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Cool Stuff, Week of January 19, 2013

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’s Cool Stuff with photographer and teacher Zack Arias’ guest entry on Scott Kelby’s blog. Four years ago, Zack made a similarly awesome and inspiring video for Scott; this one is, I think, even better. Check out the video below, then head over to the article for some solid advice.
  • This one’s for the video geeks out there. Dale Grahn has been a color timer on a variety of different films, including Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan and The Lion King. Now he has an iPad app out that helps teaches color grading to aspiring video pros.
  • Speaking of one for the video geeks out there, this one’s also for you – and for the time-lapse fans as well. Omni-Tracker is a San Jose-based company that recently started a Kickstarter campaign for their new product, called the L’il Mule. Check it out here (the campaign already has 200% funding), and watch the video below, which features footage from BorrowLenses.com alumni Seventh Movement.
  • From our friends over at the Profoto blog comes an outstanding behind-the-scenes look at Gregory Heisler’s portrait of Michael Phelps. Check out the video below, then head over to Profoto’s Master Series page for more videos from the master of portraiture.
  • Here’s something a bit more philosophical for image makers of all ilk. Daniel Milnor, whose blog Smogranch is one of our favorites, lays out some first-rate inspiration in a recent post called, “Blurb tip: Learn from Bruce Lee.” Though on the surface it’s about the company he works for, there’s a fantastic message there about following your heart.

 And now, for the BorrowLenses.com Roundup!

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

Cool Stuff – Week of December 31, 2012

Gear Talk

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. Happy New Year, everyone!

BorrowLenses Holiday Hours

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We hope everyone has a fantastic photo-filled holiday! Here are BorrowLenses.com’s holiday hours:

Monday, December 24th, Christmas Eve – OPEN, 9-6 PM (PST)

Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Day – CLOSED

Monday, December 31st, New Years Eve – OPEN, 9-6 (PST)

Tuesday, January 1st, New Years Day – CLOSED

Pick-up locations have various store hours. Please contact your preferred pick-up spot to find out if they will be accepting rental deliveries on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. See our list of pick-up locations HERE.

Our holiday special continues through the holidays. For more details on how to earn a free extra week on your next rental, click HERE.

Spending the winter break reviewing your photographic work from the past year? Share your best photo/video of 2012 with us! Details HERE.

Need tips on putting together a last-minute party photo booth? Check out our Easy Holiday Photo Booth post!

May your celebrations be merry and your new year bright.

Cool Stuff – Week of Oct 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.

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.

New Pick-Up Locations: Chicago, IL., Corvallis, OR., Hayward and Monterey, CA.

BL News

One of the best options we offer here at Borrow Lenses, is the option to ship to various pick-up locations around the US for a lower price than shipping directly to your home or office. We’re happy to announce that we’ve added three of these new locations where you can pick-up your rentals on the West Coast!

Architecture: BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

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Architecture - BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

New: Architecture Fan Photo Challenge
Week 2 of our BorrowLenses.com Fan Photo Challenge is underway and we’ve opened up submissions for our latest weekly category: Architecture Photography. Submit your Architecture photos on our Facebook fan page or learn how you can take part on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo submissions are open from Monday 9/17 to Sunday 9/23 11:59PM PST and voting continues until Sunday 9/30 11:59PM PST.
Note: You can submit any image taken anytime.

Recommended Architecture Photography Lenses: Nikon Tilt-Shifts and Canon Tilt-Shifts

Last Weeks Landscape Fan Photo Challenge
If you missed submitting to our Landscape Photo Challenge we’d still love to have you take part by voting for your favorite landscape photos. Voting is open until Sunday 9/23 11:59PM PST. Help us pick the best of the best.

Learn more about our ongoing weekly fan photo challenge

Sergey Brin Drops in on the Google+ Photographer’s Conference

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If you haven’t seen in yet, Google’s working on magic glasses.

Project Glass is something Google has in the oven that brings computing to users in a very new and novel way – through eyeglasses. One component of this tech is a camera embedded in the device that gives new meaning to the words “What you see is what you get.”

Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun came on stage and gave a short talk and demo, and then surprised everyone by introducing Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Sergey came on stage and spoke a bit about Project Glass, which he described as “not in beta, or alpha, or anything,” just an idea with some prototypes in various stages of working.

We were in the presentation, and got some shots of Max and Sergey on-stage.

Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun

Project Glass Technical Lead Max Braun

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin turns the tables, shooting at the

Sergey Brin turns the tables, shooting at the

 

Update: our own Jim Goldstein got some hands-on time with Google Glass, and got a chance to talk to Sergey Brin backstage after Sergey’s talk.

Sergey Brin backstage at the Google+ Photographer's Conference

 

Jim Goldstein tries on the Google Glasses.

Jim Goldstein tries on the Google Glasses.