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Shooting for FUN – Graham Colton with the Nikon D4

Jared Polin April 25, 2012 Comments Off on Shooting for FUN – Graham Colton with the Nikon D4

I have been shooting for a very long time and from time to time you find yourself in a shooting funk. This may not mean that you are not getting great images it just means you are either tired of shooting what you have been shooting or your just not feeling it.

As of late there has been a lot of pressure when shooting, its pressure that I put on myself. Some of the other pressure has come from all of the outside noise in regards to all of the analyzing of the new Nikon cameras including the Nikon D4. When I went out shooting with the D4 I felt that I was shooting each picture than trying to analyze it and compare it to the Nikon D3s. This was messing with my mind and I had to turn off all the noise and just shoot.

The other day my long time friend Graham Colton came to town, played a live show in the loft and asked me if I would be shooting his show that night. At first I thought I would just go hang out and not take my camera. Than I flip flopped a few times until I decided that I should take my camera and take a few pictures.



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Of Monsters and Men Preview – Nikon D4

Jared Polin April 4, 2012 Comments Off on Of Monsters and Men Preview – Nikon D4

Last night I photographed of Monsters and Men LIVE in Philadelphia. Here is one image that was captured with the Nikon D4 and Nikon 16mm 2.8 Fisheye.

I will be filming a video about this show as well as how this image was edited in Lightroom 4 which will be posted right here.

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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A great SXSW memory

Jared Polin March 8, 2012 Comments Off on A great SXSW memory

As Ari and I are packing our bags to get ready to leave for SXSW 2012 we had to put on THIS AMAZING video and song from last years SXSW trip. This song brings back so many great memories, so turn up your speakers sit back and enjoy. Here is to making a NEW soundtrack to our SXSW 2012 journey.

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On Stage with Matisyahu – First Person Shooter Project

Jared Polin February 23, 2012 Comments Off on On Stage with Matisyahu – First Person Shooter Project

As I continue with the First Person Shooter Project you get to see me on stage at a recent show with Matisyahu. This time around I had two cameras running, the Nikon D7000 as a static shot on the side of the stage and the countour cam on top of my D3s capturing the first person angle.

All I can say is this was one of the hardest shows to shoot due to the lighting, I will elaborate more on that in the future. When that is the case you have to get creative in order to get something usable. There are always a few options, you can pop a flash but that wouldn’t have been a good idea and rarely is a good idea. Or you can start to get creative and try to seize the opportunity when it arises.

In this case the opportunity came when Matis went out to the barricade and the lights came up for a quick second. I was not prepared with the right lens on but you will see I quickly made the change and a decision. The split second decision I had to make was should I walk out onto the middle of the stage to try and capture Matis with crowd holding him up? As you will see in the video I went for it, check out the video to see what happened next.

First Person Shooter Project - Matisyahu

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Join me tonight Live From My Loft @ 8:45pm EST

Jared Polin January 21, 2012 Comments Off on Join me tonight Live From My Loft @ 8:45pm EST

Come join me tonight for my 31dt birthday party Live From My Loft. Around 8:45 the band Illinois will take the stage to bring you a LIVE CONCERT for my birthday.

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Deadmau5 LIVE Photos and VIDEO

Jared Polin September 25, 2011 Comments Off on Deadmau5 LIVE Photos and VIDEO

WOW WOW WOW is all I can say about the power and energy that came out of my first Deadmau5 concert. The crowed was insane, they had so much energy and they were really great to interact with.

The stage set up was just amazing as well. So much going on in the way of graphics but not much else. You have to get very creative at a show like this because not much is going to happen other than the graphics changing.

I shot you guys some live video so you can get a feel for how quick the lighting was changing.

I shot this show from the pit even though I was told it would be sound board only. You can check out all of the images I captured below, if you have any questions please leave them in the facebook comment box below.

This show was at Festival Pier in Philadelphia PA on September 23rd 2011.




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Photo of the Week – Matisyahu

Jared Polin September 15, 2011 Comments Off on Photo of the Week – Matisyahu

As most of you know I was out on tour with Matisyahu for a few days a few weeks back. When you venture onto the road you are entering a family, a family that has lived together for weeks if not months.

You have to have the ability to fit right in, know when to say something and know when not to. You are the new guy and you do not want to make waves or say things you think are funny but may be taken the wrong way.

I will get into more detail about the tour sometime soon. This post is about the Photo of the Week and one photo that just grabbed me and surprised me when I started to edit it.

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Florence and the Machine – POTW – Bonus Video

Jared Polin June 23, 2011 Comments Off on Florence and the Machine – POTW – Bonus Video

I had the chance to photograph Florence and the Machine at Festival Pier in Philadelphia PA recently. This week I am focusing on more than one photo for photo of the week because I wanted to share with you the photos I captured form the pit as well as the experience from the show. In the video you will hear me talk about why I was only able to photograph the first three songs.

I also decided to make a BONUS video that ended up being 15 min about shooting from the PIT. Tips, tricks and techniques for getting better images from the pit. What you should look for as well as what you should and should not do in there. The video is down below and FREE for all to see.



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Florence and the Machine Teaser

Jared Polin June 21, 2011 Comments Off on Florence and the Machine Teaser

Last night I photographed Florence and the Machine at Festival Pier in Philadelphia PA. I wanted to share with you this one image and on Thursday give you a full run down of the images I captured and why I was limited to only the first 3 songs.

For now here is a wide angle image but you bet you will see much tighter shots on Thursday

Florence and the Machine

1/640th F/3.5 4000 ISO
Nikon D3s Nikon 14-24 2.8
Shot RAW not Cropped edited in Adobe Lightroom

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SINAI – The American Dream

Jared Polin May 11, 2011 Comments Off on SINAI – The American Dream

This video was shot to show off the Nikon D7000’s capabilities and turned into a nice gift video for the band.

The story of how this project came about is I asked Nikon if they would like me to document a band going to SXSW. They thought it would be a great opportunity to let us use the D7000’s to document the tour. The band loved the idea and allowed us all the access in the world to test out these cameras.

The idea behind the video was to follow the band SINAI to and from SXSW 2011 in Austin TX while capturing photos and videos with Nikon cameras and Lenses. The song “The American Dream” is the first single released from SINAI and you can find it on Itunes right now.

The majority of the video was captured with the Nikon D7000 shooting at 1080 24FPS with some wider shots being captured with the Nikon D3s. The photos were captured with both the D7000 and D3s.

What a great experience it is to travel with the band and have the freedom to capture anything and everything.

This video was uploaded at FULL RES, I recommend that you watch it at the highest res possible. Thanks to everyone who was involved from the band and crew to Greg Cazillo and our editor Todd Wolfe.


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