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RAWtalk Episode #102

Jared Polin September 7, 2014 Comments Off

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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

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.

As A Photographer Don’t Forget To Do This: Quick Tip

Jared Polin September 2, 2014 Comments Off

Sometimes we have a tendency to only see what is right in front of us. As photographers we have to see the world differently, that’s why I am here to tell you not to forget to look up!!!

The funny thing about the image below is I did not intend to capture it. In fact I didn’t even want to take the camera out of the car for the walk around Muir Woods. But with Stephens encouragement and my passion for capturing images I took it with me.

We took a short respite to sit and talk on a bench when I decided to lean my head back and look up. What struck me was how beautiful scene of these huge redwoods towering into the sky. I saw the image in my mind, put the camera up to my eye, tweaked my settings a little and bam, got the shot.

That moment on the bench really gave me the kick in the butt I needed to see the world that is all around me, not just what is in front of me.

Click Here to download the FULL res image. This image was edited in Adobe Lightroom form the RAW of the Nikon D610. I used the Nikon 14-24 2.8 and this is not HDR.

Muir Woods

Natural Light Portrait BTS!

Adam Lerner September 2, 2014 Comments Off

In this video, I take you behind the scenes for an outdoor natural light portrait session. I talk about all my settings and share my thought process along the way. This shoot deals with a multitude of different lighting scenarios and I demonstrate how by using a 5 in 1 reflector to help mitigate the light as well as use the light to my advantage you can get stunning results.