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Choosing whether to borrow or buy

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One of the great things about some of the lenses that we've looked at here is that they're extremely affordable. Some of the other things that we've looked at here are not so affordable. Tilt-shift lenses, very long telephoto lenses, high-quality ultra-wide lenses, these can easily start at a thousand dollars apiece, depending on the specs of the particular lens you're looking at. And before you think, "Well, then I'll never be able to shoot with any of these," consider the possibility of lens rental. It used to be that to rent a lens you had to have a good rental house in your area, but with online rental you can now rent just about any type of lens no matter where you live.

Choosing whether to borrow or buy

One of the great things about some of the lenses that we've looked at here is that they're extremely affordable. Some of the other things that we've looked at here are not so affordable. Tilt-shift lenses, very long telephoto lenses, high-quality ultra-wide lenses, these can easily start at a thousand dollars apiece, depending on the specs of the particular lens you're looking at. And before you think, "Well, then I'll never be able to shoot with any of these," consider the possibility of lens rental. It used to be that to rent a lens you had to have a good rental house in your area, but with online rental you can now rent just about any type of lens no matter where you live.

In fact, several of the lenses that you've seen in this course are lenses that we have rented. And we've rented them all from borrowlenses.com. Borrowlenses has a huge assortment of lenses for various cameras, great pricing, and they're very easy to deal with. If you think shipping the lens back and forth is going to be a hassle, it's really not, thanks to Borrowlenses' easy-to-use packaging. So even if you're loaded or even if you're a serious photographer who makes a living shooting, you might want to consider rental for certain types of lenses. For example, I don't actually own a fast telephoto lens because for the types of things that I typically like to shoot I just don't need one.

They're big and heavy so I just can't imagine myself lugging one around just in case. But a couple of times a year, I find myself shooting, say, a live performance in a dark venue with mediocre access, and I realize that a long, fast lens would really make a difference. So for under a hundred bucks I can get a lens for the weekend, get the shots I need, then send it back. I could do that for a lot of years before I ever actually pay the full cost of the lens. And along the way I'd always be getting the latest technology. So if you find that there are lenses that you sometimes use but can't imagine using every day, then it's worth checking out some rental sites.

Rental sites are also a great way to test the lens before you buy and to get practice with the lens that you don't normally use or feel you understand. So if you've seen me using something here that you thought looked cool, don't let cost be an obstacle. Check out a rental site and see if there's a path for you to get your hands on some of this really cool gear.

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Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses

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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Roadmap of the course
      2m 24s
  2. 3m 53s
    1. Words about focal length
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding camera position
      1m 47s
  3. 39m 19s
    1. What filters are for
      2m 37s
    2. Shopping for filters
      3m 55s
    3. Understanding neutral density filters
      4m 53s
    4. Applying neutral density filters
      3m 55s
    5. Polarizing filters
      3m 4s
    6. Some shooting tips for working with a polarizing filter
      2m 32s
    7. Using infrared filters
      9m 15s
    8. Processing the infrared image
      6m 7s
    9. Handling stuck filters
      3m 1s
  4. 38m 37s
    1. Working with ultra-wide lenses
      7m 19s
    2. Using a wide-angle lens
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding fisheye lenses
      4m 2s
    4. Working with fisheye lenses
      3m 59s
    5. Understanding fisheye exposure
      3m 3s
    6. Taking fisheye further
      4m 16s
    7. Processing fisheye and wide-angle images
      7m 38s
    8. Correcting tone in fisheye images
      3m 37s
  5. 35m 37s
    1. Understanding super telephoto
      6m 21s
    2. Shooting distant subjects
      8m 26s
    3. Compressing the sense of depth
      7m 53s
    4. Working with shallow depth of field
      5m 35s
    5. Working with teleconverters
      2m 38s
    6. Editing telephoto images
      4m 44s
  6. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding macro basics
      2m 47s
    2. Shooting close
      4m 52s
    3. Shooting macro
      5m 20s
    4. Working with a point-and-shoot for macro
      1m 58s
    5. Using a two-lens strategy
      1m 50s
  7. 16m 39s
    1. Understanding tilt shift
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting perspective
      4m 29s
    3. Creating the toy effect
      4m 41s
    4. Deepening depth of field
      3m 52s
  8. 32m 39s
    1. Working with specialty lenses
      2m 43s
    2. Using the Lensbaby
      9m 13s
    3. Working with the Lensbaby Macro attachment
      3m 50s
    4. Shooting with a Holga attachment
      3m 4s
    5. Using an alternative mount lens
      2m 18s
    6. Using super-fast lenses
      1m 47s
    7. Correcting Lensbaby images
      9m 44s
  9. 39m 48s
    1. Correcting perspective
      10m 41s
    2. Creating the toy effect
      6m 31s
    3. Getting the lo-fi Holga look
      11m 17s
    4. Reproducing the effect of a Lensbaby
      8m 17s
    5. Cropping and enlarging images
      3m 2s
  10. 2m 47s
    1. Choosing whether to borrow or buy
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      47s

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