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Here, have one of my Matisyahu RAW Files to Edit.

Jared Polin February 6, 2014 Comments Off

CLICK HERE to download this RAW File.

A few months back I was asked to join Matisyahu in the studio to capture some candid images. I have not been able to share any of the images until they have been officially released.

Now that Matisyahu is using this image as the featured image and profile picture on his fan page I can share it with you.

Instead of just posting the final image with a watermark as a low res I decided to do something different. I am giving you all the RAW File to tweak edit and print any way you would like. Please keep in mind that I own this image and I am giving you permission to use for personal use only. Do not try to sell or put your name on the image.

Now that that is out of the way you are free to print and share this image as long as you give me credit and link back to my facebook or website.

How would you edit this file? What would you do that I didn’t do? Would you keep it Color or go Black and White?

CLICK HERE to download this RAW File.

Click Here to post the image in the Fro Forum.

12356096225 f843b535da Here, have one of my Matisyahu RAW Files to Edit.

I want to CRITIQUE Your Website: Rapid Fire Website Critique

Jared Polin February 5, 2014 Comments Off

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As a photographer your website is how you showcase your images to the world. Your choice of layout, design and images will impact how your photography is perceived.

If your site is not easy to navigate or confusing, people may not last long on it. If you have to many pictures, people may get bored and move on.

In this first Rapid Fire Website Critique I take a look at Graham Images. The design is simple and clean and pretty much easy to navigate. I think with some slight design and image choice tweaks that this site will become more effective.

If you would like to submit your website for a critique you can do so over on the website. Please use the same form as the AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique.

How to NEVER Miss Your Focus For Self Portraits

Jared Polin January 31, 2014 Comments Off

Here is a quick tip for how to never miss your focus for a self portrait or video.

As you know I have been making videos for the past few years. But what many people don’t know is how in the world do I get my focus so dead on when I am making videos with myself.

Everything I am about to say will apply for self portraits or videos that you will shoot of yourself.

When I first started I would prefocus on the back of the chair. But there is a problem with that. Being that I used a very shallow depth of field when I would sit in the chair the focus would be off. Why would it be off you may be asking? It would be off because I in essence focused behind me and not where it should have been on me.

The simple way around this was to prefocus on something that would more closely replicate my body. The answer was the mannequin that you see in the video above.

So now when I am making videos and no one is around to help me get my focus, I simply prefocus on something and lock the camera down.

A Life Lesson In Patience and Understanding

Jared Polin January 30, 2014 Comments Off

Yesterday I had the worst day of travel in my life and I bet a bunch of you who were following along with my updates are expecting me to have a HUGE RANT. Well, I can tell you I am not going to go on a RANT and I will explain why.

Lets recap my travel day first. I flew into Atlanta from Philly on a 9am EST flight. As we landed in Atlanta it had just started snowing and when I say snowing I mean flurries. Anyone who is used to snow would look at this and say this is nothing. But when you live in the south and you are not prepared for this once in a while occurrence any snow becomes a major issue.

I will spare you many of the smaller details and jump right to important facts. I was supposed to take off from Atlanta at 12:30pm EST. Due to the weather we were going to have to de-ice the plane before taking off. For anyone not familiar with this procedure, the plane is literally hosed down with an anti icing solution that clears all ice from the wings and fuselage.

This process usually wouldn’t take to long at an airport where they are used to getting any amount of snow. But in Atlanta they rarely see snow so the process was taking about an hour a plane.

What Is In My Photo Bag: Vegas Edition

Jared Polin January 29, 2014 Comments Off

Traveling with your gear can always be an interesting thing to get situated. So many factors play into your decision. What gear do I need to bring, where am I going, will I be flying or driving are just a few of the questions I ask myself.

So when it was time to head to Vegas and the prime focus being on doing a mobil RAWtalk I reached for the thinkTank Photo Airport Security. Based on what I needed to load it with I knew this was probably the best bag for the job.

As you will see in the video I can squeeze so much into this bag and it should fit into most overhead bins. (When flying to Los Angeles today it did not fit in a 757 overhead).

I am still amazed I was able to squeeze so much stuff safely into that bag.

What is your go to bag for traveling with your gear?

Click here to read the video transcript

Jared Polin: Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com here in Las Vegas because I wanted to do a What’s in My Bag? What did I travel with to get here for all the RAWtalks and all the videos and whatever else we were making? So let’s throw up this think tank airport security bag onto the table. Oh my God, oh my god, I could go over ahead and chest press this with it totally full. Oh my –first things first. Froknowsphoto hair cap, just in case I decide I need to shower and want to do this I actually took a bath in that place. Then on the outside we have a smaller gorilla pod with a ball head on it. We actually use this for the GoPro during RAWtalk we had. We hung it up in a corner boom then the bigger, thicker, better gorilla pod this one is massive. They charge a lot of money for this, but we use that to hold the D800.

Here on the side of the bag, which you’re not going to be able to see, but I attach my one tripod that I like traveling with my carbon fiber that I bought at Allen’s years and years ago when I worked there, love traveling with this, have the ball head gives me whatever I need. But let’s take a look at the inside. This is – this is where well, this is the money shot pretty much because we’ve got everything you can think of in here. A lot of stuff, let’s just start off down here. I won’t take these out but what we have down here are individual think tank lightning fast bags that I had them sent me because I put my microphones in here. I got one, two, three, four different packs.

One has a beach tech, which we use for connecting multiple microphones to the camera that Steven is using. The others have my lab packs and extra batteries. Obviously we’ll look down here. We’ve got road connector so we can do for our headphones, batteries for the D800, the D4 extra double As. I’ve got a dollar don’t why, don’t know what that is. Toothpaste, lens plate or camera plates, toothbrushes, the deodorant that’s always good to have, but let’s start right here. We’ve got XLR cable that’s RAWtalk. We have a zoom each six. That’s for RAWtalk. I’ve got a charger for the Adamos. If we wanted to use the battery, we got the actual Adamos right here pretty darn like this is – it surprises me still how small the Ninja 2 is for what it is. We got that just extra adapters won’t talk about those too much. I have a D4 right here.

Use that for RAWtalk. The D800 is hanging under here boom. Heliopan this is the 9 stop variable neutral density filter ND. That’s good to have because it’s Vegas it’s awfully bright. We’re probably going to use that for doing photo news outside, can’t leave home without gaff tape. This was – this always comes in handy. Then we have HDMI cable which is for the connecting the Adamos to the camera. 14 to 24 hiding down under here is where I hide the 70 to 200 boom. Memory cards, other adapters and cables are going to stay in there for the time being. I’ve multiple card readers. I’ve got the CF card reader, and I also an XQD card reader just in case I want to transfer some XQD cards. GoPro oops, oops, oops, the GoPro isn’t here. This is how I travel with it. This is a lens coat little bag so I’ve got all the GoPro accessories in there. A G Tech hard drive. This is the 2.0 a 1 terabyte put it as 2 1 terabyte drives there for backing things up. That is FireWire. That thing is powerful. Just the deodorant ah, we got the two road headsets that we used for RAWtalk right here. That’s what Steven and I had. And the other there’s odds and ends. There’s more XLR cables down at the bottom as you can see in hear and an AC adapter for the Nikon D800, but you know all in all this, that is a lot of stuff to have to travel.

It’s amazing that out of one bag we were able to pretty much accomplish everything we needed to do for RAWtalk, so I love this bag. Yes, it’s heavy when you are traveling, but it gets you where you’re going. Oh I forgot I got my black rapid strap the froknowsphoto edit black rapid strap in here and I also keep a passport right here inside this little traveling case thing in the bobber, and that’s pretty much it guys. This is a ton of stuff, but it travels well in this think tank airport security, and that is what is in my bag. The traveling edition to Las Vegas Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com see ya.