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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.

Adobe Lightroom 6 PREVIEW

Jared Polin April 21, 2015 Comments Off on Adobe Lightroom 6 PREVIEW

Adobe has just released the update to Lightroom 5 with the announcement of LR CC aka Creative Cloud as well as the standalone version called Lightroom 6.

There are a few improvements that stand out to me as key.

The first is the 10x speed boost. We all know that previous version of Lightroom have been SLOW. Sometimes so slow that your workflow is hurt by it. Now CC and LR 6 are built to take advantage of the computer GPU to make for quicker editing which will make everyone happy.

HDR merging and editing done right inside the program. This means no longer will you need a third party software to do this nor will you have to leave LR to do editing somewhere else. I am now really interested in trying out the HDR features. I see the importance of HDR for certain situations and maybe this will help open my mind to it’s possibilities when done correctly.

They also added a Panoramic stitching feature which is bound to allow you to make some really cool images from multiple shots. To me it’s all about making the process easier, cut down on the steps needed and you give the photographer the ability to do more in less time.

Another updated tool is the spot adjustments. I personally did not use these to often in my work but I know by making this easier it will open up the ability to fine tune your images even more if you are looking to do that.

Since the introduction of the Creative Cloud people have been bitching about the price. Well I am here to tell you it’s time to get over it. Adobe CC for Photographers is only $9.99 a month. That means you get LR and Photoshop for $120 a year. If you still want to purchase LR6 as a standalone you can do so for $150 new and probably $79 as an update. In my opinion having access to Photoshop and LR CC for $10 bucks a month is well worth it.

I know not everyone is a pro but if you’re a photographer who is making money or who simply just loves shooting I would highly recommend signing up for the cloud at this point. Four Million people are currently signed up for the cloud which means it’s not going away any time soon. The future is based on “renting” as we have seen from photography to music to movies, it’s here to stay.

For more information on the NEW LR please read the press release below.


I’ve never heard of “Buffalo” but now that I have I am intrigued: DigiRichie

Jared Polin April 21, 2015 Comments Off on I’ve never heard of “Buffalo” but now that I have I am intrigued: DigiRichie

Recently Buffalo sent us a few drives to test out and see what we thought. Since I already have a portable 2.5” dual drive enclosure kit that I use in my digi-tech package. We thought this would be a great product to test out against something that’s already in practical use.

As soon as I got the box, the first thing I noticed was how light it was, before I even opened up the retail packaging, it was already lighter than the current drive kit I use. Just like any excited nerd opening up a
new toy, I ripped through the packaging to get to the goodies. Once I got through the packaging tape and all the plastic wraps, I found a compact little gem of an enclosure. It was small, sleek, lightweight and fresh. This particular enclosure houses two SSD drives that you can use in a variety of raid configurations or use as two separate drives mounted through a single cable.

The housing is simple looking with a small power button on the front and the ports on the side. Offering two thunderbolt inputs, a power port and a small fan to make sure the enclosed SSD drives are kept nice and cool. It’s always a bonus when there are dual thunderbolt ports as you can daisy chain them to other peripherals to keep the
computers extra port free for other use.

Nikon D5500 Users Guide

Jared Polin April 18, 2015 Comments Off on Nikon D5500 Users Guide

Do you want to know how to set up your Nikon D5500? Here is a FREE basic users guide to help you understand how to set up your Nikon D5500.

Here is your FREE Tutorial User’s Guide for the NIkon D5500. What you will find in this almost hour long video is an explanation of what every button does as well as what setting in the menu I recommend. This is a very powerful camera with a ton of features so I make sure to run down and explain as many of the important features as possible.

The one thing I can not stress enough is the importance of just getting out and shooting. One of the only ways you will become a better photographer is to GET OUT AND SHOOT. Now I recommend watching this FREE GUIDE first, then going out to explore and capture the world in images.

If you would like to fast track your photography guaranteed please check out the FroKnowsPhoto Beginner Guide To Getting Out Of Auto.

You can purchase a Nikon D5500 right here on Amazon or AllensCamera.com

Check out a playlist of videos all related to the Nikon D5500.

The REVEAL: These are the moments we LIVE for as photographers

Jared Polin April 16, 2015 Comments Off on The REVEAL: These are the moments we LIVE for as photographers

What can I say about the “Reveal” other than it’s one of the scariest but most rewarding parts about being a photographer. For those who don’t understand what I mean by the “reveal” I mean when you deliver the final photos to your client and get their initial reaction.

For this first reveal I went back to Joe Beddia from this “5 Min Portrait” to give him his first look at the the photos from his photo shoot.

The reveal can be scary since you never know how the customer will react. In this case I took Joe over a few AdoramaPIX photo books that I had made up to help tell the story. You can see from Joe’s reaction that he was just slightly happy with how the images turned out.

I didn’t expect his reaction since he generally is a reserved guy. I loved that he said he wasn’t sure what to expect since people generally tell you they are going to show you photos and they are always in a terribly laid out book or lack quality.

For me one of the greatest feelings is hearing that my work stands high and above what he expected. I say it all the time, quality work above everything else trumps all. When your clients notice it and say it, you know you’re dong something right.

To flip through the AdoramaPIX book I created for Joe Click Here.