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Photo Finds, June 18, 2012 – Daniel Milnor

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Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web. This week, we bring you the classic Black and White Documentary work of photographer Daniel Milnor.

Meet BorrowLenses.com – Jo DeGuzman

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At BorrowLenses.com we have some incredible people behind the scenes that help make us the best online camera and lens rental service. This post is the first of a series to introduce you to members of the BorrowLenses.com team who tap into their passion for photography, videography and the arts daily in an effort to provide you the best service possible Today we’d like to introduce you to Jo who leads our front desk team and is often fielding customer service calls.

In case you have yet to walk into our headquarters this is Jo, our Front Desk Manager. Jo and his team make sure your orders are ready for pick up and take calls to help customers. Whether you have questions about your order, equipment, accessories, etc. Jo’s team is there to provide answers. In fact they pride themselves on tackling any question you have for them to help you get the most out of your gear and lens rentals.

What’s your role here at BorrowLenses.com?
I am the Front Desk Manager.

Are you also a photographer and if so what is your expertise?
I am a photographer, but I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “pro”. I love to shoot, photo and video, whatever it is. I like to push the boundaries of what I shoot, taking the unconventional approach to my subjects. I once had a photo shoot using black light. Light in itself is a beast to manipulate but shooting with a black light was really challenging. My expertise? I would say it is video. I like capturing not just a moment, but moments. Video allows you to feel emotion through time. I like having that extra dimension in my work.

Have you shot with all the cameras at BorrowLenses.com?
Pretty much. We are a little spoiled here, sometimes we are forced to shoot with a 1D Mark IV instead of a 5D Mark III. Who can complain about that? But having access to all this gear allows us to be educated and being educated here is really, really important. We get tons of questions, whether its on the phone, or people that walk in. We have to be ready to answer anything that is thrown at us. I enjoy having access to all this gear, but at the same time, I enjoy teaching people what I’ve learned.

What can you say your experience as a photographer brings to your role?
Going back to the last question, I enjoy teaching people what I’ve learned. Working with all this gear, I’ve run into pretty much every problem you can encounter during a shoot. Why is there a black bar across the photo when using a flash? Why doesn’t this camera not auto-focus in video? Why does the camera stop recording after 10 seconds of recording? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Being here allows us to work through the problems so that you don’t have to. I’m not the only one that possesses this knowledge, my team does as well. When I’m out on a shoot, I’ll ask the Front Desk team to come along with me. That way we can all learn together. When the time comes one way or another I or a member of my team can answer even the most challenging questions for our customers.

Of the thousands of customer service requests we receive a month what have been some of the most rewarding problems you’ve helped resolve?
I can’t name one specifically, but what I find most rewarding is seeing and helping our customers grow I enjoy knowing that I’ve helped someone learn more about photography and/or videography. One day, a customer walks in renting a Canon Rebel T1i to shoot a friends music video, a few months later, they are renting Sony FS100’s to shoot a big name artist. That is the most rewarding part: the progression. When our customers grow, we grow. There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling like you’ve helped someone. I’m not a parent, but I’m sure that’s what it feels like when you impart knowledge on someone and you see them succeed with the knowledge you have given them.  Seeing that growth, that’s the reward.

What one thing would you like BorrowLenses.com customers to know about Customer Service that perhaps they might not know?
We’re not here just for the paycheck, it’s more than that. The BorrowLenses staff is a community of photographers and videographers. We’re not just a website where you can rent gear from, we’re a resource you can learn from. I’d even compare it to a sort of school. You call here and no one will turn down a question. If they don’t know the answer, then someone else here will. Iron sharpens iron. And that’s what we do here on a daily basis. We are a wealth of knowledge at your disposal.

Photo Finds – June 11, 2012: Zack Arias

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Zack Arias

Zack Arias

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week’s Photo Finds is a very specific one. We’re not just going to talk about a specific photographer; we’re going to talk about a specific photographer shooting a specific genre.

A lot of you have already heard of photographer and teacher Zack Arias before. We’ve certainly mentioned him on our blog repeatedly, and his lighting workshop on creativeLIVE ranks as one of our top lighting resources to date. He’s also easily one of the most eloquent and honest photographers I know of.

That same honesty and eloquence has, of late, manifested itself in a style of photography that’s pretty different from the portraiture that brought Zack his initial acclaim. Yet, despite its difference, there’s something uniquely Zack about it, and that’s why I’m talking about it today. (more…)

Photo Finds – June 4, 2012: Michael Cali

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Mike Cali Self Portrait in Dubai. Shot with the X-Pro1. Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Michael Cali.

Mike Cali Self Portrait in Dubai. Shot with the X-Pro1. Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Michael Cali.

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

When I picked wedding and portrait photographer Michael Cali as the person I wanted to talk about in today’s Photo Finds feature, I didn’t remember right away that he and last week’s Photo Finds photographer, Brad Moore, had something pretty significant in common. Both Brad and Michael have served as assistants to one of the most amazing photographers alive today, Joe McNally. Brad is his former assistant (he works for Scott Kelby now) and Mike is Joe’s current assistant. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of May 28, 2012

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Brad Moore

Brad Moore

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we bring you the work of concert photographer Brad Moore, from Tampa, Fl.

I met Brad briefly at the Google+ Conference for Photographers in San Francisco. He was there as part of the organizing staff, as he’s conference organizer Scott Kelby’s assistant. Brad has also appeared on a few shows produced by Kelby Training, such as The Grid and D-Town TV. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of May 7, 2012

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Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web. This week’s Photo Finds features the work of Frank Doorhof.

Photo Finds – Week of April 30, 2012

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Tim Wallace

Tim Wallace

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

UK-based photographer Tim Wallace was brought to my attention through Scott Kelby’s awesome KelbyTraining.com. It took little more than a few seconds of browsing Tim’s work to turn me into an instant fan.

I’m not a big car guy. My Saturn is nearly 9 years old, and is rickety to the point where my girlfriend calls it “the Jalopy.” I’ve never been into cars – couldn’t tell you the difference between a carburetor and a cam-shaft. Sure, I admire good-looking cars, but I don’t salivate over them like some folks.

Tim’s photography makes me want to change that.  (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of April 23, 2012

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Colby Brown

Colby Brown

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we’re pretty excited to bring you the work of travel, landscape, and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown.

Colby is based out of Denver, Colorado, but for the last eight years or so, he’s blended his love for travel and adventure with his passion for photography. From Australia, to the Himalayas, to Hawaii, New Zealand, and back, Colby has played multiple roles centered around his photography. He has led workshops for National Geographic, worked as a freelance photojournalist, and collaborated with multiple NGOs on humanitarian projects. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of April 16, 2012

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Steve Simon in Africa

Steve Simon in Africa

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

On this week’s Photo Finds, we take a look at the work of editorial and commercial photographer Steve Simon.

This Montreal-born and New York-based photographer is no stranger to those of you who follow the This Week in Photo podcast. Steve is a regular guest there, in addition to being a prolific writer and instructor. He’s the author of “The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Towards Become Great,” a book that has gotten rave reviews and has helped many photographers bridge the gap between the photos that they think they got, and what they actually captured.

Steve’s curriculum vitae makes for some impressive reading. From covering Winter Olympics, to Presidential elections, to shooting at the very edge of the American-Canadian border, Steve Simon’s photography encompasses an impressive and powerful spectrum. It ranges from soaring images taken at the height of political drama, to gritty, even uncomfortable images from the fringes of society. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of April 9, 2012

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Nicole S. Young

Nicole S. Young

Here’s the test I always apply to food photography: does it make me hungry? If the answer is “no,” chances are, the photographer isn’t doing something right. The issues are typically minor; the lighting is off, or the food isn’t styled properly, or the angle doesn’t flatter the dish. Either way, the photo is missing that essential spark that makes you go, “Mmmmm…”

It’s therefore a supreme compliment to photographer Nicole S. Young that her food photography invariably makes me hungry. This is a photographer who made clams look good to me – a hard thing to do, since I don’t like seafood. Exquisitely styled, meticulously prepared, and perfectly shot, her images jump off the screen and have, more than once, made my stomach growl. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of April 2, 2012

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Alex Koloskov

Alex Koloskov

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we bring you the work of another photographer who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. Kiev-born Alex Koloskov first came to my attention when BorrowLenses.com alum Josh Norem pointed his website out to me. Since then, I’ve followed his work on his website, AKEL Studio, as well as on Google+.

Milk and chocolate, frozen in mid-air

Milk and chocolate, frozen in mid-air

Alex is one of those photographers whose work immediately makes you go, “Hey, how’d he do that?” The first image I ever saw of his was a shot he did of Godiva’s Chocolate Liquer, where two intersecting streams of liquid – one made of milk, the other of chocolate – were frozen in midair and wrapped around the bottle of liquor. My first thought was, “it’s CG.”

Turns out, it is a composite, but the frozen mid-air liquid? That’s real. There’s a behind the scenes shot of him actually tossing chocolate milk into the air and photographing it on his blog.

That made me groan. My girlfriend would never let me try something like that at home.

The cool thing is, Alex is very open about his tools and techniques. Take a look at the video below, on how he created a beauty shot with a model and a frozen ball of water, as an example.

His website and his Vimeo channel are full of examples like this one, and if you want to go really in-depth, you can check out his Masterclass on Mastering Splash, or one of his ebooks and video tutorials.

Alex is also very active on Google+. That’s where I found out that he’s also passionate about HDR photography, and even has a book on it, called “Realistic HDR for Landscape and Architectural Photographers.” To me, that’s the best kind of HDR, where, rather than crazy halos and impossible skies, you bring out the natural dynamic range that your eyes truly see. There’s also a really neat before/after tool for HDR images on his website that you should check out.

Alex is also going to be published in an upcoming issue of Scott Kelby’s Light It! magazine, where he shows off some of his techniques behind a new image. To find out more about him, visit his Google+ profile, which has links to the everything he’s working on right now.

Photo Finds – Week of March 26, 2012

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Park Pobedy Station, Study 1

Park Pobedy Station, Study 1

NEW UPDATE! The winners of the free copies have been picked! Congratulations to Laura Michna and Kyle Reynolds! You’ll get an email shortly with details on how to download your copy.

UPDATE: We’re giving away two free copies of the Plus One Collection’s eBook version, which has the combined work of all 500+ photographers that contributed to the book. 

To win, leave a comment on this post and tell us why you want a copy. We’ll pick two comments at random as winners on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week on Photo Finds, we have a photographer and a fantastic bit of collaborative work that he was instrumental in creating.

Some of you may already know Ivan Makarov, especially if you’re a photographer who spends any amount of time on Google+. His work on the Plus One collection (more on that in a second) has brought together a huge number of photographers from the Google+ community to contribute their photographs for a book that is being sold for charity. Ivan’s own work is featured in this book, and with good reason; his photography speaks to a lot of folks. (more…)

Photo Finds – Week of March 19, 2012

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Jay and Varina Patel

Jay and Varina Patel

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we bring you a husband and wife team of landscape photographers whose work has been spreading like wildfire around the community on Google+. Meet Jay and Varina Patel.

Their work is equal parts inspirational and frustrating. Inspiring, because it’s quite simply fantastic in its scope and majesty, but frustrating because it makes you want to yell at your camera and ask why it won’t produce similar results.

The answer, however, is pretty obvious – these are photographers that have worked hard at their craft, and it shows. (more…)

Monday Photo Finds, March 12, 2012

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Welcome to Monday Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week on Photo Finds, it’s all about Dubai – more specifically, about the Gulf Photo Pro expo in Dubai, where some of the industry’s biggest names congregate for a week of education, networking, and fun in what is quickly being referred to as the “City of Gold.”

David Hobby writes about the GPP shoutout

David Hobby writes about the GPP shoutout

The Shootout

Each year, GPP ends with a photo shootout between three photographers. Three photographers have 20 minutes to come up with an idea for a shot, then shoot it and process it into a final image. The photo is based on a subject provided by the conference organizers.

David Hobby, of Strobist fame, has been a regular at these shootouts, and photographers Joey L and Zack Arias have also been past shootout participants. Last year, one of the titans of the industry, Gregory Heisler, went from being the official heckler in the audience, to doing an impromptu shoot. This year, he participated in the shootout as one of the three photographers. David Hobby and Martin Prihoda completed the triumvirate. (more…)

Monday Photo Finds, March 5, 2012

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We’re kicking our usual Cool Stuff feature to the curb this week for a different feature. Today, we’re going to focus on the end result of all this awesome gear we rent – great photographs. From an ad campaign in Argentina by Sebastian Faena and the sun-bleached images of Antonella Arismendi, to the gritty underpass of a pedestrian walkway in Baltimore, we take a look at some standout imagery that caught our eye this past week.

The Ay Not Dead campaign by Sebastian Faena

The Ay Not Dead campaign by Sebastian Faena

Sebastian Faena for Ay Not Dead

A combination of video and still black and white imagery make up this slightly edgy urban campaign for Ay Not Dead, a boutique house with locations in Argentina and Chile.

Faena, who is represented by the Art + Commerce agency, seems to have gone for simple and elegant with the Ay Not Dead campaign. His portfolio on Art + Commerce, however, is a good deal more risque, in intent if not in actual execution.

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