The phrase “Thing of beauty” doesn’t do this video justice.
Turning San Francisco into your own personal rally car track is epic enough (just how did they get the streets that deserted?!). Capturing the run on over 100 cameras? That’s just icing on the cake. That’s the crew just rubbing your face in the awesomeness of this event.
Photographically alone, it’s a feat of epic proportions. Ken’s crazy skills with that Fiesta notwithstanding, acquiring footage from all those cameras as he streaks through SF is kind of a big deal. All of it has to be ingested, logged, tagged, and then edited. That’s the truly incredible part – someone sat down and cut all that together.
Excuse my while I pick my jaw up from the floor.
Speaking of cool, there’s a scene where Travis Pastrana does a cameo on his dirt bike in the video above. BL’s own Emotive Image (www.facebook.com/emotiveimage) was shooting X-Games just a little while ago, and saw Travis Pastrana rockin’ some of our long Nikon glass.
We’ve been waiting for this bit of kit for a long, long time. The 1Dx is finally here, and we run through a bunch of the features of Canon’s flagship body. This full-frame camera is set to replace the 1D mkiV and the 1Ds mk III. We show off the high frame-rate, some AF features, compare ISO settings and give a general rundown of this exciting new professional DSLR.
Last week, we told you about a free set of overlays you can use in your videos to simulate looking through a DSLR. Now, Luke Neumann, the filmmaker who created those overlays, has more freebies for your use. For the month of July, he’s giving away a free orchestral track for use in your movie every day. The first, “Edge of Reason,” is embedded below, and I’ve already got it for use in a future film.
As a filmmaker, I’ve been shooting with the Technicolo Cinestyle for some time now. Recently, however, I switched to Stu Maschwitz’s Prolost Flat style. The reason? It’s the only style I can create and adjust entirely in-camera, without needing to load up Canon’s awful EOS utility on my computer – especially since I’ve lost the disk for it a LONG time ago. Besides, I figure if Stu, Vincent Laforet and Philip Bloom all use it, there’s something to it.
Finally, I was going to do this for a Tip of the Week segment, but Olivia Speranza over at OliviaTech beat me to it – and did a darn fine job while she was at it. Learn how to use AF microadjust to get your autofocus bang-on every time.
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
Hate dealing with model releases? This new iPhone app from photographer Catherine Hall might just be the thing you need to make the process of creating, signing, and storing release forms as simple and painless as possible.
At BorrowLenses.com we have some incredible people behind the scenes that help make us the best online camera and lens rental service. This post is the third of a series to introduce you to members of the BorrowLenses.com team who tap into their passion for photography, videography and the arts daily in an effort to provide you the best service possible. Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica, our Inventory Manager.
What’s your role here at BorrowLenses.com?
I am the Inventory Manager.
Are you also a photographer and if so what is your expertise?
I am not a “real” photographer like most of the other people here but I am the official photog for my family. I am very mechanically-minded so what I really enjoy about photography is understanding how the camera works and how aperture, shutter speed, film speed, etc, all affect each other and the resulting exposure. I also love teaching others how to go beyond auto mode on their own cameras.
Can you briefly describe what the inventory team does?
We are the guardians of the gear! But really, we count it, receive it, pull it for orders…basically, we’re here to make sure nothing gets lost!
How many photography/video platforms do we support? (camera brands, accessories, etc.)
If we’re talking just cameras, 9–Canon, Nikon, Red, Sony, Leica, Fujifilm, Pentax, Olympus, and Lumix. But we carry many, many more brands in accessories and other gear from Sennheiser Mics and White Lightnings all the way down to Lowepro bags and SanDisk memory cards.
What is your role in ensuring customers have the best selection of gear to choose from?
In addition to ensuring that the existing inventory is accurate and available to rent, I also work very closely with our buyer to stock up on hot items and considering new gear.
What is one thing would you like BorrowLenses.com customers to know about Inventory that perhaps they might not know?
First, we have a lot of really fun stuff so explore the site! Second, please leave the barcode stickers attached…they are critical to my team and me!
In this week’s Photo Finds article, we take a look at fashion photographer Melissa Rodwell’s work. If you’re interested in getting into the field, this is one photographer you should be paying attention to.
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You know we’re getting the much-hyped Sony FS-700, and if you follow us on Facebook, you know that we’ve already used it to do an awesome little take on Reservoir Dogs. If you haven’t, here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Of course, if you’re looking for a good review of the FS700 while you wait for ours, here’s one you should see. Al Jazeera’s Matthew Allard used the camera on assignment in Mongolia, and this is his review.
We’ve all seen high-speed video of bullets shattering glass, puncturing balloons, etc. The folks at BMW Canada decided to do something similar – with an M5 as the bullet. This one’s definitely worth watching, folks!
At BorrowLenses.com we have some incredible people behind the scenes that help make us the best online camera and lens rental service. This post is the second of a series to introduce you to members of the BorrowLenses.com team who tap into their passion for photography, videography and the arts daily in an effort to provide you the best service possible. Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernest, our inventory buyer.
Ernest works behind-the-scenes making sure that we have the latest new gear to add to our ever-growing inventory. He is constantly keeping up with industry rumors and research so that we can be among the first to make a new item available to our renters. Keeping up with trends is an important part of Ernest’s job, as he is also in charge of restocking our very popular items and that means more gear availability for everybody.
What’s your role here at BorrowLenses.com?
I am in charge of purchasing the massive amounts of photo and video gear that BorrowLenses.com carries in inventory. The most important part of the job is trying to predict what items will be in the highest demand so that we can give our customers the best gear selection and availability at all times. Through the relationships I maintain with a variety of vendors and sellers nationwide, I strive to constantly find the highest-quality (and often hardest-to-find) gear to keep up with our customers’ shooting needs, whatever they might be.
What type of photography do you enjoy pursuing? I have loved poring over photojournalism images all my life and I also enjoy shooting portraits of my family, capturing images of birds, pursuing travel and macro photography, and doing astrophotography. I love shooting with both digital and film.
How do you stay on top of all the latest gear? This is one of the most fun parts of my job. I read various photography publications, follow news and blogs online, listen to photography podcasts, and stay up-to-date with press releases and trade show announcements. I try to figure out what new gear might rent well and then immediately start the legwork to get these items to BorrowLenses.com and into the hands of our customers as soon as possible.
What are some of the factors that impact your research? I study how our inventory rents over time, looking for trends such as when certain bodies, lenses, lighting, and accessories get booked throughout the year. I learn about the genres of photography and filmmaking our customers are passionate about to get an idea of what gear will help them get the job done. I also love hearing from customers directly about what kinds of gear they think we should carry, too. Very often, if we hear customers asking about a particular item, we will start carrying it.
What services does Purchasing provide and assist with to meet the needs of our customers and ensure their satisfaction? I work very closely with the Inventory and Shipping teams daily to make sure the gear our customers order is available and scheduled to arrive on the date requested. Sometimes this means suddenly replenishing inventory levels when a particular item is in-demand on short notice or drop-shipping brand new items from a vendor or manufacturer directly to our customer’s home. Bottom line is I will do everything in my power to ensure every order has all of its requested gear, on-time, whether it’s for a novice or for a pro.
What one thing would you like BorrowLenses.com customers to know about Purchasing that perhaps they might not know?
I wish I could reveal how much we spend maintaining our inventory, but I will just say that it’s probably much, much more than customers think. It’s a little mind-boggling, actually!