We respect your email privacy

»  Fro Knows Photo Blog

Here’s the Secret to NOISE / Grain FREE Images: Rapid Fire Critique

Jared Polin January 15, 2015 Comments Off

If there is one topic that gets peoples blood boiling it’s the good old cropping one. As I have stated thousands of times before I do not crop my images.

The main reason being is when I shot film back in high school and would raise the enlarger I would see all of the film grain show up. My teacher explained that if you “crop in the camera and not in the darkroom” you would have a much cleaner image.

I have lived with that quote for the last 15+ years even as I went from film to digital to even better digital where you honestly can get away with more cropping.

The reason I am bringing this discussion up again is in the latest Rapid Fire Critique a reader submitted sports images taken with the Canon 5D Mark II. Yes this is a slightly older camera but was one of the biggest revolutions in camera tech history. In one of his images I was asking myself why is there so much noise or grain showing up and the answer was simple, the image was highly cropped.

Like I have said a million times before it’s personal preference, if you want to crop your images go ahead and crop them. But if you’re going to bitch about the noise and the grain and tell me your camera sucks, I will tell you the same thing, STOP CROPPING.

CES 2015 Recap – NOT the Typical BORING Coverage… I almost Punched Someone, where’s the bathroom?

Jared Polin January 13, 2015 Comments Off

I can tell you I get pretty tired of seeing the same old typical boring coverage from photo and tech shows. You know what I’m talking about, the ones that drone on with sales people “selling” you their products and just putting you to sleep.

When I decided to go to CES 2015 I knew I had to do the coverage different. I would not talk to one sales person on camera and I would have FUN, make fun and do whatever I wanted to do while at the show.

What I can tell you is our coverage turned out better than I could ever have imagined. I got to the end of the video and honestly thought I could have watched more if there was more, that was my goal.

Oh yea, I almost punched someone who kept getting in my way while attempting to make a video. You can see that section in the outtakes and bloopers.

We stopped by at so many random booths but I will list a few that we hit. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Samsung, DJI, Stern Pinball, Listec, Nature Bound, Phillips and many many more.

Thank you to Squarespace for making Mobile RAWtalk from Las Vegas possible. Click Here for RAWtalk 115

To check out Video Blocks please click here.
To check out Audio Blocks please click here.

RAWtalk is coming to FLORIDA!!!!! Jan 20th

Jared Polin January 12, 2015 Comments Off


What Is Pluck and PULL Foam? Postman FRO

Jared Polin January 11, 2015 Comments Off

For anyone who has owned a Pelican case you know there are two options for the inside. You have the regular inserts which you can place your gear in. Or you can get it with Pluck and Pull foam which allows you to design the inside any way you would like.

Pluck and Pull is great but you have to remember there is no going back. Once you pluck and pull it, that’s the way it will have to stay. This is the best way to protect your gear since it hugs it ever so snuggly.

Pelican makes all types of cases from super small to EXTREMELY LARGE. What is great about their product is it has a lifetime warranty on all parts no matter how old your case is.

What method do you use for your cases?

Nikon D5500 and Nikon 300 F4 VR PF Lens Hands On from CES 2015

Jared Polin January 9, 2015 Comments Off

I got my first hands on with withe Nikon D5500 and Nikon 300 F4 VR PF lens at CES 2015.

The Nikon D5500 Hands On was pretty surprising as I did not expect it to be as light as it was. It was almost as if it did not have a battery in it but it did. Like I said in the preview of that camera one of the only major changes was the addition of a 3.2 in. touch screen.

What I can tell you about the screen is that it was extremely responsive. I did not expect it to feel like a regular screen that I can simply touch. There was no lag from the time I touched it to scrolled it or anything along those lines.

But if you think it will allow you to do better touch focus for video it’s not as good as the Canon’s that let you do so. For the preview of the D5500 please click here.