Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers

Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers

Many of you are probably excited for fall – the colors, the low light, and the dramatic weather all help us achieve stunning images. Start the season right with some words of wisdom from 18 working photographers and their visual expressions of what the harvest season means to them. Share yours with us in the comments at the end! Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers “This fall I would like to encourage you to get out and explore, get off the beaten path far away from the crowds and iconic locations. Take time to immerse yourself in the landscape and let it speak to you. Intimate landscapes are quickly becoming my favorite type of photograph and there is no better time than fall to create such images. It requires you to move in a slower pace and work harder to create a compelling composition full of emotion and meaning to you and your viewer. Any and all lenses can be used for fall photography. I would recommend playing around with telephoto lenses to isolate scenes like this. An absolutely essential piece of gear is a circular polarizer to take the glare off the leaves, bringing out the vibrant colors. For this image I spent the day exploring a remote area of the San Juan mountains in Colorado, my favorite area to take clients on fall color workshops.” – David Kingham “Fall can be a difficult season in the Pacific Northwest. Fall color usually means constant rain is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived already. When working with an engaged couple it’s important to have a...
Behind the Scenes with Niki Lazaridou on ‘Fine China’ Fashion Story

Behind the Scenes with Niki Lazaridou on ‘Fine China’ Fashion Story

Freelance fashion photographer Niki Lazaridou is an up and coming talent who in just 6 years has managed to collaborate with Fashion TV, Photo Vogue, and several other fashion publications. Niki works with many teams of professionals in order to produce her unique style. In this “Behind the Shot” she graciously allowed us a look at what it takes to pull off her elaborate photoshoots and what it took to create an editorial that resembles a different era. by Niki Lazaridou Casually strolling around Salem as a tourist with my camera I came across a beautiful modern museum made of glass and concrete which I quickly found out was Peabody Essex Museum. Little did I know that behind the modern façade was a hidden gem that travelled all the way from a small Chinese village. A 200 hundred year old house that was carefully set apart, transferred piece by piece, and reassembled, stood gloriously in front of my eyes. I was instantly inspired and knew I wanted to shoot in there more than anything. Upon organizing a photoshoot inspired by the space, the first challenge was to get a release form, which took approximately seven months in total to obtain. Each room had separate licenses that required many different offices and curators to approve but after much persistence we gained access. Another challenge with this project was finding original Chinese garments that complimented the location. A designer I collaborated with imported fabrics from China and also reached out to the Chinese Opera of Boston that provided costumes from their original collections. We were given strict guidelines on how to tell the models to behave when wearing these...
Behind The Scenes: Gold Suit Man Brings Luck to Golden State Warriors

Behind The Scenes: Gold Suit Man Brings Luck to Golden State Warriors

Matt Maniego, a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in San Francisco, was recently asked to document the National Championship Finals for NBA’s Golden State Warriors. His films and features have been featured by the “Big 3” Bay Area Pro Sports teams: San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors. Here he takes us Behind the Shot as he documented the GS Warriors win the first NBA title in 40 years: BL: How did you get in the exact position to grab this shot? MM: On assignment with the Warriors, they wanted me to follow a season ticket holder, Oliver Wald, nicknamed the “Gold Suit Man”. He became a known figure by Warrior fans after being featured on TV in last year’s playoffs. We documented his typical game day: pre-game rituals, his commute to the game, and his famous in game dance moves. It was great to capture Oliver during the game, but the best moment was after the Warriors had won. BL: Was it planned or perfect timing? MM: The moment was pretty much perfect timing. We shot a bunch during the game, but when the confetti starting raining down, I said to myself, “Please do the Scutaro.” If you don’t know what “Scutaro” means, it was a shot made famous by Marco Scutaro in the 2012 NLCS. Here is a photo of that moment: I think my psychic powers kicked in because he did the very thing I asked. He did the Scutaro! Before this show however, I instinctively switched to super slow mo on the FS7 (180fps) and made sure I was shooting pretty shallow to give more...
Ivan Makarov on Being a Dad and a Photographer

Ivan Makarov on Being a Dad and a Photographer

Being the family photographer is both a blessing and a curse – you’re afforded the rare opportunity to constantly preserve memories while also trying to balance that with experiencing them first-hand. Ivan Makarov understands this well. As a father of four, Makarov has been documenting his children’s lives since the moments they were born: “I shoot them wherever they are, doing whatever they’d like to do. My end goal is to document their childhood, as it starts and as they turn into teenagers and then adults.” In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite family images from Makarov’s collection and providing 5 of his dad photographer tips that fellow shooters of all backgrounds can appreciate. Makarov’s 5 Tips: Tip #1: In a rut? Try switching to a new camera system. These days I shoot with Leica M and mostly with 35mm and 50mm lenses. I was a Nikon guy ever since I started in photography almost 10 years ago but I made the transition to rangefinder photography a couple of years ago when I was feeling stuck and uninspired with the process and with what I was producing. Leica gave me a new method of shooting because it’s quite different to shoot with the rangefinder and it also reignited my creativity to a point where I now can’t stop shooting! It’s been this way ever since I got the Leica. The original idea was to get a smaller camera that I can carry with me alongside my kids. It had a very surprising and positive effect on my creativity. I don’t think it matters all too much...
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Tips To Shoot Your Best Concert Yet!

Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Tips To Shoot Your Best Concert Yet!

Many photographers merge into a great photographic passion first by their inspirations of concert and band photography. Musicians and photographers are like cousins; we are enthused by the instruments we use, constantly searching for ways to make our mark, and feed off one another’s talent to express emotion. If you are among those who aspire to shoot concerts you may know already that the task is one of the most challenging in the industry, especially for beginners learning their craft. If you have interest in this fun yet competitive field and are just beginning or interested in improving – look no further! We have interviewed some of Borrowlenses.com‘s resident concert photographers for their tips and tricks including what equipment they recommend, how to get the best shot possible, and the leg work it takes to grant you access to get the optimal shot. Getting the Gig If you’re interested in getting started in concert photography, chances are you are already involved in some type of  music or performance scene. In the very beginning, asking friends to photograph them is a win win for both parties and gives you an immediate intimacy with your subject, thus propelling your new portfolio. There are definite challenges shooting in smaller, low lit venues. However, the greater likelihood of being allowed up close with little restrictions offers a playground to experiment with your camera settings. Once you have gotten your feet wet and ready for bigger gigs, NETWORK. Go crazy emailing PR firms, music labels, the bands, managers and management companies, and venues. Creating relationships within this sector of the music industry can afford you press...
Red Bull GRC Action Sports Photography with Garth Milan

Red Bull GRC Action Sports Photography with Garth Milan

Action sports photography has taken me all over the world, and my latest trip was to Sin City, where I spent two days shooting the final round of the 2014 Red Bull GRC series for, you guessed it, Red Bull. The event was just off of the Strip at the Linq Casino and Resort, at the base of the newly constructed High Roller Ferris wheel. Knowing how tough access is at any auto racing event, I knew I would need some serious glass, so before I packed my bags or even booked my flight, the first thing I did was arrange to “borrow” a Canon 600mm f/4 lens from Borrowlenses.com. Whether it’s rally racing, Moto GP, or even the Red Bull Air Race series, I typically always bring a minimum of 500mm of glass to these action-filled racing events. To me, the absolute best part of the Borrowlenses.com service, besides the great selection and customer service, is the fact that they are willing to ship huge lenses and equipment like this straight to my hotel room. This is helpful beyond words, as I always travel with a minimum of four bags, between lighting, computers, clothes, etc., so to arrive at my destination with a huge piece of glass waiting for me like this is beyond revolutionary. Handholding my massive 600mm, I headed out to the event for the first day of shooting. I was immediately thankful to have the 600, as the access was as bad as I expected and then some… but with such a massive lens, shooting directly through fencing is easily possible, opening up a whole...