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How I mentally prepare for a Photo Shoot

Jared Polin February 18, 2015 Comments Off

I get lots of questions asking me how I prepare for photo shoots so I thought I would share my process.

When I am preparing for a shoot I like to pre-visualize the environment I will be shooting in. What will the light be like? What will the settings of my camera be? What cameras and lenses will I be using?

Not only do I have to worry about shooting images in this case but I also have to worry performing on camera for the five minute portrait.

I thought it would be best to brain dump as much information as possible to try and trigger thoughts in your mind for when you are preparing for a photo shoot.

How to Make a Backup Boot Disk and why you should have one

Jared Polin February 17, 2015 Comments Off

** WARNING ** This is a time consuming process for some, so please be patient and follow all steps carefully. Back up your files or run your time machine back up before attempting to ensure no complications or loss of data.

To download the step by step PDF for how to make a Backup Boot Disk for your Mac please CLICK HERE.

There are many different reasons to create this drive as listed below.

Ability to re-boot a machine that’s crashed and run all software and machine as if nothing has happened
Solid back up of your operating system that can restore a failed internal drive much faster than a time machine or internet recovery restore

Redundancy of your software; in the even software gets updated and is no longer stable; this will provide you to go back and restore the previous version quickly.
Ability to launch your machine from some one else’s, you now can plug this drive into other machines and launch your OS. This is often helpful for Digi-Teching, occasionally you will have to work with a client’s or a rental machine that may not have software, updates or shortcuts you use and makes life way easier!
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All my gear got stolen…. in my dream last night

Jared Polin February 14, 2015 Comments Off

Do you ever have those dreams that seem so real that when you wake up you are freaked out? Last night I had a dream that all my gear was stolen and it scared the crap out of me. But luckily I woke up and it was just a dream.

Luckily for me I have insurance on all of my gear but I also use a FREE App called Lenstag to store serial numbers of all my gear. I personally know the owner of lens tag and he is a one man band. Not everyone has insurance so one thing you can do to protect yourself is use Lenstags free app to protect your gear.

Sign up for a FREE account right here.

It is really easy to set up. Sit down with your gear and your phone. Enter the model number, serial number and take a photo of the serial number. That’s pretty much it, the app will verify your gear against the entire lenstag database to make sure it has not been entered yet. I personally enter my laptops, microphones, camera bags and other accessories so there is a record of it.

Wether you have insurance or not please take the proactive approach and enter your gear into lenstag so you can have a little piece of mind incase something does happen. Also, if you are going to purchase used gear be sure to search the serial number in google before buying it. If a lens from lenstag has been reported as stolen it will be indexed on google and instantly be searchable from around the world.

Click Here to sign up at Lenstag.com or download the APP from the Apple App store or Google Play market.

I want to Mail you this personal letter

Jared Polin February 13, 2015 Comments Off

It’s always been kind of hard to purchase gifts for me on my birthday. I don’t tend to need or want to many things but prefer personal thoughtful gifts more than anything.

So when my 94 year old Grandfather sent me a pen engraved with Pop pop to Jared I was really excited. It turns out it is a Mont Blanc pen which I have heard of in the past but knew nothing about.

It turns out that they make pens that range from $250 to thousands depending on how many diamonds you want on it. This particular one looks like it sells for around $260 on Amazon. I never thought I would own such a pen but now that I have it I wanted to write something.

So I sat and wrote a letter with whatever was on my mind at the time all while trying to spell everything correctly and make sure I used proper punctuation. It turns out I failed at that slightly as some people have pointed out.

But I got to thinking that not to many people sit down to write letters any longer. So I came up with the idea of having you guys handwrite me a personal letter and post RIGHT HERE as a comment on the facebook post. It must be hand written and you can take a photo of it or scan it into the computer for me to read. I will read them all and chose one person to mail the original letter that I wrote. I will mail it anywhere in the world.

I want to MAIL you this personal handwritten letter

My Nikon D750 Is Back, but what did they do to it?

Jared Polin February 11, 2015 Comments Off

Early this morning I got a package back from Nikon that I wasn’t expecting so soon. My Nikon D750 which I sent under the service advisory has come back in about a week.

As many of you know Nikon issues a service advisory for the D750 after a flare issue was reported. Unlike with the D600 Nikon jumped right on the issue offering to repair any D750 that fits a certain serial number. Click Here to check and see if your Nikon D750 falls under the advisory.

Based on the service repair letter below they pretty much ripped the camera apart to fix the issue. They also left the Black Dot in my tripod socket which means the camera has been repaired.

FroKnowsPhoto_D750_repair

Like I said in the video it looks like anyone can put a dot inside the socket so I hope there are not to many dishonest people out there who try to sell their camera as repaired. I would hope that the new D750’s that come off the line will have something better than a simple market dot.
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