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5 Min Portrait – Nikon D3100 Tutorial

Jared Polin August 22, 2011 Comments Off on 5 Min Portrait – Nikon D3100 Tutorial

The 5 Min Portrait videos are some of my favorite to put together. These videos allow you guys to see how I interact with and capture images.

In this installment I take on the challenge of photographing my good friend Adam Rosenberg with one catch. I only used the Nikon D3100 and its 18-55 VR Kit Lens. I know I have used the D3000 in a video before but this is the first time I did a whole photo shoot with just the kit lens.

I thought that I would shoot part of the session with the D3100 and than switch to the D3s but I decided to stick with the basic set up. The reason I stuck with it is I like the challenge of having to work with the limitations. Once I get into the shooting zone it doesn’t matter what camera I am using because at that point its all about getting the best images possible.

In this video pay attention to my framing as well as the settings I am shooting at. I wanted to keep the D3100 to 1600 ISO and no higher. I would loved to have been using a 2.8 or 1.8 lens as the kit lens only lets you shoot at F3.5 wide open. This whole discussion with be explained in full detail in my upcoming beginners guide.

In the meantime enjoy this video and keep an eye out for Part 2 where I will discuss in more detail each image. At the very end of the video you will notice a link to take you to see a Time Lapse of Adam Rosenberg painting. (you can see that below as well)



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Super Secret Project – Backlighting Tutorial Part 2 RAW EDITING

Jared Polin June 20, 2011 Comments Off on Super Secret Project – Backlighting Tutorial Part 2 RAW EDITING

Last week I showed you how to handle backlit situations which you can see RIGHT HERE if you missed it.

This week I thought it would be great to show you how we can bring back the RAW files that were off by so many stops. It is truly amazing to see how we can save these files and turn them into usable images.

This is just as much about understand the backlit images as it is showing you why we shoot RAW. This video is not meant to say you should always mess up your exposures its more to say if you do mess them up this bad that you still have a good chance at saving them.

How is your Assignment #002 going so far?

Before Editing



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Super Secret Project Backlighting + Assignment #002

Jared Polin June 13, 2011 Comments Off on Super Secret Project Backlighting + Assignment #002

How many times have you been told that you should never shoot directly into the sun? Do you believe it because you have gotten not so great results in the past? Well I say you can shoot directly into the sun and still get usable and even great images.

In this video I show you what backlighting is, how to compensate for it and what the images would look like if you shot in auto.

You are smarter than the camera in these situations, take an overall reading than see that the meter is thrown off and make the corrections yourself.


I would like you to go out and intentionally look for images with strong backlight. You could use a toy like I do or any other subject. Take some images with matrix metering than spot than figure out how to do it manually. Post each of the images in the Fro Forum RIGHT HERE along with your settings and thoughts about backlighting.

This is a great chance to learn how to work with the backlight opposed to shying away from shooting into it. In many situations you will find yourself getting false readings off a brighter background and this is a way to learn how to get past that and still get a killer image.



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Assignment #001 Wrap Up and Weekend Photo Section

Jared Polin June 3, 2011 Comments Off on Assignment #001 Wrap Up and Weekend Photo Section

What a great response to the very first FroKnowsPhoto assignment we had. You guys did an AMAZING job showing everything from shooting with a wide angle to fish eye to long lens to show how your F-Stops would be effected. It was great to see that some people tried the assignment a few different ways and posted their findings.

If you didn’t get a chance to try out the assignment be sure to CLICK HERE to see all the results as well as post yours.

I will be announcing a NEW ASSIGNMENT next week so defiantly keep and eye out for that.

Have you seen the new WEEKEND section where you can post the images you take on the weekend as well as see what everyone else is shooting? Last week was the first week and there were so many amazing images posted. Click Here to access that section. For this weekend I thought it would be great to suggest that if you have pets or animals that you go out and photograph them and post them RIGHT HERE in this weeks weekend section. Feel free to post your regular non pet shots as well. I will be posting shots from the ROOTS concert that I will be shooting tomorrow and it would be great to see what you are all shooting as well!!!


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Super Secret Project – The Basics of Composition

Jared Polin May 27, 2011 Comments Off on Super Secret Project – The Basics of Composition


To me composition should be one of the main focuses when you are just starting out with photography. Looking back when I first started out you could usually see that the images were composed well even if the exposures were not even close. Early on my exposure were terrible, I didn’t know any better but to me its more important early on to see the image and compose it.

In this video you see me shoot kermit again and try to find the image with a subject that is not moving. You will see me move around as I try to find the right composition to capture the image. If you are a noobie I fully suggest leaving your lens at one focal length and just seeing the world that way for a while. It is going to force you to move your feet, fill the frame and start to see the images.

1. Change your angle depending on what you are photographing
2. Watch out for mergers in the background
3. Don’t be afraid to move to find the image opposed to asking the subject to move
4. Make sure to check the edges of the view finder
5. Get closer


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Photography Tutorial – Aperture and F Stops Explained Part 1

Jared Polin May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Photography Tutorial – Aperture and F Stops Explained Part 1

I am from the school that the best way to learn is by seeing and doing. In Part 1 of this tutorial I will show you as I am shooting exactly how changing the F Stop will effect your final image. I am more interested in showing you the effect of changing the F stop more so than worrying about the overall exposure.

What you are going to see is a simple test running your F Stop from F/1.4 all the way to F/16. What you will see is at F/1.4 the background is totally blown out and your focus is very narrow or shallow. As I change the F Stops and go up in numbers you will see how the background starts to come out and become more clear.

In Part 2 I will show you each image via a screen flow and explain exactly what is going on when you are changing your F Stops. I will start to explain briefly how changing your F Stops also effects your Shutter Speed. I will be going into more detail about that in another Super Secret Project video.

In the next few days I will be announcing something new that will tie in with these Super Secret Project posts so defiantly keep an eye out for that in your inbox, youtube or this page.

This is a sample images at F/5.6 see how the background is not full blown out click the image to view the rest of the sample images.

F stops explained

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Super Secret Project – Shooting Video

Jared Polin May 6, 2011 Comments Off on Super Secret Project – Shooting Video

In this day and age where most new DSLR’s have the ability to shoot VIdeo many people are trying to now figure out how to make it work. After so many questions have come in about how do I shoot video, where do I set my camera how do I do this and that, I thought it was time to start another Super Secret Project.

In this video I hit 5 things that you will want to think about when just starting out shooting video. (in no particular order)

Click HERE for more (more…)

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How To resize your photo

Jared Polin March 4, 2011 30

Super Secret Project Time.

How many of you would be unsure how to resize your image to 1000 pixels on the longest side. I know the answer would be some of you and that is ok, I was at a loss for a long time when I first started out as well.

I decided to open the three programs on my Mac that are capable of resizing images to show how easy it really is. I started off with Adobe Lightroom than went to Adobe Photoshop and finally tried using Apple Iphoto for the very first time. What I found is that each program has the same ability to resize your images and its very easy.

There are many more programs out there like Adobe Elements, Picasa and I am sure Microsoft has a few offerings that all would resize your images. Now that you see how easy this is, which program do you use to resize your images, I would be curious to see the ratios. Please leave a comment below.

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Super Secret Project Booking Weddings

Jared Polin January 21, 2011 15

Welcome to this weeks Super Secret Project. In the coming weeks and months I will be transforming the SSP again into a more organized “CLASS” that will focus on understanding light, exposure, composition and how to make money in photography. Where as Greg is focusing on Lighting I will be focusing on using natural light. That is a big with for all of you guys because you are getting full courses in both natural and artificial light.

How many of you out there either shoot weddings or want to shoot weddings? Weddings are a great time in my mind, not only do you get to be creative in your picture taking but you get to meet some really great people. I would be remiss if i did not mention that they can pay very well when you reach that level to command such payments.


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Super Secret Project Focusing Mode Explained

Jared Polin December 24, 2010 19

How many of you have trouble understanding which focusing modes to use and when? There a few different modes in our cameras that do need a little explanation to fully understand what they are doing. Some are simple but others when you are just starting out make less sense.

Let’s start out with the basics, in many of todays newer cameras like the Nikon D3100 and D7000 you will see modes like AF-A, AF-S and AF-C. AF-A stands for AF auto, which means the camera is going to chose the focusing mode based on what it thinks is best. AF-S stands for Single Focus, meaning when you press the shutter button half way down as long as your finger stays down on the button your focus will not change. AF-C stands for autofocus continuous, as long as your finger is pressed half way down it is gong to continue to focus on what ever subject is in the focusing square.

CLICK MORE to get detailed info on each focus setting (more…)

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