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Jaron Schneider

Features Editor, Marketing Communications http://jaronschneider.com/ +Jaron Schneider@jaronschneiderFacebook
Jaron Schneider is a portrait/headshot and commercial product photographer based out of San Francisco, California. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in marketing and business administration, Schneider spent some time in the photographic lighting business, learning how the industry works, what products are actually high quality, and how to communicate with photographers and videographers around the world. Schneider joined Fstoppers.com in 2011 to aid in the sales and marketing, management and to build the editorial content. He now acts as Features Editor and manages relationships with gear brands.

FS Review: Custom SLR’s Unusual Finger Ergo Upgrade ProDot

Ah the ProDot, tied for the win as recipient of the most baffled and confused responses from photographers along side Tiffen’s confusingly expensive flashlight. Many of you laughed aloud when you saw this product hit the market, and even more after you watched the launch video. But is it possible that you might actually like the ProDot? Actually, yes. [more]

How to Manage Your Administrative Tasks as a Photographer

Hi, my name is Tam. Most of you don’t know me, but I’ve been with Fstoppers for a few months now. As a system engineer, I’m more or less like a ghost in the machine; I make sure the awesome writers here have a functional server to keep the fresh content coming, and everyone else have their daily Fstoppers fix. The job is simple 90% of the time; the other 10%… you probably don’t want to be near me. [more]

Creating an Exploding Coffee and Milk Photograph

So much is done as computer graphics these days that I’ve grown to really respect photographers who still want to truly make an image. Last week Fstoppers twitter follower Patric Bergkvist asked us to take a look at an image he made, and I’m glad we did. [more]

A Technique to Bring Back Lost Details Out of Shadows

Sometimes your favorite shot out of a series would be perfect if only one little thing was fixed. For me, that is often shadows obscuring details I really wish were more visible. PHLEARN has released an extensive tutorial on how to get those shadows to reveal details in a way that doesn’t look super fake, which an issue I have with other methods I have seen. [more]

Tamron Announces Development of Company’s First Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens

The micro four thirds format has really taken off in the past two years, and now that the market has shown staying power more companies are supporting the hardware. Adding to Sigma’s news announced earlier, Tamron added to the party with their 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di-III VC. [more]

Sigma Announces Four New Lenses For APS-C, E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds

Continuing on the internal restructuring found in the Sigma Global Vision, Sigma today announced the release of four new lenses for APS-C format, E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds lenses filed under the “Art” line. The four lenses are the 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM, the 60mm f/2.8 DN, the 19mm f/2.8 DN and the 30mm f/2.8 DN. [more]

Review: The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC is a Solid Long Tele-Zoom Lens

Telephoto lenses are a key part in nearly every photographer’s camera bag. Having a solid long telephoto lens in our arsenal lets us be prepared for numerous scenarios without having to switch out our primes and possibly miss the shot. Tamron’s latest lens revamp is the 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD, and it’s a solid option for those looking at this focal length. [more]

Before and After Special Effects from Various Notable Scenes

Special effects are crazy and if they’re overused, can be off-putting (I’m looking at your Star Wars Episodes 1-3). But used right, and special effects can make a scene and drastically reduce set budgets. Check out these before and after shots of rather notable sets that we stumbled upon, including a pair from everyone’s favorite zombie show, The Walking Dead. [more]

Mastering a Photo’s Mood and Feeling with Film Noir

I love the work that the team at PHLEARN does. If you’re lacking in inspiration, these guys can really help get you back on your legs. Today they released a new behind-the-scenes how-to with the purpose of teaching how to master mood using a film noir concept as the catalyst. [more]

Fstoppers Exclusive: Shooting Cirque du Soleil with Matt Beard

Photographing a Cirque Du Soleil show requires a bit of acrobatics from any photographer up to the challenge. Matt Beard is one of the few photographers, hand picked by Cirque, to bring his talent and experience into capturing both live action and beautifully staged shots. He has worked with Cirque for many years, under the wing of master photographer Veronique Vial (as a photographer’s assistant) and had gained first hand experience in the ways of a Cirque shoot. [more]

Samyang Optics’ Unusual Three-Brand Market Testing

Market testing happens all the time. It’s not uncommon for brands to test identical products under different names in different markets or cultures. It is rare, however, to see one company brand three competing products against each other in the same industry in the same country/culture. That is what Samyang Optics appears to be doing in the United States with their Bower, Samyang and Rokinon brands. [more]

Utilizing Back Light for Two Stylized Portraits

Our friends over at PHLEARN just released another tutorial, the goal of which was to create two completely different looks using the same model in a short amount of time. In this behind the scenes video you will learn how to set up lighting for a full length portrait as well as a headshot. They focused on creating drama for both shots using backlighting. Backlighting your subject helps to define their shape, but still leaves a lot of detail in shadow. [more]

Three Lenses With Same Specs, Which Would You Choose?

Though they’ve each been a player for some time, Samyang, Bower and Rokinon have each grown in popularity over the course of the last year or so. Recently releases by Samyang and Rokinon in particular have garnered a lot of attention from gear heads. But unlike mainstays like Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Tamron, consumers generally aren’t as familiar with Samyang, Bower and Rokinon. So I ask you, which would you buy? [more]

Vote Fstoppers as the Best Online Media/News Resource

Everyone, thanks to your support Fstoppers was nominated as one of the top ten Online Media/News Resources for the 2013 [Framed] Awards! The nomination itself is a huge honor, and we would be hugely appreciative if you would help us win by voting for us. [more]

Video Preview of Samsung’s New NX300 & 2D/3D Lens

Samsung announced their new NX300 and 2D/3D lens last week in anticipation of CES 2013, so we had them take us through a quick rundown of the new NX300 mirrorless camera as well as their new 2D/3D lens, a first of it’s kind. [more]

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