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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.

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Look at that image, stare at it, don’t take your eyes off of it until you feel something.
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Hi My Name Is Jared and I Have a Problem, I Sit To Much: Postman Fro UpDesk

Jared Polin September 22, 2014 Comments Off

Word has it that sitting at your desk all day long can be really bad for your health. I fall into the category of people who sit way to long at their computer.

With that being said I have been on the look out to figure out how I can get off my butt at my desk. I picked up the Herman Miller chairs which are great for sitting but I also built a stand up countertop to work from in my office.

But my every day desk is a regular one that does not move. When I started looking for desk options I came across a few that sit on top of your desk that allow you to move your computer up and down and I cam across the UpDesk.

I reached out to UpDesk and asked them for a test unit so I can decide if it’s for me. The reason I reached out to them if for the fact that everything I need is contained in one desk unit.

The UpDesk lets me put up to 300 pounds onto it. It will raise up to 50 inches and as low as 22.5 inches. This is perfect for pretty much any person out there. Whether you are tall, short, in a wheel chair or want to have kids working at the desk.

On top of that you can put a stationary bike or treadmill below it to get a workout while you work. I can see a treadmill but I can’t see riding a bike while attempting to work.

This desk is an investment at $999 plus shipping for the model shown in the video. You have to take a few things into consideration. How much did you spend for your current desk and how much extra would you need to spend to make it an updesk?

Use Code FROUP50 to get $50 off your updesk order for a limited time.

You can check out everything UpDesk offers at https://myupdesk.com/

Don’t Take Good Images and RUIN them with Crappy Post Processing – Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin September 21, 2014 Comments Off

Let’s start off by saying that this photographer did a fantastic job regardless of equipment. With that said they shot these images with the Nikon D5000.

There are some very solid images in this set. There are also images that were way over processed. For example the nice landscape with the mountains, snow and sky was nicely captured. But the final results do not work because you can see that the sky is way over processed.

Post processing is so important when it comes to determining wether the image is a keeper or one you toss.

Here is a rule of thumb, if you look at the image and you ask yourself if you went to far with the processing, you probably did.

One of My Best Photos EVER and I F%#ed It Up

Jared Polin September 18, 2014 Comments Off

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Yes the title is a little harsh but it’s true. I took one of my personal favorite photos ever only to realize that it’s not TACK SHARP, heres the story.

The other night in Cologne Germany we had a FrotoMeetup at the Dom at 8pm. I knew it was going to be dark and a few weeks ago I woke up with the idea to have everyone turn on the led from their cell phone to light their faces.

I borrowed a tripod that someone brought, set up the shot vertically, locked focus in the middle, set the timer and let it rip. The results were great, the image was tack sharp even at 4000 ISO with the Nikon D810.

Just after I took the photo and started to break down the tripod, I noticed lights shining on the Dom. This was really a random mircarcle that was going to transform the picture. I quickly put the camera back on the tripod and attempted to set it up similar to what I had before. When I tried to get the autofocus to work this time around, it would not lock in. Since it wasn’t locked in I decided to use the live view to manually focus.
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It’s ALL About the Fill Light, Whip Out That Cell Phone LED – Quick Tip

Jared Polin September 16, 2014 Comments Off

How many times have you been out and about and seen people attempting to take photos in the dark? I encounter this all the time at bars and restaurants.

You see people trying to use their cell phones but can’t get focus and can’t figure out why their photos are turning out terrible.

Many times I walk over, flip on the LED from my Iphone, hold it up and they end up with a much better image.

This Quick Tip is about getting out that LED light and using it as fill. What you can see in the video is when Mike holds up the LED’s toward Stephen it fills in his face. When he moves them away you can see how dark his face really is.

Generally speaking showing this during the day may not have been the best idea but you can see in the video the difference between the two.

It’s pretty simple really, break out your cell phone, pop on the LED light and you have instant fill.