly onto the light and is charged with an included AC cable. The Cons: You can’t have the battery and the AC cable attached to the flash at the same time – so no continuous use with wall power option. Also, each head is over 6 pounds. Good For: Action photography. You can fire off 20 flashes per second in Quick Burst Mode. There is also a...