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Cool Stuff – Week of March 17, 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.

  • 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

Gear Talk

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

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.

 

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

BL Wallpaper of the Month: March
Sony RX-1

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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! (more…)

Kodak’s First Canon-based DSLR: A 1.3 Megapixel Slice of Photographic History

Gear Talk

Learn more about the EOS-DCS 3, Kodak’s very first Canon-based digital SLR–a 1.3 megapixel, no-LCD, nearly 4-pound behemoth that cost around $16,000!

Kill the Background: How to Turn a Background Black with Speedlights

Tips & Tricks
Chiaroscuro Portraits by Alex Huff

Chiaroscuro Portraits by Alex Huff

I was recently inspired by a recent series of portraits by our very own Alex Huff. Titled “Chiaroscuro Portraiture,” it features these gorgeous close-up portraits of the men and women in her life, each one of which is a study in how to render the interplay between light and shadow.

Alex takes these images in front of a grey background, and through a combination of getting in close to her subjects and using one light, sends what little you might see of that grey to almost pitch black. I began to think of what I could do if I didn’t have a backdrop to shoot against, if I needed to make a portrait in a relatively brightly-lit area. In theory, it could be done; a basic understanding of the Inverse-Square Law reveals that much.

But what if all you had was a basic modifier and a couple of speedlights, not a big studio strobe? Could you still do it? I had to give it a try. (more…)

Day of the Deal: 25% Discount on All Cameras, Lenses, Camcorders, and More!

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Today only save 25% off ANY BorrowLenses.com rental. 

Any piece of gear, any size order, for any length of time!

How to Get 25% Off Today:

  • Make your order between now and 11:59PM PST, February 19th, 2013.
  • Upon checkout use coupon code: DAYOFDEAL25
  • Rest easy knowing you saved some money on your rental!
Good for local pick-up orders, too!

The Fine Print:

  • Discount code is applicable only to orders placed on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by 11:59PM PST.
  • Orders must be scheduled to be shipped by end of day Friday, February 22nd, 2013.
  • This coupon code is good for rentals only and does not apply to For Sale items.
  • This coupon is not stackable with any other coupon unless you are a BL member.

Cool Stuff – Week of Feb 17, 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’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: any time Joe McNally talks, everyone should listen. This latest video will only be only till Feb 20, 2013, so make sure you watch it before then.
  • Here’s another photographer you should always listen to/watch/study with if you get the chance: Gregory Heisler. From the guys over at the Profoto Blog comes a recounting of Greg’s shoot with Yasser Arafat.
  • Yet another photographer we love is back with his series of image critiques. Here’s Episode 15 of Zack Arias’ “Photography Critiques.”
  • Budding auto photographers should head over to Scott Kelby’s blog and take a look at his detailed post on how he shot details on an Aston Martin Vantage. Mmm…. car porn!
  • And finally, from our friends over at PetaPixel, classified in the “Oh, Iran!” category: another Photoshop blunder from that country makes us chuckle all over again.

 

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

Cool Stuff – Week of Feb 10, 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.

 And now, for the BorrowLenses.com Roundup!

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