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RAWtalk Episode #096: A 2+ Hour SHOW

Jared Polin July 29, 2014 Comments Off

Screen Shot 2014 07 29 at 2.37.42 PM RAWtalk Episode #096: A 2+ Hour SHOW

The Secret to getting into ANY CONCERT as a Photographer (even if you are a hobbyist)

Jared Polin July 27, 2014 Comments Off

I am not huge on using the term “secret” when it comes to any piece of information. I use it in this case to pretty much dispel the idea that “secrets” are these massively important things that only a select few know.

In this case I am telling you how you can photograph any show you want. It’s pretty simple, if you know one person or become friends with one person that is associated with a band you officially have your in.

Of course the rest is up to you. You need to deliver on your work and prove that you are not someone who only wan’t to get into shows for free. Once you deliver you are golden, if you can be trusted and you are respectful you shouldn’t have trouble finding your way into any show.

In this case my good friend Shannon was in town with the Dirty Heads. He dropped me a line and I asked if I could come out and shoot the show. All I asked is that they don’t put restrictions on me and let me do my thing.

He checked with the band and they were all for it. I guarantee that he talked up the type of work I do as well as showed them some of my past shots. He did all the heavy lifting, he sold me on them and they said absolutely.

I Get ALL UP In This Beginner Photography Critique

Jared Polin July 24, 2014 Comments Off

I like to get all up in a critique. This critique in particular was interesting. I think there were some solid keepers and images that would build well on a photo story.

Like in most critiques there are always some tweaks that can be made. In this case some of the processing fell a little short for me but overall I was very happy with the results.

Here are some tips for selecting 10 images for critiquing. If you come to an image and think you should hide it because it’s not strong, get rid of it. Are you trying to convey a story in your images, if so make sure to have the tight, wide and detailed shots. Pick images that you personally like, don’t use images that you are not feeling just because someone else tells you it’s amazing. Go with your gut, do your own thing.

This ONE thing helped me become successful

Jared Polin July 23, 2014 Comments Off

“The day I stopped trying to rely on others to make me successful was the day I took full control of MAKING MYSELF a success.”

Yes, I will admit that for the longest time I thought that I would latch onto someone who was a success and become successful because of them. I thought they would take me along for the ride and in turn I would become very successful.

The problem with that mentality is you are not in control whatsoever. You are always waiting and hoping that they make the right choices that ultimately lead to success for everyone. All this led to was disappointment in the decisions and choices those other people were making. But if you are not in control of your direction you will have no say.

One day I woke up and said enough is enough. It was time for me to take control of my own future, make my own decisions and either succeed or fail.

I want to make it very clear that I am not saying you shouldn’t take peoples advice or ask for help when needed. Advice and help are both very important but it will come down to what you do with it. Being that you are in control you can choose to implement it, ignore it or modify it for your personal needs.

Remember when you are in control you make all the decisions. Some will be right and others will be wrong but you can’t be afraid to make the wrong decision. If you get stuck in indecision you will pretty much be dead in the water.

Take control of your success, invest in yourself, believe in your ability and ultimately WIN.

These are some of the MOST Powerful Images: Moments, the Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs

Jared Polin July 23, 2014 Comments Off

When I first started to collect photo books to study I came across “Moments, the Pulitzer Prize Winning Photograph”. The book that I am reviewing here is only updated to the early 2000’s but there are newer releases that continue with the winning images.

This is one of the most powerful collection of images I have ever seen. The moments that are captured are beyond the most powerful things you have seen. You see life, death and everything in between. You are left to read into the images and I found myself being put into some of those situations. This book takes the extra step of adding the stories behind the images which puts everything into perspective for you.

This is not an easy book to look at. When you come up to photos of executions or right before executions, I can’t help but wonder what is that person thinking at that moment. What is anyone really thinking when any of that is about to go down.

A moment captured in a photograph is so much more powerful in many situations than video because it freezes a moment and leaves your mind to figure out what is going on.

With any prize that is given you may find yourself trying to figure out how certain images won. I wonder myself about some of the images but we always have to remember that photography is subjective.

I highly recommend this book for the pure history that it captures. The stories are powerful and moving as well are the images. This is a book I think ever photographer needs to see, even if you head to a book store to flip through it.