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Ever wonder what goes on Behind the Scenes, wonder NO MORE

Jared Polin December 18, 2013 Comments Off

Yes you get to see what happens on RAWtalk from the perspective of a viewer looking in. But what does RAWtalk look like behind the scenes? How do we go form recording to having the audio and video live in a week.

So lets take a look at a typical RAWtalk day/week. We like to film on Thursdays which so happens to be a day that I hit the gym in the morning. Stephen meets me back at the loft around 10:45 where we start the process of setting everything up.

We start by removing the table top to the poker table and placing it on the side. Next Stephen starts the process of laying out the cables, microphones and arms. We use the RODE Broadcaster Microphones and RODE studio arms. I have regular XLR cables that we ordered off of Monoprice.com.

The XLR’s run underneath the table to my counter where they go into the ZOOM H6. The Zoom H6 is powered with an AC adapter so we never have to worry about the batteries dying on us again. This was a fantastic purchase for RAWtalk. Stephen has general audio levels these days for both of us. I tend to yell a lot but I now know to back away from the RODE when I am going to get louder.

For those who are wondering, RODE has become a sponsor and we are very happy to have such a staple in the audio industry on our side. Of course it didn’t start off with a sponsorship. We reached out to them in the hopes we could get some gear to review and test out. One thing led to another and we really like working with each other. Like I have said a million times, I wont promote or work with a product that I don’t like or wouldn’t use.

If a Photographer can do THIS with an Entry Level Camera, What’s Your Excuse

Jared Polin December 18, 2013 Comments Off

How many times have you heard “my camera stinks” or “I need a better camera”? As I have said a million times it’s not about the camera as much as the lenses. And in many cases you can get better pictures with an entry level camera with a solid lens than the best pro camera with a crappy lens.

This set is another example of someone using an entry level Nikon D3200 and coming out with poppy vibrant color and black and white images. On top of that their composition is top notch and the subjects are interesting.

When I am looking at a set of 10 images and it contains 3-4 solid keepers you know you are on the right path.

Remember, it is what you do with the camera not what the camera does with you. You are smarter than it, you control it. If you think there is a problem with your camera it’s most likely human error.

Keep on shooting and let’s see some more of those sets of 10 images.

You’re Invited on December 29th to Join Me!!!

Jared Polin December 12, 2013 Comments Off

There is an amazing photo exhibit of in Philadelphia right now at the Constitution Center. It is the Pulitzer Prize winning photos from the 50s until today.

I would like you to join me for a photo walk and discussion through this exhibit on Sunday December 29th. The plan is for people to arrive between 12 Noon at 12:45pm with me leading the walk at 1pm.

Tickets can be purchased on site for $14.50 each right at the ticket counter. Your ticket not only gets you access to this photo exhibit but also to the rest of the Constitution Center.

I think this will be a great opportunity to study and discuss some of the most historic images over the last 60 years.

I hope to see you there.

Click Here for more information on the Constitution Center. For directions and ticket information.

It’s Post Man FRO with A Package For You!!! #004

Jared Polin December 12, 2013 Comments Off

Postman Fro knocked on my door again with a special package. This time around he brought me the Video Mic Go from RODE.

What makes this an interesting microphone is the fact that it’s only $99. To grab a RODE microphone for $99 bucks is flat out a steal. The quality behind the brand is second to no one.

I have a few different video mics from RODE but this one is by far the easiest one to use. Where the other mics have these rubber band type shock mounts the GO has something called a Rycote Lyre shock mount. Now I had to get my guy on the phone over at RODE to explain what makes that feature so important.

He gave me a quick education on a special type of mount that Rycote makes for very high end microphones. Pretty much it’s a plastic mount that is all one piece that requires none of those pain in the butt rubber bands.

This is a direction microphone meaning you are going to get great audio from whatever is right in front of it. For example if you are shooting someone playing the piano and your pointed right at it your going to isolate the sound. This would be good for interviews if you are a few feet from the camera as it will isolate the speaker.

Another great feature is that the GO does not require any batteries. It is powered right from the camera which means one less thing for you to worry about.

Pretty much this microphone is a set it an forget it type of item.

If you are just getting into video you have to know that audio is just as if not more important than anything else. To pick up a professional quality microphone

Screen Shot 2013 11 18 at 09.03.15 300x130 Its Post Man FRO with A Package For You!!! #004


This Photographer was being SO LAZY!!!

Jared Polin December 11, 2013 Comments Off

Like the title says, this photographer was being so lazy. Well that photographer so happened to be me.

Why was I being lazy you may ask? There was a beautiful sunset in Philly and I decided to go up on my roof to capture a photo of the skyline with the best camera ever, the iphone 5. Sure you can get some okay results with it but I was not happy with myself for being so lazy.

I ran down my spiral staircase, grabbed the D4 and 70-200 and hustled back up on the roof. The light was changing fast and I was able to snap off a few shots before the sun fully set.

I was so happy with the results and even more happy that I stopped being lazy and decided to grab the D4.

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Click Here for the FULL RES JPEG

I have uploaded the full res jpeg for the world to print and use for personal use only. I have also uploaded the RAW file as a DNG for you all to edit any way you would like. *CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RAW FILE*