Last month I wrote a post titled “Velcro Swag – The Inception of Mo Photos“. I explained the shot that changed my perspective forever about photography, but I did not explain how I got from that shot several years ago to today. That was step 1.
Once I captured “Velcro Swag” I had to know how to repeat the process. The hunt began and I started with YouTube. I love YouTube, to quote the great Michael Scott from The Office, “When I discovered YouTube, I didn’t work for five days. I did nothing. I watched Cookie Monster sing Chocolate Rain about a thousand times.”
I hit YouTube hard watching many instructional photography videos, but they were either too complex, too simple or just poorly made.
Then I found this guy!
Say hello to Jared Polin, AKA, FroKnowsPhoto.com. He is a Philadelphia photographer and dominant YouTube presence. He has over 1,000 videos on his YouTube channel and over 300,00o YouTube subscribers.
While watching his collection, I found a video that he published explaining why he produces the content for everyone and why he has a fro. It is a video you have to watch! The Story Behind the FRO.
His YouTube Channel changed my world! https://www.youtube.com/user/JaredPolin
He had hundreds and hundreds of videos that were educational, informative and really broke down this art form in bite size chunks to help me learn. I mean really learn.
I must have watched 100 of them! Before every video he had a sales plug for his “Go Above and Beyond Auto: Educational DVD“. I bought it and had it instantly downloaded to my Mac. It included:
I watch this series about 3 times. He nailed the instructional video. I learned so much in such a compressed time it was like my brain was loaded with the a subject matter by a machinem like in the movie The Matrix. Boom! I understood Mo than ever before. I bought this video set Mo than a year ago and since this purchase, I have not taken my camera out of “M” mode since that day. My pictures reflect my ability to work my camera. It will take you to the next level in photography provided that you go out and shoot after each lesson. Also check out his website.
Jared took me to the next level and did it so well that I tell people that they would be a fool NOT to purchase this gold mine of information from the Fro if they want to learn the basics about photography. It is critical that you understand how to use your gear.
He just released a “FroKnowsPhoto Flash Guide DVD“, that I have purchased and downloaded. I am now learning to master my flash. He is now producing a Video guide. Awesome. Yes I will probably buy it too.
If you are an expert with your camera, his first two DVD’s are not for you. However, if you are an expert with your camera I recommend that you watch or listen to his weekly podcast on YouTube. The podcast audio is available in iTunes. He talks about the latest photography news, gear, and interviews top photographers from all over. Jared and his podcast co-host, Stephen Eckert are awesome. The podcast are generally over an hour of photography goodness. Good stuff.
Jared was a big part of my progression learning this art and I encourage you follow and support him. You will not regret it.
My next blog post on this subject will also highlight some other photographers that I follow and I will also talk about the post processing images. There is gold there too! Stay tuned…
Until next time..
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