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Critiquing Portraits I took with the Nikon D810, 70-200 2.8 VR II and 300 2.8 VR II

Jared Polin February 26, 2015 Comments Off

A few weeks back I got a message from a friend who was in need of some quick headshots. By quick I mean she asked if she could come over, shoot and leave with images.

Now I didn’t exactly let her leave with the images as they needed to be edited but these are the shots that I considered the keepers.

The first issue I had was deciding weather or not I should use the Nikon D4s or the D810. I settled on the D810 because of the insane sharpness and image quality.

This is me critiquing my own photos and discussing why one of the images so happened to be cropped, you know, for the client that is.

To download one of these files as a DNG please click here.


Click Here for all the full res images from this portrait shoot.


Where I get my Royalty FREE Music, SFX and Loops

Jared Polin February 25, 2015 Comments Off

If you find yourself in need of Royalty Free music, sfx or loops for videos you are working on please check out AudioBlocks. (I have formed a partnership to work with AudioBlocks and promote their product since we personally use it.)

With more and more of you guys getting into shooting and editing video there has never been more of a need for extra audio clips then now.

If you are not familiar with the term “Royalty Free” it means that you have the rights and permission to utilize something (in this case audio) without having to worry that you are stealing someones clips.

This is important because you can not just take any audio clip you find online and use it in your videos. Just like someone can’t take your photo and sell it as their own you can’t take their audio and use it without compensation.

Here’s an example of something that can get you in major trouble with a rights holder or on YouTube. Say you are editing a wedding video and use a Beyonce song. If you post that video on YouTube, YouTube is going to know you used the Beyonce song and do one of a few things.

Nikon D5500 16,000 ISO Unedited Concert Photo

Jared Polin February 24, 2015 Comments Off

This is an UNEDITED JPEG straight out of the Nikon D5500 shot with the 18-140 VR Lens.  Once Lightroom Updates to let me edit the D5500 RAW files I will have a review up for you.

1/125 F4.8 ISO 16,000 58mm the FULL RES can be downloaded right here.

Please keep in mind this was one of the WORST lighting situations ever at a concert. There was ZERO front light.

As soon as I can edit the RAW files I will have a lot more with the Nikon D5500 and Kit 18-140 VR Lens.

Nikon D5500 18-140 VR 16,000 ISO

Look what Postman FRO brought: Sennheiser G3 Wireless Microphones

Jared Polin February 20, 2015 Comments Off

I am always on the lookout for Postman FRO and what he will bring me next. This time around he brought the Sennheiser G3 Wireless Microphone Set.

As many of you guys know, I have been using the Sony UWP wireless microphones for close to five years now. They have served me very well but there are some minor and major reasons why I am in the process of making the switch to the G3’s.

One is that they have a much cleaner “pre-amp” built into them. This means you will get a much cleaner signal to your camera all while bringing your levels down. The lower the levels the cleaner the audio will be. For example I know from the forthcoming full review that we set the in camera levels to 3 for the sennheiser and 6 for the Sonys.

I did complete a full review and comparison between the Sennheiser and Sony which we will be posting in the not to distant future. I took a real good look and listen to both of them to point out the differences and why I ended up making the switch.

Keep an eye out for the video coming soon.

How I mentally prepare for a Photo Shoot

Jared Polin February 18, 2015 Comments Off

I get lots of questions asking me how I prepare for photo shoots so I thought I would share my process.

When I am preparing for a shoot I like to pre-visualize the environment I will be shooting in. What will the light be like? What will the settings of my camera be? What cameras and lenses will I be using?

Not only do I have to worry about shooting images in this case but I also have to worry performing on camera for the five minute portrait.

I thought it would be best to brain dump as much information as possible to try and trigger thoughts in your mind for when you are preparing for a photo shoot.