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5.5 Tips To Get Better Tennis Photos

Jared Polin August 29, 2014 Comments Off

While in Florida for a family event my cousin was taking part in a tennis clinic that I decided to photograph. I have always loved tennis, I played when I was younger and have shot a few professional events in the past.

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FRO_6219There are some rules of thumb that I want to pass along for those who want to get out there and photograph some matches.

First and foremost you will hear a lot about making sure you get the ball in the frame. Now this is not always possible or written in stone. But it does tend to add interest to the image. Trying to capture the perfect moment of the racquet about to strike the ball doesn’t mean motor driving. You want to anticipate the action because the motor drive may not always capture what you are looking for.

Second look for what direction the sun is. Is the sun straight up in the air? Is it early morning or late afternoon. The reason this is important is if the player has is on their forehand and you are shooting into the sun you may not get the proper light in their face. They will be backlit which if you are not in manual could lead to the camera exposing for the background.

It is a good idea to have the sun at your back and into the players face. Of course the players will be moving around the court but sometimes it’s best to hold off until they switch sides to capture more images.

Enough with the THIRD PERSON Bio’s on the About Me Page – OWN IT

Jared Polin August 27, 2014 Comments Off

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3:47 About Me Page Discussion

Let me start off by saying the design and work of this photographer is not bad at all. From what I can judge he seems to be a young photographer trying to find his way in the world which is great.

When I critique sites I want to make sure I take into consideration the level that the photographer is at.

As the title states I have had enough of BIO pages being written in the third person. To be honest I used to have my bio written in the third person and really dislike it. It just seems so impersonal and unnecessary.

Write it in your voice and I feel people will respond better. When I read something in the third person that someone wrote I sit there and go it sounds like this person wrote this. But when they write it about themselves it seems more real.

All and all I like the direction they are going, the site is clean but can you some subtle tweaks to take it to the next level.

Nice Work.

FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk Episode #100

Jared Polin August 27, 2014 Comments Off

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Who Needs 10 FPS when you can have 1 Frame Every 10 Minutes? 5 Min Portrait 1850’s Edition

Jared Polin August 23, 2014 Comments Off

If you think your camera is slow, try this one, it shoots one frame every 10 minutes! That’s because this is a 5 Min Portrait 1850’s Style with Giles Clement.

Giles is a skilled tin-type / wet plate photographer who has honed his skills over many, many years.

I invited Giles over to the loft to photograph me with his 8×10 View Camera to create an 8×10 one-of-a-kind image.

With my prompting, Giles walks us through the entire process start to finish. You get to hear the history of Tin-Type Photography as well as how he acquired and built his 8×10 view camera.

We take you inside the darkroom to see a plate being sensitized to light. Once the image is exposed, we take you right back into the darkroom to watch as the exposed plate is turned into the final image.

This entire process is fascinating and you get to see it all unfold in this 5 Min Portrait, 1850’s edition!

Click Here for the FULL RES 8×10 Final Image.

To see Giles’s work please check out his website. http://www.gilesclement.com/


This PROVES once again, it’s not the CAMERA, it’s the person behind it

Jared Polin August 21, 2014 Comments Off

I love seeing basic gear capture solid images. It hammers home that it’s the photographer not the gear, most of the time.

In this case the photographer was working with some basic Nikon’s and doing a great job with what they had. What I look for in these critiques are a few solid images. When you come out with 6 or 7 solid images you are doing something right.

Just remember, if you think your camera is doing a terrible job taking photos, be sure to make you are not the one to blame first.