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Every month we offer a free desktop wallpaper featuring a new BorrowLenses.com item!

Please see the links below for your free wallpaper.
Visit back every month to see the new item we’re featuring!

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Get Your Google Glass from BorrowLenses.com

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Get Your Google Glass from BorrowLenses.com

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Did you miss out on the early sign-up for Google Glass? You’re in luck because BorrowLenses.com has you covered! Google is keeping these special specs super exclusive but we’re not.! Google Glass takes pictures and video through voice commands and comes equipped with GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth on an Android OS that is pairable with iPhones. We tried out Google Glass back in 2012 during the G+ Photographer’s Conference in San Francisco and now you can rent a pair.

Read more about Google Glass and reserve yours now.

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April 2nd Update: Thanks for enjoying our 2013 April Fools’ Day post. Stay tuned for real Google Glass updates.

Adobe Lightroom Tips for Beginners: Merging a Travel Catalog with your Main Catalog

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Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His Lightroom Viewfinders series provides photographers with the tools they need to effectively take Lightroom on the road with them during their photographic travels. In episode 1, Duggan goes over the basics of cataloguing and backing up your files.


Merging a Travel Catalog with your Main Catalog
by Seán Duggan (reprinted here with permission)

Lightroom is an essential tool for the traveling photographer, allowing you to not only work on your images as your trip unfolds, but also to just enjoy them more while you’re still on the trip. Reviewing images at the end of each day, editing them, working on sequences and image pairings, is also a great way to notice visual themes and trends in your own image making during the trip. You may not always be conscious of these as you are taking the photos, but taking note of these potential creative paths during the image review process can suggest new directions, as well as help you clarify existing ideas for the types of images you want to make.

In the Lightroom Viewfinder episode below, I provide an overview of my Lightroom travel catalog setup (including regular backups and keeping the drives safe from loss while on the road). Then I’ll show you how to import the data from the travel catalog into the main Lightroom catalog back home when the trip is over. I also address the all-important practice of moving files within Lightroom so the program always knows where they’re at.

Stay tuned for next week’s Lightroom Viewfinders topic “The Island of Lost Files: Find Those Missing Files and Get Your Lightroom Catalog Back in Order!”
In the meantime, check out Duggan’s other photo tips over on his blog.

Blowing out the Background

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks
Ben on a greyish-blue background.

Ben on a greyish-blue background.

The image above was not shot on a white background. It has a minimal level of adjustment in Lightroom to it, mostly to clean up the edges, but that’s about it. It was taken in front of the greyish-blue wall in the lobby of the BorrowLenses.com offices in San Carlos.

The thing about a relatively light-colored background is that it lends itself to a surprisingly large number of options for photographers. Though grey backgrounds work best for this, you can with some tweaking, turn just about any light-colored background — grey, blue, beige — completely black, as I demonstrated in this article on how to kill your background completely.

In this article, I’ll show you how to blow out that background completely to make it look like you’re shooting in front of a white backdrop.

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Capture Motion in Car Photography with these Shot List Tips

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Interested in car photography? Jim Frenak, lead photographer at FPI Studios, recently shot the new 2014 Chevy Impala for Chevy’s West Coast PR blog. Read about how FPI Studios got the shot by pre-planning with a shot list and employing a couple of popular techniques for capturing a sense of motion.

Cool Stuff – Week of March 24, 2012

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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.

  • The shootout at Gulf Photo Plus is always a fantastic thing to watch. Luminaries such as Greg Heisler, Zack Arias, and David Hobby have been past participants. Here’s the latest one.
  • Joe McNally talks to Marc Silber about lighting. A good, quick 4-minute video that’s more about philosophy than technique.
  • Speaking of Joe McNally, if you haven’t seen his photo from the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, here it is.
  • Now, we’re not going to be able to provide the castle, the swimming pool, the giant print or the model, but we will soon have the Hasselblad H5 line of cameras in our rental inventory. Here’s what photographer Henrik Sorenson did with one of these gorgeous machines.
  • And finally, via our friends at PetaPixel, the story behind some amazing portraits taken with an iPhone and a $10 lamp.

 

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

The Best Nikon for Night Photography

Gear Talk

Want to know what the best Nikon camera is for night photography? David Kingham is a landscape photographer who focuses on the night sky. Kingham puts all of the major Nikon bodies to the test in this guest blog post.

BorrowLenses.com WPPI Recap: Pro Photographer Speakers, Prizes, and More

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BorrowLenses had a great time at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference last week in Las Vegas! We spoke with hundreds of people and gave away nearly a thousand dollars’ worth of prizes over the three-day event. Check out our pictures!

Cool Stuff – Week of March 17, 2013

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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.

  • There are a few photographers whose work we love so much, we’ll drop everything to watch them make toast. Or, as we see with a younger Annie Leibovitz here, to watch them talk about their work.
  • Ditto for Greg Heisler. There’s no question that we’d close up shop to watch this master talk about his work. As with Annie above, this one’s a flashback, both of them courtesy of our friends at PetaPixel.
  • Curious about who’s paying for photography these days? We are. Which is why we’re pleased as punch that someone’s talking about it (kinda) openly. Here’s “Who Pays Photographers.”
  • Look, don’t expect us to carry this in our inventory anytime soon, okay? Here’s a photographer using a Nikon 1200-1700mm lens to photograph the new pope. Why won’t we carry it? Because we like our shippers’ spinal columns too much.
  • Like them, love them, hate them, whatever. The guys at DxOMark aren’t afraid to be vocal about their choices, and they’ve started a new series of articles about the best lens choices for their top-ranking camera, the Nikon D800.

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. We hope you got a chance to see us at WPPI if you were out there! As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Daylight Savings Time is Here: Don’t Forget to Change Your Camera’s Clock

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Set time and date manually

Unlike your computers, tablets, and smartphones, the clock in your camera doesn’t typically do the “Spring forward, Fall back” routine required to keep its clock accurate. If you don’t go in manually to change the time and date on you camera, the EXIF data it stamps your files with will have an inaccurate time/date stamp.

While it’s not the end of the world if your photos show a time that’s an hour off, having your clock accurate is always a good thing. Knowing the exact time an image was taken can help you if you want to replicate the exact atmospheric conditions in a landscape shot at a later time, for example.  Having accurate timestamps is especially important if you’re doing any kind of geo-tagging of your images using a GPS tracker or your iPhone to record a GPS track file and apply it to your DSLR photos in Lightroom or Aperture.

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BL’s WPPI Speaker Schedule

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We have a great lineup of speakers who will be giving free talks from our booth, #135, all three days of the event. We’ll also be giving away gift certificates and other great prizes at these talks so be sure to stop by!

Monday, March 11:

1pm - Alexis Cuarezma - Unleash Your Vivid Artistry, Portraits with Impact
2pm - Jeff Cable - Shooting the Olympics: Big challenge – Big Gear Bag (along with special guest Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Steffens)

Tuesday, March 12:
11am - Peter Hurley - Quicktips: Top 5 tips for direction in Portrait Photography
1pm - Syl Arena - Creating Great Light from Small Flash
2pm - Matthew Givot - Time Lapse and Your Wedding Business

Wednesday, March 13:

11am - Brooke Shaden - Self-Portraiture and Storytelling (with Live Shooting Demo)
1pm - Jeff Lewis - Get The Shot

Find us in booth #135, next to Think Tank Photo and NAPP!

Find us in booth #135, next to Think Tank Photo and NAPP!

Shooting Fast Action with a D800E

Gear Talk

Nikon D800E

When you think of fast-action photography, the D800E isn’t exactly the first camera that comes to mind – and with good reason. At a top speed of 4 frames per second and a buffer that will fill up pretty quickly with those massive 36MP files, it’s not a camera that lends itself to that kind of photography easily.

If you’re in a pinch, however, and need to be able to use the D800E (or the D800) for a bit of fast-action work, there are a few things you can do to get a bit more performance out of this camera.

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Lighting and Photographing White Seamless Background Headshots

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Businesses, theaters, schools, and cooperatives all typically need professional headshots taken for their websites and a perfectly white backdrop with soft, even lighting is often requested. Read about how BL created their staff portraits!

Cool Stuff – Week of March 3, 2013

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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.

 

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

BorrowLenses to Attend NAB with Latest Video Gear

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Want to attend NAB and see the latest innovations coming out of the audio and video industry and meet great vendors like us? Register for free with expo pass code LV5334 and visit us in booth #C9550.

From April 8th-11th, BorrowLenses.com will be giving away goodies and showing off some of the latest video gear at the National Association of Broadcasters Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As always, we’ll have our giant bowls of candy and plenty of BL folks around to answer questions. We’ll also be having special giveaways for visitors of our booth!

See new video gear rentals at our booth!

We have a great lineup of cameras for folks to look at in our booth, #C9550, all four days of the event, including a Red Epic, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and Sony’s new F5. We’ll also be giving away gift certificates and other great prizes at these talks so be sure to stop by!

Expo Open Hours

Monday-Wednesday, April 8th-10th: 9am-6pm
Thursday, April 11th: 9am-2pm