The Blog @ Bokeh Fire

T-Shirt Giveaway! May 05 2016, 1 Comment

Bokeh Fire T-Shirt

May is the month of flowers, spring and of course, photography. To celebrate the start of the warm weather shooting season, we're doing a huge giveaway of our iconic Bokeh Fire t-shirt!  

For the next five weeks, we'll be giving away one limited-edition Bokeh Fire t-shirt each week. 

To enter, just follow @bokehfire on Instagram and tag your photos with #bokehfire.

Every week, we'll pick one winner to get a FREE Bokeh Fire shirt in their favorite size.

Good luck - we can't wait to see all your great shots! 

 

*No purchase necessary. Giveaway runs May 5th - June 11th, 2016

 


5 Easy Tips for Better Instagram Photos April 26 2016, 0 Comments

We talked to one of our favorite Instagrammers, Rachel Smith of @thecraftedlife, to learn her secrets to creating great Instagram photos. If you're looking to learn from one of the best, check out these 5 quick tips for taking better Instagram photos... (read more)

 


A Photography Interview with Streets Dept March 28 2016, 0 Comments

We recently sat down with the man behind StreetsDept.com, to learn more about his work. Established in 2011, StreetsDept has become one of the top Instagram accounts in Philadelphia, thanks to Conrad Benner's unique and deep knowledge of the urban landscape of America's 5th largest city... (read more)


Lens Review: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L - Part I March 01 2016, 0 Comments

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

When I planned my trip to Spain, I knew I had to bring an ultrawide angle lens with me. I knew I'd be surrounded be scenic landscapes and people whom I would want to photograph. So the question quickly became which ultrawide would be best... (read more)

 


6 Photography Resolutions for 2016 December 30 2015, 1 Comment

How we're planning to improve our craft this coming year.

As 2015 comes to a close, the team here at Bokeh Fire decided we should partake of the time-honored tradition and make a list of resolutions for 2016.  But these aren’t just any resolutions, these are Photography Resolutions!... (read more)

 


Review: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens December 15 2015, 0 Comments

 

With many opportunities to use this new lens with this season’s fall sports, I’ve been very impressed by how Canon’s new 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM II handles... (read more)

 


New Lenses Added! (Tilt-Shift, Fisheye and more...) October 29 2015, 1 Comment

 

You asked for it, you got it!  After months of our Members clamoring for more lenses to be added to our portfolio, we've got a bunch of new lenses in our inventory...  (read more)

 

 

Check out all the new additions here...

 

 


A First-Timer's Visit to PhotoPlus Expo 2015 October 28 2015, 1 Comment

Last week, I attended the massive PhotoPlus Expo and Conference in New York City for 3 days with a VIP Pass provided by the folks over at Bokeh Fire.  It was three days of adrenaline and caffeine, and I’m experiencing a knowledge hangover while I process everything I saw during 72 hours at the Javits Convention Center.... (read more)

 


We're going to PhotoPlus! October 12 2015, 0 Comments

 

It's our first time at the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo, and we're launching our booth with some great giveaways!

Visit us at Booth 267 from October 22-24 at the Javits Center in New York City.  Meet the Bokeh Fire team, get a free lens recommendation, and much more... (read more)

 


Why Wide Angle? October 01 2015, 0 Comments


Wide-angle lenses (lenses 35mm or smaller) are some of the most challenging to use effectively. While, in theory, it may seem easy to use a lens that allows more subject material into the frame, they can pose a challenge when deciding how much to capture.  Wide-angles can also warp objects in the outer edges of the frame...   (read more)

 


Marriage at 85 (mm) September 22 2015, 0 Comments

Sometimes you have an experience with a product where all the puzzle pieces fall into place and you feel like the design of whatever it is you’re interacting with sets a new standard for how everything else should be. That was my experience with Canon’s 85 f/1.2L II.... ... (read more)

 


Shooting for Sport(s) September 10 2015, 0 Comments

As millions of students return to school, parents, friends and classmates are being enlisted by someone “in charge” to take pictures of a sports games.

Whether you’re a soccer mom, a yearbook student or a school volunteer, here are some tips to help you get the best shots possible when photographing outdoor field sports.

 ... (read more)

 

 


July Promotion - 15% Off All Memberships July 07 2015, 0 Comments

 

It's time for Summer Savings! Get 15% Off any lens rental, for the next 7 days only.  

All Memberships include: 

  • Unlimited swapping
  • Free expedited shipping
  • Insurance
(read more...)

    The Lens Recommender 3000 June 16 2015, 0 Comments

    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Lens

    After years of grueling work, our top scientists have finally accomplished the impossible - they've put together this thrilling infographic for the entire world to use. The great minds behind The Lens Recommender 3000 spent countless hours testing, analyzing and photographing with all the most popular lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, just to find the best lens for each shooting scenario.

    Now that the wait is finally over, you too can avail yourself of this stunning breakthrough in photographic technology. Just click below for a life-size version of the most useful infographic you've ever seen. Download it full-size here to check it out.

    What it does: The Lens Recommender 3000 helps you choose the right lens for each of the most popular shooting situations.  Whether you're shooting indoor sports, making a portrait of your favorite celebrity or photographing the night sky, we've got the right lens for each job. Just start at the top and follow the path to find out which is the right lens for you.

    Caution: The Lens Recommender 3000 is so powerful, you might just need to share it with friends.

     


    Shooting Portraits at Different Focal Lengths June 08 2015, 0 Comments

    How Wide-Angle, Medium, and Telephoto Lenses change the look of your portraits.

    If you’re ready to take your portrait work beyond selfie-sticks and duck lips, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’ll explore the differences between each of the three types of lens focal lengths as well as the pros and cons of using them in specific portrait settings.

    Telephoto

    A telephoto lens is generally considered to be a focal length of 85mm or higher. Telephoto lenses  are one of the most popular for portraits because they introduce a particular kind of distortion into the image called compression... (read more)


    Help! I Have To Shoot My First Indoor Graduation May 15 2015, 0 Comments

    A few timely tips on photographing indoor graduations

    Summer is around the corner and along with warmer weather, barbecues and pool parties come graduations. If you have a friend or family member ready to graduate who happens to know about your interest in photography, you may be asked to shoot the ceremony. Before packing, here are a few things to consider.

    1. Bring Lenses With Small F-Stop Numbers

    Photography is all about light. The smaller the number after the f on the lens, the more light the lens can allow onto the camera sensor. Lenses with small f-stop numbers are known as “fast lenses” or as lenses with a wide maximum aperture. For a shoot like this, you need... (read more)


    15% Off Any Membership - 3 Days Left! April 28 2015, 0 Comments

     

    It's that time of the year again! Check out our Spring Savings and get 15% OFF any Membership, for a limited time only.  Use any of our Basic or PRO Lenses, with unlimited swapping, and free shipping.  Even insurance coverage is included.

    But these savings won't last long, so reserve your lens today and having fun shooting in May!  Use promo code APRIL2015 at checkout to get 15% off any Canon or Nikon lens rental.

    Only valid for new Memberships. Expires April 30th. 

     

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    New Lenses Now Available! March 31 2015, 0 Comments

    Just in time for warmer spring weather, we've updated our Basic lens portfolio and added some of the most popular wide-angle zooms and a telephoto. The following lenses are now available to all Members and can be rented for just $125/month

    These are available for all Members (Basic and Pro) to use, thanks to our generous Kickstarter Backers.  You can see all the other available lenses here.

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    All Kickstarter Rewards Shipped + Updated Website March 02 2015, 0 Comments

     

    - All Kickstarter Rewards have now shipped

    - Updated website launched

    A final update on our Kickstarter: All rewards have now shipped!  If you were one of the lucky backers, be on the lookout for yours!

    In addition, we've updated the look and functionality of our website at www.bokehfire.com

    Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped spread the word!  We are very excited to be adding even more great lenses for you to use!  Stay tuned for more news on newly available lenses...

    Read more on our Kickstarter update.

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    Kickstarter Success! December 13 2014, 0 Comments

    - Our first-ever Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded!

    - Over $21,000 was raised to expand our lens offering

    - Rewards begin shipping in January

     

    Bokeh Fire - Lenses for Everyone [KICKSTARTER]

     

    Thanks to 124 awesome Backers from all over the world, our first Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded! The campaign ended on Dec. 13th with over $21,000 raised. The funds will go towards expanding our available lens offering and fulfilling Backer Rewards.  

    Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped spread the word!  We are very excited to be adding even more great lenses for our Members to use!

    Want to stay up-to-date with Bokeh Fire news?  Join our Newsletter

     


    Announcing Unlimited Free Roundtrip Shipping September 16 2014, 1 Comment

    - Unlimited Free Roundtrip Shipping now included in all Memberships

    - Unlimited lens swapping with zero shipping cost

    - Guaranteed delivery within 3-7 days

    Here at Bokeh Fire, we're guided by a simple goal: To make it as easy as possible for you to use great lenses. In our constant battle to achieve this target, we've officially removed all limits to our free roundtrip shipping policy. Before today, free shipping was limited based on Membership plan.  No longer. 

    No limits. So you can shoot unlimited. 

     

    Unlimited free roundtrip shipping is now included for every plan. 

    That means you can user our unlimited swapping to try as many lenses as you want in one month. Pretty epic, if you ask us...

    Until our next groundbreaking innovation,

    The BFCA (Bokeh Fire Cavalcade of Awesomeness)

    PS - Check out our Membership plans to feel even more awesomeness.   

    As always, your lens is guaranteed to arrive within 3-7 days of completing signup - anywhere in the continental US.  

     

     


    New Arrivals for August! August 05 2014, 0 Comments

    Hello fellow shutterbugs. It’s been a busy summer for us here at Bokeh Fire and apparently for all of you as well. We’ve been filling lens orders nonstop from around the country – summer is really your time to shine! (excuse the pun…:)

    Well we’ve got some news we’d like to share with you, and we think you’re going to love it.  We’ve recently received two large orders of new gear for you to try out.

    Canon New Arrivals

    First up, some brand new,premium grade-A Canon L lenses!  We got some brand new copies of the usual popularity contest winners... (read more)


    Celebrate & Save - 15% off all Memberships! June 24 2014, 0 Comments

     

    Celebrate this 4th of July with some great photography, made by you!  To help you take great photos this July, we're taking 15% OFF all lens rentals for the next week.  

    Rent any one of our Canon or Nikon lenses for an incredibly low price.  Just sign up for your Bokeh Fire Membership before July 2nd and use the code JULY15 at checkout to get 15% off your first month of Membership.  

    But hurry, this offer won't last long.  Reserve your Canon or Nikon lens now before they're all gone! 

    Details: Pick your lens, select a Basic or Pro Membership Plan, and use the discount code JULY15 at checkout. This offer applies to all new Membership plans and is only valid through July 2nd, 2014. 

     


    Spring Savings - 15% Off Any Lens Rental April 17 2014, 0 Comments

    Spring is finally here and we're determined to make the most of it.  With warmer weather and great outdoor events every weekend (not to mention the start of wedding season!), there's more reasons to take photos every day.  To help you capture all those beautiful moments, we're offering 15% OFF all lens rentals through April 30th.  

    That's right, you can now rent a Canon 24-105mm to capture those blooming flowers, a Nikon 10-24mm for some fantastic landscape shots, or any one of dozens of other lenses, all for an incredibly low price. But make sure to hurry, because this offer won't last long. The discount expires on April 30th.  So what are you waiting for?  Go welcome spring with some great savings and awesome photos!

    TO REDEEM: Just select a Membership Plan, and use the discount code APRIL15 at checkout. This offer applies to any Membership plan and is only valid through April 30th, 2014. 

     


    7 Tips for Great Travel Photos March 12 2014, 0 Comments

    Preparing to travel with your DSLR camera can often seem daunting, especially if you've never done it before. Luckily, I've learned some great basic tips for travel photography over the past 15 years traveling and photographing in over 30 countries, and today I'm sharing them with you! From the jungles of Belize to the crowded streets of Hong Kong, these tips should help you take better travel photographs... (read more)

     


    3 Practical Tips for Getting Great Portraits February 28 2014, 2 Comments

    1. Move your subjects… don’t just pose them.

    When I first started as a photographer all I wanted to do was memorize as many poses as I could because that’s how I thought I could get the best pictures.  The truth is the more you “pose” your subjects the more stiff they are going to look.  The biggest advice I can give you is to make your subjects move. 

    When I’m working with my couples I might actually give them a pose but then also give them an action for moving them into that pose.  Sometimes they might do it over and over again so that I can get natural reactions.  Which also leads me to say, shoot for the in-between moments! Your subject might be laughing or giving the other a funny look.  That’s generally where I get the best shots!


    Picture 1: Taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

     

    2. Find the right light!

    This is probably the biggest mistake that I see beginning photographers make.  They don’t know very much about light and consequently end up taking pictures in harsh sunlight or poorly lit rooms. 

    When shooting outside I try to stick to shooting during the hour or two before sunset or the hour or two after sunrise.  The reason for this is that the position of the sun is optimal during these times and allows for beautiful, even lit images that are also not flat.


    Picture 2: Taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

     

    If you’re inside, a general rule of thumb is try to create a 45 degree angle between you, your subject, and your light source.


    Picture 3: Taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

     

    3. Use different lenses.

    This seems pretty simple but I’ll tell you I loved my 24-70mm lens and never thought I would really need to explore outside of this.  As I dug further into my craft, I started working with prime or “fixed” lenses.  It completely changed the way I shoot.  First, the glass in prime lenses is generally better than those in a normal zoom lens.  Prime lenses also force you to have to move closer or further away.  You do all the thinking with these lenses.

    My very first portrait lens was the 50mm 1.4, I LOVE this lens.  It’s my “go to” lens and is almost always on my camera.  Aside from just being a fantastic lens, it also happens to be pretty light and generally a bit less money.  I highly recommend this lens to anyone who is wondering what their second or third lens should be.


    Picture 4: Taken with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens

     

    My second favorite lens is the 85mm 1.4 lens.  I rented this lens from Bokeh Fire last year and it totally rocked my world!  The 85mm might just be THE perfect lens!  You can get real close to your subjects without having to be too physically close to them.  


    Picture 5: Taken with a Nikon 85mm f/1.4G Lens

     

    I could probably give you a hundred more tips on how to get amazing portraits but when I look back at how my pictures have changed I can say that these three things really made a world of a difference for me. 

    Keren Chookaszian is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Chicago, IL.  When she's not shooting weddings or blogging she spends her days chasing around her two adorable little boys.  To see more of her portfolio visit www.kerensarai.com.


    Featured on Technical.ly Philly! February 25 2014, 0 Comments

    Today Bokeh Fire was featured on Technical.ly Philly!  We're very proud to be part of the growing Philadelphia entrepreneurial community, and happy to be the first lens rental company featured on Technical.ly Philly.  Learn more about Bokeh Fire and how we do lens rentals differently by reading the article here!

     


    Updated Website January 02 2014, 0 Comments

    We're excited to reveal our new updated website! We've made things cleaner, simpler, and easier to find and we think you're gonna like it. The biggest changes have been... (read more)

     


    We're on Facebook & Twitter! December 22 2013, 0 Comments

    Bokeh Fire is now on Facebook and Twitter!  Follow us to get cool photography news, tips.... (read more)

     


    Wide-Angle Lenses December 18 2013, 0 Comments

    Ever wonder why you would use a wide-angle lens?  Simple: They capture everything... (read more

     


    Which DSLR camera should I buy? December 03 2013, 0 Comments

    A question we often get is "Which DSLR camera should I buy?" Given the huge array of digital SLR cameras out there, its hard to know where to start... (read more)

     


    Introducing Bokeh Fire! September 01 2013, 0 Comments

    Today we are happy to announce the launch of Bokeh Fire!  We've been open for business since earlier this year, but this is our first post on our newly redesigned website... (read more)