Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

Our friends over at SmugMug help photographers from all walks of life put their best memories into beautiful and safe photography websites. In this blog series on photography website tips and tricks, SmugMug shares some of things they have learned about photographers can better protect their work. Missed this series? Check out Part 1: SmugMug’s 9 Must-Haves for […]

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 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!

Breaking the Rules to Get the Most Out of Natural Light

In photojournalism school, students are taught to underexpose when out in the field in order to achieve the richest colors and most intense contrast possible in a photograph. The trick, conventional wisdom explains, is to bring the exposure back up in post processing. I shot this way for years and it always treated me well. I’m […]

A Photographer’s Guide to Modern Urbexing

For photographers, urbexing is not just about the exploration, it is often about capturing scenes full of complex detail and light, photographing scenes of decay and destruction in a way that many find hauntingly beautiful. Here I discuss many of the things you will need to have a successful urbex trip and there are some rules to be followed, too.

Adding Value to Your Image Archive with Keywords

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.  Adding Value to Your Image Archive with Keywords by Seán Duggan Maintaing […]

8 Helpful Tips for Firework Photography

Each year millions of people pack up their cars and head to a local destination to watch the sky light up and crackle. We want to help you capture a special photograph by offering you a couple tricks that will prepare you for the beautiful lights on the Fourth of July.

Destination Wedding Photography : The Checklist

Being a destination wedding photographer is on the bucket list for many budding and professional photographers alike.  The industry is all about connections and referrals; once you have impressed several couples and their wedding parties, chances to be hired outside your region will have grown exponentially.  If you’ve proven yourself in terms of having a […]

The Importance of Being Archived

Our friends at SmugMug really care about photography and the importance of taking pictures in everyday life. This is part 2 of a 3 part series on improving your online life as a photographer, whether that is by improving your website or backing up your files. Here are some tips on how to avoid a personal, […]

Nikon D4s: Thoughts, Test Shots, and Quick Review

Court Leve is a sports, wedding, portrait, and pet photographer. His work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, Powder, Ski, Skiing, Freeskier, Parade Magazine, ForbesLife Mountain Time, Spirit Magazine, Southwest Art, and more. He is a regular contributor to the BL Blog.

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  • 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)
  • Quick Fire Photo Tip #QFPT
Learn to use exposure compensation. You can quickly fix images that are too bright, or too dark in-camera by using this function (normally located on the top of your camera body) to make your subject's exposure look just right without sacrificing your camera setting choices. 
Image #shotwithbl by @thesamgraves
  • Ever wonder what it'd be like to photograph your favorite sports teams? Let Photographer ​@jjlewis06 be your inspiration as he shares creative sports shooting ideas from the #LARams Training Camp |link in profile|
  • Resolution matters! Introducing the RED EPIC-W and WEAPON with HELIUM 8K S35 sensors! Delivering more than just 35 million pixels! Reserve your copy today! (link in profile)
  • This weeks BL Fan Feature goes to @shredcorn who was caught BTS by @phamuelphoto with the @rokinon #35mm f/1.4 lens he rented for Yosemite National Park, when they saw the start of the #OwensRiverFire from Twin Lakes in Mammoth. 
Share what you've shot with your BorrowLenses rental by tagging #ShotwithBL for a chance to be chosen for our weekly feature!

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