FRO HAS TRAINING LESSONS
Welcome to my review of the Fro Knows Photo Go Above and Beyond Auto video course, and this is one long 3 hours video meant to help the beginners. As a rather advanced photographer myself, I would never have bought a beginner’s course. But nonetheless, I still got it out of curiosity, and because it’s by the Fro.
For you guys who are already familiar with Jared Polin, AKA the FRO, you might be surprised to learn that he actually offers a few paid video courses… Which I also didn’t know until I stumbled on it. As for the rest of you guys who do not know who Jared is, I will have a small section on that, so you can decide if he is a good teacher for you.
Anyway, back to the video course. Who is Jared? What is inside? How much is it, and is it worth the money? Find out more in this review.
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Purchase Link: FROKNOWSPHOTO
Price: USD 67 (Digital Download), USD 77 (DVD)
Video Length: 3 hrs
If you are a beginner, you are going to learn a lot of things. Useful for a lifetime.
Not just the basics, but also a few cookies on going beyond.
Only $67 for a full masterclass?
Good for beginners, worth every single cent.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHO IS FRO KNOWS PHOTO? DOES HE REALLY KNOW PHOTOS?
Now, he is one popular YouTuber, but some of you guys may still have some objections – Not all YouTubers are good photographers and teachers. Who is he, why should we learn from him, and is he even qualified?
Yes, that is true. Not all popular folks make good teachers. So, here is a little bit more on his biography. Jared is a YouTuber and entrepreneur. Even before he became famous, he was a photographer and his works are featured in Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, and many other publications.
Is he qualified to be a teacher? I will say yes, and he is way more qualified than I am as a photo blogger. Plus, he taught me to shoot RAW.
WHO IS THIS VIDEO COURSE FOR?
The Fro Knows Photo Go Above and Beyond Auto video series is meant for beginners as mentioned in the opening. It does not matter what your goal in learning photography is:
- To make money with photography.
- To take good portraits.
- Take better photos of your pets.
- Take epic photos.
- You simply hate shooting in auto.
- Just for fun.
All in all, this series is all about the basics, and for anyone who just wants to improve their photography skills. It does not matter even if you are an absolute beginner… You do need a decent to get started though.
WHAT IS INSIDE?
The million dollar question. What will you get in this video? What will you learn? Will you regret getting it? Sadly, I cannot reveal everything, or Fro will come chasing after me with a tripod in hand. But in this section, I am going to let you have a sneak peak of what is inside.
In this 3 hours long video, master Fro sure did not just sit on a bench and chant all about the basics of photography. If you follow his channel, you will know his presentation style very well. This is not some boring “audio podcast with video”.
Jared is a fun guy, and he knows his videography very well. You can expect some… action, and not a “lecture like” video. Instead of showing you chunks of texts and use stolen top-secret diagrams, Jared uses actual shoots to demonstrate his points. It really feels more like a master class than a lecture.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In a few words – all the basics of photography.
- How to handle a camera, and what not to do.
- The mentality for learning photography. The brand of the camera does not matter, it is the photographer who takes the photo.
- How to take better photos. Learn to see the world with a different perspective.
- The different shoot modes.
- Master the auto-focus.
- Understanding the different metering modes.
- Shutter speed, and how it affects motion in your photo.
- ISO, the sensitivity of the camera sensor and why it matters.
- Aperture, how it affects the depth of field, and how to do beautiful background blur (otherwise known as BOKEH).
- Essentially, going from auto to manual, conquering the exposure triangle.
Oddly though, Jared missed out on filters. Not a big uh-oh, but just one of those small hiccups to pick on.
ARE THE BASICS NOT FREE ON THE INTERNET?
Yes, you can easily learn the basics of photography on the Internet and from library books. Even I have an entire free series on my blog (shameless self-promotion).
But Jared just does this differently like a master class, and he gives a lot of good shooting tips. For me, I will say that $67 to learn from a world-class professional is well worth the money… A workshop can easily cost $2000!
A SMALL BONUS
For you guys who are into “serious photography” on a long-term basis, Jared has also included a small section on a 5 years plan in the series. Also, this video comes with a 2 months money back guarantee… Who the heck puts money back on a training video?
So is this video worth $67 from your wallet? If you are a beginner, yes. You are going to learn a lot of things from the master Fro. But if you are a photo ninja who already knows all the basics… It might be still worth it to learn how Jared presents his training lessons.
Overall, I personally like the presentation style. A far cry from tear-jerking lecture lessons. Beginners will learn a lot and pick up a lot of good tips in this 3 hours video. Worth the money? Yes. Every single cent.
- Solid 3 hours video. Not some cheapo crappy video.
- Beginners should be able to pick these up quickly and benefit from the video.
- Easy to understand, sequenced in order.
- Actual photoshoots and good tips.
- Money back guarantee.
- Does not really go far beyond auto. I understand that it is a beginners video, but there really is no value for people who are out of the “beginner class”.
- You might still need to do a little more of your own research, get your own cheat sheets and stuff.
- Could have touched more on editing photos.