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For GERMAN Eyes Only Or Anyone Going To Photokina

Jared Polin September 9, 2014 Comments Off

I will be spending two full days walking around the show floor at Photokina on Tuesday 9/16 and Wednesday 9/17. If you see Stephen or I feel free to stop and say hello, we would love to talk with you.

There wont be a RAWtalk this time around but there will be a FREE Meetup on Wednesday evening at 8pm. We will meet at the Kolner Dom on the stairs facing the train station.

The plan is to meet there with you guys and than make our way to a bar for some drinks.

The last time we were in Colgne we had a fantastic time, I hope we can match it this time around.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit!

Adam Lerner September 8, 2014 Comments Off

In this video, I take you thru my portrait photo editing process from start to finish. I share with you tons tips and tricks and unlock so many excellent nuggets in Lightroom!

So much of what can make a good image great happens in post processing. I firmly believe that it’s essential to edit your RAW photos. It’s one thing to take a great photo and another thing to do a great edit and I feel an image isn’t finished until it’s properly edited.

In this video, I start by using a Lightroom Develop preset as my baseline. I love presets and often start with them and tweak from there. Not all presets work well just as they are, but can provide a great starting point for an edit. I then go thru the Develop module and show you guys my process for editing and retouching an image all in Lightroom every step of the way.

Lightroom is incredibly robust and full of amazing features. There is no right or wrong with editing, but I feel that less is more and when editing it’s about a gradual progression. My goal is to elevate a photo without making it look overly processed or surreal. This is a fine balance and takes some practice and the great thing about shooting RAW and editing in Lightroom, is that you can always revisit and re-edit a photo as your editing process progresses.

I hope you find all the Lightroom tips, tricks and nuggets I share in this video helpful to your workflow.

Please subscribe and leave your questions and comments below.

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RAWtalk Episode #102

Jared Polin September 7, 2014 Comments Off

Screen Shot 2014 09 07 at 9.46.03 PM RAWtalk Episode #102

Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Vs Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4

Jared Polin September 6, 2014 Comments Off

The big question since the Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART and Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 were announced is which is better. The Sigma clocks in at $949 which is pretty expensive for a third party 50mm F1.4 lens. The Otus on the other hand clocks in at an astronomical figure of $3990.

First off we have to acknowledge that the Sigma is a 50mm and the Otus is a 55mm. But for comparison purposes they are pretty much the same focal length.

If we take a quick look at the other 50mm F1.4 lenses on the market, the Nikon and Canon both come in right around $400. Have we ever seen this to be the case, where a third party lens like a sigma costs twice as much as a first party Nikon or Canon?

As many of you know my type of reviews tend to be on the more practical side. There will be no charts shot, there will be no pixels peeped, just personal observations and sample images for you to do as you please. I leave much of the review open to your personal interpretation of the results I found.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 RAW Files (100 megs) Sigma FULL RES Jpeg’s
Zeiss Otus 50mm F1.4 RAW Files (100 megs) Otus FULL RES Jpeg’s
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POSTMAN FRO Brought Me A New Laptop

Jared Polin September 4, 2014 Comments Off

It’s not every day you decide to purchase a new laptop. When I purchase a new Macbook Pro I expect that it will be my 3-5 year portable.

The question I was wrestling with over this purchase was should I get the 13in or the 15in. I currently have a four year old 13in Macbook Pro that is fine for editing photos, surfing the internet and that’s pretty much all I use it for.

I personally have enjoyed traveling with the 13 inch over the past few years but I have to take into consideration what this laptop will be used for. With Stephen coming on full time and us taking RAWtalk around the world, it’s become clearer that a powerful video editing machine was needed.

Since that was the case the only way to go is a maxed out 15 in Macbook Pro. There honestly is no way around it, you get four cores and a dedicated video card. You get the retina display and a fast SSD with thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

So for those reasons I ended up with the larger laptop but could not be happier with the purchase. I officially love the size, weight and functionality that this computer offers.

Thank you POSTMAN FRO for dropping it at my door.