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For the LOVE OF GOD get out of AUTO, Please

Jared Polin December 4, 2013 Comments Off

Yes I said it, For the LOVE OF GOD get out of Auto. But I said please at the end so that should count for something.

A friend of mine sent me a photo she wanted me to “do my magic on”. As soon as I brought in into lightroom and saw the settings I new she shot in auto and could have done better. Now when I say could have done better I mean settings wise not capturing the moment wise.
I think she did a fantastic job capturing the moment but I knew she shot in auto.

I am sure you may be wondering how did I know she was in auto? First things first it said F8 and generally that is what cameras like to shoot in when in auto. You will see what the other things are in the video.

The point of this video was to show Debbie and everyone else how simple they can get out of auto. They do not need to be afraid of getting out of auto which I know Debbie was.

You guys can do this, just relax, think, change one setting at a time and you can make it happen. Auto is a great place to start but at some point you will want to take full control of your camera.

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I will be on Creative LIVE on Wednesday

Jared Polin September 17, 2013 Comments Off

Click Here to join me as I teach a class LIVE for FREE on Creative LIVE, Wed September 18th at 5:45 EST.

Creative Live asked me to teach the “Exposure Triangle”. Now I know many of you have a great understanding of how the triangle works but I would really appreciate your support and view.

My goal is to hammer home the basics so that new photographers can see they too can jump out of auto and capture amazing images.

If you would like to join me please click here , I will be on one of the three channels.

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How to Build A Professional Photography Web Site in Only 30 Minutes

Jared Polin September 14, 2013 Comments Off

Over the past few years one of the top five questions I get is how do I build a web site for my photography work? That is a great question and one that I have had to deal with since I started as a photographer. In the past I would hire someone who knew what they were doing to build me a web site. The only problem is if I needed changes made I had to contact them to make the changes and that could take a while.

I have been on the search for years for the right turnkey solution for photographers who may know next to nothing about coding but want to be in control of their web site. I finally found the answer that we all have been waiting for in a company called Squarespace. Squarespace offers an extremely easy to use interface at a beyond affordable price.

I personally just switched over to their service and signed on for a year to take advantage of the discounts they offer. I don’t want this to sound like a sales pitch because it’s not. Like I have said in the past I only promote products I either like or personally use and in this case I am all in to using their service for my personal portfolio web site.

There are a few reasons why I am recommending you check out Squarespace. One is the fact they have so many pre made templates to choose from that make starting out a cinch. I was able to build my new web site in only 30 minutes. They have an extensive knowledge base with step by step tutorials and videos that allow you to learn how to build your site quickly. If you ever need to contact their customer service they are beyond helpful.

Just those few facts right there helped me make the decision to use their service. When you have a simple and easy to use product with great customer support you can’t go wrong. Not to mention the fact that I am only paying $8 a month for a professional photography web site.

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Critiquing the Portfolio I Graduated from College With

Jared Polin July 28, 2013 Comments Off

One of the most important tasks we have as a photographer is creating a portfolio. It is out job to tell the story about the type of images we capture but more importantly what direction we would like to take our photography. See, it’s what you put in your portfolio that dictates the type of jobs your going to get.

If you have no interest in fashion or another type of photography your probably not going to go after that type of job. But if your goal is to be a fashion photographer you better be sure that your portfolio showcases the best fashion work it can.

A large part of my second year at Antonelli was dedicated to crafting my graduating portfolio. It was up to use to pick the theme and direction we would like to take it. I chose to have a “sport” portfolio but it would not just contain action shots.

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How to attach a GoPro to your DSLR

Jared Polin March 4, 2013 Comments Off

Everyone keeps asking how do I attach my GoPro to my DSLR. It is pretty simple and you only really need two accessories to make it happen.

Check out the video to see which two accessories you will need.

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Nikon D7100 Preview

Jared Polin February 20, 2013 Comments Off

Here is a Preview of the NEW Nikon D7100. I think this is a very very strong DX camera with some features that are not even found in the top of the line pro cameras.

Lets take a quick look at some of the important information.

New 24.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor – We see the progression still going toward more megapixels but the quality keeps getting better. The D4 is only 16 mind you so the RAW files form the D7100 will be larger.

No Anti-Aliasing Filter – Nikon says this means images that will be sharper, more vibrant and contrasty. They say paired with Nikon glass the images will “Explode” with quality. I like this, anythign to give us sharper images is well worth it.

ISO 100-6400 expandable to 25,600 – This means you have a camera that will kick ass in the studio and kick ass in low light situations. I expect the quality of the images to be really good. Let me remind you that HI ISO is in no way a replacement for using better glass.

51 Point Autofocus system – 51 points is a ton of focus points on a DX camera. This means you will be able to select any of the 51 points and use that as your point of focus. I expect this focusing system to be very fast and accurate.

6 FPS – You can shoot 6 frames per second while you hold the shutter down. You know me, im not a fan of spray and pray.

1.3X Crop Mode – This crop mode will allow you to shoot cropped images at 15.4 megapixels at 7 frames per second. In essence you are getting 2x magnification on your lenses. This means a 200mm 2.8 will act more like a 400 2.8 in the crop mode. This mode also crops for video.

2 SD Card Slots – The D7000 had two sd slots and the D7100 continues with two as well. I like the option of being bale to have an extra copy of every image I take just in case one card goes down. I prefer that over having it write photos to one and video to the other.

NEW 3.2 inch Screen – A nice upgrade is the new 3.2 inch LCD screen which has 1.2 million dots. It also looks like this screen sits more flush to the body which makes for a better all around look and fit.

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Beginner Guide DVD Sale Ends Dec 25th

Jared Polin December 15, 2012 Comments Off

The FroKnowsPhoto Beginner Guide 2 Disc DVD/Data Disc is $30 OFF until December 25 which includes FREE Global SHIPPING!!!

Please click the image below to pick up your copy today.

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Click the image below to save $30 on the Beginner Guide DVD until Dec 25ht.

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How to Photograph Soccer Tutorial

Jared Polin November 18, 2012 Comments Off

In this soccer tutorial video you get to join me as I photograph a Saturday morning game. You get to see not just the keeper images but also the ones that may not be so good.

We go over how I got my exposure for the photos as well as what focus mode I was using. At the end of the video we sit back down at the computer to better analyze the images.

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Click here to see all the FULL RES images from this video.

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Nikon D600 Review – Video Quality

Jared Polin November 11, 2012 Comments Off

After reviewing the quality of the still images form the Nikon D600 I thought I should do the same type of field review for the video quality of the Nikon D600.

CLICK HERE for the FULL REVIEW of the Nikon D600

I had the perfect opportunity to put the video capability of the D600 to the test when my friend Graham Colton came to town to play a show.

All LIVE video shown is this video was shot with one Nikon D600 and various different pro Nikon lenses.

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Announcing The Beginner Guide on DVD FREE Shipping

Jared Polin November 10, 2012 Comments Off

Today I am announcing that the FroKnowsPhoto Beginner Guide is now available on DVD. You will get a signed and numbered limited edition two disc DVD package with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING. The first disc is a region FREE DVD and a second dual layer DVD Data disc that holds a digital copy of the Beginner Guide.

The DVD package makes for a great holiday gift, you can keep the digital version and give away the DVD or vice versa. For those who may not have the best internet connection this will save you from having to attempt to download the digital version.

Click the banner below to purchase the DVD version or CLICK HERE to download the digital version.

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CONTEST to WIN a Vanguard Tripod worth $250

There are two ways to enter to win this contest during the dates of Nov 10th to 17th. By purchasing the Guide on DVD you will be entered to WIN the tripod. Each purchase counts as one entry.

The no purchase necessary option is to leave a comment below on how this guide would help you. You are entering to WIN a FREE copy of the DVD. One person who enteres to win the DVD will be selected at random to win the dvd and get one entry to win the tripod.

If you purchased the digital download for $97 please contact the support e mail on your receipt and we will send you a copy of the DVD.

The contest is open to anyone around the world.

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