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Nikon D810 Real World Review

Jared Polin October 10, 2014 Comments Off

For the FULL RES exported images please click here. Click Here to Download Four RAW Files from the Nikon D810.

When Nikon announced the D810 many people thought it was simply a minor update to the D800. The truth of the matter is that it was a very nice evolution of an already nice camera.
It’s added more FPS, better focus, refined buttons, higher and lower ISO and much more.

Personally I was not a fan of the original D800. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice camera but it had some issues for me. First I thought the files were to large because of the 36 Mega Pixels. Each 14 bit RAW Uncompressed file was 75 megs on my card. To be honest even if they did offer me the RAW S I would not have used it at the time.

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One of the main issues I had with the D800 was the fact that the ISO topped out at 6400. At the time it seemed like even lesser cameras could shoot in lower light situations. I think one of the main reasons behind this was the fact that Nikon saw this as a studio type camera. But in this day and age you really want an all around great cameras wether it’s in the studio or on location in low light.

I’ve never really had a tough time deciding on what gear to take with me when I head out on a trip. It’s generally my Nikon D4s with the hebrew trinity and I am all set for anything that comes my way. But when we were getting ready to head to Poland and Germany I was having an internal fight with myself. I wanted to take my D4s because I was comfortable with and I had not touched the D810 yet.

The day before leaving I decided to challenge myself to take the D810 and leave the D4s sitting in it’s bag at home. I still took the hebrew trinity as my lenses of choice but the only body would be the D810.

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A lot went into my decision to take only the D810. Sure it’s smaller and lighter than my D4s but it was more about button layout and consistency of design Nikon has across the board with their cameras. You can pick up pretty much any Nikon camera from the D3300 to the D4s and feel comfortable with it in your hands because the button layouts and placements are very similar.

If you would like to purchase a Nikon D810 you can do so right here at Allen’s Camera or Amazon.

The SMALL Tweaks you can make to your Photography Website that could lead to more jobs

Jared Polin October 9, 2014 Comments Off

There are always small tweaks you can make to your website that may lead to more jobs. A long time friend of mine asked me to take a look at her page to give my honest take.

First off her site is clean, pleasant and houses some very nice work. It is built off of Squarespace which means she will be able to make any changes quickly and efficiently on her own without any HTML skills.

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One of the first things I noticed on her site is that it did not have a definitive portfolio featured. It did have galleries that showcase some very nice images but not one “catch all” portfolio that someone seeing your work for the first time could latch onto before diving deeper.

In this case the tip is to make sure you have a place where people can find a definitive portfolio of your work. The reason being is they can see your best of the best work in one place than take a closer look at your separate galleries.

When I first logged onto her site I noticed a big WELCOME photo. But I couldn’t click it, it didn’t change to show me more, it simply said welcome. My suggestion is to utilize your home page to make the most impact on people showing up. You want to grab them right than and there with your best work. You can put up a slide show of 10-20 images that when you click them take you into the site to further your message.

Make sure your message is on point from page to page to page. The site is Taylor’s and her husband is Ryan. On different pages you see “Thanks Taylor and Ryan” but on one you see it reversed. Being that the name of the website has Taylor in the name her name should always come first. This is one subtle tweak I noticed that may seem like not a big deal. But a consistent message can go a very long way to success.

One of the COOLEST Photo Books I have Ever Seen – The Bob Dylan Scrapbook

Jared Polin October 8, 2014 Comments Off

This book was Created as a companion piece to Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. I picked it up for under $10 on sale back when there was still a Borders Books.

This has to be one of the most interesting and all around cool books I have seen. It’s like a popup book accept many of the items can be removed.

You have old news paper clips that have been reproduced. You have lyric sheets that look like they are hand written on lined paper, you have all tour posters. The quality and detail of the information that was included in this thing is pretty mind blowing.

If you can still find one of these books new I highly recommend you pick one up.

You can find some of these books on Amazon right here. The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966 One of the COOLEST Photo Books I have Ever Seen   The Bob Dylan Scrapbook

I am giving away an ATOMOS Ninja Star

Jared Polin October 5, 2014 Comments Off

Would you like to WIN an Atomos Ninja Star, CFast Card and card reader? All you have to do is create a 1-3 min video that is Ninja related and submit it to me for a chance to WIN this killer prize.

Have fun, be creative and make something kick ass. If you can shoot video I suggest you at least try and enter.

Here are the rules you must follow to be eligible to win.
1. This contest is open to ANYONE anywhere in the world.
2. Create a 1-3 minute video – it could be a skit, stop motion, photo collage or anything you mind thinks up.
3. The video must be about something “Ninja Related”.
4. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo with your title. The video could be unlisted if you would like. But by posting your video you give us permission to embed or share it on this website.
5. Email Jared at FroKnowsPhoto.com with the subject line “Atomos Ninja Star Contest” and include your Name, Address and Phone number.
6. Entries must be received no later than December 1st 2014 at 11:59 pm EST since I said Nov 31st and there are only 30 days in November.
7. Stephen and I will be judging the entires to select the Winner.

Good Luck and thank you Atomos for offering up such a killer prize.

If you win and your country has certain tax laws for contests, you will be obligated to cover those.

Nikon DSLR Giveaway and Mobile RAWtalk at Allens Nikon-A-Palooza 10/18/14

Jared Polin October 3, 2014 Comments Off

Join us at Allen’s Camera on Saturday October 18th from 10am to 3pm for the second annual Allen’s Nikon-A-Palooza. 4401 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 19056.

We will be filming a Mobile RAWtalk from 10:30-Noon followed by hanging out in the store to answer any questions you may have or even critique your best 10 photos in person for FREE.

Someone who comes out with be the first EVER to spin the Wheel of FRO other than me.

Allen will be giving away a Nikon DSLR so be sure to join us to get entered for FREE to win that fantastic prize. Nikon reps will be to answer all of your questions. And there will be NPS technicians in the store doing FREE sensor cleanings. There are limited spots for sensors cleaning so be sure to get there early to sign up.

There will be KILLER trade in bonuses if you trade in any used gear. Brandon has put together some extra bonuses for those who will be trading in their used gear.

I will be doing RAPID FIRE CRITIQUES LIVE and in person. Be sure to bring your best 10 images for me to critique.

If you get hungry, don’t worry the TACO TRUCK IS BACK!!!!!!!!

Last year we had people come in from as far away as Canada so if you are within 8 hours we want to see you there in person.

The best part of it all is you get to hang out with fellow photographers in the REAL WORLD.