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Unboxing the $2,000+ RØDE Classic II Microphone

Jared Polin March 26, 2014 Comments Off

Let me start off by saying I am in no way an audiophile nor do I classify myself as an expert in audio recording. This is an unboxing and sniff test with a full review coming in the future. The full review will include experts and real world tests.

The RØDE Classic II Microphone from what I am told is one of the best recording microphones around. The one that RØDE sent me is numbered out of 5000. I am pretty sure this will be the last run of these microphones as they are very expensive to produce.

I can say thatI have not help a microphone of this size and weight ever. I know how nice the Broadcasters are that we use but this Classic II is larger and heavier.

It comes in it’s own case with everything you need. You have the microphone, the shock mount, an extra capsule and some massive cables.

Like I said above, I will be bringing in audio experts to conduct tests so we can share with you the best practices for recording with this mic as well as how it sounds.

As a photographer we know how important it is to use quality glass and the same thing applies when it comes to recording audio.

How To Convert Nikon D4s RAW Files to DNG So You Can Edit In Adobe Lightroom

Jared Polin March 24, 2014 Comments Off

When new cameras come out you generally will not find a lot of support outside of the camera manufacturer for opening RAW Files. That has been the case for the first two weeks of owning the Nikon D4s. As of now I can not open the D4s’s RAW Files in Adobe Lightroom which is where I like to edit.

The only programs that will open the D4s RAW Files are Nikon’s new NX, DXO Marks program and the latest Adobe Photoshop Beta. Adobe Photoshop with ACR 8.4 which is still in beta will allow you to open and process the D4s’s RAW Files.

That is all well and good if you like editing in Photoshop but I personally like editing my files in Lightroom. So I finally figured out the simple process for how to batch convert all my D4s NEF Files to DNG which can be imported into Lightroom.

Simple open up all the RAW Files you wish to convert in Photoshop. Once they open into a viewer hit select all. Than you are going to want to click the save button in the bottom left corner which will prompt you on where to save them. At that point make sure DNG is selected, than export.

Now that you have the DNG Files you can import them into Lightroom and start processing them in a much quicker fashion.

To download the BETA of Photoshop Camera RAW click here

Once Adobe updates Lightroom 5 to accept the RAW Files this method will not be needed.

Now This Is A FANTASTIC Photography Website and Portfolio

Jared Polin March 23, 2014 Comments Off

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I get hundreds and hundreds of links to photography websites for me to critique. I have critiqued sites that need a lot of work but needed that push in the right direction. What I can tell you is that this Squarespace Rapid Fire Critique is one of the best examples I have seen so far.

In this critique I take a look at http://jonathangipaya.com/ . Jonathan is a Seattle based photographer and musician who is capturing images and telling stories that I truly love. His site is put together so very well it is almost perfect as a photo portfolio. It showcases his fantastic work not just in how the site is laid but the photos he is capturing.

His photos have a style to them that I am drawn to. I could honestly see hiring him to photograph me one day and I would not have a problem recommending him to anyone who is getting married or who would like a portrait session. His images are thick with emotion and contrast and of course I am drawn to that.

The way the site flows really makes it easy to navigate. He puts his best foot forward in each section and showcases the best of the best work. He has a few photo sections, a great about me section and a blog that you want to keep looking at.

If you have been waiting for a great example of a photography/portfolio website to follow, this is the one to look at.

Great work Jonathan!!!!


Here is a Nikon D4s RAW File for you to Edit

Jared Polin March 22, 2014 Comments Off

I wanted to share with you a Nikon D4s RAW File. As of now Adobe Lightroom does not let me open the Nikon D4s RAW Files but the beta candidate for Photoshop CC does. Since that allows me to tweak the D4s files I converted the NEF to a DNG which allows me to open it in Lightroom.

I went ahead and saved the DNG as a file that just about any version of Lightroom will recognize so you can download and edit it.

A lot of people like to see how I edit the file so I went ahead and did what I think is an edit I am happy with. Yes I BOOMIFIED it slightly and tweaked a bunch of other settings. Like with any form of art, editing is subjective and subject to personal preference. Some people like softer images, others like them to be more boomey and others are just wrong, jk jk.

CLICK HERE TO download this DNG file. Feel free to edit it and post it on the FroKnowsPhoto Facebook Fan Page. Please be sure not to take ownership of this image and give me full credit when you post it online (Jared Polin FroKnowsPhoto). This image is for personal use only do not try and sell it or pass it off as your own.

As soon as Lightroom allows me to import all my Nikon D4s RAW FILES I will be making more videos about the camera.

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These Sports Photos Are In Need of Some Help, So I Helped: AdoramaPIX Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin March 21, 2014 Comments Off

My first love in photography came in the way of photographing sports. I shot every event that my high school had, from football to baseball to attempting and failing and shooting volleyball.

Sports can be very difficult to shoot. Many people work on just freezing the action first before branching off into anything else. You may think that the only thing important about freezing the action is having a fast shutter speed. That is correct in some ways but if your aperture is to high or you are using slower glass you may freeze the action but the background becomes an issue.

I am going to create a video showing you that you can use a kit lens and still blow out the background but in the meantime take a look at this Rapid Fire Critique.

The photos I believe are from a schools photography program but that was all the information I had to go on.

This was a tough critique in my opinion knowing that the photos may have been taken by students. I never want to be to overly critical of someones work especially if they are a student. My goal was to give as many pointers as possible to take the images to the next level.