The Internet is Awesome

Google’s Marissa Mayer was recently hired on to helm Yahoo! as their CEO, and photographers who care immensely about Yahoo!’s beleaguered Flickr photo service decided to send her a message. The folks at Yahoo! responded with a kind of “Help us help you” message, and posted the following: Though it isn’t exactly what some folks would have liked, it is nice to see that Yahoo has their ear to the ground and is actually listening to what their users and critics have to say. In recent times, they’ve been facing competition from multiple quarters. Google+, 500px, and even Facebook have improved their photo sharing features. One wonders if the wonderful community that exists on Flickr will eventually fall by the wayside. As fans of the service (and longtime users), we hope Marissa Mayer does, in fact, make Flick awesome...

Zack Arias on DigitalRev

Just a quick “You gotta see this” post for you today. The folks at DigitalRev.com had Zack Arias on their show last week. Zack, who is visiting Hong Kong for a workshop with Joe McNally, appeared on the show that he calls the Top Gear of photography. DigitalRev does a segment called “Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera,” which last featured Chase Jarvis. Now, Zack makes an appearance, shooting with a Kodak C142. The result? Sheer...

On the Profoto Blog

Our recent Tip of the Week was picked up by the wonderful folks at Profoto and mentioned on their blog. If you haven’t been by there, you’re missing out – they post a ton of great stuff that’s worth looking at even if you never use a single piece of Profoto gear. We warn you though – watching some of their videos will induce a pretty severe case of Profoto lust. Don’t say we didn’t warn you… Visit Profoto’s blog at profoto.com/blog, and check out their mention of our piece...
Photo Finds, July 16, 2012 – Philip Bloom

Photo Finds, July 16, 2012 – Philip Bloom

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography and videography around the web. One of the most popular sliders that we rent here at BorrowLenses.com is the Philip Bloom Slider by Kessler. I was speaking about this to a customer recently and she asked me, “Who’s Philip Bloom?” The question took me by surprise a bit. Who’s Philip Bloom? Who’s Philip Bloom? Why, he’s… Philip Bloom! How could anyone not know who Philip Bloom is? Then, reality intervened and I realized that not everyone knows every filmmaker and photographer whose work I follow religiously. I’m “in the industry,” as it as, so I know darn well who Philip Bloom is. I explained it to the hapless customer. “Philip Bloom is this English guy. He makes movies.” That grotesquely understated and inadequate introduction notwithstanding, Philip Bloom is one of those independent filmmakers that everyone who’s ever switched their DSLR to “video” mode should know about. Philip has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and for the past five or so, he’s been an advocate for what he calls “the low budget film look.” Through cameras like the Canon 5DmkII and more recently the Panasonic AF100 and Sony F3. Please visit my DSLR films section to see just how beautiful they look. I have used these DSLRs on all sorts of projects from music videos to commercials and documentaries. I recently was also the 5D Cinematographer on the new WWII movie from Lucasfilm, “RED TAILS” and shot the BAFTA/ RAINDANCE winning documentary “How to start a revolution”. The thing to know...

Op-Ed: Giving Respect Where It’s Due

From time to time, we offer up Op-Ed pieces on various aspects of photography for your consideration. Please note that these articles are the personal opinion of the writer, not necessarily of BorrowLenses.com.  I’m going to start this post off by sharing a video created by Zack Arias. Next up, read this post, also from Zack: “Wedding Photographers Deserve Our Respect.” Now, the video here introduces a different topic, but at the beginning of the video, Zack actually talks about tipping your hat to wedding photographers. White the rest of the video is something that you absolutely, positively, mush watch. I won’t even try and summarize it for you – just go watch and read, then come back here. I’ll wait. At first, I thought about just doing what we call a “blurb” post, which just serves to quickly highlight something we’ve seen or heard of. Call it the blog equivalent of a “+1” or “Like.” After all, Zack’s post is in-depth and lays out his argument twelve ways to Sunday, so I didn’t really have anything to add that he hasn’t already said. Then I changed my mind. Good arguments, I think, are made better and stronger by virtue of voices added to it. Every additional experience you relate to support a point of view shores it up further. With that in mind, here’s where I come down on the issue of wedding photographers. I’ve always wanted to be a commercial and editorial photographer. The running joke is that I want to be Joe McNally when I grow up. Being a wedding photographer just never crossed my mind – it wasn’t...