What do Meditation and Macro Photography Have in Common?

What do Meditation and Macro Photography Have in Common?

Macro photography is much like a meditation practice: there must be a willingness to experiment outside your comfort zone, practiced patience, and a dedication to learning. The genre has been a popular niche for decades and now with easier accessibility to the tools it takes to create this kind of photo, there are a few ideas it is best to understand first. With its popularity there is a lot of technical information available that can be difficult to understand when you are first starting out. Whether you are shooting detailed still lives or capturing your environment in a new perspective, there are certain things to consider that will aid in your success and help you avoid defeating frustration. Understanding the most important questions to ask yourself and why its important to know the answers before you even pick up your camera is the first step. Let’s take a closer look at the best tools of the trade, tips, and tricks to get started in macro photography. What Exactly Is Macro Photography? Macro photography has been in pop vernacular for some time now and is the close-up photography of very small subjects captured life size. You will often hear the terms magnification rate or reproduction rates when referring macro photography, which translates the size in which the subject is being captured in relation to their actual size. A ratio of 1:1 is imagery true to life in size, 1:2 is half it’s size in reality, and so on. You can tell the ratio you are able to shoot by reading the markings on the side of a macro lens. For...
Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

Our friends over at SmugMug help photographers from all walks of life put their best memories into beautiful and safe photography websites. In this blog series on photography website tips and tricks, SmugMug shares some of things they have learned about photographers can better protect their work. Missed this series? Check out Part 1: SmugMug’s 9 Must-Haves for a Successful Photography Website and Part 2: 6 Website Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Now. Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World by Schmoo Theune SmugMug’s huge family of photo lovers spans the spectrum, from family historians to high-volume, full-time pro photographers. But no matter what your camera is capturing, it’s important to be sure that the photos stay where you want them, and that your expectations for who gets a copy is met. That’s where we come in. Theft Can Happen to Anyone (Even You) What is theft? It’s more than downloading a copy of a licensed image and using it in a magazine or an ad. While that’s certainly one of the more obvious kinds of theft, it doesn’t always have to involve money. Theft is simply any case of using an image without permission. So whether that means someone yanked a cute pic of your dog and used it in a meme without crediting you, or a client swiped one of their wedding images from your proof gallery and posted it on Facebook, it boils down to “theft.” Prints Are Soooo 2013 Years ago, our Support Heroes would answer tons of questions from worried photographers looking to protect their files from being printed without their permission. Times have changed, and while...
Q&A with Red Bull Photographer Garth Milan

Q&A with Red Bull Photographer Garth Milan

Garth Milan is a famous action sports photographer and a customer of BorrowLenses. Milan originally started photographing action sports because of his own interest in skateboarding, mountain biking, and motorcycle riding. This year he did a Red Bull photo shoot with Harrison Barnes and was kind enough to share some insight and images from the shoot with BorrowLenses! BL: What is your background as a photographer? Milan:  I have been shooting professionally since about 1998, and specialize in everything from action sports to portraits and commercial product photography. The diversity in shooting comes from my photojournalism background, which I studied at Cal State Long Beach under award-winning photojournalist Wayne Kelly. I absolutely love all aspects of photography, and still pinch myself daily that I’ve made a career out of my favorite artistic form. BL: How many years have you been photographing for? Milan: I’ve been shooting now for over 20 years! BL: How did you originally get into photography? Milan: I got into it because I was also into all of the action sports that I now shoot. I began taking pictures of my friends, and it just snowballed from there. Once I discovered my love for photography, I switched my college major and completely immersed myself in it. BL: Why do you like renting from BorrowLenses? Milan: My experience was absolutely exceptional with Borrowlenses! From the exceptional customer service I experienced, to their awesome website, BorrowLenses had me covered every step of the way. The gear was top-notch and definitely the cleanest and best-kept rental gear I’ve had in a long time. BL: What goes through your mind when you get an assignment that isn’t motorsports related? Milan: I...
Underwater Housing Units and Sound Blimp Compatibility Guide

Underwater Housing Units and Sound Blimp Compatibility Guide

Underwater housing units allow you to shoot photos and video up to 33′ under water while the sound blimps reduce shutter sounds by up to 90%. So whether you’re doing ethereal, watery fashion shoots, capturing athletes in strong surf, or being as inconspicuous as possible at a special event, we’ll have you (and your gear) covered with AquaTech. All About Our Waterproof Housings We carry underwater housing units for the following cameras: Elite 6D for Canon 6D Elite 70D for Canon 70D Elite 5D III for Canon 5D Mark III Elite 7D for Canon 7D Elite 7D2 for Canon 7D Mark II Elite D7100 for Nikon D7100 Elite D750 for Nikon D750 Elite 800 for Nikon D800/D800E/D810 Elite GH4 for Panasonic GH4 Delphin 1D for Canon 1D X/1D C Delphin D4 for Nikon D4/D4s   For those who are new to the underwater shooting world (and it’s a fun world) you can’t just get one of the housings above. You must also get a housing for your lens to connect to the body housing. Here is a run down of the lens ports we now have and what lenses they go with: P-65 • Canon 24mm f/2.8 • Canon 24mm f2.8 IS • Canon 28mm f/1.8 • Canon 35mm f/2.8 • Canon 35mm f/2 IS • Canon 50mm f/1.8 • Canon 50mm f/1.4 • Nikon 20mm f/2.8 • Nikon 24mm f/2.8 • Nikon 28mm f/2.8 • Nikon 35mm f/2 • Nikon 50mm f/1.4 • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX (Nikon or Canon Mount.) • Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 (Needs a 70mm Extension Ring. Don’t worry, we rent that, too!)...
Getting Started: Environmental Portraits

Getting Started: Environmental Portraits

Portrait photography is a very common entry port into a burgeoning photographic hobby or even career. There are several main categories of portrait photography, environmental portraits being one of the first attempted due to its accessibility. To accomplish a successful environmental portrait you do not need a studio, elaborate lighting techniques, or hair and make-up specialists. What you do need, however, is a vision or a story that you wish to tell that works in balance with the subject you are photographing. Read on to find out what to keep in mind when first embarking on this style of photography to increase your success of creating impactful photographs. Let’s first start by explaining what we mean when the term ‘Environmental Portrait’ is thrown around. It is a portrait taken of a subject that interacts and has meaning with the environment it is in. The portrait not only relies on the subject but also the context, clues, and points of interest which are given to the viewer to determine a background story. What is the difference between an environmental portrait, standard portrait, and candid portrait you ask? A standard portrait’s intention is to focus solely on the subject, relying on expression, physical characteristics, and lighting to communicate an impression. The difference with an environmental portrait, as the name suggests, is setting. It is generally shot with a wider lens to include more context of the scene, and offers the subject an environment that can put them at ease, sharing the attention with their surroundings. There can be a fine line between an environmental portrait and a candid photograph which is dependent on circumstance. The subject, whether a planned session or someone who has...