Lightweight Hiking and Travel Alternatives

Mark Shastany recently took a trip to the Catskills, NY and needed a lightweight solution that matched his personal standard of quality output. He graciously shared what he chose to bring, why, and what in hindsight he’d consider amending to make his kit more efficient and lightweight for next time!

4th of July Shooting Tips for Beginners

For most photo enthusiasts, 4th of July is more than a holiday – it is a day to practice some challenging shooting situations beyond just capturing fireworks. Here are 5 tips/shooting ideas for beginners (and reminders for seasoned shooters) that will help advance your skills over 4th of July. 4th of July Shooting Tips for […]

10 Sports Photography Gear Tips

Gear never matters more than when you’re out shooting sports. It is one of the most difficult things to capture well and takes years of practice. Whether you’re aiming high or just want better after-school action candids, here are 10 home run gear tips to kick off the sunny season. These are aimed for beginners but are great reminders for seasoned pros.

Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Find your perfect match in time for your next (or first) big wedding shoot. Many of you are probably worried about not bringing the right equipment with you. We have thousands of items for you to rent but only certain items are ideal for weddings. This list will help you narrow it down to just the essentials to fit your shooting style. Take note of these 10 tips that will help you complete your skills.

Planning for Safari: Photography Tips and Tricks

It’s safe to say that an African safari is on most wildlife photographers’ destination wish list. It is a trip many will never get the chance to do due to the extensive travel and time requirements as well as the significant financial expense. However, for those lucky enough to set out on the incredible journey it’s not as simple as picking a destination, hotel, and plane ticket. There is a significant amount of preparation and planning that must be done ahead of time.

Chasing Monkeys in Colombia for Nat Geo

Colorado-based DP and Director Danny Schmidt recently traveled to Colombia on behalf of National Geographic to obtain footage of the albino brown spider monkey. Equipped with a slew of video gear from Borrowlenses and a qualified crew, they had 8 days to gather the footage needed to tell the story of this beautiful and endangered species. 

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – May Edition

The pace of gear releases in our industry seems to be constantly increasing these days. Every month, we have new photo or video gear coming into our offices so we thought we’d start putting together a roundup of everything new we have available to rent. Here’s what’s come in during the last month or so:

Photography Tips: Getting the Perfect Ski Shot

Ian Coble is a commercial sports photographer based in Seattle, WA. His imagery and style have been used in campaigns for Patagonia, Columbia, Atlas Snowshoes, Brooks Running, Smith Optics, Cascade Designs, Red Bull and many others. Below he shares his tips for getting the perfect snow sports shot.

Move Your Lightroom Library to a New Hard Drive

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His latest article guides novice Lightroom users and those confused when linking a Lightroom library with  an updated hard drive configuration. Continue on if you have ever experienced those perplexing question marks when attempting to work with […]

First Impressions of the Canon 11-24mm f/4

All sorts of adjectives have been used to describe the new Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens recently announced at the top of 2015. World’s widest rectilinear lens, best of its kind, unheard of, the ultimate in wide-angle photography, etc. received its first shipment from Canon and eagerly took it for a spin. Read on to find out […]

Take Control of Lightroom’s Import Dialog

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His latest article guides novice Lightroom users and anyone having trouble or confusion with the import process. Continue on if you have ever experienced images not ending up where they are intended or in redundant, misplaced nested folders after […]

Atomos Shogun First Impressions

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a few tips for folks shooting with the Atomos Shogun external monitor/recorder. I’ve had some time to put my unit through a few shoots and have some first impressions to share. Look and Feel Some folks have commented on the fact that the Shogun feels a bit cheap […]

5 Quick Tips for Shooting with the Atomos Shogun

We recently received the Atomos Shogun external monitor/recorder, a bit of gear a lot of customers have been eager to work with for some time now. We’re currently putting it through its paces and will have sample footage for you soon, but for now, we thought we’d put together a few tips and tricks that […]

Personal Bests of 2014 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

We celebrate progress on all levels – whether you’re a pro trying to stretch your personal limits or a novice who just learned how to shoot manually. We get better every year that we stick to our photographic and cinematic goals. Here are the personal favorites of 2014 from a variety of our employees, friends, […]

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  • Cruising with the new @djiglobal #roninmx before we send it on it's first rental! We're really liking its ability to mount a variety of cameras, ranging from DSLRs to video specific cameras like the Canon #Cinema series and #RED series.

Find out more about its upgrades using the link in profile.
  • 5 Quick Tips for #AerialPhotography :
Compose your shot deliberately and move on. You don't want to waste your precious minutes in the air taking a specific photos over and over again. ----------------------------------------------------
Pay attention to lines and symmetry to draw your viewer into the image instead of trying to fit everything into frame. Wider isn't always better. ----------------------------------------------------
Be aware of your surroundings and work with what you got. If it’s a sunny day experiment with turning the glaring sun into an intentional light flair or sunstar. ----------------------------------------------------
Shoot Vertical and Horizontal! ----------------------------------------------------
Bring gloves to stay worm. Higher altitude is cooler, especially on a door less helicopter, and you'll do your best if your hands aren't frozen. 📷 #shotwithbl by @ericluis
  • This weeks BL Fan Feature goes to @joshuafortuna who captured that moment of great anticipation many of us feel before an epic adventure! We look forward to seeing what he creates and hope he takes advantage of the Sony A7s ii built-in WiFi for wireless image transfer so we don't have to wait until he gets home to download the files!

Share what you've shot with your BorrowLenses rental by tagging #ShotwithBL for a chance to be chosen for our weekly feature!
  • When highlighting motion in a photo consider two things: which shutter speeds will allow you to highlight movement and when should you move (or not move) the camera itself. 
#ShotWithBL with a @canonusa 15mm f/2.8 #fisheye on a  #5DMarkIII at 1/50th of a second, f/22, at ISO 1000.

image  @jaygoodrich  Find out more about creative motion blur on our blog! (link in profile)
  • And so begins the release of the new @Canon #MarkIII lenses! 
Introducing the 16-35mm f/2.8 III: built specifically for the quality and resolving power necessary for the latest high megapixel cameras, such as the @canonusa  #5DMarkIV and Canon #5DsR - Available to rent now! (link in profile)
  • Quick Fire Photo Tip #QFPT: Photograph What You Love
Focusing on what you love will make photography more enjoyable for you. It will keep you interested in photography and allow you to overcome learning obstacles without breaking a sweat. 📷 #shotwithbl by ​@alexandriahuff
  • Be inspired to photograph #halloween206 with our list of 10 wicked portraits and shooting tips (link in profile) 📷 #shotwithbl by @hsvc.henry
  • You'll want a camera for this weekend's #supermoon - remember that longer  focal lengths accentuate the moon, making it much larger in frame and appear closer. For added drama choose a focal length of 200mm or greater!! Find out more tips for #lunarphotography using the link in profile and tag your photos #shotwithbl for a chance to get them featured on our page! 📷 @nick_wrz
  • This weeks BL Fan Feature goes to @teamsnake who captured this epic landscape image from a moving car with a borrowed #16to55mm @fujifilm_xseries
 lens and #XT1 camera during a short 36-hour layover in Iceland. 
Share what you've shot with your BorrowLenses rental by tagging #ShotwithBL for a chance to be chosen for our weekly feature!
  • We're giving away a Canon 5D Mark IV at @PhotoPlusExpo! Can't make it to the show - let us know what you'd do with a $150 gift certificate and we'll choose a winner to receive one at the end of the week! #ppe2016
  • New Arrival: Nikon's new 70-300mm DX lens is a perfect fit for the Nikon D500, designed for photo & video shooters! Find out the perks of this lens using our link in profile.
  • How many of you got into photography or the creative arts to combat your shy nature? Checkout a few helpful tips by @schmoogle that can help you make your best street and travel photos yet! (Link in profile)

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