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The CHEAP DIY Hack to diffuse your LED Lights

Jared Polin January 21, 2015 Comments Off

We all know that LED Lights are powerful and in my opinion great for shooting photos and video. But what do you do if it’s just to harsh and your units don’t dim? Todd has a simple solution that you can find right now in your kitchen that will solve your problem.

Simply using WAX paper you can create some simple and effective diffusion. All you need to do is use one, two or three pieces. Try it for yourself and see what works best for your situation.

If I took TERRIBLE photos like this when I started, you have nothing to FEAR: Fro Film Project

Jared Polin January 19, 2015 Comments Off

The title is true, I absolutely took terrible photos when I started. Sure I got the framing down every once in a while but I did not understand exposure at all. The key point I want you guys to understand is the “when I started”. I started shooting when I was 13 and I am now about to turn 34 and did not feel confident in my skills until my mid twenties.

What is my point in showing you pictures like this from my film days? To show you that I started somewhere as well. But I also want you to know that if you have been shooting for two, three, four even five years you are still just starting out. Today I see it to often where people complain that they are not getting the shots they want six months or a year into shooting.

I can tell you from my 20 years of shooting that the only way to get better is to continue not only educate yourself but continue to shoot and grow as a photographer. Who cares if you go out there and get one keeper out of 50 if your learning and growing. But in no way should you expect to the best photographer in the world in short order.

Your BEST “Nighttime Photos”

Jared Polin January 18, 2015 Comments Off

Late last night I asked you guys to post your BEST Nighttime Photos on Facebook. I love seeing your work and I know it’s a great opportunity for others to see your work as well. See, when you share your images other people see them and may start to follow the work you do.

You pick up new followers, new friends and other like minded people to bounce ideas off of. You never know who you will meet or what may come out of it.

I went through the top 50 images that you guys “Liked” up and that facebook showed me. But, there were over 450 comments added to the thread so there are probably some other images for you guys to check out.

Would you like me to do this more often? Do you like me showcasing images and discussing them? Please let me know. To see the Facebook thread click here.

Facebook Video just took a MAJOR Swipe at YouTube

Jared Polin January 15, 2015 Comments Off

I just logged onto my Facebook fan page and noticed two prompts. One said now you can “feature” a video on your videos tab and the other said now you can make “playlists” of videos.

Facebook over the past few months has been giving a lot of weight to videos uploaded. I have noticed that organic reach of videos uploaded directly to Facebook vs posting YouTube videos has been huge.

Facebook just took a major swipe at YouTube and it’s game on when it comes to video. Here is what I expect for the future. I expect you will start seeing pre roll ads over facebook videos similar to what you see on YouTube. Last week Facebook bought a company that will allow it to shrink a videos size while maintaining quality and allowing for quicker streaming.

It’s all happening and it’s going to happen fast. What are your thoughts on Facebook video right now?

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.