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, […]

Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

SmugMug’s huge family of photo lovers spans the spectrum, from family historians to high-volume, full-time pro photographers. But no matter what your camera is capturing, it’s important to be sure that the photos stay where you want them, and that your expectations for who gets a copy is met. That’s where we come in.

Q&A with Red Bull Photographer Garth Milan

Garth Milan is a famous action sports photographer and a customer of BorrowLenses. Milan originally started photographing action sports because of his own interest in skateboarding, mountain biking, and motorcycle riding. This year he did a Red Bull photo shoot with Harrison Barnes and was kind enough to share some insight and images from the […]

Underwater Housing Units and Sound Blimp Compatibility Guide

Underwater housing units allow you to shoot photos and video up to 33′ under water while the sound blimps reduce shutter sounds by up to 90%. So whether you’re doing ethereal, watery fashion shoots, capturing athletes in strong surf, or being as inconspicuous as possible at a special event, we’ll have you (and your gear) covered with AquaTech.

Getting Started: Environmental Portraits

Portrait photography is a very common entry port into a burgeoning photographic hobby or even career. There are several main categories of portrait photography, environmental portraits being one of the first attempted due to its accessibility. To accomplish a successful environmental portrait you do not need a studio, elaborate lighting techniques, or hair and make-up specialists. […]

A Review of Fuji’s X-trans CMOS II Sensor and X-mount Lenses

As a landscape photographer who hikes a considerable amount, I am always looking for ways to lighten my load on and off the trail. After switching to full frame DSLRs years ago, I had never considered the Fuji system due to the cropped (APS-C) sensor. Despite being convinced I’d never go back to a crop sensors, I couldn’t help my curiosity after hearing so many great reviews coming from Fuji converts.

10 Wicked Portraits and Halloween Shooting Tips

Fall is the landscape photographer’s dream season but Halloween is when portrait photographers get all of the fun! Check out the images below, plus gain some shooting tips from working photographers. Let the shapes and shadows of the night inspire you and have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone at BorrowLenses!

Filter Size Guide

Filters are optional accessories that can either be screwed onto, dropped in front of, or dropped into lenses. They are usually made of glass with a metal or plastic frame. We put UV filters on almost all of our lenses going out on rental because even cheap filters help protect the front element during transport. […]

10 Essential Tips To Get Great Blue Angels Photos

This weekend is Fleet Week here in San Francisco and given numerous emails I’ve received about photographing the event I thought I would consolidate my tips to photographing the Blue Angels. Following these 10 Blue Angels photography tips as originally found on my blog  should put you on the fast track to walking away with some […]

22 Fall Photographs That Will Inspire You to Get Out and Shoot

Fall is the photographer’s dream season and we asked photographers both experienced and new to share fall photos that we hope will inspire you. From traditional landscapes, to football, and autumn weddings, here is what fall means to these shooters. Learn what they used to capture the scene and gather ideas for your own adventures. […]

Lightroom Keywording Tips

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, educator, and an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkroom. His Lightroom Viewfinder series provides photographers with the tools they need to effectively use Lightroom for organization, editing, and printing.

Senior Portrait Rules and Resources New Photographers Must Know

Senior portraits have been an American tradition for over a hundred years and were traditionally shot by a school-invited studio where everyone was posed the same way. Today almost anything goes for a senior portrait and that can be lucrative for freelance photographers. If you’re new to senior portrait photography, here are some things to […]

Alternative Ways To Photograph Iconic Landmarks

The sheer volume of iconic imagery is boundless. Although enticing to point your camera and begin clicking away at the first landmark you see, below are some quick tips that will help set you apart from the crowd. Use Foreground to Your Advantage Landscape vistas are awe inspiring and finding a vantage point that grants you […]

7 Vacation Shooting Tips for Better Photo Books

How many times have you been overwhelmed by the number of pictures you took while traveling? Most of the time we take pictures without planning ahead for how we’re going to use them. Countless memorable vacations are taken and photography keepsake books are never made. Here are some things to keep in mind while shooting […]

Shooting at Night with the Panasonic GH4

The Panasonic GH4 is an amazing little camera. One thing that stood out to me in all the signal and noise out there was that this camera isn’t a great performer at high ISO. My initial quick tests bore that out. But I wanted to know if I could shoot at night, in a place like San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, and still walk away with usable footage?

7 Reasons to Print your Work

The chances are high if you are reading this article that you are a visual artist to some degree.  Maybe you have years of shooting under your belt, having started off shooting film and familiar with the printing process.  On the flip side, perhaps the popularity and accessibility of digital shooting inspired you to take […]

Why the Sony RX100 III Point & Shoot is a Vacation Must-Have

Do you agonize over sacrificing quality in favor of comfort when packing camera gear for vacation? I tossed my hefty Nikon D800 aside and rented the Sony RX100 III from BorrowLenses.com for vacation. I wasn’t going to shoot much so if the camera sucked then no harm, no foul. The camera definitely didn’t suck. Sony’s third […]

Get the Perfect Light Writing Sparkler Shot

Every wedding photographer is always seeking to get the perfect image that will capture the unique setting, timing, and location of the big day. Bobby and Tanya of Frozen Exposure Photography + Cinematography have written up a quick tutorial on how to create unique wedding portraits using sparklers. Check it out and make your own photos shine!

Blog Post Topics

Hours & Info

(844) 853-6737
9AM - 6PM Mon - Fri
10AM - 4PM Sat

Take Our Poll!

If budget wasn't a concern, what higher-end item would you love to try?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

BL Blog Archive



Instagram

  • Last Hours of Cyber Monday 20% Off Used Gear Sale! 
If you've been debating whether to purchase a piece of new gear, now's the time to act! Save hundreds off leading industry tools of the trade! Get started using our link in bio
  • The only thing missing is the bow 🎀 Featuring #Blackmagic Design's 4K #Ursa and #Canon 30-300mm cine lens with wireless Redrock Micro follow focus. What's on your holiday wish list?
  • Pro-tip for Shooting in the #Snow: There is a very high UV reflectivity so you may want to keep a UV filter on your lens, which will also protect the front element of your lens from scratches if the wind picks up dust, sand, or salt. 
Image #shotwithbl by @ericluis
  • We're not sure what we love more, the Fujifilm X-T2​ or the work of still life photographer @tommedvedich - Check out his vibrant feed for beautifully curated BTS images, portraits, and lifestyle inspiration! Show us what your working with and get featured by using #ShotwithBL
  • Are you one of the winners from last week's #seasonofgiving kickoff giveaway? Head on over to our facebook page where we've announced the winners and keep an eye out for our exclusive holiday daily discounts starting next week! 
Image #shotwithbl by @nikk_la
  • For engaging portraits, turning your subject slightly so that they're at an angle to the camera allows for a more flattering look. For more #portraitphotography tips every photographer should master check out our latest blog // link in profile
  • #QFPT Pet Photography: Pets are full of personality and tend to reflect your emotions, so act accordingly depending on the photo you want.

Some pets can be very active too, so a short telephoto lens can help if you’re backed up against a wall. Shoot in shutter priority mode and hover around 1/125 sec to 1/500 sec depending on the pet. Lastly, similar to human subjects keep focus on the eyes sharp.

What are your tricks for great pet photography?

Image #shotwithbl by @yasmain_tang
  • Ever wonder why your camera may take a photo differently than someone else’s? You were standing in the same spot, focusing on the same thing, but your photo looks vastly different when you start to examine it closer. Check out our latest article on how crop sensors affect depth of field.
  • What would you do with a $250 BL rental credit? Now's your chance to put your answer to the test! Enter to win 1 of 3 $250 BorrowLenses gift certificates now thru 11/27/16 - Winners will be announced the Monday following #Thanksgiving2016! (linkinprofile)
  • Have you seen the amazing work of landscape photographer @lisabao yet? She seriously blows us away with her high vantage point vistas, making us wish we were with her as she captures her #wanderlust moments. 
Since we can't technically be with her, we've come up with the next best thing by asking her to share what's in her camera bag. Use the link in profile to see what lightweight shooting solutions she's found work best for her arduous hikes and wilderness sleepovers ⛺️🌌 #shotwithbl
  • #QFPT Portrait photography tips: If you’re just starting out and you need to light your subject, your best bet is to use window light. Turn off all the lights in the room and move near a window with some curtains so you can play around with diffusing the light.

This is also a great tip for wedding photographers capturing 'getting ready' portraits 💍 Image #shotwithbl by @itsjordanindeed
  • Looking for a new place to photograph or shoot your next video? Check out our list of the countries most unique studios via @peerspace // link in profile

Follow Us!