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It’s ALL About the Fill Light, Whip Out That Cell Phone LED – Quick Tip

Jared Polin September 16, 2014 Comments Off

How many times have you been out and about and seen people attempting to take photos in the dark? I encounter this all the time at bars and restaurants.

You see people trying to use their cell phones but can’t get focus and can’t figure out why their photos are turning out terrible.

Many times I walk over, flip on the LED from my Iphone, hold it up and they end up with a much better image.

This Quick Tip is about getting out that LED light and using it as fill. What you can see in the video is when Mike holds up the LED’s toward Stephen it fills in his face. When he moves them away you can see how dark his face really is.

Generally speaking showing this during the day may not have been the best idea but you can see in the video the difference between the two.

It’s pretty simple really, break out your cell phone, pop on the LED light and you have instant fill.

Nikon D750 Preview

Jared Polin September 12, 2014 Comments Off


This is my preview of the Nikon D750, I have not held, used, sniffed or done anything with this camera. This is a preview which means I run down the specs and give you my thoughts on what this camera has or does not have.

Based on the specs and price of the camera I think this may be one of the BEST DSLR’s
Nikon has ever made. This camera has a great price point, amazing specs, solid photo capabilities and even more solid video ones.

Let’s take a look at what I think are the most important specs of the Nikon D750.

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Price: $2299.95

This is a very interesting price point considering its roughly $300-$400 more than the D610 depending on what deals and specials are being ran. The question people are going to have to ask themselves is, should I spend the extra few hundred on glass or a more well rounded body. I will get into comparing this camera with the Nikon D610 down below.

24.3 Megapixel “Newly Designed” CMOS Sensor

This sensor size puts this camera in the same league as the D610. I did ask Nikon if this is the same sensor that is in the D610 but they did not have a concrete answer to give. If I had to guess I would think it’s similar but with some tweaks, thus the “Newly Designed” moniker.

Generally speaking this is going to create a very solid nicely sized image. For those who like to crop you will have a lot of wiggle room to play with when doing so. But like I always say try to fill the frame as much as possible to give you the best quality images.

Expeed 4 Processor

Not much to say here other than this is what processes your photos and videos. You can find more information about this below in the press release.

ISO Range 100-12,800 expandable to H2 51,200

This is a massive ISO range that will be great for studio shooters as well as low light shooters. Having the ability to expand so high but maintain quality allows us to capture images we could never have captured previously.

I expect that the images coming out of this camera are going to be very nice all the way across the ISO range. I will need to test it out to see the results at 6,400 ISO as that tends to be as far as I like to push these type of cameras.

You never know, I could be pleasantly surprised at the results that come off of this sensor at higher ISO’s.

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Unboxing the $4,000 55mm F1.4 Zeiss Otus (Postman Fro)

Jared Polin September 10, 2014 Comments Off

I had the opportunity to get my hands on the Zeis Otus 55mm F1.4 not to long ago from AllensCamera.com. As some of you know I have already done a comparison review of the Outus vs Sigma 50mm F1.4 and you can find the results right here.

What would you expect when unboxing a $4,000 lens? Amazing packaging, quality sniff test or simply a lighter wallet. Like I said during my review, I personally can not see spending that much money on such a specialized lens.

But as is my goal with everything I post on the site, it is up to you to determine based off the information I present whether or not these items are right for you.

Please check out AllensCamera.com

For GERMAN Eyes Only Or Anyone Going To Photokina

Jared Polin September 9, 2014 Comments Off

I will be spending two full days walking around the show floor at Photokina on Tuesday 9/16 and Wednesday 9/17. If you see Stephen or I feel free to stop and say hello, we would love to talk with you.

There wont be a RAWtalk this time around but there will be a FREE Meetup on Wednesday evening at 8pm. We will meet at the Kolner Dom on the stairs facing the train station.

The plan is to meet there with you guys and than make our way to a bar for some drinks.

The last time we were in Colgne we had a fantastic time, I hope we can match it this time around.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit!

Adam Lerner September 8, 2014 Comments Off

In this video, I take you thru my portrait photo editing process from start to finish. I share with you tons tips and tricks and unlock so many excellent nuggets in Lightroom!

So much of what can make a good image great happens in post processing. I firmly believe that it’s essential to edit your RAW photos. It’s one thing to take a great photo and another thing to do a great edit and I feel an image isn’t finished until it’s properly edited.

In this video, I start by using a Lightroom Develop preset as my baseline. I love presets and often start with them and tweak from there. Not all presets work well just as they are, but can provide a great starting point for an edit. I then go thru the Develop module and show you guys my process for editing and retouching an image all in Lightroom every step of the way.

Lightroom is incredibly robust and full of amazing features. There is no right or wrong with editing, but I feel that less is more and when editing it’s about a gradual progression. My goal is to elevate a photo without making it look overly processed or surreal. This is a fine balance and takes some practice and the great thing about shooting RAW and editing in Lightroom, is that you can always revisit and re-edit a photo as your editing process progresses.

I hope you find all the Lightroom tips, tricks and nuggets I share in this video helpful to your workflow.

Please subscribe and leave your questions and comments below.

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