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Cool Stuff – Week of September 14, 2012

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.

  • You probably saw this already, but dangit, how could we not repost this? A seagull takes off with a GoPro? Genius!
  • The big Photokina photography show is almost on us and the announcements are coming hard and fast. We recommend keeping an eye on our friends at PetaPixel; they’ve got a ton of info about announcements from Sony, Nikon, Hasselblad, and more.
  • And speaking of announcements from Nikon, they’ve made a crazy-cool video to show off the video capabilities of their newly-announced D600.
  • Google Glass is starting to make a splash in all kinds of places, including the world of fashion. Here’s a video from Diane von Furstenberg’s 2013 show in New York, captured via Google Glass.
  • Finally, even though we don’t carry any film gear, it makes our hearts glad to see that the old stalwart Rolleiflex TLR analog camera is still being made today.

And now, for the BorrowLenses.com rundown!

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Finding the Photo in the Cruft

Gear Talk
Nikon D800

Nikon D800

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the power of software to bring out something interesting in images that might otherwise be a wash, but wouldn’t you know it, I’m still capable of being amazed.

I’m currently shooting with the Nikon D800 of late as part of an assignment (more to come on that later), and I was up in the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area at night, hoping to get some shots of the brilliantly-lit vista that encompassed San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and parts of the Peninsula area.

Of course, I got up there, and everything was completely fogged in. (more…)

Tilt/Shift: Working With Perspective-Control Lenses, Part 1

Gear Talk
Schneider 50mm on a Canon 5D Mark III

Schneider 50mm on a Canon 5D Mark III

This is Part 1 of a series on using Tilt-Shift or Perspective-Control lenses. In this part, we look at the “Shift” functionality of these unique lenses. Part 2, which covers the “tilt” functionality of these lenses, can be found here.

Anyone who’s ever shot a building or any other structure from the bottom looking up knows that the bottom-up perspective makes it look like the vertical lines of the building are all converging towards the top. This problem is exaggerated with wider-angle lenses, making many of these lenses unsuitable for certain types of architectural photography, where not having those distortions is key. (more…)

Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

BL News

Today we’re kicking off our inaugural BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge on our Facebook page.  Every week from today through the end of October we’ll be running weekly photography contests. By entering you could win as much as $1600 in prizes!

Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

How It Works
Every Monday, starting today and ending at the end of October, we’ll be announcing a new photography contest theme. You’ll have 1 week to submit your best photo via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For Twitter and Instagram submissions just mention @borrowlenses and include the hashtag #FanChallenge to be automatically entered.  Voting is open during the submission period plus 1 week following. Share your photo with your friends, family and fans and vote once a day to increase your chances of winning. At the conclusion of each themed contest votes will be tallied and a weekly winner will be crowned. Each weekly winner will win a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate and will have their image and web site featured on our Facebook page and blog. Select your best and submit up to one photo per day. In our final week of the fan photography challenge we’ll pull together the top 10 highest vote getters from each theme and include them in our finalists gallery. We’ll reopen voting, with everyone starting at 0 votes, and the highest vote getter will be awarded a $500 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate as the Fan Favorite award. From this same finalists gallery we’ll have a distinguished guest judge select the grand prize winner who will receive a $1000 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.

Prizes
Weekly theme winners will receive a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate and bragging rights.
The Fan Favorite Prize winner will receive a $500 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.
Grand Prize and Fan Favorite Prize winners will be selected on or shortly after November 12th, 2012.

Weekly Photography Contest Themes
Contest themes will include Landscape, Architecture, Portrait, Pets, Street, Travel, and Action.

This Weeks Theme & Schedule
Theme: Landscape Photography
Submission Dates: Monday 9/10 to Sunday 9/16 (Midnight PST)
Voting Dates: Monday 9/10 to Sunday 9/23 (Midnight PST)

How To Enter
Step 1: Like BorrowLenses.com on Facebook
Visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/borrowlenses and click on the “Fan Photo Challenge” tab under our profile photo. If you’re not yet a fan you’ll need to “Like” BorrowLenses fan page to access the contest.

Alternatively submit a photo via Instagram and Twitter. For Twitter and Instagram submissions just mention @borrowlenses and include the hashtag #FanChallenge to be automatically entered.

Step 2: Submit a Photo
Each Monday a new photo contest theme will be opened for submissions. Submit your best photos through Saturday by midnight. To enter you’ll be asked to submit your name and email. Optionally you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Step 3: Vote Daily
Voting is open for a two week period starting the Monday each photo contest theme is opened to submissions.  Votes are limited to once a day per Facebook account. If you’re fortunate enough that more than one of your photos makes it into the top 10 vote count per theme, only your highest-voted photo will be counted.

Step 4: Share & Win
Share your submitted photo(s) with friends, family and fans to vote for your submissions. The photo receiving the highest vote count per photo contest theme will win a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate. The entries receiving the 10 highest vote counts per theme will be eligible to win the $500 Fan Favorite and $1000 Grand Prize awards (both BorrowLenses.com gift certificates)

[learn_more caption="Terms & Conditions"] Contest Rules
No Purchase Or Payment Necessary To Win 

Eligibility
To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age. BorrowLenses.com company employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. BorrowLenses.com will not verify receipt of entries. Incomplete entries are void. BorrowLenses.com is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable or delayed. Participants may submit one photo per day.

Multiple Votes per Person
Each person may vote once per day. Fraudulent or abusive voting will be monitored and omitted.

Prizes & Winner Selection
Grand prize BorrowLenses.com gift certificate is valued at $1000.00,  Fan Favorite prize BorrowLenses.com gift certificate is valued at $500, weekly gift certificate prizes valued at $100. Weekly winners will be selected from the most voted photos of that weeks theme (Fan Favorite) & a curated selection (Staff Favorite). Weekly winners are ineligible from winning other weekly contest. Grand Prize winners will be selected from the 10 images receiving the most votes from each theme by a guest judge. The Fan Favorite winner will be chosen by our Facebook community from the 10 images receiving the most votes from each theme. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other BorrowLenses.com contests, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. Winners outside of the U.S.A. accept that we cannot ship rentals outside of the U.S.A as we are a U.S. based company. Non-U.S. winners may use their gift certificates when in the U.S.A. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable.

Inappropriate Content
Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Copyrights
Entrants retain copyright to their work and upon submission grant BorrowLenses.com use of their image in relation to the promotion of our photo contest(s), current or future, on our blog, social media web sites and other web properties without any fee or other form of compensation. All photos used to promote this contest are copyrighted by the original photographers.

Rights
By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.[/learn_more]

 

Hard at Work

BL News

Dragging my carcass out of bed at 4:30am on Labor Day, I hauled myself over to the Marin Headlands to shoot for a piece on Tilt-Shift lenses. To my surprise, I found fellow photographer and BorrowLenses.com VP of Marketing Jim Goldstein already there, hard at work as well.

Cool Stuff – Week of September 1, 2012

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.

  • We begin this week with this riveting and powerful video on the impact of the world’s most powerful videos. There’s a lot missing from this video, but I think we’ll all agree there’s something to be said for the core message here.
  • Black and white photographers are almost fanatical about their art and craft. Here’s a pretty cool video (in B&W, natch!) that might help explain why.
  • The next vid comes to us from our friends at PetaPixel – have YOU heard of Flam Wenders?
  • Let’s face it, we’re a gear company. And as a gear company, we salivate over new stuff just like everyone else. So we’re stoked to see two new cameras from Canon, the C500 4K video beast, and the original C300’s little sibling, the C100.
  • And finally, because we must – the Leica 1600mm f/5.6. Cost: just over $2 million. Erm, no. We will NOT be carrying this lens for rent.

And now, for the BorrowLenses.com rundown!

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Cool Stuff – Week of August 13, 2012

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.

Cool Stuff – Week of August 6, 2012

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.

Notable Storytellers – Vincent Laforet

Photographers

Vincent Laforet is a filmmaker and photographer that belongs in any reasonable list of Notable Storytellers. Long before he became one of the pioneers (some, including me, would say he is the pioneer) of making films with video-capable DSLRs, he was a staff photographer for the New York Times – and a Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer at that.

Cool Stuff – Week of July 30, 2012

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.

In Their Own Words

Photographers

Behind-the-scenses, how-tos, and technique tutorials are excellent tools to help photographers get better at their trade. Just as important, however, is listening to and understanding the experiences of the shooters you look up to. Here are a couple of videos along that vein.

The Leica Diary, Part 1: Introduction

Gear Talk

These days, it looks like every major camera manufacturer is coming out with a new addition to the MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) class of bodies and lenses. The latest, of course, is Canon, with its EOS-M camera. These units, typically smaller than your average DSLRs, have been getting better and better, packing some serious punch into a very small form factor.

Thing is, in all the hype behind cameras like the EOS-M and Fuji’s X100 and X-Pro1 bodies, people forget that MILCs have been around before companies like Sony, Fuji, and Olympus made them popular. Way back in 2006, a good three years before Olympus came out with its retro-styled Micro-Four-Thirds-based camera, Leica introduced its first digital rangefinder, the M8. (more…)

The Internet is Awesome

Cool Stuff

Google’s Marissa Mayer was recently hired on to helm Yahoo! as their CEO, and photographers who care immensely about Yahoo!’s beleaguered Flickr photo service decided to send her a message.

The folks at Yahoo! responded with a kind of “Help us help you” message, and posted the following:

Though it isn’t exactly what some folks would have liked, it is nice to see that Yahoo has their ear to the ground and is actually listening to what their users and critics have to say.

In recent times, they’ve been facing competition from multiple quarters. Google+, 500px, and even Facebook have improved their photo sharing features. One wonders if the wonderful community that exists on Flickr will eventually fall by the wayside. As fans of the service (and longtime users), we hope Marissa Mayer does, in fact, make Flick awesome again.

Zack Arias on DigitalRev

Cool Stuff

Just a quick “You gotta see this” post for you today. The folks at DigitalRev.com had Zack Arias on their show last week. Zack, who is visiting Hong Kong for a workshop with Joe McNally, appeared on the show that he calls the Top Gear of photography.

DigitalRev does a segment called “Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera,” which last featured Chase Jarvis. Now, Zack makes an appearance, shooting with a Kodak C142. The result? Sheer awesomeness.

On the Profoto Blog

Cool Stuff

Our recent Tip of the Week was picked up by the wonderful folks at Profoto and mentioned on their blog. If you haven’t been by there, you’re missing out – they post a ton of great stuff that’s worth looking at even if you never use a single piece of Profoto gear. We warn you though – watching some of their videos will induce a pretty severe case of Profoto lust.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Visit Profoto’s blog at profoto.com/blog, and check out their mention of our piece here.