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New BorrowLenses Pick Up Location In Southern California

BL News

You can now pick up and drop off rentals in San Diego at Nelson Photo!

Pick Up/Drop Off Advantages

  • Save on shipping: Rent multiple items for 1 flat fee, regardless of weight.
  • Quick turnaround: Orders ship from our California hub.
  • Security without the signatures: No waiting around for delivery trucks. (more…)

Multiple Flash Firing with Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting System Using Pop-up Flash

Tips & Tricks

Topics Covered:

  • Setting Commander Mode for your Nikon camera and firing off-camera Speedlights using a pop-up flash.
  • Assigning multiple flashes to groups A and B to control from your Nikon camera’s Commander Mode.
  • Adjusting your flash channel, illumination pattern, and zoom position. (more…)

Cool Stuff — Week of May 27, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

  • We rent a lot of fancy video gear, but if you find yourself up at over 13,000 feet needing, for example, a boom or dolly or jib, you might be well-served watching this video from our friend Chase Jarvis on how to improvise when necessary. (more…)

One Strobe, One Trigger, One Camera, and a lot of Luck: Behind the Scenes with Von Wong Photography

Tips & Tricks

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong set out to the Salton Sea with some dart rope and a crew of chance encounters who were excited to make the trek to help out with this dramatic shoot. Check out the spectacular results below!

Luck, Fire, and a Failed Ecosystem
by Von Wong Photography, reprinted with permission.

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The Hasselblad Is Here: First Impressions and Sample Shots

Gear Talk

The Hasselblad H5D40 medium-format digital camera is here, so of course we had to give it a go. We pressed a number of our staffers into service as models, and went through an impromptu portrait session.

Sample images as well as first impressions after the jump.

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Learning To Leave The Matrix – A Tip On DSLR Light Metering

Tips & Tricks

With our dependence on LCD screens to give us immediate exposure feedback, knowing how to meter light is at risk of quickly become a fading skill. In this guest blog post you will learn how your DSLR meters light and what that means for your photography. This is a great intro for beginners as well as an easy reminder for the more seasoned shooter. (more…)

San Francisco Area Call for Photographers for Stanford Event

BL News

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers are hosting a 2-day conference in June at Stanford University titled “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age”. They are in need of a few volunteer still photographers to document the event and provide the following:

  • Photos of speakers
  • Panel sessions
  • Shots of the general audience

Volunteers will receive the following:

Work 1 day, get free access the second day of the event.
Work ½ day, get free access the other ½ day of the event.

This 2-day conference takes place on the 18th and 19th of June and will be held at the beautiful Stanford University campus. It explores the tech, creative, and biz requirements for delivering a compelling, high quality, monetizable entertainment experience over the web.

Volunteers should contact the volunteer coordination chair, Kellie McKeown, at: [email protected]

Transitioning from Point-and-Shoot to DSLR: Understanding Full Frame vs Crop Frame Sensors

Gear Talk

Upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera to a digital SLR camera can be daunting, especially when you start hearing people carry on about what kind of sensor to get and you have no idea what they are talking about! The following will help you understand sensor size and how it can be a factor in your photography. This information will better equip you with the knowledge you will need to successfully choose your next camera.
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BorrowLenses Launches New Education Photography eBook Store

BL News

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all at BorrowLenses Education!

Visit our Education section to see our newly-launched eBook store, filled with valuable content from professional photographers and educators.

  • Hone your skills and get introduced to new techniques.

  • Discover new and creative uses for gear.

  • Improve your business and sharpen your online acumen.

  • Earn special discount codes and promotions.

Get started at BorrowLenses Education and put what you learn into action!

Our eBooks are for photographers of all levels about a variety of topics including, but not limited to: photojournalism, landscape, lighting, and SEO strategies for photographers. Our eBooks are written by professional, working photographers covering all points of view. Have questions about how to download your first eBook? Please see our handy Education FAQ.

Nikon D7100 – Cropped Sensor for Night Photography?

Gear Talk

Want to know how the Nikon D7100 stands up to the challenge of night photography? David Kingham is a landscape photographer who focuses on the night sky. Kingham put the Nikon D7100 to the test to find out if its cropped sensor is worth considering as a viable choice for night shooting, especially when compared to the similarly-priced Nikon D600.

Nikon D7100 – Cropped Sensor for Night Photography?
by David Kingham (more…)

Rent Gear to be Shipped Today and Get a Free ProDot*

BL News

*while supplies last.

Our friends over at Custom SLR gave us a gift and we want to share it with you! Put in an order to be shipped out today* and receive a free ProDot for you to keep (while supplies last). Order soon before we run out! Good for local orders, too.

*May 15th, 2013, before 2pm EST if shipping from our East Coast Headquarters (before 2pm PST if shipping from our West Coast Headquarters).

5 Features for Adobe Lightroom 5

Tips & Tricks

In this video tutorial, adventure photo journalist Jay Goodrich highlights a few of the features that he finds most useful in the upcoming update to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. He also has an up coming Lightroom workshop in Seattle, September 14-15, 2013. More information here.

5 Features for Adobe Lightroom 5
by Jay Goodrich, reposted here with permission.

This is Episode 3 of Goodrich’s In the Office series of photography tutorials. See more of Goodrich’s work here and stay tuned for more great videos from him here on our blog! To see Episode 2, click here.

Nikon’s Biggest Gun: A Review of the New 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens

Gear Talk

Introduction

Until recently, Canon’s 800mm f/5.6 lens has been about the longest lens currently in production by one of the big manufacturers. The longest lens on the Nikon side has been the 600mm f/4, which I took out for a spin not too long ago.

Now, Nikonians have their own cannon (yes, pun intended) to play with. The Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens is finally shipping, and we’ve got them in our inventory for rental. I took this behemoth out for a test to see just what Nikon packed into it. Last week, I posted sample images from that shoot; here’s the full review.

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Cool Stuff – Week of May 13, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more. (more…)

Sample Images from the Nikon 800mm f/5.6

Gear Talk

I’ve been out testing the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens we just got in, and have a few sample images to share. I went out to the Redwood Shores region of the San Francisco Bay Area to shoot the skimmers that show up around here every spring, and got a handful of other birds as well. The full-up review is coming soon, so stay tuned for that. (more…)