Two Lighting Styles in 1 Shot with the Pocket Wizard MultiMax

Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco-based photographer who specializes in both on-location and in-studio portraiture. An alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop, Cuarezma has done assignments for the LA Times, the New York Times, HBO, and a number of international publications. He recently did a shoot with Shayne Skov for Sports Illustrated at Stanford University, […]

Calibrating your Monitor: Using the ColorMunki

So often I hear of photographers, both pros and hobbyists , whose pictures live only on hard drives and online. If this is you, it’s time to get printing! As photographers we spend countless hours in front of our computers editing our work to create dynamic imagery that reflects us as artists. Every level adjustment […]

Illuminating the Face, by Peter Hurley: A Review

Back in 2011, photographer Peter Hurley teamed up with our friends over at FStoppers to create a tutorial video called The Art Behind The Headshot. That 4+ hour video more or less became required watching here at BL for anyone shooting any kind of portraiture, not just headshots. In fact, I still refer to it […]

Writing an Effective Artist Statement

Standing consensus says that great art speaks for itself and needs no explanation but a simple and genuine statement has a way to reach out and welcome people to your art. When I attend a curated show or see an installation around town that grabs my attention, I will make sure to read the artists’ […]

Beginner’s Guide to Achieving Better Flash Photos

Using a flash gun, such as a Nikon Speedlight or Canon Speedlite, is designed mainly to be used off-camera and fired optically or via a radio. However, there are situations when time or gear restraints force you to keep your flash on the hotshoe to be used as an overly powerful pop-up flash. Here is the quickest way to take advantage of your external flash when its stuck on your camera.

The Elegant Simplicity of Building a MyPublisher Photo Album

For professionals and hobbyists alike, photo books are usually on our to-do list and get postponed because they’re often expensive, take time to build, and the quality is unpredictable. They are worth making because they can be awesome keepsakes or portfolios. There is something about the tactile experience of flipping through the pages of a […]

The Insider’s Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

As we approach wedding season, brides, grooms, and photographers alike work to assemble seamless itineraries leading up to the big day. I have firsthand experience speaking with a wide variety of wedding photographers regarding their client relationships and have embarked on my own year-long wedding planning experience. Here are a few tips I have learned […]

BorrowLenses’ Guide to Lighting Sync Cables

Strobes are triggered from your camera to fire every time you hit the shutter button in the following ways: Transmitters designed specifically for that strobe that you connect to the camera, usually via your camera’s hot shoe. Radio transmitters that you connect, usually with small sync cables, to the strobe and to the camera. Long […]

Visual Vitamin D: Inspiration for Spring Shooting

Longer days, weddings, and vacations – there is a lot to look forward to in spring (unless you’re a night-photographing curmudgeon workaholic – you know who you are). Here are some inspirational images from our friends that exude “spring” to them in their own way. Hopefully they will inspire you to stay out late (or […]

What It’s Like to Win a Canon 5D Mark III

On the eve of our big camera giveaway winner announcement (update: giveaway is over, see latest promotions on our Facebook page) we reached out to a prior year’s winner to see how she has faired since winning a brand new Canon 5D Mark III from Rachel Coward is a photographer and editor at TulsaKids Magazine, […]

Fuji X-T1: First Impressions

One of the most eagerly awaited cameras of the year arrived earlier this month, and I took some time to put it through its paces. A more detailed review will follow, but I’ve worked with it long enough to put forth a few first impressions. The tl;dr version of it is this: the Fuji X-T1 […]

7 Tips for Better Compositions

John Cooper specializes in corporate, industrial, and commercial photography for various business communities in Texas and teaches basic skills to other burgeoning photographers. If you are just starting out, or looking for a refresher, check out his advice below. 7 Tips for Better Compositions by John Cooper

Staying Inspired as a Photographer

Being a photographer is so much bigger than practicing lighting techniques, being up-to-date on the newest and most powerful gear, or knowing what post-production actions are best for you. All those things are wonderful parts of the puzzle but being a photographer is so much more. We all have similar hurdles to clear before we feel comfortable calling ourselves “photographers”. Here is some advice of how conquer those hurdles.

Finding Stolen Gear Through Images: Lenstag Rescue

Lenstag, the free service that collects serial numbers from your lenses and cameras and keeps them in a registry to be flagged in the unfortunate event that they get stolen, aims to officially match all gear serials as belonging to its owner and, thus, the reselling and pawning of stolen gear becomes increasingly discouraged. The more […]

6 Website Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Now

Our friends over at help photographers from all walks of life put their best memories into beautiful and safe photography websites. They have seen every kind of website, from breathtaking portfolios to always-under-construction blunders. To kick off a new blog series of photography website tips and tricks, SmugMug lists the most commonly made mistakes […]

Serene Travel Photography with the Canon EOS-M

The Canon 5D Mark II has long been Tristan Pott’s go-to camera for capturing snippets of Japan and Taiwan, where he has been living for the past several years. To save a little space while still getting to use his normal lenses, Pott picked up a Canon EOS-M, Canon’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Pott’s […]

5 Resources to Help Protect Your Photography

In an ideal world you will not have to use some of these resources to protect yourself against image theft. However, the use of OPP (other people’s photography) is rampant – sometimes out of malice and sometimes because of a simple misunderstanding or lack of research. Here are 5 things to explore to help you […]

Working With Magic Lantern RAW Files

In case you missed it, we started carrying a version of the Canon 5D Mark III modified with the Magic Lantern firmware modification last year. One of the really cool features of this tweaked body is that you can now shoot 1080p video in RAW format. Still shooters know what this means: better control over […]

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  • 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. 
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  • 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. 
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  • Nikon D3300 vs D5300: Is it Worth Upgrading? We put the camera down flipped it and reversed it. Check out our review (link in bio)
  • Make choosing the right gear for your next project easy with our curated gear packages for all genres of photography & videography (link in profile)

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