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5 Min Portrait: YouTube Thumbnail Photo Shoot

Jared Polin May 3, 2014 Comments Off on 5 Min Portrait: YouTube Thumbnail Photo Shoot

I am back with another 5 Minute Portrait and this time around my goal was to capture a YouTube Thumbnail for a fitness video with Maria.

Thumbnails on YouTube are very important and can be the difference between getting people to watch your video or not. But a lot of people tend to try and cheat their thumbnail by selecting it to be something that has nothing to do with the video itself.

In this case my goal was to capture a killer thumbnail for an ab workout video with Maria. Maria is looking to create A Fitness YouTube Channel so I helped out by filming a few videos for her. Since we already had her video shoot in the can it only made sense to take photos in the same situations for the thumbnail.


The photo shoot went pretty smoothly as you will see from the photos in the video and below. But I ran into a major issue when I attempted to import the files from the CF card to the computer. Somehow the card ended up getting corrupted and could not be read by any computer. I would think this was mostly my fault for putting the card in the card reader and removing it a bunch of times without ever actually exporting the photos. I exported the video before but not the photos. And yes if you are wondering I did eject the card before removing it from the card reader.

I was pretty bummed that I lost the files but I figured I would try and recover them like I have heard many people have done. I first attempted using the Pro recovery software from Sandisk and that was not able to recover anything. I than found a different one online which I purchased and it had success in pulling hundred of files.

It found all of the photos from Maria’s photo shoot along with hundreds of other photos going back months. Now it did not find any RAW images but it did find jpegs which is better than nothing. If this was a professional shooting I would not have been totally SOL. Sure the files that it recovered would not be good enough for much more than an 8×10 they were perfectly usable for online use.

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Arcade Fire First Person Shooter with Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-400 VR II and GoPro

Jared Polin April 14, 2014 Comments Off on Arcade Fire First Person Shooter with Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-400 VR II and GoPro

Using a Nikon 200-400 F4 VR II generally is not recommended for shooting from the photo pit of a concert where the pit has 15 photographers and no room. The original idea was that I would order the 200-400 in from BorrowLenses since I would be shooting from the soundboard. Well, that ended up not being the case and I still wanted to use this lens to shoot a concert.

I prefer shooting small to medium sized bands at smaller venues because there tends to be a lot less bs when it comes to shooting. This show was a pretty big band at one of the large venues you can play in Philly. This means a different protocol then normal.

Let me paint the picture for how a night shooting at one of these venues goes. You show up plenty early and head down to the media entrance of the stadium. You walk downstairs and you are held like cattle in a waiting area to get into the downstairs part of the stadium. Now this generally isn’t to bad but with 15 photographers filling up the entire space it can get a little close.


On the flip side it’s always nice to meet and converse with fellow photographers before a show. You trade war stories, talk about gear, talk about the industry and pretty much just shoot the shit.

After waiting for an hour or so a PR person and a PR intern gather you up to take you out to photograph the opening act. It’s kind of like lining up in school to be walked to an assembly. There always is a new intern, these companies love hiring people that they don’t have to pay.

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Photographing Baseball 5 Min Portrait and First Person Shooter with the Nikon D7100

Jared Polin July 26, 2013 Comments Off on Photographing Baseball 5 Min Portrait and First Person Shooter with the Nikon D7100

When I was out filming the Nikon D7100 REVIEW (which you can find right here) I found myself shooting a baseball game. I used the GoPro Hero 3 to capture the First Person Shooter Perspective and turned it into a 5 Min Portrait for the review.

I know you guys really enjoy these type of videos so I decided to separate it from the review and share it with you.

The gear used with the Nikon D7100, Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII and the Nikon 300 2.8 AFS.

For the FULL Nikon D7100 Review please click here.

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MACKLEMORE 5 Min Portrait / First Person Shooter with the Canon 1D X and GoPro

Jared Polin June 10, 2013 Comments Off on MACKLEMORE 5 Min Portrait / First Person Shooter with the Canon 1D X and GoPro

I am back with my latest 5 Min Portrait and First Person Shooter Project video all in one. I had the chance to Photograph Macklemore of Thrift Shop fame for his three song set. For this video I decided to let you watch all three songs as captured by the First Person Shooter Camera as well as do a commentary track over the video.

Let me set up the gear I was using first before I break into what it was like to photograph this show. I was using the Canon 1D X with the 70-200 2.8II, 24-70 2.8II (thanks and the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition attached to the hot shoe of the Canon.

If you have never photographed a concert this is the closest you can get to being in the pit without being there. As is normal today we had three songs to capture Macklemore who loves to run around the stage. Beyond how fast he moves (which is great by the way) he had sunglasses on which means you do not get that personal feel from seeing his eyes. Later on in his set he did end up taking his glasses off which allowed me to capture some nice images.

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Photographing PSY “Gangnam Style”

Jared Polin February 10, 2013 Comments Off on Photographing PSY “Gangnam Style”

I got the chance to photograph PSY at a recent radio show and this video explains how I went about capturing the images. Everyone now is familiar with the three song rule but for PSY the rules were a little different. You only had one song to photography, not because they were limiting how many you could shoot but because he only performed ONE SONG!!!!

Knowing that PSY would be coming on and probably dancing I set myself up at the dead center of the stage before the prior act was finished. I knew it would be important to own my spot before anyone else tried to take it. Well i succeeded, I owned the center spot for the entire song and captured the shots I envisioned.

By now you should know how I talk about pre-visualization, I knew with limited time I had to focus on captured one type of image. In this case that would be a dancing wide angle shot of PSY. That is exactly what I captured and you can check out the FULL FULL RES exports by clicking the image below.

You can print or share these images for personal use but you can not sell or make a profit off of them.


Click Here to view all the FULL RES Images from this show.

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5 Min Portrait – From the NEW Loft

Jared Polin February 3, 2013 Comments Off on 5 Min Portrait – From the NEW Loft

I love nothing more than creating images and I have to say my NEW Loft lends well to doing so. Last week Todd Wolfe of Cheesesteak Media stopped by to check out my new space. While he was there I asked him if he would pose for a 5 min portrait.

What is great about this 5 min portrait is I also include the First Person Shooter Project into it. You get to follow along and see my perspective as I capture images in what is close to a true 5 Min Portrait.

There is so much light in the new loft as there is an entire wall full of huge windows. Right off the bat I guessed my settings and they ended up being spot on which I take pride in. Like I have said in the past you should be able to walk into a situation, guess your settings and be able to have the proper exposure within three shots. In this case I had the proper exposure without even taken a test shot.


Click Here to see the FULL SET from this 5 min Portrait.


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Photographing Justin Bieber – First Person Shooter Project

Jared Polin January 13, 2013 Comments Off on Photographing Justin Bieber – First Person Shooter Project

At a recent concert I got to shoot photos form the pit of Justin Bieber. This video will break down my thoughts on the images I captured and why I shot them the way I did.

I have opened up the FULL RES exported JPEGS for you to download and print for personal use only. I ask that you respect the watermark on the images as well as my request that you do not try and sell these images.

Below you can watch the full three song set that I had to capture Bieber. Though you may think three songs is not a lot of time, it really is. You have time to capture a lot of different angles with different lenses. I also go into the pit with a plan of what I would like to accomplish and stay focused to do so.

Click the image below to access all the FULL RES exports from this video.


Click Here to access all the FULL RES exports from this concert.

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The FRO Vs The WATER – Who will WIN

Jared Polin June 6, 2012 Comments Off on The FRO Vs The WATER – Who will WIN

On my recent trip to Florida I thought it would be fun to see who would win a head to head battle, the FRO or the Water. To get your answer check out the video above.

I am sure many of you wold like to know how I captured this video. The main camera was the Nikon D4 wth the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II shooting at 720p 60FPS. The second camera was the Nikon D3200 with the Nikon 35mm F1.8 shooting 720p 60FPS. The final camera which I was hand holding was the contour roam which is an underwater action camera.

I was very happy with how the contour cam handles itself in and out of the water. The clarity was just really amazing both with video and audio under water. Who knew you could pick up a camera for $199 that will let you swim with the thing and capture amazing under water footage. If you are interested in picking up a Contour Came please check out or call 215.547.2841 and tell them the Fro Sent you.

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Join me in the PIT as I photograph of Monsters and Men for 3 Full Songs – First Person Shooter Project

Jared Polin April 30, 2012 Comments Off on Join me in the PIT as I photograph of Monsters and Men for 3 Full Songs – First Person Shooter Project

This is your chance to join me in the photo pit for three songs as I photography Of Monsters and Men. I am not sure if this has been done before but I attached my Contour Roam to my D4 to capture one clip of what I see in the pit for three full songs. This is the first time that I have filmed a shoot of this nature from the pit.


Three songs is the going time frame when you are shooting shows if you are not with the band. For those of you who have never ventured into the pit this is a first hand look as to what goes on. You will see how fast the lights change, how tight the quarters were in this particular pit and see how I work with others in the pit. There are so many variables going on at any


given time from the lights to the sounds to the crowed to the band. You have to be calm in the moment, feel it and than capture it.

I wanted to create a video for your guys that went beyond the norm and ventures into more advanced teachings. I know some of you may not understand some of the concepts I am talking about in the video but I know you will in time. I am starting to mix it up a little more on the site, we have had almost two years of basic photography and now its time to mix in there some more advanced teachings for those who are interested. (more…)

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Of Monsters and Men First Person Shooter

Jared Polin April 5, 2012 Comments Off on Of Monsters and Men First Person Shooter

As I continue with the First Person Shooter Project I bring you this photo and video from the Of Monsters and Men show. This is just a taste of what is to come from this first person shooter segment.

Being that I knew I was going to have three songs to shoot I decided to let the video run the entire time. The idea is to show you what I was able to capture in the three songs I was allotted. This will give many of you a feel for how little time three songs is.

This image was captured with the Nikon D4 and the Nikon 16mm 2.8 fisheye shot at 6400 ISO and processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.

For not having a lot of light I am very happy with what this image looks like. I decided to shoot with the 16mm at the start of the show because I felt that would be a good change to captured the entire band in one photo. The idea for me is to run through as many lenses as possible to give myself as many angles as possible in three songs.

Stay tuned in the future for the full three song set with all the images I captured.

If you have not heard their debut album you can check it out in its entirety right here on Spotify.

Of Monsters and Men Live

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