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Seeking Inspiration — July 20, 2014

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Seeking Inspiration, an irregular column where we talk about the things that inspire us as artists. 

This video came through my RSS feed last week, and got me thinking of a lot of different things all at once.

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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUE

BL News

Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts? Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is announcing a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope will get more of our users and fans showing us what they shoot.

Images from Last Week:

Last week we had some great entries of people showing us their favorite “Golden Hour” shots. Fans followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLGoldenHour. The WINNER of last week’s Instagram contest is Zach Rogers! Congratulations to Zach for winning a $50.00 rental credit to BorrowLenses. Here are a few of our other favorite images collected. Feel free to comment and let us know what image is your favorite in the bunch! Check out all of the #BLGoldenHour entries here. 

New Theme: BLUE!

This week we want you to show us anything BLUE! What is blue in your life? The color blue is known to be both powerful and calming. This week we are asking the BorrowLenses community to share their impressions of the color blue. Snap a photo, tag it, and reveal to us what the color blue means to you! The contest is open to your own creativity so show us your best!

How to Enter:

1. Select a photo that fits the weekly theme.

2. Upload the image to your Instagram profile.

3. ”Follow” the BorrowLenses Instagram page

4. Add the weekly tag to your image: #BLSomethingBlue

5. Entries must be posted within the past week and not just re-tagged.

6. Make sure your Instagram profile is Public.

You are done! Track all the entries here.

The weekly theme is open to your interpretation and creativity.  We can’t wait to see what you are photographing. Deadline is July 22nd at 11:59 PM (PST). To honor your efforts, we’ll award a $50.00 gift card good for rentals at BorrowLenses.com to our favorite image of the week.

Good luck and happy snapping!


Headline Image Courtesy of Joe Ercoli @ Anvilimage.com

Instagram Gear Giveaway Contest

BL News

#BLGoesVintage with our friend, The Phoblographer, for our first ever Instagram Giveaway! You have a chance to win a vintage medium format rangefinder camera. This leaf-shutter, fixed lens aging beauty shoots 6″×9″ exposures on 120 or 220 film. You can also take home a $250 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate so that you can still rent something from the modern age.

4 runner ups will win one of the following:

  • Oben Monopod
  • Custom SLR Camera Strap
  • Think Tank Turnstyle Sling Bag
  • BL T-Shirt, Sticker, and Tote Bag

HOW TO ENTER:

1. FOLLOW us on Instagram (@borrowlenses and @phoblographer)
2. REPOST the image below with #BLGoesVintage to your Instagram account.

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Contest ends on July 29th so enter today and tell all of your friends about it! Winners will be announced August 4th. (more…)

Win a New Camera from BorrowLenses: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Camera, or Canon 6D

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Tired of shooting with the same old camera? Take 1 minute to enter our camera giveaway!

You could win your choice of a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Camera, or Canon 6D Digital SLR with more chances to win runner-up prizes, including great gifts from Cinevate, Zacuto, Think Tank Photo, SmugMug, Videopixie, and many others.

One entry is all it takes for a chance to win a brand new camera and change the way you capture the world around you. Enter now below!

Full sweepstakes official rules and list of bonus prizes can be found at the bottom of this post below the entry form.

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Part 2: Basic Steps and Lessons of Using Tilt/Shift Function

Gear Talk

This is part 2 of a series on tilt-shift lenses. Be sure to also check out part 1: Will Learning Tilt-Shift Lenses Improve Your PhotographyJohn Cooper specializes in corporate, industrial, and commercial photography for various business communities in Texas and teaches basic skills to other burgeoning photographers. If you are just starting out, or looking for a refresher, check out his advice below. You can also read more tips for architectural photography from John on our blog


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Part 1: Will Learning Tilt-Shift Lenses Improve Your Photography?

Gear Talk

John Cooper specializes in corporate, industrial, and commercial photography for various business communities in Texas and teaches basic skills to other burgeoning photographers. If you are just starting out, or looking for a refresher, check out his advice below. You can also read more tips for architectural photography from John on our blog. Here is his advice on whether tilt-shift lenses are worth it for photographers.


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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge

BL News

Want to get your photography featured on our blog and Instagram accounts? Each Wednesday BorrowLenses is going to announce a theme of the week and you will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits the theme or you can view it more as a weekly photo challenge. Continue reading to discover this week’s theme and how to enter! This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope will get more of our users and fans showing us what they shoot.

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