Find out why the golden hour is the ideal time for taking photos.
The key to great portrait photography is understanding portrait lighting. In this post, we introduce the basics of manipulating studio lighting. Lighting ratios, lighting patterns, angles of view, and facial positions are all important factors when creating a flattering portrait.
To 4K or not to 4K? This is the question every filmmaker faces these days. Learn about what 4K is and what it means for your production and discover why I ultimately choose not to shoot in it.
Action cams are small and rugged enough to go with you almost anywhere. Choose from the best action cameras across price, quality and more.
Aperture is the opening of your lens that light travels through to hit the camera sensor. Let’s discuss the aperture setting and how it affects your photos.
Trying to catch the action on the field? We’ve rounded up eight of our top picks so you never miss a high intensity moment.
Important news about some upgrades we made to our Panasonic EVA1, Atomos Sumo, and Atomos Inferno rentals. Learn more about the EVA1’s V2.0 and Atomos’ V9.0 upgrades and what to expect when shooting.
Learn the basics of recording audio for documentary-style sit-down interviews. We’ll cover how to use a boompole, proper boom placement, attaching a label mic, changing lav frequencies, and more.
Aviation photography is exciting and challenging. With the right gear, knowledge, and skills, even new photographers can produce great work. Here is what you must know before you take flight!
The Panasonic EVA1 is the most exciting camera in this price range to come out in quite some time. Find out what I loved (and didn’t love) in this hands-on review.
Everything you need to know about camera and lens quality testing at BorrowLenses, plus tips on creating your own quality control checklist and information on used gear.
10 things clients must think about when shopping for wedding photographers. These tips also give new wedding photographers insight into what clients are actually looking for. Make your big day run smoothly for everyone involved with this advice.
Rent the new Panasonic GH5S Micro Four Thirds Camera for as low as $100. Unlimited 4K internal recording, dual native ISO, and slow motion features.
Top night sky events of 2018 for shooters to put on their calendars, plus our favorite night sky gear.
There are major differences between photography and cinema lenses that beginner videographers must know before starting their film projects. We’ll explain parfocal lenses, breathing, focus throw, T-Stops, and more.
A Canon C100 owner’s take on the pros and cons of upgrading to the C200 – who is this camera really for and what are its biggest strengths? Learn more in this hands-on overview where I discuss codecs, grading, outputs, modularity, and more.
When we photograph snow, we need to pay closer attention to the light meters in our cameras. While all manufacturers have different terms and technologies for what their in-camera meters do, all of them basically function the same. Here is a breakdown of what they are and how to use them properly for great winter wonderland shots.
Quickly learn what a macro lens actually is and the benefits of using one. We outline a few beginner shooting tips, including info on remote shutter releases, focus stacking, and types of lighting to use. Also, explore some of our favorite macro lenses!
If you’re shooting video for a wedding or making your first documentary, then finding the right microphone setup is just as important as finding the right lens. Here are some microphones for beginners, plus an intro to mobile recorders.
Download sample images from the new Nikon D850 and discover for yourself why this might be the camera you’ve been waiting for.
I’ve always been a Canon shooter but Sony is making such huge strides in quality and versatility that I had to reassess my preferences and try out the a9. I shoot action/adventure work and need something somewhat portable but also rugged without sacrificing shooting speed or ISO sensitivity. Here, I compare the 1D X Mark II against the Sony a9 – check out what I discovered.
What to bring on a low-budget, small-footprint documentary shoot without sacrificing lighting, audio, or stabilization – plus other great tips for first-time videographers.
Loyal to the Nikon brand? We’ve rounded up eight of the best DSLRs for video for Nikon lovers and judged them across max resolution, autofocus, price and more. Read on to see which are the top for every type of videographer.
The best mirrorless cameras have catapulted into in the market and are now ranking closer and closer with top DSLRs. Here, we’ll take a look at which qualities of these mirrorless cameras are best for videographers.
Learn how I use gear rentals to maximize my time in the air plus learn a little bit about my approach to aviation photography.
Backcountry shooting comes with risks but there are some pretty easy steps to take to make it go more smoothly. Discover my tips for shooting athletes safely – whether you’re shooting from a plane, in deep snow, or with a large group far from civilization.
Gain some historical context for frame rates, learn how to quickly combat rolling shutter effects, and prime yourself on the basics of resolutions. As a photographer who has transitioned to including video work for clients, I understand how daunting all this can seem. Let this introduction be your guide for confidently exploring your settings for more natural looking footage – even for a beginner!
For my most recent trip, I needed to keep things as light as possible. Here is why I felt it was worth sacrificing lens speed in favor of a more portable long zoom with a smaller maximum aperture. This also saves you money and it doesn’t have to cost you quality! Read on for tips on how to make the most with only 1 lens in a beautiful location like Havana.
When shooting into pools of water, you sometimes run across problems with sharpness in your images. Here are a couple of ways to combat this using some sea urchin I photographed in Hawaii as an example.
Battery technology has greatly advanced in recent years and prices have come down markedly from where they were just a few years ago. I will demystify portable power in this post and arm you with the knowledge to make the right selections from the many options available for powering your gear on the go.
Wondering if the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is worth the upgrade? Read our straightforward overview about why we recommend it for hobbyist videographers. Included is a video demonstrating some of the differences between the GH5 and the GH4.
There is something special about finding a spot that can only be reached by foot. Here are 3 low-traffic, hikeable peaks to explore for unique landscape photography.
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