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

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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…)

Cool Stuff – Week of August 13, 2012

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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.

BLCast Episode 3 – An Interview With Andy Biggs

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Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs

Welcome to Episode 3 of BLCast, the official podcast of BorrowLenses.com.

Taking a photo safari through the African wilderness is something that every landscape and wildlife photographer thinks about. Andy Biggs was so taken with the idea that he eventually left a cushy job to spend more time exploring the continent with his camera in hand. Today, he’s a premiere landscape and wildlife photographer specializing in Africa, leading extensive photo tours through countries like Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa.

Elephants and Clouds, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

Elephants and Clouds, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

I caught up with Andy just before he left for an extended series of back-to-back safaris that would start in South Africa and eventually end in Namibia. Andy was kind enough to talk turkey about his photography, his travels, and his company Guragear, which makes some of the best photo bags on the planet.

Andy Biggs’ website is http://andybiggs.com. His blog can be found at http://www.theglobalphotographer.com/. His company, GuraGear, makes some amazing photo bags, so be sure to check them out as well. Andy is also active on Twitter as @andybiggs, so be sure to follow him there.

Lion Siblings, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

Lion Siblings, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

You can listen to the podcast right here via the embedded player, or you can subscribe to the BLCast feed in iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blcast-official-podcast-borrowlenses.com/id509556349.

Android users (and iOS/RSS users using third-party podcasting apps), we have a feed for you too: http://borrowlenses.libsyn.com/rss.

As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

5 Year Anniversary: 5D Mark III or D800 Giveaway on Facebook

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Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from BorrowLenses.com - 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from BorrowLenses.com – 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

We are excited to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary! To celebrate we’re giving away a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 dSLR to one lucky fan. In addition we’re giving away nearly a dozen bonus prizes from our friends at  Adobe, GuraGear, Nik Software, SmugMug, OnOne Software, ThinkTank, Dreamcore Pictures, Collagewall.com and 500px.com. We’re running our giveaway over on our Facebook page through July 16,  2012. Sign up for your first entry, and then gain additional entries by sharing with others.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1: Like BorrowLenses.com on Facebook
Visit facebook.com/borrowlenses and click on the “Giveaway” page under our profile photo.
If you are not yet a fan you’ll need to “Like” BorrowLenses.com to access the contest

STEP 2: Enter the drawing
To enter fill out the contest entry form with your name, email address, city, and state. Gain additional entries in the drawing by subscribing to our newsletter, gear sale alerts and/or becoming an affilaite.

STEP 3: Share for extra entries to better your odds
After you enter the drawing you will be able to share this giveaway with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email with a custom link. You will automatically receive an extra entry in the giveaway for each friend that you refer.  You can return to our contest page at any time to check on how many referrals you’ve received.

STEP 4: Bonus prizes
Once you’ve referred 10 of your friends to enter the giveaway, return to our contest page and you will be able to “UNLOCK” our bond prize drawings for 1 of nearly 2 dozen great bonus prizes.

Bonus Prizes - BorrowLenses.com 5 Year Celebration Giveaway

STEP 5: Win
On July 17th we will select our winners by random drawing. After selecting our winners we will contact our grand prize winner to choose his/her choice of a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800.  We will also announce the winners on our Facebook wall, so be sure to check our page and your email inbox to see if you’ve won.

⇒ Visit Facebook.com/BorrowLenses To Enter

RULES
Contest ends July 16, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase a contestant’s chance of winning. BorrowLenses.com is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable or delayed. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable. Canon 5D Mark III is valued at $3499.00, Nikon D800 is valued at $2999.99 and the bonus prize packages range from $50-$400. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. Unless otherwise noted, all contests and giveaway prizes are awarded via random drawing. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other BorrowLenses.com contests. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Canon or Nikon. Shipping is free for USA residents; winners outside of USA are responsible for shipping fees and your country taxes. All winners have 14 days to accept and coordinate shipping. If winner doesn’t respond within 14 days, prize is forfeited and replacement winner will be randomly selected from qualified contestants.

Product Update: D800 and D4 Lock-Up Fix

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News has been circulating today about a newly identified bug with the Nikon D4 and D800 that may negatively impact photographers employing certain settings. To give you a deeper insight to the problem, a short term fix and a likely long term solution our resident technical expert and repair manager Michio Fukuda  has the following to report:
 
The Bug
Nikon’s newly released D4′s and D800′s have had an alarming number of complaints regarding an intermittent issue causing the bodies to lock up under normal user conditions. Nikon has officially addressed the issue, in a recent conversation with PDN (Photo District News) on 5.3.2012,  and DPReview has since confirmed this bug.  The problem encountered again and again is that the body will become completely unresponsive until the battery is removed and re-installed, but should return to good working order once this is done.
 
The Fix
Nikon stated that the issue is present for only a small users who have ‘Highlights’ and ‘RGB Histogram’ display options turned on.  They also communicated that they are in the process of developing the permanent fix and have instructed users on a temporary fix for the interim. The temporary “band-aid” fix is to turn off the ‘Highlights’ and ‘RGB Histogram’ display options in the ‘Playback Display Option’s sub-menu of  the ‘Playback’ menu.
 
Here is the step by step process to implement the temporary fix:
 
Step 1 – Press the menu button.
 
Step 2 - Scroll down to “Playback display options” and press the center button on the directional pad to access that menu.
 
Step 3 - Once inside the playback menu, scroll down to “highlights” and “RGB histogram”.
 
Step 4 - Deselect the “highlights” and “RGB histogram” options.
 
Step 5 - Scroll back up to “Done” and confirm the actions by pressing down on the center button of the directional pad.
 

While we all like our settings a certain way, at least they have narrowed down the catalyst to these two specific settings so that we may all go about our shoots without any hiccups. We speculate that the permanent fix will be a firmware update, since the determining factor (specific camera settings) is a software-based function. Like all Nikon D4 and D800 users we’re hoping that the permanent fix will be released in the coming weeks at which time all BorrowLenses.com customers can rest easy knowing we’ll have the needed update in place ASAP.

Cool Stuff – Week of April 27, 2012

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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.

Cool Stuff – Week of April 20, 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.

  • Black Magic Cine Camera

    Black Magic Cine Camera

    A few gear announcements this week. We’ll start with the Black Magic Camera, which gives you 2.5K resolution, 13 stops of dynamic range, and EF and ZE mounts – with electronic iris control. Yum.

  • Nikon’s got the successor to its D3100. The D3200 adds a 24.2MP sensor and is available in red. New: optional WiFi.
  • There are LOADS more new product announcements from NAB. A few great sites to check these out at are:
  • Here at BorrowLenses.com, we love our Behind-The-Scenes (BTS) videos. This one comes to us by way of Melissa Rodwell of the awesome Fashion Photography Blog.
  • Speaking of BTS videos, here’s one of a different kind. The awesome folks at PhotoShelter put together an interview with Forbes’ Senior Photo Editor Michele Hadlow about what photographers need to succeed with the magazine.
  • And finally, to cement Google+’s place in the hearts and minds of photographers who’ve turned it into their very own community space since the service’s launch, there’s the Google+ Photographer’s Conference. Created with the folks from Kelby Training, this two-day conference in San Francisco is the first of its kind organized by Google+. Scott Kelby put the following video together for the conference.

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