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BorrowLenses Gear Rentals of the Week: 25% Off Discount

Gear of the Week

Save 25% off the following rentals now through Sunday, September 7th, 11:59 EST. Place any of the following items in your cart for rental. Enter BLDOW in the promo code section at checkout and automatically receive 25% off those items! Good for any future rental period so long as the order comes in before Sunday night. This week’s discounted items are as follows: 

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Rokin 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Wide Angle Lens for Canon & Nikon        Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 Digital Camera

 

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Marshall LCD Monitors 5″ or 7″                                                    Broncolor Flash Kit 2400 W/s or 1200 W/s

Discount codes are for rentals only, are not transferable, are not valid on “for sale” or items for purchase, and may not be combined. Discount codes are good for any rental duration. BLDOW coupon code is valid until Sunday, September 7th, 11:59 EST. BorrowLenses.com rental orders only ship to U.S. addresses and renters must possess a U.S. credit card

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

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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! 

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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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BorrowLenses Gear Rentals of the Week: 25% Off Discount

BL News Gear of the Week

Save 25% off the following rentals now through Sunday, August 31st, 11:59 EST. Place any of the following items in your cart for rental. Enter BLDOW in the promo code section at checkout and automatically receive 25% off those items! Good for any future rental period so long as the order comes in before Sunday night. This week’s discounted items are as follows:  (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

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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.

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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.

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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.

I didn’t expect to write this blog post so I don’t have very many traditional “camera review” photos. What I have, however, will demonstrate how one can get big results from a camera the size of a deck of cards.

Part I: Sample Shots

Night Photography

They’re no National Geographic contenders but considering that I wasn’t expecting anything from laying my camera on the ground with a 15 second exposure, I am impressed. Being somewhere with very little light pollution (Rarotonga in this case) helps.

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The noise is bad in the clouds but I am really cranking it at ISO 5000.
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Instagram Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouettes

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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.

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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!

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Photographer: Ellen Cuylaert • Gear Used: Nikon D800, Nikon 16mm Lens, Strobes, and Housings

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Shark Tooth Heart by Photographer Jennifer Booher • Gear Used: Nikon D7000, Nikon 28-300mm Tamron

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Get a Free Day Rental On Us This Labor Day

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You can keep your rental until Tuesday, September 2nd when you set your rental period to begin on…

• August 27th (3 Day Rental)

• August 25th (7 Day Rental)

• August 20th (10 Day Rental)

…or pick up locally at one of our headquarters on these days:

• August 28th (3 Day Rental)

• August 25th (7 Day Rental)

• August 20th (10 Day Rental)

Create a custom rental period that ends on Labor Day and automatically get your bonus day free – rent today!

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

Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark IIICanon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT

Settings: ISO 250, Aperture f/16 , Shutter speed 1/500 second

Backstory:  I took this image with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT that I rent from BorrowLenses every year to capture special birds such as the tufted and horned puffins. All the photographs I have are taken from a boat, meaning that I don’t have the luxury of a tripod, monopod, or any other support. I depend heavily on the lens’ stabilization modes and bright glass to capture crisp and clear images. The light was slightly diffused through clouds when I captured this photo. These puffin photos are taken hand-held, from a moving boat, via a moving photographer (yours truly), and of a very fast moving subject. Puffins are extremely fast, flying at speeds over 50 mph. To achieve this speed puffins beat their wings up to 400 beats a minute. The wings can move so fast that they become a blur, giving a flying puffin the appearance of a black and white football! People who visit our gallery often purchase the puffin photo to post in their office saying, “It’s a great photo to get you going on Monday mornings!”

Check out more of Marion’s work on her website and Facebook page.

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!

Free Shipping for the Month of August

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2 Day Shipping - We’ll Cover the Cost

For a limited time only get free shipping on all orders over $500 August 5th – 29th. Let us cover your shipping costs so you can get more of the gear you need and love. That’s a summer savings to celebrate!

Create your photo or video order today and use code AUGFREESHIP. (more…)