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The BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHY Show in the World – Photokina 2014 Recap

Jared Polin September 25, 2014 Comments Off

If you could’t make it to Photokina 2014 don’t worry, we brought it to you. After spending two full days and walking miles and miles, we bring you what we found to be the most interesting products from the show.

We hit up as many booths as possible including BlackRapid, Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony, ThinkTank, Tenba, Western Digital and many many more.

A big thank you goes out to BlackRapid for making this trip possible. Without them being the sponsor we would not have been able to bring you this coverage.

I also want to thank the hundreds of FRO readers that stopped Stephen and I to say hi.

Canon 7D Mark II Hands On From Photokina 2014

Jared Polin September 24, 2014 Comments Off

Quick hands on preview of the Canon 7D Mark II from Photokina 2014.

This camera has been on peoples minds for years. The original 7D was a revolution for it’s time, a small, powerful and quick cropped sensor DSLR.

With the passing of five years this camera has seen a substantial upgrade, but is it enough?

Right off the rip this camera feels great in the hands and has some top notch professional features. I am not going to run down all the specs because by now you already know everything about this camera.

I can tell you it’s FAST, the 10 FPS in such a small and affordable body is something we have not seen ever. The auto focus is fast and covers the entire viewfinder. I will have to dive in deeper to the settings when I buy the body to see if you can tweak the focus as much as the pro bodies.

I did have a concern with the lack of a touch screen. Where the 70D has a touch screen for the dual pixel af, this camera does not. How are we supposed to easily change focus while filming video?

That’s it for now until I buy the camera at Allens Camera.

This is so EASY I need to do it more often

Jared Polin September 24, 2014 Comments Off

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As of late and by late I mean the last few years I have neglected my personal portfolio website. The first reason I neglected it was the fact that I was not in control of the page because it was not easy to make updates. The second reason is the larger focus has been on FroKnowsPhoto.com.

With that said, now that I have switched over to Squarespace and it’s so much easier to make changes to my galleries I still have been neglecting it and I shouldn’t be.

The truth of the matter is it takes 2 minutes to set up a new gallery on your site. That’s why i just sat down to add my recent photo story from Auschwitz to the site. These images need to be on my site because they represent the type of stories I can tell in my images.

Nikon D750 Hands On from Photokina 2014

Jared Polin September 23, 2014 Comments Off

This is a quick hands on preview of the Nikon D750 from Photokina 2014.

When this camera was announced there was a lot of bitching about the specs and some of the design features. One of those features is the new tilting screen which I must say is strong, metal and very stable. It is not going to break off unless you attempt to snap it off.

It felt much lighter than any other Nikon Full Frame DSLR. But it did fit well in the hands. If you are used to shooting with a larger camera I highly suggest you pick up the vertical grip.

I will be purchasing this camera from Allens Camera as soon as it comes in to do a full on real world review.

Pick one up at Allens RIGHT NOW.

Viewer Discretion Is Advised: Some of the MOST Emotional Photos I have ever taken, from Auschwitz

Jared Polin September 22, 2014 Comments Off

Before we made the trip to Germany for Photokina we made a stop in Poland. The trip to Poland for me was experience the Ghettoes of Warsaw and visit Auschwitz. These are not happy places to go but they are places I felt I must experience.  I must take the good with bad and attempt to feel as much as I could possibly feel when visiting these places.

I did take the Nikon D810 with me knowing I wanted to capture a few images. I wanted to tell a story as I tend to do but I wasn’t sure what I would find or how I would feel about what I am capturing.

There are a few images that I thought told a story. The look down the tracks to the main gate, the close up of the train stair and the train itself.

The train is haunting, I found myself staring at it and I started to get emotional. I started to feel the walls closing in on me and I started to tear up. My mind shifted to the people inside. The pain and suffering they must have been facing on their trip to the unknown.

Auschwitz Birkenau Cattle Car

Look at that image, stare at it, don’t take your eyes off of it until you feel something.