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Cool Stuff — November 24, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a recurring feature where we post our favorite links, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

Cool Stuff articles are culled from BLFlip, the official Flipboard Magazine of BorrowLenses.com. If you’ve got an iOS or Android device, you can download the Flipboard app for free now.

  • We begin this edition of Cool Stuff with an update about one of our favorite new cameras: The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This diminutive thing can now shoot RAW! We’ve got some footage in the editing bay now, so stay tuned for more on this. (more…)

10 Tips for Better Architectural Photographs from a Former Architect

Tips & Tricks

Architect-turned-photographer John Cooper has spent the last year converting his three decades of building experience into high quality architectural images.  Despite already having the knowledge of a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, Cooper has learned a lot through trial and error after changing roles and capturing the structures he once helped to create. Here are his 10 pieces of advice for aspiring architectural photographers.


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First Impressions and Sample Photos from the Panasonic GX7 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera

Gear Talk

Panasonic’s GX7 boasts in-body stabilization, up to 40 FPS using an electronic shutter, and Light Speed AF all inside a super stylish design with a comfortable rubber grip. One of BL’s biggest micro four thirds enthusiasts took it out for a spin – check out the results below, along with some personal observations on performance and features.

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Nikon D610 Review with Sample Images

Gear Talk

Court Leve, a well-known and respected photographer in Northern California, reviews Nikon’s D610 DSLR. Find out how it compares not only to its immediate predecessor, the D600, but also to the D800, D300s, D700, and D3s. The D600 was famously fraught with controversy surrounding its oil and dust build-up issues and many believe the D610 is a smoke n mirrors release put in place to prevent a formal D600 recall. Find out if the D610 is a true upgrade or merely a less expensive substitute for other full frames on the market.


Nikon D610 Review with Sample Images
by Court Leve

Nikon’s D610 is an updated version of their D600 and includes a couple of internal improvements:

• Increase in frame rate from 5.5 to 6 FPS

• Installation of an improved shutter mechanism, replacing the version on the D600 that apparently was the point of much contention with regards to oil or dust on the sensor. (more…)

10 Great Outdoor Photography Gifts Under $100

Gear Talk
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Join a Muench Workshop and explore the world with your camera.

Marc Muench, Andy Williams, and David Rosenthal are passionate about photography and teaching. They host workshops all over the world specializing in wildlife and landscape photography. They put together a list of 10 great photography gifts under $100 (and we’re smitten to be included in that list)!


10 Great Photography Gifts Under $100
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Never Work for Free, Always Have Fun, and More Advice from Commercial Photographer Court Leve

Photographers

Court Leve is a well-known and respected photographer in Northern California and  voted Best Photographer in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee region for 2010. Specializing in action sports, wedding, portraiture and pet photography, Leve combines a journalistic and traditional approach to his work that results in highly acclaimed emotional and captivating images. His work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, Powder, Ski, Skiing, Freeskier, Parade Magazine, ForbesLife Mountain Time, Spirit Magazine, Southwest Art, and The New York Post. His clients include The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe,  LinkedIn, Sportmaster.ru, Warren Miller Entertainment, Canine Hardware, Points North Heli-Adventures, Astro Gaming, Clear Capital, Cebridge Communications, Squaw Valley, Panoptyx, Plumpjack, Zeal, Kombi, Helly Hansen and more. In this interview, he shares with us some of his insights and lessons learned in the notoriously difficult field of freelance commercial photography. (more…)

5 Great Photos Shot with BorrowLenses Gear

Photographers

We spent all day caring for lenses, cameras, and more that find temporary homes with photographers all over the world capturing scenes of people, places, and events large and small. Every now and again, we get to see the results on Flickr, Facebook, G+, Twitter, Pinterest, and more. Here are 5 shots we like created with the help of BL gear: (more…)

10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos

Tips & Tricks

Dean J. Tatooles specializes in fine art panoramic landscape photography, wildlife photography, and indigenous portraiture from remote locations around the world. Fresh off a trip from Kenya, Tatooles shares with us some lessons learned out in the field.


10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos
by Dean J. Tatooles of Southern Cross Galleries

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Captured with a Nikon D4 and a 600mm f/4 lens. ©Dean J. Tatooles

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Behind The Shot: Tiger Shark Frenzy

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!

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Photographer: Todd Bretl

Gear: Nikon D7000Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, Nauticam housing, and Sea&Sea strobes

Settings: 1/160 @ F9, ISO 200, 14mm, Nikon D7000

Backstory: I captured this image in the Bahamas. A few of us were shooting tiger sharks down at about 100ft on a sandy clearing. We had lured them in with egg crates full of dead fish — keeping the fish in the egg crates attracted the sharks, but kept them from actually being able to get and eat the fish, and then get bored and leave. Unfortunately one rather large tiger shark was able to crack an egg crate open, spill the fish, and cause a complete frenzy. That frenzy stirred up a whole lot of sand and we needed to get out of there because the poor visibility created a dangerous situation. I took this image as I was back peddling out of that mess. You can see one of the tiger sharks in the background.

Check out more of Todd’s work on his website.

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 Detailed 80 Megapixel Phase One Medium Format Example Images

Gear Talk

As promised in our What to Know When Renting the Hasselblad H4X Medium Format Camera post, we’ve put together a few example images from our latest 80MP addition to our Medium Format inventory.

The Hasselblad H4X and the 80MP Phase One Digital Back is a powerful combination. Hasselblad full frame, bright, and clear viewfinder makes composition and focusing easier – not to mention Hasselblad’s True Focus feature, which allows you to recompose your camera position while maintaining a predetermined focus point. (more…)

Behind The Shot: Lightning Strike Near Lake Powell, UT

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!

6a0105371bb32c970b019aff8ef803970c Photographer: David Rankin Gear: Canon 6D SLR Body, Canon 50mm f/1.8, NeoTrigger Settings: 6 seconds @ f/3.2, ISO 100 Backstory: After a long and very active monsoon season, the last summer storms blew by heading off to the east and zapping the ground as they wound down with the day’s heat dissipating. I was able to capture this shot under the light of a bright moon which nicely lit up the top part of the storm as a very powerful bolt lit up the rest. This was shot in Southern Utah close to Lake Powell. The plant in the background is the Navajo Generating Station – a coal fired eye sore that looks rather neat at night. Stars are also visible in the shot. A great composition that I was happy to have featured as an EPOD on October 14ht, 2013. I shot this picture using the new NeroTrigger from NeroTrigger.com. I am very satisfied with this trigger and how well it performs. It has 6 built in functions including sound, lightning, time lapse, HDR, laser, and DIY.

Check out more of David’s work on his 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!

Today’s Big News – A Letter From BorrowLenses Founders

BL News

Over 6 years ago we started out on a wild adventure to start renting camera gear online. Over the course of the years we’ve made every effort to put customers first and we’re incredibly grateful to you for your trust, support and loyalty. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds now offering thousands of products for rent, enabling everyone to get the most out of their photo and video shoots. It’s a far cry from our humble beginnings renting gear from our condo. (more…)

Four 35mm Lenses Compared for Night Sky Photography

Gear Talk

In The Best Lenses for Night Photography, night sky specialist David Kingham recommended Rokinon lenses due to their lack of coma and low purchase/rental price. He has compared the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 with the recently-released Sigma 35mm f/1.4, along with the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 35mm f/1.4. See which one rises to the top! (more…)

What to Know When Renting the Hasselblad H4X Medium Format Camera w/ 80MP IQ280 Digital Back

Gear Talk

Our new Hasselblad H4X Medium Format Camera w/ 80MP IQ280 Digital Back is big, expensive, perhaps a little scary, and worth every penny if using it for the right assignment. We encourage renters to take advantage of Phase One’s training program if you are not already familiar with working with this system. Here’s some advice we’ve collected after using it ourselves. Stay tuned for sample images here on the blog! (more…)

Featured Photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou

Photographers

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. (more…)