Thanksgiving Rental Bonus from Borrowlenses

Hey there folks.  Not much in the way of news updates at this time but some great news from our friends at Borrowlenses. Click on the banner below to rent some gear.  I got my eye on a D810 for Thanksgiving :)

Save 10% on all rentals now through Thanksgiving with coupon code TURKEYGEAR14. Receive 4 bonus rental days FREE in addition to a 10% savings when your rental ends on Thanksgiving Day. Keep it until Monday, December 1st! Get both discounts when your rental is for:

  • 3 Days starting on - Monday, November 24th
  • 7 Days starting on - Thursday, November 20th
  • 10 Days starting on - Monday, November 17th

You can also create a custom rental period that ends on Thanksgiving and get your bonus days free!

Thanksgiving Special: 10% Off + 4 FREE Rental Days

Storehouse - A storytelling app for iOS

I think like me a number of us are guilty of shooting pics and videos on our phones and then doing nothing with them.  Well the good folks at Storehouse have a great way for you to get them out there and share.

The app is called Storehouse and it's available on the Apple appstore.  As soon as you log in and create an account you see these visually dynamic stories that folks are sharing.  The app is similar to Exposure but it's purely iOS based.  

The format is simple.  Take pictures and videos and then create a new story with your media.  You can pull in images from dropbox, instagram, Lightroom, and your own photo library.  So if you had images you shot on a different camera like a DSLR you can import those as well.  I think the app is more geared towards folks presenting the best work for the story, no matter the format.  You won't feel trapped to just upload what you shot on your phone.  

You can see a great example story from @Vincentlaforet here

He tells a great story of a visit with a dear friend as he meets up Austin.  He shares some great images and videos and it was all shot on the new iPhone 6.  

Here is a sample video of the site in action.  

Features that you will love

  • Absolutely gorgeous images that you can customize in size by pinching, swiping, and zooming on your idevice
  • Text editor that allows the heading, normal, and quotation styling built in
  • The integration of multiple file storage sites such as dropbox, instagram, and lightroom
  • Videos auto play on a loop (muted by default) and only start when you scroll to the video and stop once you scroll past
  • Comments, republishing, and sharing features, favorites (republish is similar to reblog on Tumblr)
  • A flow similar to 500px with your list of people you follow and the content they have created or republished stories
  • Batch load a whole folder of content to a story for ease of publishing

I've been on the site for 1 day and I can't believe how rich and amazing it is.  While scrolling thru stories looking for new content if someone has a video that content plays in the preview and works seamlessly.  You truly have to see it to believe it.

Signing up is very simple.  You can grab your if you get there fast.  I signed up with Twitter and it automatically pulled in my @codyashphoto info and my profile from Twitter.  

I hope this review is helpful.  Please check out the site and let me know what you think in the comments.  


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Keep your gear longer on Halloween

It's another holiday rent free weekend from Borrowlenses!  I love these weekends, they let you stretch your rental just a bit further.  Use the link to cash in.  

Halloween Special - 3 Free Rental Days

Please use coupon code PUMPKIN14 to take advantage of the free rental days offer.

If your rental is due back on Halloween (October 31st) you can keep it for the weekend! Get three free days added to your order when your rental begins on one of the dates below and keep it until Monday, November 3rd:

  • October 28th ( For a 3 Day Rental )
  • October 24th ( For a 7 Day Rental )
  • October 21st ( For a 10 Day Rental )

Create a custom rental period that ends on Halloween and automatically get your bonus days free!


As you may have seen yesterday on my Instagram I posted a pic at my shooting location Sunday morning.  It was going to be gorgeous when the sun came out.  It would peek thru the clouds over the bridge in downtown Georgetown and just put a kiss of light on the cliffs at Blue Hole on the San Gabriel River.  

That was my plan at least.  Sometimes your plans do not go as...well...planned.  I waited for the sun to come up just over that bridge in the distance.  I'll post one image to show you how it failed big time.  This will go the recycle bin for sure but it's ok.  

The lesson I learned a while back shooting landscapes was to try again.  Even when I get a very successful session at a spot, I'll go back just to see if I can get a different angle, different light, or different ambiance.  

I will go back to Blue Hole and try this again.  The forecast was to have morning clouds but they would burn off and be sunny.  That just happened a lot later in the day and the light would not be as nice as morning.

So I left defeated but it was just a battle, not the war.  I'll be back.  I experimented with my polarizer and my variable ND filter.  It gave some great movement in the clouds, but left a ghastly blue streak from the sides that were polarized.  It's not a pretty sight to say the least.  

I might find a combination that works some other time.  I have a very cheap ND filter and a decent polarizer so I suspect it's the former causing the issue.  

Don't give up on your shots folks, stick around for an hour or two and see what you can get.  If it's a keeper then you win for that day.  If you just enjoyed a morning out in nature, well, you still win.  :)

Fall is coming soon!

With cooler temperatures around the corner...ok ya right maybe in November, but still sometime in the future it will cool down.  The kids are back in school and Halloween is coming up soon.  

Here's a tip for those kids as they are running around outside for Halloween.  It's going to be getting darker as you walk around that night and those kids just don't stay still.  So when that starts happening and you need to keep up with them to make sharp pictures remember these tips.

1. Raise your ISO to 1600-3200.  Don't be afraid to add a little bit of grain.  Remember, your camera on your smartphone is doing it for you :).  If you have an ISO setting go ahead and raise that up.  It will keep your shutter speeds closer to 1/80 sec or higher to make sure you can freeze the action.  

2. Shoot at lower apertures.  Lowering the aperture number to f/4 or lower can help you keep shutter speeds up as well.  This means that your aperture will be wide open and allowing more ambient light in.  This will help snag those kids running down the block looking for more candy.

3. Shoot in Shutter priority - Look on your cameras menu or dial for an "S" mode.  This will let you dial in the shutter speed to say 1/80 or 1/125th and the camera will automatically increase ISO or lower aperture when needed to make sure the exposure is correct.  It's almost fool proof.  

I hope these tips will help you in your fall captures.  Remember this post and many more will be on the way as I start a weekly series of tips.  And remember, 1 hour tutorials are just $49.  

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