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I lost a great friend and mentor last night

Jared Polin May 1, 2015 Comments Off on I lost a great friend and mentor last night

Today was a tough and sad day filled with a lot of tears for me and many other people in our photo family. This morning I got a phone call that Allen from Allen’s Camera had passed away suddenly.

For those who knew Allen knew he was one of the most honest, fair and caring people you would ever meet. Yes he was a tough negotiator in business but that’s what made him so very successful all these years.

He had a smile that would light up the room. A big shit eating grin that went ear to ear when he told a joke or said something funny.

I must give credit where credit is due. I learned so much about business from going into work at Allen’s for the year that I worked there. I learned how to negotiate with sellers, how to purchase properly to get the best price along with free shipping. How to treat people fairly when they came into the store even if it meant not making sale.

I remember a time right after I started working there where Allen said to me something along the lines of sometimes the customer doesn’t need the lens or item they are looking for so don’t be afraid to tell them they may not need it. This was in reference to someone looking for a new lens to replace one they had but the new one didn’t offer them anything different from the old one.

Are you making the same “MISTAKES” as this photographer? Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin April 30, 2015 Comments Off on Are you making the same “MISTAKES” as this photographer? Rapid Fire Critique

Making mistakes is the way we become better photographers. I know I have made enough mistakes over my years to cover thousands of photographers but it is what it is.

In order to become a better photographer you need to experiment. Most of the times your experimentation fails but those few times where it does not you will be rewarded handsomely.

Take this photographer from the Rapid Fire Critique for example. He has a few images where the experimentation has payed off and in others not so much.

My goal with this particular critique was to point out that the photographer is working his way towards better images. Like I say time and time again it’s subtle tweaks that are needed to take a snapshot to a photograph.

Keep on shooting RAW.

How to get “STRAIGHT” lines in your photos: Quick Tip

Jared Polin April 27, 2015 Comments Off on How to get “STRAIGHT” lines in your photos: Quick Tip

I am a stickler for straight lines in my photos right out of the camera. Sure you can “correct” it later in post but I have a few tips to help you make sure you get straight lines every time.

How many times have you seen someone leaning so far back they look like they are about to fall over?

How many times have you seen someone trying to shoot a vertical picture and not only do they turn the camera but they turn their entire head?

How many times have you seen someone laying on the ground in an awkward position and you know they wont be getting their line straight?

The moral of the story is keep your head straight at all times and you shouldn’t have any issues making sure your lines are straight.

I want all of this GEAR and I think you will too: NAB 2015

Jared Polin April 25, 2015 Comments Off on I want all of this GEAR and I think you will too: NAB 2015

I know you guys love gizmos, gadgets and doohickies so that’s exactly what I brought you guys from NAB 2015 sponsored by VideoBlocks.com.

Before we get started I have to thank VideoBlocks.com for being the sponsor of our LAS Vegas Trip to NAB 2015. During this video you will see a lot of “video footage” from the strip, casinos and other random places in Vegas. All of that B Roll came from VideoBlocks massive archive of footage that I have access to for only $99 a year. Give it a try for yourself and see how it helps your final videos have more pop, click here for your 7 day trial.

For those who don’t know NAB happens once a year and is held in LAS Vegas. It’s goal is to show the world everything that is new relating to video and broadcasting. There are companies showing everything from satellite trucks down to teeny tiny accessories.

My goal with the show coverage was to share with you the gear that I think you would find most interesting. Some of the gear is way out of all of our price ranges like a $70,000 Canon 50-1000mm lens but other things are right in our price range.

Like with my past show coverages NOT ONE sales person was let on camera to make a pitch. I personally can not stand the booth pitches and never want to subject you guys to long drawn out diatribes about things you are not interested in.

I hope you enjoy our coverage of NAB 2015 and find it not only fun but informative. Don’t forget about the bloopers at the end as they are always bound to make you smile.

FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk from LAS Vegas with our NAB Recap.

The “How” and “Why” of making your own Photo Books and Portfolios

Jared Polin April 23, 2015 Comments Off on The “How” and “Why” of making your own Photo Books and Portfolios

There is no secret that most people don’t make prints anymore. Im not going to be one of those people who sits here and tells you that if you don’t print you will lose your images forever. But what I can say is making physical prints and sharing them with the world leaves a lasting impression.

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Today many people make “digital” portfolios and pass around their phones or ipads and think that leaves an impression. I on the other hand have always liked physical prints, books and portfolios. Not only do they put something of substance in someones hands but they act as a great marketing tool.

Just about every time I finish I job I deliver a photo book as a leave behind. I don’t charge the client for this and they don’t know I do this. But when I see their face light up because they have something physical to look at I know the money was well spent. I have clients who tell me that the photo book I created is one of their most prized possessions.

I created this video to show you how easy it is to make a photo book and lasting impression. I so happen to use AdoramaPIX for my photo books and have been for close to six years now. There are many options out there to choose from but personally I love the quality I get from AdoramaPIX.

The books are very simple to layout online. Now I will warn you that the software can be quirky at times but for the most part it is extremely powerful. Here are a few quick tips to help you make a lasting impression.