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Your Best “FOOD” Photos Critiqued

Jared Polin April 8, 2015 Comments Off

I asked to see your Best “Food” photos last week and now it’s time to pick the winners and give some critiques while I am at it.

There were over 1000 comments left with images and I went through each and every one of them to pick the best and the ones I thought needed a critique.

I am sure some of you are curious how I select the winners when I have 1000 images to look at. I simply spend a second on each image but the ones that cause “pause” or for me to look closer are the ones that generally get selected. It’s all about standing out and making me think.

If you can make me think or question how the image was created there’s a good chance it’s a solid image.

What happens when you put a 512 Gig​ CF card into the Nikon​ D4s?

Jared Polin April 6, 2015 Comments Off

Recently LEXAR sent me some cards to play with including the insanely expensive and high capacity 512 GIG CF Card. ($879.99)

Before todays shoot I thought I would see how many RAW files that would give me and that number was the mind blowing 13,800!!!! Well after posting that video on Facebook someone asked how many JPEGS that would be and that answer is 314,000.

That means theoretically you could shoot on one card for pretty much the full life of a cameras shutter. Now you wouldn’t do that but just the sheer volume of photos is hurting my head.

Video One showing how many RAW Files. See the video above for how many JPEGS you can get.

What happens when you put a 512 Gig Lexar CF card into the Nik…What happens when you put a 512 Gig Lexar CF card into the Nikon D4s? Insanity that’s what!!!! Im not sure I would do this as a primary card but probably would as a backup slot. It does take almost 20 seconds to format so my concern would be if it will not be ready when i need it.

Posted by Fro Knows Photo on Monday, April 6, 2015

How to get Professional Photos with a Kit Lens: “Nikon D5500″ 5 Min Portrait

Jared Polin April 2, 2015 Comments Off

The Challenge – Use the Nikon D5500 and Kit 18-140 lens for a “Real World Review” and “5 Min Portrait”. The catch, I have never used this camera or lens before. The subject was Joe Beddia of “Pizzeria Beddia” who let me photograph his dough preparation for the evenings pizza.

Being that I had never used this camera before I had to get in the mindset that I can only use the Nikon D5500 and the 18-140 F3.5 to F5.6 kit lens. There is a misconception that you can only get great results with better glass. There is also a misconception that I can only get good photos with the most expensive gear in the world. I know once you watch this video and see the results that will never be a question or concern again.


I have uploaded every single image I captured during this photo shoot (Click Here for the gallery of images). That means you get to see the good the bad the ugly, everything. I fully processed and edited each image because I want people to see the best possible image even if it’s not the best show.

Keep in mind when I deliver images to a client I am only giving them the best of the best. I would never deliver images that I did not deem keepers.

Here’s the thing about kit lenses and why I have been so vocal about not using them, they are variable aperture. This means as you zoom out from 18 to 140 the f stop is going to automatically close down and cut back on the amount of light being let in. So unless you have a handle on the exposure triangle and know how to compensate for these changes on the fly you may end up with less than ideal results.

So the challenge to use this lens was for me to understand what will happen as I zoom out. I know as I zoom out the f stop will close down meaning I am losing light. Because I am losing light I need to do something to compensate for that. The options we have to work with in the exposure triangle are the shutter speed and ISO. I can slow my shutter down to compensate for the loss of light or I could bump my ISO higher to do the same thing. This is where many people see issues with their photos. They crank the ISO as high as they can and wonder why do their images look so grainy and terrible.

This is the mindset I got into during this shoot. I am going to start with an ISO that I think the camera can handle that gives me a fast enough shutter speed to compensate for when I zoom out. This means a starting shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second or more. With entry level cameras like the D5500 you only have one dial to control the shutter speed and F-stop. In order to change the F-stop you have to press another button while turning the back dial which takes time and will result in missed shots.

Why did I BUY a Printer that doesn’t print color?

Jared Polin March 31, 2015 Comments Off

Why did Postman FRO bring me a printer that doesn’t even print in color? The answer is simple, because as photographers we also need to print and scan documents.

The printer is the Brother MFCL2740DW

Wether you are a full time photographer or you play one on the weekend you have a need for a printer/scanner. One of the biggest reasons I purchased this Brother printer is for the multi page scanning option directly to PDF. How many times do you need to sign, scan and email back documents?

The way I used to do it would be scan one document at a time than print them all to a PDF which is time consuming. In this model I simply use the touch screen interface to scan my documents wirelessly to my computer. That’s right, you don’t even need to plug it into the computer.

This is my second Brother printer, I upgraded for the wireless option and the new touch screen. At first I didn’t think I would need the touch screen but now that I have it I use it to it’s full potential.

I could not recommend this printer more highly, Stephen bought one and I bought one for my dads office.

If “FroKnowsPhoto” was an 8-bit Game

Jared Polin March 27, 2015 Comments Off

Click Here to be one of the first to pick up this Limited Edition Shirt.

It has been a little while since I have released an all new design for an I SHOOT RAW Shirt. So when I set out with my designer to create something new the theme was 8-Bit Video game. We tossed around a few ideas before settling in on a “DOOM” inspired t-shirt.

When it came to making a short promo video for the shirt Stephen, Todd and I thought a first person shooter video would be the best. We strapped a GoPro to my chest and climbed my stairs and had Stephen pop out from different door ways. If FroKnowsPhoto was a game I think this is how it would have looked.

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