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FroKnowsPhoto's Video Guide on sale

By dpreview staff on Dec 21, 2013 at 13:00 GMT

Our friend Jared Polin over at Fro Knows Photo is running a holiday season promotion on his latest video guide, FroKnowsPhoto Flash Guide. Until the end of the year you'll be able to buy the instant digital download version for just $57. Not bad for three hours of practical advice on flash photography delivered in the Fro's inimitable style (and with a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like it).

For more information visit http://froknowsphoto.com/flashguide

About the guide:

With FroKnowsPhoto: Flash Guide, pro photographer and FroKnowsPhoto.com creator Jared Polin along with commercial photographer, Adam Lerner, give you a fun and informative approach to learning off-camera flash, from assembling your basic light kit to how to trigger your flash, to understanding flash terminology - all with great motivational tips about different ways you can utilize flash in your photography.

Whether you’ve just picked up your first flash or you’ve been dreading using it, you’ll walk away from this guide with a richer appreciation for the fundamentals of flash photography. The confidence that you gain will allow you to capture incredible, dynamic flash photography in almost any situation.

The best part is that this isn’t only classroom learning – instead of just listening to Jared and Adam talk about flash photography, you’ll see them capture actual examples that show cause and effect of each change on the same image and watch real world photo shoots play out with these lessons in mind. By the end, you will have gained the confidence to get the flash out of auto and capture great images with your flash.

Comments

Total comments: 143
Under The Sun
By Under The Sun (4 months ago)

Jard makes photographic advice that I disagree with but he certainly is a good businessman and excellent marketer. He knows how to build a brand.

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Styleimaging
By Styleimaging (4 months ago)

I for one admire what Jared has done and is doing for the photography world. Not many people have the skill and talent to rise up and let their voice be heard. branding is key and jared you are def a recognizable figure in the online photo world today. "I shoot Raw" t shirts. thats genius man. next time ur in SoCal hit me up. we talk shop.

For all you dead head old school photographers out there with your shitty negative attitudes. keep fueling this man's flame. every single negative shitt you throw at him, he's just gonna get stronger, wiser, and better. ahahhha negativity is needed to succeed without it life would be boring and bland.

v -

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audijam
By audijam (4 months ago)

oh please! are you keeping me?

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SunnyFlorida
By SunnyFlorida (4 months ago)

The 70's called, they said you can keep their clothes

0 upvotes
Tom Lombardi
By Tom Lombardi (4 months ago)

I came across his site a couple of months ago and really enjoy his style. If you don't like it, that's fine but you have to admit his videos are a heck of a lot more entertaining than most of the monotone mundane stuff that you can find out there over the net. His approach is unique and I would just say check out a RawTalk and if you don't crack a smile or two, or ten, and don't feel like it's of any benefit then don't return and find something else. I respect the guy for what he has done in a relatively short period of time, and he and the site are evolving. I checked out some of his earlier stuff and it's amazing how much he's tweaked and added over time. He knows how to market his products and himself - heck, he has us talking about it right now - Good job Jared and continue on man. I too hope to see the Flyers win a cup.

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Jake64
By Jake64 (4 months ago)

I admire his ability to make money doing photography which we all know is very difficult to do. Even if you want to try and make photography into a side-business, you will encounter hurdle after hurdle and will probably fail to even get it off the ground let alone enjoy the extra income on a consistant basis.

3 upvotes
thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (4 months ago)

Say what you will. The guy shots straight. It's not overly technical, it's entertaining and helpful for those of us less technical.

3 upvotes
clicstudio
By clicstudio (4 months ago)

He is a clown with a camera. I just happened to catch one of his YouTube videos and to say the least it was terrible. It doesn't mean it's not gonna be useful for someone who is just beginning. But it really is too limited and humorous to be taken seriously.
Next up: WhatTheFro?
:::sigh::::

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (4 months ago)

I've never seen the videos but "too...humorous to be taken seriously". Lighten up man. Instruction doesn't have to be dull to be good.

3 upvotes
Under The Sun
By Under The Sun (4 months ago)

Kai and his gang from Digital Rev comes into mind. Another bunch of clowns. Certainly not our cup of tea but you can't deny he is doing well for his business and attracts a lot of the younger crowd to photography.

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b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

In terms of exposure and development of photographic method, it is a net gain to entertain a diverse range of opinion. It really matters not whether one chooses to embrace a viewpoint, use it to strengthen their thinking in opposition to it, or use it in any way to inform their photographic or artistic development.

To deem someone a "clown" or an "idiot" is to run the risk of being too confident in one's idea of what might be beneficial in a world of diverse points of reference. That is not to say that I am wholly endorsing the purchase of his instructional DVD/download (up to each individual to determine its potential value); but, I think Fro on free platforms is certainly worth a look.

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Shield3
By Shield3 (4 months ago)

Nothing wrong with Jared selling this - any true fan of capitalism can't really be against a guy trying to earn a buck.
What is sort of funny to me, however, is the fact most of us are all shooting digital now - it's not like it costs us anything to delete photos. In other words, teach yourself by doing and practicing. Shrug.

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Sordid
By Sordid (4 months ago)

Some advice isn't a bad thing either because we've all seen people making the same mistakes over and over again.

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David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

One thing is for sure, the next podcast will be an interesting listen.

I think Jerad has more talents than just photography and the exposure here will (no doubt) drive a few more listeners toward his videos and PC. I would encourage those who are curious to give it a listen, then formulate their own opinion. As horshack pointed out earlier, it ain't going to be everyone's cup of tea but if you have an iPhone or iPod, you can listen to them at double speed which is about right for an evening walk (and makes the singing shorter ;-) ). He has a big following so there must be many who find it entertaining and enlightening.

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MartinEA
By MartinEA (4 months ago)

Good luck Fro and best wishes. I hope you do well.

6 upvotes
jacketgiang
By jacketgiang (4 months ago)

This guy reminds me Ken Rockwell, but it seems like Ken Rockwell knows a lot more about photography than this guy.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

and you know enough of photography to judge-evaluate who knows more ? -not even considering the age of the 2-

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

According to my experience Ken does not know that much.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

but even if he does, i doubt KR was this good (many fields) at the same age of Jared now

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jacketgiang
By jacketgiang (4 months ago)

I'm not saying that I know enough about photography to say that Ken knows more than Fro, but I know that Ken gives free advices through many articles on his website, whereas Fro sells $57 a video that give beginners advices that you can easily found everywhere else on the internet for free. Be a great photographer is not about how many subscribers you have on youtube, how many $57 videos you can sell or how many shots you keep out of 1000, isn't it?

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

"fro sells 57$ video" come on, he's spend big dollars on the equipment to make it, he's bills to pay
who on this planet would make such an expense freely ?
Jared gives away also free stuff thru youtube.

you are not a good photographer for 100 subscribers ofcourse, but Jared skills are in different fields of the same family of media (photography, digital, internet) this is 2014, we cannot see a complete photographer today like it was 100+ years ago, todays photographer has to master other subjects also.

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Scruntys NutPea Funch
By Scruntys NutPea Funch (4 months ago)

Well, no.

Ken Rockwell's ability to present a beginner-friendly approach to photography, coupled with a constant stream of 'this is the best thing ever' style reviews, gives the appearance of knowledge... but nothing more. There are times where you can't fall back on Program mode and massively oversaturated colours to cover your tracks, and that's where Rockwell just stops. Worse, that's where he tries - and sadly, frequently succeeds - to make those under his thrall think photography ends there too.

He's like a literacy teacher who could never get along with the letters after 'T', so not only doesn't teach them, but also convinces students no-one really needs those letters anyway, and that only English professors trying to keep their jobs bother with a 'W' these days.

From what I've seen of Jared Polin, he does at least convey some of the basics of photography and explain why they are important. Whether he is skilled enough to sustain a three-hour video is questionable, though.

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zevobh
By zevobh (4 months ago)

nutpea summed it up perfectly.

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Shengji
By Shengji (4 months ago)

Ken Rockwell has articles on his site that he has been paid to write, Jared does not take money for his work from the people he is writing about. Either approach works, but Jared asks you to pay for it yourself, Ken subsidises his through his articles. When Jared gives you an opinion, you can trust that opinion is genuine, Ken, you always have to remember that the opinion may be bought and paid for. Ken gives you the article for free because he is selling your time to the people who pay him, Jared asks you to pay for the work he has produced.

Different business models and different folk will have different reasons for wanting one over the other.

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Sordid
By Sordid (4 months ago)

In my opinion, they are both overrated.
I have yet to see a single picture taken by Rockwell that really amazes me.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (4 months ago)

Here's Ken's free studio lighting tuturial:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/strobes.htm

It's free and it should be for what it covers....

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

what a beautiful world we live in, with 10 billion troubles we have, we have the time to hate-denigrate-laugh to a guy who loves our same hobby (well a job for himself) and does it in its own way. This discussion is full of Einsteins but also self-admitted Noobs who say Jared is just bad or not good enough, why dont YOU ALL start doing something better than Jared instead of whining ? you wouldnt be able to make 100 subscribers on youtube, i suppose out of 1000 shots you make you can make barely 1 keeper (the hyper critics without basics pointing the hand at the guy). What is constructive critics, what is freedom of opinion and speech, in my opinion what most of you are doing is not like that, its just a sample of how bad the human kind can be (calling someone i-diot. unskilled,untalented,unartistic bla bla) critics or childs pretending to do a proper critic ?

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I am a canon fanboy but even I approve this Nkon users message :p (seriously though not a canon fanboy had to make a terrible joke)

But yes Nikon2011 is 100% right. What else is there to say?

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

the problem here is not jared, imho, but the problems of our society in everydays life, today's match is here. jealousy, arrogance, how many times i have to repeat to master owners that they have mastered that knowledge but they dont know how to communicate kindly (not to forget that who gets a master isnt automatically a decent person, just knows his stuff, then might be a tirant or an id-iot- a real one) it's a place full of roosters with yellow dress.

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calking
By calking (4 months ago)

Both of you have more than made your opinions perfectly clear....to the point of being belligerent and snide yourselves. We get that you like and admire everything Fro is about...now let it go please. Maybe talk to Jared about becoming Independent Dealers or something....

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Sordid
By Sordid (4 months ago)

So people aren't entitled to have an opinion and voice it here?
We're still living in free countries. Some more, some less.

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steelski
By steelski (4 months ago)

I already do something better than Jared.
by NOT DOING A SMELL TEST.

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Light Bucket
By Light Bucket (4 months ago)

The fact that Jared has passions running so high simply from having one of his videos referenced on this site tells me he is doing something right :)

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Josh152
By Josh152 (4 months ago)

Yep. His website is froknowsphoto.com but what Fro really knows is branding, marketing, and social networking.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

only for his huge passion, we all should stand and applaud his job and results, instead we get our weapons and shoot at the pigeon, deluding people, wanna be decent critics, unable to critic properly even a chocolate candy they put into their mouth on xmas eve.

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (4 months ago)

FroWantsMoney.com that's his passion ;)

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steelski
By steelski (4 months ago)

By showing Fro on DPreview tells you the level of photography on the sites many followers, and that DPreview is heading in a direction I may not want to follow.

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saralecaire
By saralecaire (4 months ago)

Only good for entertainment to watch on YouTube. Once you scratch the surface you'll realize that he doesn't have any real insights on photography technique, style or artistic creativity. Just a bunch of his personal opinionated ideas on things that are more often than not, plain senseless. Just like a pushy salesman.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

'he doesn't have any real insights on photography technique, style or artistic creativity.' - how many teachers are out there

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

That is funny, you must not be watching the same videos as me, because I have seen a LOT of insights on photography techniques and OH.... that is RIGHT, he has also published TWO dvd's on it, and this article covers one of those.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

kari you are wrong, saralecaire got a lot of technique,style, artistic creativity, she's a teacher of photography and arts, she makes courses and has her own exposition, right Sara ?

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (4 months ago)

"... doesn't have any real insights on photography technique, style or artistic creativity..." That's just ridiculous. It's even more ridiculous to think that a professional photography instructor at ABC Art School, has the corner market on "insight" and or "creativity".

The bottom line is that we can all learn from another photographer, whether that photographer has been shooting for a lifetime or 3 months. The fact of the matter is that a lot of relative newbies are making it in photography when many self purported "wiser, more experienced, more skilled, etc.." photographers are failing in their pursuits.

I look at it this way- Either "Fro" is making money or he isn't... and by the looks of things, he's at least positioning himself to reap a profit w/out a day job outside of photography, which is more than many "professional" photographers can say. If many photographers spent as much time on their own projects as they do bashing others, they'd actually make a profit ;)

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b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

As a professor, I respect saralecaire's opinion, but not because she is a teacher, but, rather, she qualifies her opinion with some exlanation beyond general unsubstantiated proclamations and name calling.

As photography can often fall into dogmatic mannerism, but slavish replication of style and exclusive support of one methodology or another, I support exposure to a range of figures and philosophies - and some may challenge your views, which is good. I'd let him speak in any if my classes, performative antics and all.

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Poweruser
By Poweruser (4 months ago)

Mostly agree with you. Jared is a self-promotion expert and a good entertainer. For great photography I´d look elsewhere.

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kimchiflower
By kimchiflower (4 months ago)

I used to watch his videos, but after some of his 1-hour clips, I started to realise he could really do with editing his disposable teen humour chit-chat down.

Besides, who pays for online info these days?

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Who pays for cameras these days? Why not just steal them? *sarcasm*

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (4 months ago)

"Besides, who pays for online info these days?"

Many corporations and individuals wanting specific training at a faster pace do... as well as the hundreds of thousands of people paying thousands of dollars in tuition to take for-credit online courses from national universities.

That's who.

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babola
By babola (4 months ago)

"Besides, who pays for online info these days?"

DigiLloyd is reading this comment and laughing his way to the bank ;-)

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Under The Sun
By Under The Sun (4 months ago)

I can imagine enough people to keep his online businesses alive.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (4 months ago)

Sorry but I have to say there is so much good info on flash photography for free online, especially the basics, that to pay $57 for a video like this is just foolish. Simply go on you tube and search for Mark Wallace and you'll find a bunch of good stuff.

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (4 months ago)

That's like saying there's so much good information on bleeding your brakes on your motorcar, that it doesn't make sense to pay a mechanic (which for many people that is true). . . However, for many others who don't fancy scooting all over the internet to find what they want, they're quite content in buying a book that fits their personal needs.

I think reading the booklet that came with your flash, buying a pocket wizard and experimenting is one of the best (and quickest) ways to learn about your flash on/off camera... but many people aren't like me (or you) and may find Fro's book worth their time. So? Good for them, and good for Fro.

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Under The Sun
By Under The Sun (4 months ago)

My friend makes a good living writing books about dog breeding. You could say that there are tons of free online info about it online but yet his books still sell quite well. There are people out there who are willing to pay for the convenience of having that info organised in one book or video.

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D200_4me
By D200_4me (4 months ago)

I used to watch his youtube videos, around the time the Nikon V1 came out. They were entertaining, but over time I got turned off by a few things, like the "I don't crop" statements, as if we that do crop are just inexperienced morons that can't snap the most basic snapshot. So, over time there seemed to be a know-it-all attitude coming across so I quit watching completely. I much prefer 'Blunty' these days (Nate Burr) on youtube. Entertaining and real world stuff. No snobby crap.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

He never claimed you were a moron for cropping, what he is saying is simply this: when you crop, you loose a lot more detail than if you would have framed it perfectly and NOT cropped, there is nothing wrong with cropping, but he is telling people that they loose a lot of facial detail and such by cropping.

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D200_4me
By D200_4me (4 months ago)

Sorry, it's just my personal preference, but I don't like his style and attitude. It just rubs me the wrong way too often. I realize everyone likes different styles....but I've even quit listening to Trey Ratcliff too. ;-) hehe I just want someone to give me the no-nonsense review and advice. I really like Steve Huff's style too.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (4 months ago)

I watched one video where he was talking to a class of Photography students. I could not make it threw the video. ( pretty bad )
But, he is young and has evidently made an impact on the extremely hard part of photography ( getting known ). If he keeps it up for the next 20 years he will be a well seasoned top performer and photographer I would think.
Only time will tell. Just stick to your guns man. No problems here at all.

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GearGuru
By GearGuru (4 months ago)

Jared's alright man! I find him very entertaining and he has great insights on photography, equipment and the industry. His style is a bit, well, RAW, but I like him and glad he's doing what he does.

Keep up the good work Jared!

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (4 months ago)

You nailed in The head. It's just entertainment. ;)

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F Stop Fitzgerald
By F Stop Fitzgerald (4 months ago)

Jared is an enterprising young man, with a strong point of view, a morning radio show personality as well as a distinctive follicular silhouette. If he can market himself and sell some products and in the process teach photo techniques. Then I say more power to him.

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atamola
By atamola (4 months ago)

If you are a beginner do yourself a favor: spend 10 minutes in Amazon selecting 5 photography books and use those $57 or $97 there instead. You will actually get something for your money.

If reading is not your thing, I suggest you look at one of the many DVDs from people that actually know something about photography AND deliver useful information. Do a little research for yourself and again use your money to get something useful for your photography.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I spent a lot more than that when i began, so far no help from those books.

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atamola
By atamola (4 months ago)

Some people can´t be helped -no matter how much money you spend on them.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

atamola, and which side are you ? i suppose the bad guys are always in the other end eh

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

Nikon2011: It was pretty clear from early on that you and KariIceland are on some kind of team here. "Which side are you on" is strongly suggestive of some kind of entrenched partisanship. Fro's payroll, maybe?

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lka968
By lka968 (4 months ago)

I like Jared and love his videos. They are fun to watch and he knows his stuff. You learn and laugh at the same time, no one else does that.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Here is my reply to those who are being negative: Stop being jelous, just because he is sucessful and you are not.
You do not have to act like a five year old brat.

And to those complaining about his videos:
there is not a funny bone in your body, try having a laugh once in your life, that is if the word laughter and comedy even exists in your dictionary.

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onlooker
By onlooker (4 months ago)

Oh yes, anyone who does not find rather crude adolescent behavior entertaining must be jealous. Right.

From your second paragraph it is clear to me that you are Fro's generation and have not had a chance to be exposed to intelligent humor.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

No, those who feel like BASHING the person for NO reason are jelous as so many comments have proven here, and I am from the Fro's "generation" ? What does that exactly mean? I have heard about the X Generation not the "Fro generation".

And oh trust me I have been exposed to intelligent humor, it tends to be british humor unlike your Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler & all that CRAP you call comedy.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

onlooker, i do not like all the 'humor' Jared does, i dont like his hairs :) - sorry Jared - i would never ever have hairs 1/10th longer than that!, some things he does or says i will never do it, still it's positive stuff, all to support his passion = photography, thats all that matters to me, his style is fine :)

in everyday life you see such people with a stuck angry face no matter what you do, they were born angry, i myself like more this relaxing mood (because at work we get tired enough that at home i dont need more angry-serious faces repeating 101% the words of a book, we need some 'different acting while still talking about a certain subject =p.graphy.

if someone sees it differently, instead than spitting in this thread why not just sign up for a local course or go to the library, saving time, saving anger, people needs to spit out their anger otherwise they are gonna explode (heres the sample)

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

That's it gloves are of NIkon boy, *gets his fists out* Nobody messes with his hair ;3

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David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

Just dial up his podcast and give it a listen. Then decide if you want to pay $57 for three hours of that. I do still listen to the podcast; I believe that I have heard most of every one of them which I tend to listen to walking to lunch etc. -- a good time for such things. I first heard this guy on TWIP and decided to give him a listen. Occasionally there is something there that is worth the price of admission but you have to put up with a lot of adolescent BS to get to it. Would I pay money for that --- nope. But, as they say, YMMV.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

would you please make a video guide ? im ready to pay (and to criticize, and dont be ashamed or surprised if i take off your bones and skin) waiting answer.

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David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

I don't need to be a maker of video guides to comment on one (and that is not what I am doing -- I have not watched it). I don't make movies but I know which ones I like and which ones I don't. The same is true for photographs etc. I don't really know what is in the video guide, but I have watched a couple of Jared's videos and listened to a lot of the podcasts.
In terms of "bang for the buck" the podcast has value, but knowing Jared (through what I have seen and heard) I can't imagine paying $57 for three hours of that.

Lets just say that I set a higher standard for the quality of the material that I am willing to pay money for.

I don't really see why you are getting so excited about this, people are entitled to express their opinions. Not everyone likes juvenile, adolescent humor, sexual innuendo, licking microphones, sniffing equipment (what's up with that anyway) and horrible singing. Get a clue -- I am not the only one here with this opinion and it is perfectly valid.

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steelski
By steelski (4 months ago)

Fro does not know photo....IMO ;)

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

His success which is bigger than yours says otherwise :p

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Josh152
By Josh152 (4 months ago)

Fro's success comes from his natural charisma and creating an identifiable brand for himself. It has little to do with his actuall photographic knowledge or ablility.

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David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

Kari --

What success are you referring to? His success as a photographer or his success as a showman, salesman, entertainer. He has some successful videos, a podcast that has been running for a short while, a lot of video on you tube but what exactly are his credentials as a photographer? He is selling lots of junk on the net, tee shirts, blankets, afro picks (gold ones even), red "black rapid" camera straps with his logo on them... etc. but what about photography? What are the credentials qualify him as a flash expert? I would be more inclined to look to David Hobie or Syl Arena for such advice rather than some Howard Stern "wanabee".

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JWilkinson Studios
By JWilkinson Studios (4 months ago)

Hes done photos for a couple (that I know of) big name artists as well as plenty of other work. He has done pretty well for himself as a photographer.
I wouldn't call him a flash expert, He doesn't either as far as I know.
But he makes his videos and guides for very beginner level people. I mean his other guide is for getting out of Auto and teaches the exposure triangle...

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

David Hull how about you try looking at his WEBSITE and FIND OUT? Or is that to difficult for you? If it is then you might just give up photography all together, he also has toured with a LOT of big name bands for one thing and done amazing shoots for them.

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Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

Mr David Huhull, offended Jared with certain terms, while Jared didnt, then turns it into serious critics-facts, that says it all just ignore this deluded old wannabe man.

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David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

Wilkinson -- I wouldn't use the term "exposure triangle" here if I were you, very dangerous.

Kari --

I have looked at his website -- so what? It's OK, some nice stuff there, perhaps Jerad should stick to photography, since he can't sing well ;-).

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

He can't sing at all, but he still has fun singing just like he has fun doing photography which is something more people should look at, photography is supposed to be a FUN experience & A learning experience, If there is no fun in it, what is the point of doing it?

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steelski
By steelski (4 months ago)

Hey everyone, looking at his website, yeah there is some good stuff. But thats it.... then when you look deeper, its just a bunch of clichés IMO. nothing overly interesting,
As for me being jealous of his success. I don't think you can measure his success its that big. In all seriousness, there is nothing out of my reach in his photos currently.
A suitable self made proverb from me about any photographer would be this.
Just because you show your face to the Queen, does not make you more beautiful, just easier to critique.

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wcbert
By wcbert (4 months ago)

How much cursing is in his video? How much adolescent jokes are in his video? Does he sing? Wear a mask? People there are better DVD to teach flash and do not spend time sniffing a camera with their nose.

Serious there are YouTube video of him smelling cameras and him giving recommendation on the smell.

6 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

And you sir know nothing of entertainment nor positive ways of teaching, you would not happen to be a math teacher?

1 upvote
onlooker
By onlooker (4 months ago)

> And you sir know nothing of entertainment nor positive ways of teaching

You find it entertaining?

10 upvotes
Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

some guys just need a teacher of the 19th century hitting your hands with a stick until bleeding, and you never see a smile nor appreciation, soul less people with a squared life.

1 upvote
onlooker
By onlooker (4 months ago)

My jaw dropped.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (4 months ago)

Has anybody noticed (and this is by no means limited to Fro) that in this great digital world there is always emphasis on quantity over quality? "977 hours of easy Photoshop instruction on 56 DVDs!" "This new edition, greatly expanded with 344 new pages of easy to follow tips!"

To me, these sales pitches mean more to the UPS man than to somebody trying to get a practical start with a reasonable amount of time and effort.

4 upvotes
Mid-Town_Guy
By Mid-Town_Guy (4 months ago)

Fro knows photo.......dot com

Jared is alright :)

4 upvotes
phoozy
By phoozy (4 months ago)

I thought it was Christmas, not April Fools´ Day.

25 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Clever commentary. I hope it fills your day with warmth and happiness.

7 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I agree, however i only see one fool and his name is phoozy.

1 upvote
phoozy
By phoozy (4 months ago)

Beeing a fool makes one popular. I guess.

1 upvote
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Then why don't you have any friends phoozy?

0 upvotes
AutumnAura
By AutumnAura (4 months ago)

I find this guy extremely irritating. Quite surprised DPR have endorsed him.

23 upvotes
Levi Coon
By Levi Coon (4 months ago)

thanks, you had spoken for me, too!

4 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

I think a few posters here need to step back and think about target audience - those being individuals with little or no flash experience. Yeah, the price is a bit steep, but judging by sample clips, it seems to give the beginner the quick and simplified demonstration which then opens tangential experimentation on the part of student. The minutiae can come later. In ten years of teaching, this is my preferred methodology. Too much instruction hammering detailed theory too soon, stifling hands on exploration. Photography is math heavy, but if it becomes a math problem entirely (particularly too soon), it steps on potentials for developing the intuitive part of technique.

I'm pro fro.

4 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

He can come speak in my classes anytime; but I might have to pay in doughnuts and a back rub.

1 upvote
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (4 months ago)

Fro's good for a chuckle but if they know what tangential and minutiae mean, they should be able to pick up the flash info for free.

4 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

What did he pay for this ad?

19 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

What difference does it make? My understanding is that he provides a good amount of free instruction. And my suspicion is that DPR saw legitimate content here. Photographers, on the whole need to temper their territorialism and cynicism. Not speaking to your sensibilities so much as a general observation.

4 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I dont know Leandro, as i am sure he paid nothing and did not ask for it, but the better question is: who paid you to smear him? Ken rockwell is that you? :p

3 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (4 months ago)

nothing, zero. As we have repeated ad nauseum we do not accept payment for news stories.

4 upvotes
t.c. marino
By t.c. marino (4 months ago)

i like what he does,and the "fro" is an EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER.keep up the good work jared polin

2 upvotes
Manfred Bachmann
By Manfred Bachmann (4 months ago)

57.- for talking nonsens and singing, he must be joking!

10 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Sounds to me that you might benefit by a bit of levity.

2 upvotes
Jane79
By Jane79 (4 months ago)

I used to watch your videos with Lilian and the ones about your mum and how you came about to wear a fro, one of those made me cry. Your videos about photography are nice too, so is the sniffing test. However, I've stopped visiting your site because it takes very long to load, there's way too much stuff on it. Simple, quick and clean, sometimes less is more. It works for Google! :-)

3 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Then just visit his youtube channel.

0 upvotes
Starkiller
By Starkiller (4 months ago)

"Horizontical" ftw! :-)

1 upvote
richardalanfox
By richardalanfox (4 months ago)

Take my picture, please!

1 upvote
ShutterSpy Photo
By ShutterSpy Photo (4 months ago)

I purchased this guide when it came out. I have to say that I enjoyed the style of it. Very hands-on with explanations and examples.

While it may be too "beginner" for some, it is exactly as the title says. It was basic, but I picked up a thing or two.

While Jared does have a unique style, and I may not agree with everything he says, he puts out an astonishing amount of content for free. I'd gladly support someone like that over a secretive "pro" where you don't know what you're getting until you pay and end up disappointed.

Keep up the good work, Jared.

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10 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

You mean like those photography books i have purchased so far? Not much info and useless usually, the fro throws out things even i have not thought about or made me rethink how i have shot the past years, sure its very basic,and yet it makes you think if you are not a beginner.

1 upvote
itchhh
By itchhh (4 months ago)

He's made something out of nothing and I admire/respect the Fro for that. He does get on my nerves from time to time so I just turn him off.

5 upvotes
smithling
By smithling (4 months ago)

I heard he shoots jpegs.

11 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (4 months ago)

And wears a wig

7 upvotes
Horshack
By Horshack (4 months ago)

He's not my cup of tea and I can see why others would have a strong negative reaction to him but I do think he's helpful to a large segment of the photo tweener community, ie those moving up from a Smartphone/P&S to their first DSL. He's a bit heavy-handed on the branding and marketing but he does offer a lot of free material on his youtube channel. On balance I'd say he's a net positive for beginning DSLR users.

11 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I am not a beginner, i have been photographing since 2007, however every now and then he makes me rethink a thing or two about what we have learned and about interactions.

3 upvotes
Shengji
By Shengji (4 months ago)

2007, then you're at that uncomfortable phase where you don't realise that you very much are still a beginner.

2 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

Shengji my record says otherwise.

0 upvotes
Shengji
By Shengji (4 months ago)

I've been shooting 60 years longer than you and I'm still a beginner. It's not a badge of honour to have peaked after only 6 years using a camera and trust me in 20 years, if you read this again you will laugh at yourself. If you go out tomorrow and shoot the finest photograph you have ever made, in 10 years time, you will be so embarrassed by it you will refuse to show it.

This is the way it goes, it's the same for everyone. We all go through it and we all think that after a mere 6 years that we can learn no more and that we are no longer a beginner.

We are always wrong.

3 upvotes
Julian Williams
By Julian Williams (4 months ago)

I like fro

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6 upvotes
David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

I would only buy it if I could be guaranteed that the idiot doesn't sing on it like does on his weekly podcast. Can someone at DPR please review this and give us the "F" bomb count?

8 upvotes
FroKnowsPhoto
By FroKnowsPhoto (4 months ago)

Hey David, there are zero F Bombs in this guide. Jared

7 upvotes
Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (4 months ago)

i wonder whats up with some guys in here, so many nerves 'touched', 'idi-ot', are we really that serious and pis-sed off ? you are all free to go learn photography from your local undertaker or just ignore Jared (i dont give him one cent, i do appreciate his job, no reason to offend someone because hes different style from yourself)

8 upvotes
David Hull
By David Hull (4 months ago)

OK, no "F" bombs -- good (not that I really care about cleverly well placed "F" bombs). So, OK, How much singing? How many times are you well down the road on a good thought only to stop everything, completely breaking your pacing to ask your assistant "Hey could you check that camera... why is that light flashing?", Hey could you check my levels, were my levels good?" etc. I often listen to the podcast (although lately, I have been tempted to unsubscribe), but I don't think I would want to lay down $57 for 3 hours of adolescent humor, bad singing, microphone licking etc. It is just an opinion though so take it for what it's worth.

In all fairness once in a while there is a piece of valuable photographic insight woven in -- often though this seems to be accidental.

2 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

That "idiot" is more sucessful than you, now does that not make you feel like a dumber person?

3 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (4 months ago)

I just want to know how he keeps his afro alive.

2 upvotes
FroKnowsPhoto
By FroKnowsPhoto (4 months ago)

I have yet to cut it in 6 years!!!

5 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (4 months ago)

$57 for a 3 hour digital download tutorial ... really?

I would -at least- hope to get a 24K gold-plated DVD, and a personally signed tortoise shell afro pick,

lovingly packaged by none other than 'Fro' himself for such a princely sum. Nice try though!

19 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

I would like to get a full frame dslr for that price as well, but i enjoy being realistic. Good luck getting a product like this for less.

2 upvotes
mike kobal
By mike kobal (4 months ago)

after long term marketing research and analysis dpr staff concluded that this is exactly what their readership needs :)

14 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

Oh, that guy that sniffs cameras....And says that "nobody uses tripod anymore"...
Thanks but no thanks.

29 upvotes
FroKnowsPhoto
By FroKnowsPhoto (4 months ago)

Hi, I use tripods all the time, not sure where you got that quote I never said. Jared

13 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppXT-jANmYM&feature=player_detailpage#t=366

My wording was of you actually said "i don't wanna use tripod becouse that's not real world shooting environment"

6 upvotes
calking
By calking (4 months ago)

There are a lot of opinions about the practical application of tripods today. Regardless of what someone thinks about Fro, it's not as if those who claim tripods aren't necessary are somehow unqualified to offer an opinion on photography in general. There are pros who swear by a one-speedlight method of flash shooting that do great work, but that's not an opinion shared by everyone.

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4 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Der Steppenwolf, speaking to your initial comment, you might want to research how to use a quotation mark - a direct reference to a spoken or written item, representing the exact wording of the subject.

7 upvotes
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

He has never said that and dont be a liar nor a sourpuss

2 upvotes
djrocks66
By djrocks66 (4 months ago)

Love the Fro and his show. This is a great video for those that are trying to learn flash photography.

6 upvotes
FroKnowsPhoto
By FroKnowsPhoto (4 months ago)

Thanks

5 upvotes
mac west
By mac west (4 months ago)

The Fro Knows !! And I have learned a lot from him .Thanks Mr.Polin and Happy Hanukkah. Mac

6 upvotes
BigBen08
By BigBen08 (4 months ago)

The fro is like a young, hip Ken Rockwell.

1 upvote
KariIceland
By KariIceland (4 months ago)

BIgBEn08 except Ken wants nothing to do with him, won't even want to do an interview on the show & Ken is a snob.

0 upvotes
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