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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

BL News


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, 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

Cool Stuff


Every month we offer a free desktop wallpaper featuring a new 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…)