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One Final Thought

Jared Polin January 1, 2014 Comments Off

And now the end is near…… We have come to the final moments of 2013. As we get ready to ring in 2014, I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your continued support.

Since launching the site in 2010 with ZERO subscribers with the idea of creating “Fun and Informative” content we have all come a long way. The sites reach has gone global with millions of people visiting since 2010.

I want you to think about the fact that I started with ZERO subscribers for a second. If you think it’s to hard to make it as a photographer because there are so many of them out there today, THINK AGAIN.

You CAN DO THIS. YOU CAN MAKE IT. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, worry about what you can do better. Focus on your photography and doing the best work you can. No one ever said it would be easy, but I am here to tell you, you can do this.

I struggled as a photographer from the time I left college (2001) to just a few years ago. Sure I had cool jobs in the time period but I was not satisfied with where I was. But month after month I started to climb out of the hole and pick up more gigs. Some gigs are better than others but sometimes a gig is a gig. One gig leads to another and the next leads to two more and the cycle continues.

Keep fighting, keep learning and keep your head up. It most likely will not happen overnight but I can tell you with hard work you can start to really make a difference.

So I will end it there with a HUGE THANK YOU and a wish for a Happy and Healthy New Year for you and your family.

Keep on shooting RAW!!!!

Jared AKA the FRO

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How do you know when to go Black and White or stay Color?

Jared Polin December 26, 2013 Comments Off

How many times have you gotten a certain photo while your editing and thought “wow, this would look great in black and white” only to find out that you love the color just as much?

See, there is no right or wrong answer to which way you should edit your image. The way I decide on Black and White or Color is based on feel. How that one image feels to me when I am editing it. If it just feels right in Black and White than thats what I go for.

In the case of the image in this video I fist felt that it was much stronger in color. Once I edited it Black and White I thought to myself that it just didn’t have that pop I was looking for. After looking at it more I started to like the Black and White more but I am still not sure.

This is one of those images where I like it in both color and black and white. They both have their positives but I am not sure one stands out more than the other.

What do you think, how do you decide when to go Black and White and or stay in Color?

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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.

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.


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

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