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Create Better Photo Books with 7 Vacation Shooting Tips

Tips & Tricks

How many times have you been overwhelmed by the number of pictures you took while traveling? Most of the time we take pictures without planning ahead for how we’re going to use them. Countless memorable vacations are taken and photography keepsake books are never made. Here are some things to keep in mind while shooting on the road. These tricks will help you narrow down your best images so that you can create a compelling and cherished photo book. (more…)

Recap of the Best Instagram Photos of the Season

Photographers

Thank you to everyone who participated in the BorrowLenses weekly photo challenges this summer! We had some amazing entries and were able to award one talented photographer each week a $50.00 rental credit to BorrowLenses. As summer comes to a close we want to recap on some of the best photos submitted throughout the challenge. Feel free to comment and let us know which image and theme was your favorite! Have any suggestions for photo challenge themes for the fall? Send us an email!

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Shooting at Night with the Panasonic GH4

Gear Talk

The Panasonic GH4 is an amazing little camera. I’ve been putting it through its paces from the moment I got my hands on one, and just like any gearhead, have been reading practically every review and comment about it on the internet.

What can I say? It’s an addiction. I confess.

One thing that stood out to me in all the signal and noise out there was that this camera isn’t a great performer at high ISO. My initial quick tests bore that out; at ISO 800, the footage is pretty noisy and by 1600, it’s unusable for a lot of work.

But what I wanted to know was something a bit more subtle. I wanted to know if I could shoot at night, in a place like San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, and still walk away with usable footage?

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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebrating Workers of All Trades

BL News

See our season recap of all of the best Instagram photos from the BorrowLenses Instagram page where winners received $50 gift certificates. 

Images from Last Week:

Thank you to everyone who submitted a wedding image to the Instagram page last week for the challenge! It was great to see the assortment of wedding images that BorrowLenses fans have captured throughout the summer wedding season. Fans followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLWeddings. The WINNER of last week’s Instagram contest is Alyssa ShrockCongratulations to Alyssa for submitting the winning wedding photo and winning a $50 rental credit to BorrowLenses. Check out more of her beautiful wedding and portrait photography on her website Alyssa Shrock Photography!

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 #BLWedding entries here. (more…)

Behind the Shot: Supercell

Behind The Shot

Behind the Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Find out the backstory of how Marko Korošec captured this beautiful, dramatic image of a Colorado supercell thunderstorm. His image went on to win first place in the National Geographic’s 2014 Traveler Photo Contest

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Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Marko Korošec (more…)

7 Reasons to Print your Work

Tips & Tricks

The chances are high if you are reading this article that you are a visual artist to some degree.  Maybe you have years of shooting under your belt, having started off shooting film and familiar with the printing process.  On the flip side, perhaps the popularity and accessibility of digital shooting inspired you to take a deeper interest in photography and filmmaking.  You may even be an artist who strictly uses your smartphone as a tool, yielding results that beg viewers to exclaim  “that takes better pictures than my real camera!” With so many moments being captured digitally and shared virtually these days the popularity of printing and giving life to pictures outside of the digital realm has taken a nose dive.  Here are 7 things you get to experience when you print your images: (more…)

Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Weddings

BL News

See our season recap of all of the best Instagram photos from the BorrowLenses Instagram page where winners received $50 gift certificates.

Images from Last Week:

Last week we had a great assortment of silhouettes images uploaded to Instagram for the challenge! Fans followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLSilhouettes. The WINNER of last week’s Instagram contest is Jeff Harmon! He submitted this photo of a lonely aspen in front of the sun setting at Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah. Congratulations to Jeff for submitting the winning image and 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 #BLSilhouettes entries here. (more…)

Behind the Shot: Supermoon at Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial

Behind The Shot

Behind the Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email! Find out the backstory of how Leandro Discaciate captured the Supermoon in Brasília, the capital city of Brazil.

Super Moon! (more…)

Seeking Inspiration – August 17, 2014

Cool Stuff

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

This cool short comes to you courtesy of alcohol and clothes. Have a look…

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Why the Sony RX100 III Point & Shoot is a Vacation Must-Have

Gear Talk

Do you agonize over sacrificing quality in favor of comfort when packing camera gear for vacation? I tossed my hefty Nikon D800 aside and rented the Sony RX100 III from BorrowLenses.com for vacation. I wasn’t going to shoot much so if the camera sucked then no harm, no foul.

The camera definitely didn’t suck. Sony’s third iteration of an already well-regarded model opened my eyes to just how far point and shoots have come. (more…)

Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

BL News

See our season recap of all of the best Instagram photos from the BorrowLenses Instagram page where winners received $50 gift certificates.

Images from Last Week:

Last week we had some great gear selfies uploaded to Instagram for the challenge! Fans followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLGearSelfie. The WINNER of last week’s Instagram contest is Douglas Croft! Congratulations to Douglas for submitting the winning gear selfie on top Aiguille du Midi with his Nikon D7000 and Nikon 18-300mm and winning a $50.00 rental credit to BorrowLenses. (more…)

Shark Week: Fun Images to Sink Your Teeth Into

Photographers

In celebration of Shark Week  we have put together some not-so-traditional shark images from amateur and professional photographers alike. Dive in and share your own best shark shot! (more…)

Behind the Shot: Horned Puffin Taking Off

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email! Find out the backstory of how Alaskan photographer Marion Owen captured this image of this speedy little puffin!

Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Marion Owen (more…)

Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Gear Selfie

BL News

See our season recap of all of the best Instagram photos from the BorrowLenses Instagram page where winners received $50 gift certificates.

Images from Last Week:

Last week it felt like BorrowLenses got to travel around the world as we reviewed all of the “Summer Adventure” images. Fans followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLAdventure. The WINNER of last week’s Instagram contest is Jonathan Gipaya. Congratulations to  Jonathan for submitting the winning image of a bride and groom that wanted to adventure to Snoqualmie Falls after their wedding ceremony. Enjoy the $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 #BLAdventure entries here. (more…)

Behind the Shot: The Day I Discovered My Calling

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

Photographer/Filmer/Editor: Greg Rothstein (more…)