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Just A Little Story

Jared Polin December 27, 2013 Comments Off

Here is a little story about a recent photo shoot I did. A friend connected me with another friend who is a world renowned pianist.

He tells me that their “photographer friend” can’t shoot their show tomorrow night. Mind you this is 11:30 the night before. So they turned to me and asked if I would like to shoot.

I said sure, I would love to shoot. Give me a few ideas on what you had in mind. They told me what they were looking for and I said “let me do my thing, go where I want to go, do what I want to do and you will get a great photo story”.

Next question, “How much do you cost”. My answer, put some money in an envelope and hand it to me tomorrow, whatever is in there is in there.

I just love going to shoot personal work and being able to do my thing. I have a very good feel for what someone is looking for based off of a short conversation. As long as they do their thing and I do mine they tend to be happy.

I delivered all the images as 1500 pixel jpegs and let them know they can use them online without an issue. I also said if you need some higher res ones for any other usage please let me know and I will send them over.

Did they hand me that white envelope, yes. Does it matter what was in there, no. I didn’t do the shoot for the money, I did the shoot to create and be around other creative people who I may work with in the future.

I want you all to know that I will do the best job I can no matter if I am getting paid $10,000 or $10. My goal every time I go out is to get the shots that tell that story I am looking to capture.

Here is what makes it more worth while. “Jared- I am overwhelmed… all of the photos are incredible. I would like to use some of these for our website, how should I credit you? Again, many many thanks for sharing your talents. -Brian”

That’s it, end of story.

PS. I will share what I created that night with you sometime soon.

How do you know when to go Black and White or stay Color?

Jared Polin December 26, 2013 Comments Off

How many times have you gotten a certain photo while your editing and thought “wow, this would look great in black and white” only to find out that you love the color just as much?

See, there is no right or wrong answer to which way you should edit your image. The way I decide on Black and White or Color is based on feel. How that one image feels to me when I am editing it. If it just feels right in Black and White than thats what I go for.

In the case of the image in this video I fist felt that it was much stronger in color. Once I edited it Black and White I thought to myself that it just didn’t have that pop I was looking for. After looking at it more I started to like the Black and White more but I am still not sure.

This is one of those images where I like it in both color and black and white. They both have their positives but I am not sure one stands out more than the other.

What do you think, how do you decide when to go Black and White and or stay in Color?

RAWtalk Episode #066

Jared Polin December 24, 2013 Comments Off

CLick Here to listen to this weeks Episode.

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FroKnowsPhoto Flash Guide Sale

Jared Polin December 23, 2013 Comments Off

As you know I do not run sales very often. But for the next few days the Fro Flash Guide digital download is on SALE for only $57.

This will be a great gift to yourself or anyone looking to learn how to finally take control of their flash.

Thank you all very much for your continued support and remember to keep Shooting RAW.

Click Here to pick up the Flash Guide.

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I had a Minor ISSUE with my BlackRapid but I found a KILLER Solution

Jared Polin December 20, 2013 Comments Off

Let me first say that this is not really an issue that puts any of your gear at risk. It is more of a simple solution to make your BlackRapid Strap even better!!!!

For the past few years I have been using my BlackRapid straps and have loved them every step of the way. But I always noticed one slight issue when I was attempting to change my lenses. What would happen is I would hold the camera in one hand which took all the tension of the strap and the shoulder part would slip off to the side. No remember what I am saying here, the camera was in my hand so at no time was my camera in danger. In fact when you are standing and holding your camera or letting it dangle this is not even an issue.

What would happen is I would have to rearrange the strap every time I stood back up. This was more of an inconvenience than anything else.

But there is a simple solution that takes this strap to an entirely different level of comfort. Stephen brought to my attention that he had the same issue and all he did was simply reverse the Brad. Now instead of it going under the left arm, it goes under the right arm.

Now the strap is secure to your body and no matter what you do it no longer will slip to the side when you bend down to change lenses.

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This is a simple change you can make on your own. It may take a few minutes to reverse it but once thats done you are all set.