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Cool Stuff – Week of July 23, 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.

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

The Internet is Awesome

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Google’s Marissa Mayer was recently hired on to helm Yahoo! as their CEO, and photographers who care immensely about Yahoo!’s beleaguered Flickr photo service decided to send her a message.

The folks at Yahoo! responded with a kind of “Help us help you” message, and posted the following:

Though it isn’t exactly what some folks would have liked, it is nice to see that Yahoo has their ear to the ground and is actually listening to what their users and critics have to say.

In recent times, they’ve been facing competition from multiple quarters. Google+, 500px, and even Facebook have improved their photo sharing features. One wonders if the wonderful community that exists on Flickr will eventually fall by the wayside. As fans of the service (and longtime users), we hope Marissa Mayer does, in fact, make Flick awesome again.

Zack Arias on DigitalRev

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Just a quick “You gotta see this” post for you today. The folks at DigitalRev.com had Zack Arias on their show last week. Zack, who is visiting Hong Kong for a workshop with Joe McNally, appeared on the show that he calls the Top Gear of photography.

DigitalRev does a segment called “Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera,” which last featured Chase Jarvis. Now, Zack makes an appearance, shooting with a Kodak C142. The result? Sheer awesomeness.

On the Profoto Blog

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Our recent Tip of the Week was picked up by the wonderful folks at Profoto and mentioned on their blog. If you haven’t been by there, you’re missing out – they post a ton of great stuff that’s worth looking at even if you never use a single piece of Profoto gear. We warn you though – watching some of their videos will induce a pretty severe case of Profoto lust.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Visit Profoto’s blog at profoto.com/blog, and check out their mention of our piece here.

Meet BorrowLenses.com – Austin Fausto

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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 fifth 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 Austin, one of our Equipment Specialists.

Austin tests, cleans, and prepares our gear for customer orders. He helps to make sure that you get your order in prime condition for your next shoot.
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BorrowLenses.com’s Shoot/Share/Like Giveaway

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Win a $200 Gift Certificate!
Now shipping with every order is our new BorrowLenses.com sticker and a faux camera for you to share your favorite subject, travel location, gear, etc.

  • Shoot a picture with your cell phone, framing your gear or favorite subject with our “camera”.
  • Share your photo on Twitter, Facebook or G+ and be sure to tag/@ BorrowLenses.com
  • Like us on FacebookG+, or Twitter if you haven’t already.

We will be randomly picking a winner every month (while stickers last). On top of that we’ll be giving away additional gift certificates for:

  • Most distant location.
  • Funniest picture.
  • Most creative shot.

We look forward to seeing your photos!

Photo Finds, July 16, 2012 – Philip Bloom

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On this week’s Photo Finds, we talk about filmmaker Philip Bloom. If you’re a budding filmmaker, or even a veteran of the industry, Philip is someone you should definitely be following closely.

Cool Stuff – Week of July 14, 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.

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

Op-Ed: Giving Respect Where It’s Due

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From time to time, we offer up Op-Ed pieces on various aspects of photography for your consideration. Please note that these articles are the personal opinion of the writer, not necessarily of BorrowLenses.com. 

I’m going to start this post off by sharing a video created by Zack Arias.

Next up, read this post, also from Zack: “Wedding Photographers Deserve Our Respect.” Now, the video here introduces a different topic, but at the beginning of the video, Zack actually talks about tipping your hat to wedding photographers. White the rest of the video is something that you absolutely, positively, mush watch. I won’t even try and summarize it for you – just go watch and read, then come back here. I’ll wait. (more…)

Ken Block Makes Your Jaw Drop

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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.

Travis Pastrana, rockin' our long Nikon glass.

Travis Pastrana, rockin’ our long Nikon glass.

Check out the video and watch for Travis’ cameo!

Get Your Gear On With the Canon 1Dx

Gear Talk

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.

The 1Dx is available for rent now at http://www.borrowlenses.com/product/Canon_EOS_1D_X_Digital_SLR

“Bullet-Time Backflip” sequence by:http://cargocollective.com/emotiveimage/

Cool Stuff – Week of July 6, 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.

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

Tip of the Week – Fast and Easy Model Releases with Top Model Release

Tips & Tricks

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.

Meet BorrowLenses.com : Monica Pease

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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! :-)