3 Major Graduation Shooting Tips: Metering, Exposure Compensation, and Focusing

Graduation ceremonies can be extremely difficult to cover. You are either shooting in dark stadiums or out on football fields in midday sun. There are gobs of people but only 1 star you care about – and they are being pulled in a million directions by teachers and classmates. You won’t get second chances on most shots so here are 3 quick lessons you must learn (or reacquaint yourself with) before the big day.

BL Spotlight with Graphic Designer and Photographer Joshua Fortuna

Triple threat graphic designer, photographer, and videographer Joshua Fortuna has created quite the Instagram following over the past few years for his unique combination of mediums. His hand-drawn designs atop common objects, such as his daily consumption of coffee and lay-flat camera equipment, has kept his followers engaged and showing their appreciation of his identifiable design aesthetic.

See the Stars Anew: Settings & Tips for Sparkling Night Photos

Night photography has special benefits. You can keep shooting throughout the winter or keep up with your hobby without having to give up daytime work or other chores. Night photography also has its own special challenges. If you’re feeling a little in the dark about where to start, here are the most essential gear tips and settings to start the evening off right.

Small Subjects with Big Impact: 5 Photography Techniques for Better Kid Portraits

See how easily you can get memorable kid portraits with these 5 shooting techniques that are approachable enough for beginners while also being stimulating practice for seasoned photographers. These techniques can be applied to any photography style and they will help grow your skills no matter where you are starting from.

BL Spotlight with Sports Portraiture Photographer Alexis Cuarezma

Sports and fitness photographer Alexis Cuarezma has been on a roll these past few years after landing high-profile clients such as Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, and Nike, while also creating inspired personal projects. His unique style has taken years to formulate and we were lucky to have him share a sneak peek into how he chooses what gear to shoot with depending on the project.

Aim High with Easy Night Photography Tips for Beginners

Thanks to modern camera gear, the time has never been better for capturing night sky images, or “astrophotography”. It takes a little more than just pointing your lens upward, however. There are a few tricks to creating an unforgettable night under the stars. Here is what you need to know to get started.

Easy Lighting Laws to Boost Shooting Performance

For seasoned photographers, lighting becomes an instinct as much as a skill. But beginners are often flailing – placing their lights in different spots and getting wildly different results, becoming frustrated in the process. The following is a list of lighting laws to help you navigate the sometimes unpredictable lighting world. Knowing these basic laws will calm you down when things aren’t going your way and will also produce more consistent results.

Photography Notes from Nepal

Rebecca Gaal embarked on a one-month endeavor with a band of committed volunteers into the most remote regions of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. Find out how Gaal prepared to document the challenging humanitarian relief effort and what gear she chose to bring along to some of the highest inhabited villages on earth.

Field Report: Sony a7S II S-Log2 vs S-Log3 Test

The Sony a7SII has a couple of neat features that make it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. It still has the same class-leading low-light performance but adds in-camera 4K recording and a new S-Log3 shooting mode – something that’s typically found on Sony’s more expensive video cameras. This clearly makes the Mark II version of the a7S as a very video-centric ILC, so we took it out to see just how different the S-Log3 mode was from the S-Log2.

Color Grading Made Eas(ier) with FilmConvert

The field of film emulation software has some pretty well-established players in both the video and stills worlds. On the still photography side, there’s Google’s Nik Collection software, VSCO’s Film Series of plugins, and a variety of others. On the video side, however, things are… somewhat more complex (as all things video generally are).

Lighting for a Catalog Shoot

For this shoot, I decided to start simply. I began with one light, a Paul C. Buff Einstein light inside a large umbrella. We were shooting in a relatively small studio, however, so the light didn’t completely wrap around the model, leaving a shadow on the wall behind. We wanted almost no shadows – just enough, in fact, to bring out the texture on some of the clothing. The single light delivered a bit too much of a shadow, so we added additional lighting.

Using ND Filters for Video

There are more than a dozen Neutral Density filters available under the Video section of our website, ranging from screw-on fixed-value ND filters to high-end Schneider rectangular filters for matte box stages. In this video, we walk you through why you’ll want an ND filter when shooting video and what your options are.

Field Report – Zeiss Score Big with the Milvus 85mm Lens

As they prepare to discontinue their “classic” line of ZF and ZE lenses, Zeiss have released the “Milvus” line of lenses to replace them. I took the 85mm f/1.4 Milvus out for a try and came back much more impressed than I have been with their older ZF/ZE lenses, which have begun to show their age.

Improve Your Macro Photography with Micro Four Thirds Cameras

The world of macro photography has been an interest for me ever since I got my first camera. That camera was a little Casio point and shoot that was maybe 2 or 3 megapixels. I was out shooting that first day with it and noticed on the mode dial a little flower icon and thought I’d set it to that and go shoot some flowers. I was several feet back from some Clematis (yes, I remember the exact flower) and the camera would not focus. After some trial and error I realized I needed to be closer to get focus…a LOT closer.

Understanding Video Resolutions

SD. HD. Full HD. Quad HD. UHD. 4K. DCI4K. Something-point-something-K. Video resolutions are confusing enough for consumers but as a content creator they are even more confounding. Here at BorrowLenses, we carry cameras that shoot everything from 720p HD all the way out to 6K. That variety can be somewhat confusing when you’re trying to sort out just which camera you need to rent and what resolution to actually shoot at once you’ve rented it. And that’s before you begin diving into the world of aspect ratios, too.

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – October Edition

Zeiss expands its lineup for Canon and Nikon mounts, gimbals get even smaller, and in a shocking move, Sony reveals new gear! It’s that time of the month again folks: here’s the latest edition of all the fresh, new gear that arrived at BorrowLenses in October!

Photographing the Wildlife and Fjords of British Columbia

Kevin Smith is an explorer and photographer with a love of nature, wildlife, boats, and people’s experience of adventure. As a geographer and former marine park ranger in Canada’s remote regions, he is an expert wilderness guide and one of the top bear-viewing guides in the country. Since 2001, he has operated a boutique expedition cruise company in British Columbia and Alaska, guiding people to photograph the places and experiences he loves.

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