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5 Min Portrait – Photographing Fighter Jets at an Air show “Thunderbirds”

Jared Polin December 6, 2014 Comments Off

How many of you have ever gone to an Air Show? I personally had never been to an Air Show before Stephen set up a few photo passes to shoot “Thunder” over the boardwalk this summer in Atlantic City.

Any time I go into a situation where I am shooting something I have never shot before I like to do as much research as possible. In this case I have a longtime friend Matt Ciao who grew up shooting fighter jets and air shows.

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I asked him to give me his Top Tips for shooting photos at an air show. One of the main tips is don’t freeze the props. What he said is when you are shooting air planes one of the biggest mistakes is freezing the propellers. I would have thought I set my shutter speed high and just let it rip and freeze the action. It’s a good thing I spoke to Matt before hand to get a better understand about what I should be looking to capture.

Would you have turned down this shoot and $500?

Jared Polin December 5, 2014 Comments Off

One of the hardest things to do is turn down a job and that’s exactly what I had to do in this case. I got a call from a friend from a large company who produces concerts very last minute.

He asked if I was free to rush out to the venue to shoot a well known older artist and get all access. I would be the only photographer there is what he said. The shoot paid $500 and I would shoot and give them the images.

That sounds great and all but what are the particulars I asked. Where are the images being used, what do they expect from me, what can I do with the images? These are the hard questions we have to ask and I think he had pause and was thinking why are you asking me these questions.

So he said he would get back to me and with some answers in a few minutes. When he did he said heres the deal. They need you to shoot and they will use these images for their archive. And when I here archive that means they can use the images for anything they want. That’s not a deal breaker to me but the deal breaker was “you can’t do anything with the images”.

Right there what’s the point, if I cant share them or use them in any way there’s no reason for me to shoot. The second deal breaker is that I would have to turn the images over right there, ALL THE IMAGES. That means no editing no tweaking no doing what I do to make my images POP.

I reluctantly had to say sorry I can’t. If they simply said you can deliver us the keepers tomorrow I probably would have done it. It wasn’t about the money, the money was nice, nothing to sneeze at but it’s the principle of the matter.

I always question my decisions, should I have taken it because something cool could have come out of it? Or if I did take the job would they think they could take advantage of me because I turn all the files over and give them all the rights.

What would you have done?

One of the best Marketing and Branding tools for your Photo Bag: Fuji Instax Share

Jared Polin December 3, 2014 Comments Off

As you know I am huge into branding and marketing and when I find a tool that can help me make an impact I share it. This time around I have the Fuji Instax Share which is a personal wireless printer for your phone or Fuji WIFI enabled cameras.

When Fuji announced this printer a little while ago I wasn’t sure who or what it was for. It was announced that it would be $199 plus the cost of each picture. But when I started to see it in action like I did in Germany when Zack Arias printed photos directly from his X100T I was fascinated. I reached out to FUJI and asked if they would send me a unit to play with and they did.

The APP for the phone is simple and really got the gears turning in my mind. When I saw I could bring in any photo from my phone, add text, add some pre installed graphics and finally print 1 or 101 or more of the same image, I was hooked.

BTS Rap Video Shoot with Todd Wolfe and Daytona

Jared Polin December 1, 2014 Comments Off

Todd Wolfe takes Behind the Scenes for a recent Rap video shoot he filmed with Daytona. I personally enjoyed seeing all the different angles and gear Todd used to get the footage for this rap video. You honestly can take a lot out of watching a filmmaker at work.

Todd told starting to produce videos similar to my Quick Tips but they will all be based around using your DSLR to make video. I will post some of them on my channel to help Todd build up his. If you are interested in more FREE videos from Todd in the future, please SUBSCRIBE RIGHT HERE.

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Jared Polin November 27, 2014 Comments Off

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