Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: BLUEBL 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. (more…)
Win a New Camera from BorrowLenses: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Camera, or Canon 6DBL News
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! (more…)
Part 2: Basic Steps and Lessons of Using Tilt/Shift FunctionGear 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 Photography. 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.
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.
Instagram Weekly Photo ChallengeBL News
Images from Last Week:
Last week we unofficially kicked off our photo challenge by asking people to show us their favorite images from the Fourth of July. Instagram users followed the BorrowLenses Instagram page and tagged photos with #BLFourthofJuly. Here are 6 of our favorites from the images collected. Feel free to comment and let us know what image is your favorite in the bunch! Check out all of the #BLFourthofJuly entries here. (more…)
Breaking the Rules to Get the Most Out of Natural LightTips & Tricks
In photojournalism school, students are taught to underexpose when out in the field in order to achieve the richest colors and most intense contrast possible in a photograph. The trick, conventional wisdom explains, is to bring the exposure back up in post processing. I shot this way for years and it always treated me well. I’m still a big fan of the ‘underexpose method’ when shooting landscapes and documentary stories. The technique brings out the drama of what you’re trying to capture; old, wrinkly faces look like they belong to lost souls with millions of years of stories to tell, a canyon or mountain scape appears to be straight out of a dream with rainbow-like colors and dark, cloud-filled skies seem to hover over every crevice of the earth. Depth and drama are what this technique creates — perfect for telling stories with a ‘wow’ effect. (more…)
Prime Lens Basics and Why You Should Ditch Zoom Lens PhotographyGear Talk
Prime lenses are a not-so-secret weapon favored for their fast apertures, crisp detail, and creamy bokeh. They differ from the more commercially popular zoom lenses because of their ability to better maximize available light and separate foreground from background with aesthetically pleasing crispness. They also possess the power to be a catalyst for creativity since they force the shooter to be more physically involved in their compositions.
What is a Prime Lens? (more…)
Freelance Filmmaker Uses BL Gear for Documentary ProjectGear Talk
Jason Aron is an avid freelance filmmaker and customer of BorrowLenses. In 2013 he raised over $50,000 for the production of a documentary film project entitled Back in Time. The film that is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015 examines the Back to the Future franchise and its cultural relevance. Aron made a 3-week journey from Santa Monica, California to Maui, Hawaii capturing the scenes for his movie with gear he rented from BL. Check out what Jason had to say about the BL gear he used while filming Back in Time.
A Photographer’s Guide to Modern Urbexing Jamie MacDonaldBL News Tips & Tricks
Jamie MacDonald is an Olympus Trailblazer who shoots nature and wildlife in the Mid-Michigan area exclusively with the Olympus Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera systems. He is also a contributor for Small Camera Big Picture. As a nature and landscape photographer he enjoys exploring new areas that have often been abandoned. Learn the tools of the trade to modern “urbexing” in the article written below by Jamie MacDonald. He has also been featured on our blog discussing a new light painting tool to create a successful light painted photo.
Adding Value to Your Image Archive with KeywordsTips & Tricks
Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His Lightroom Viewfinder series provides photographers with the tools they need to effectively use Lightroom for organization, editing, and printing.
Adding Value to Your Image Archive with Keywords
by Seán Duggan
Maintaing a well organized image archive is an ongoing project. There is always work to do, whether it involves importing and editing new photos, or organizing and culling older images. One of the most important ways that you can “upgrade” your image catalog is by regularly adding keywords to your photos. In this article we’ll take a look at some essential keyword strategy for your photo library. (more…)
Behind The Shot: Rocking Up CloseBehind 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: Curt Dennis
Settings: 17mm, 1/200th second @f/2.8, ISO 400
Backstory: I’ve been photographing concerts for the past 9 or so months. I usually do local photography, but managed to obtain a pass for a festival in Florida, Fort Rock. It was a really great time, and this is a picture of Korn bassist Fieldy. I hadn’t seen Korn live or read anything about them, so I didn’t expect him to be so photogenic. The entire set, Fieldy in particularly, really played with the crowd. This shot was just either perfect placement by me, or Fieldy being really cool. He got right in front of me and started playing just like this. When I was going back through my photos, I didn’t realize I caught such a great shot where everything lined up: he’s in focus, exposed, and there’s some slight flare going on which I love. Definitely a fun band to photograph, and one of my favorite shots I’ve ever taken.
If you like this photo be sure to share it! Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!
8 Helpful Tips for Firework PhotographyTips & Tricks
Each year millions of people pack up their cars and head to a local destination to watch the sky light up and crackle. Firework shows are not only a desired destination for families but also for photographers looking to capture that perfect firework photo to add to their portfolio. This year we want to help you capture a special photograph by offering you a couple tricks that will prepare you for the beautiful lights in the sky on the Fourth of July.
8 Helpful Tips for Firework Photography
Destination Wedding Photography : The ChecklistTips & Tricks
Being a destination wedding photographer is on the bucket list for many budding and professional photographers alike. The industry is all about connections and referrals; once you have impressed several couples and their wedding parties, chances to be hired outside your region will have grown exponentially. If you’ve proven yourself in terms of having a unique perspective and polished craft, couples who are planning destination weddings often bring their preferred vendors along with them. The best method for success in this, and all facets of business, is preparation. Here are a few tips to help you along the way if you are newly experiencing this avenue of photography. (more…)
Affiliate Tips: Creating Custom LinksTips & Tricks
Whether you are writing a gear review, talking about a lens you used on a recent shoot, or promoting a new camera, linking to a specific product with a custom link will lead your readers to gear they are more likely to rent and increase the chance that you will earn commission. You can create your own custom links in three simple steps utilizing the ShareASale Custom Link Tool!
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STEP 1: Copy Destination URL
This is the URL to the page where your readers would land after clicking the link – typically this is a deep link to a category page, a sale page, a specific product page.