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Why I Like To Shoot Through A Photo Hole and Not The Glass

Jared Polin April 26, 2014 Comments Off

Have you been to an arena and noticed there were hole cut in the glass? These are photo holes and they are extremely important when it comes to getting quality images at sporting events.

I equate shooting through the glass to using a filter in front of your lens. In all reality it is much worse to shoot thorough the glass being that it is not as clear as a filter. Also the glass is much thicker than any filter you would ever use.

Some issues you will run into when shooting through the glass is you will lose some light and focus will be a little tougher. The focus is tougher because you have something that is not perfectly clear that you are trying to shoot through.

If you have the ability to shoot through a photo hole you will be much better off. No longer will you have anything between you and the action. You just have to be careful not to stick your lens out when the play is close to the hole.

Here are some tips if you encounter this at a youth game. Most local hockey rinks will not have photo holes. My suggestion is to try and shoot from a spot down low where there is no glass. Sometimes that is at the end of the bench and others it’s in the penalty box.

The key is a clean shot without anything between your lens and the subject.

I hope this quick tip helps you out.

This Band Used His Image Without Permission, Then Laughed At Him

Jared Polin April 24, 2014 Comments Off

Rohan Anderson was surfing around on Facebook when he saw an image that looked very similar to one he took of the band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The reason it looked like his photo was that fact that it was. The only difference was they cropped and added a filter to his original image before posting it up on their facebook page with out attribution.

Seeing this Rohan contacted the band asking them to give him credit for the shot and the bands response was not to favorable. At that point he asked them to remove the image and they pretty much laughed at him.

I reached out to him last night and to get his story and see what kind of solution there ended up being. He seems like a great kid and went about this in a much better way than others have done in the recent past.

PetaPixel has a very good write up about the situation right here.

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Adobe Lightroom Photo Editing: See Every Step I Make

Jared Polin April 23, 2014 Comments Off

I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Elmakias for a future RAWtalk the other day. For those of you who don’t know Adam, he is the photographer who came up with the lens bracelet and has built a huge following across social media. You will find out a lot more about him when we release our interview.

Adam was in town with the band A Day To Remember so we made sure we were able to get together to meet for the first time. After our interview I asked if I could come to the show that night and Photograph the Photographer.

I love setting out with a photographic task in my mind. In this case my goal was to capture solid images of Adam at work. I have never seen him work so I was not sure what to expect. But that’s what’s fun about photography, the attempt to quickly adapt to someones style and be able to capture them.

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This was not one of the easier shoots I have attempted. First off we were shooting at the Troc which is an old venue with not a ton of quality lighting. So if the stage light is not the best to start with how do you think it will be on the photographer who is not the main focus. But again that’s what’s fun about going out and shooting, you never know what you will need to do.

I think the shoot went extremely well. My goal when I go out to shoot is to capture a handful of “keepers” that tell a story. I am not really focused on just getting “the one” shot, I want to tell a story across multiple winners. I feel I was able to accomplish that once all the images were edited.
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Guts and Glory The Golden Age of American Football: Neil Leifer from My Bookshelf

Jared Polin April 17, 2014 Comments Off

Neil Leifer has played a major roll in helping shape my photographic style. Since my teens I have been following his work, reading the stories behind his images and sitting in awe at what he created.

Guts and Glory is a small cross section of his photos that cover the NFL from 1958-1978. I am not the biggest fan of football but I love seeing images of it. I also know that photographing football is one of the toughest sports to capture.

The quality of this book is fantastic. As you know I love huge hardback books that are well printed and this is one of them.

Even if you are not into football these images are going to grab you. They are thick, gritty and expressive from a time where players left it all on the field. The glory days they truly were.

This is a book that I love having on my shelf and think you will love as well.

Is Close Good Enough For These Photos, I Think So? Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Yes these photos are close, in fact they are very very close to being spot on. With a few small corrections this photographers future images have a better chance at being spot on.

I really liked the angle they were going for in their images. The Disneyland photos were so very close. The first one was just to far away from the main scene but I totally understand where they were going with it. I would love to see the fireworks in color but I will have to go with the photographers gut that the black and white looked better. I loved the way the fireworks lit up the front of the people standing around. The image is really right on, not much to change about it.

The food images on the other hand I think needed some softer light. It came across to me at least that it was way to harsh. That harshness became a distraction that lead my eyes away from the focus of the image.

What can we all learn from these critiques? I can tell you these critiques help me in my every day photos. You never can see to many images and that’s why you should consider following other peoples work. The more you see, the more you experiment, the better you will become.

If you would like to submit your images for a rapid fire critique please click the submit photos button above.

Click Here to see the photographers entire set on Flickr.