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Did you WIN the FREE Rapid Fire Critique?

Jared Polin July 14, 2014 Comments Off

A little while back I conducted a new survey to find out how I can make FroKnowsPhoto and the content better. I was overwhelmed with the amount of people who took the time to fill it out.

A survey like this really helps me see what you guys like, don’t like and want to see more of on the website.

As a token of my gratitude for taking your time to take the survey I offered up some killer prizes: 1 Rapid Fire Critique of 10 photos of your choice. Two I SHOOT RAW Edition BlackRapid Straps. 10 Digital Downloads of my video guide. $200 in BorrowLenses.com rental credit. $200 in AdoramaPIX print credit and 1 FREE year of Squarespace.

Because people left just their e mail address and I don’t want to share those publicly I have removed the @ info so I can post the winners.

If you are one of the winners below please keep an eye out for an email from me.

If you did not win this time around I wanted to offer you a special code at store.froknowsphoto.com for $5 off orders of $19 or more when you use code “surveyty” at checkout. (excludes bobble heads and combo offers)

Either FOCUS on showing your BEST WORK or don’t show it at all

Jared Polin July 12, 2014 Comments Off

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You have heard me say this a million times but either focus showing your best work or no work at all. This is not meant to scare you or tell you to do anything you don’t want to do it’s more to help you see that putting your best foot and pictures is the best way.

The truth of the matter is if you have second thoughts about the quality of an image you should probably not share it. You control what people consume which means you are controlling the message. Keep in mind that this is subjective, if you LOVE something you should show it and stand behind it.

I rather see 10 SOLID keepers opposed to 20 eh shots. If you don’t put your best foot forward you are leaving your work to major interpretation by the people who are seeing it.

Now let’s take a look at the site I critiqued this time around. The first thing I noticed right off the bat that the main image on the page was a picture of the photographers business card. That is not the way I would introduce people to my work. I think the best thing to do is lead off with your best work or a short slide show.

As I progressed in through the site I noticed that when looking at a gallery I had no way of seeing all the images on the screen at once. I had to arrow through everything in order to see the images. This may be personal preference but I like having the option of seeing a thumb of all the images so I can decide what I would like to see.

Step to the Left or Right and make your images go BOOM, POW, POP

Jared Polin July 7, 2014 Comments Off

Sometimes taking one step to the left or right will take your picture from bla to BOOOM. As you will see in this set of concert photos there are times where the lights behind the musician are clearly popping out from the side of a person. What I have found works out very well is when you use the musicians body to block the light, which in turn causes a really cool halo lighting effect.

How do you do this when you are shooting, simple. You can’t ask the band to move but you can situate yourself in such a way that puts the musician in the perfect position for this type of photo. These photos really create impact where the light off to the site becomes a distraction.

I picked this set because it had a nice cross section of a photo story with potential to get better. That is what I am looking for in a set. Images that I can look at and help the photographer see the full potential of their photos.

16 Tips For How To Shoot Fireworks

Jared Polin July 2, 2014 Comments Off

How To Shoot Fireworks 2012 Edition

How To Shoot Fireworks 2011 Edition

It’s that time of year where the fireworks come out to play. But how in the world do you capture fantastic images of them? Do you raise your ISO up very high because it’s dark out? Where do I focus because my auto focus wont lock in? There are so many questions people have when it comes to photographing fireworks but I am here to give you what I think are the easiest tips to help you get successful photos this year.

These tips are in no particular order. Click Here to see the FULL RES Exported Photos.

Tripod: A tripod is integral to getting the best results. You will want one that is sturdy and wont shake terribly to much when people are walking around and fireworks are going off. If there is shake it will be seen in your images being that you will be using a longer shutter speed.

Now This Is ALL ACCESS: Photo By Sammy Davis Jr, From My Bookshelf

Jared Polin July 2, 2014 Comments Off

One of the very first photo books I ever purchased was this one by Sammy Davis Jr. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is the fact that Sammy David Jr had an interest in photography. Another interesting aspect is that Sammy Davis was able to go places that other african american people of the time could not go.

He was part of the Rat Pack and they stuck together regardless of the racism that existed at the time. These were the biggest celebrities of their time and Sammy was there to capture the moments. He didn’t just capture moments that anyone could capture. He captured images of what it was like to be inside the Rat Pack and what it was like to be the biggest entertainers in the world at that time.

What he captured helps shed light on what it was like to party, entertain and have fun in the 50’s and 60’s. This is a book I highly recommend adding to your collection. The stories that go along with the images are just as strong as the images themselves.

Below you will find the description that accompanies the book on Amazon.


“Sammy Davis, Jr. will forever be remembered as one of America’s finest entertainers. An all–around performer who could sing, dance, and act, Davis broke racial barriers in the entertainment world and became the only non–white member of the Rat Pack. Only now, however, is Davis’s talent as a photographer finally being recognized. In this previously unpublished collection of black and white photography, readers will be fascinated by Davis’s portrayals of A–list performers, iconic world leaders, and scenes from everyday life. Davis’s subjects include dozens of classic celebrities–such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, and James Dean–who are often photographed at their most casual and revealing moments.”