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Joe Farace Mar 01, 2011 2 comments

“Fine art and pizza delivery, what we do falls neatly in between!”—David Letterman

Fine art photography has a special place in my heart since I started photographic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Years later when Mary and I opened our Colorado studio its tag line was “for the art of photography,” but I’m not sure how much art we practiced in those early...

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Joe Farace Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

“‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale…”—Sir Walter Scott

There is no doubt that photo-sharing websites such as Flickr (www.flickr.com), along with iPod and iPhone albums, have changed the way we view photographs. Wedding photographers tell me one unintended consequence of providing online proofing is that...

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Joe Farace Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

“The review in the paper said, ‘the aesthetic subtext of his work is the systematic exposure of artistic pretension.’ I thought I was just taking pictures.”—Elmore Leonard

My Flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/joefarace) contains images I’m currently shooting, some of which are rounded...

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Joe Farace Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

“You just say the words and we’ll beat the birds down to Acapulco Bay…”—Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen

One suggestion that I often make to workshop attendees is that they can always improve the impact of their photographs by simply changing their point of view. When space and conditions permit, I suggest using a ladder because it gives you the ability to...

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Joe Farace May 07, 2012 Published: Mar 01, 2012 11 comments
Maybe it was the 17th Earl of Oxford (www.shakespeare-oxford.com) who really wrote the above line but it’s a nice thought nevertheless. The quote’s actual authorship was the concept proposed in the film Anonymous as well. (Look for a review of the film on my movie blog www.ihatepopcorn.com.) What’s for sure is that the creative endeavors of the four wedding photographers featured this month display work that transcends the genre, producing images of beauty, sensitivity, and love. And isn’t that what weddings are all about?
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Joe Farace Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

"The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere..."--John Muir

This month's department is organized a little differently. There are big presents in the...

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Joe Farace Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

“An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.”—Bill Vaughan

Why not make your 2009 New Year’s resolution a commitment to create a new website or update that old one you made when Coolidge was president? Oh, there are lots of ways to produce a new site. You can always hire a designer, if you can find one that will do...

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Joe Farace Feb 03, 2012 Published: Dec 01, 2011 6 comments
I want to extend holiday greetings to Shutterbug readers during this special time of the year. While the sites and blog presented this month do not have an overall theme—holiday or otherwise—they represent the work of talented photographers who are using the Internet to communicate and display their work. These sites come to me in many ways: sometimes a site is recommended by a reader, other times by the photographer themselves, but most times through research. This month I’ve expanded my search tools to include photographers who are following me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/joefarace), where every Monday through Friday I pass along tips, tools, and techniques that will hopefully improve your photographs. This is all done in the same spirit of giving that pervades this time of year but is offered by me on Twitter throughout the year.
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Joe Farace Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.--Okakura Kakuzo

These days my influences are not other still photographers, but movie directors, especially Asian filmmakers who, unbridled by Hollywood's fiscal realties, feel free to create imagery that defies reality. Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film Dreams (a.k.a. Yume) is a collection of...

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Joe Farace Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

For The Love Of It
When I first visited Stanley Chan's website (www.stanc.net) I smiled and so will you. The true definition of "amateur" is one who does something for the love of...

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Joe Farace Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it."--Justice Potter Stewart

When the company my wife works for got new computers, I decided to see how my website (

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Joe Farace Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.--Kahlil Gibran

The Candid Frame (http://thecandidframe.blogspot.com/index.html) is an online podcast where you can meet image-makers from the world of photojournalism, fashion, landscape, documentary, sports, wildlife, travel, and commercial...

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Joe Farace Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement."--Snoopy (Charles M. Schulz)

On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip appeared and introduced the world to "Good Ole Charlie Brown." Snoopy didn't appear until a few days later on October...

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Joe Farace Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

"My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had been one."--Groucho Marx

As hard as it may be for some of the young people in my neighborhood to believe, I was once a child myself. I have three grandchildren and a daughter and once upon a time wrote a story about her for ComputerUSER magazine. The story was optioned by an independent...

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Joe Farace Jun 04, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 1 comments
There are as many different ways to construct a website as there are to make a photograph, just as there are many genres of photography. Yet all have the same goal: to make a photograph that pleases the maker and viewer alike and makes both think about the experience. That’s why I love photography; there’s so much that can be enjoyed by practitioners of all levels, whether carrying a Micro Four Thirds camera or schlepping a large format view camera around the wilderness. We do it because we love to make photographs. May is National Photo Month so remember to have fun with your photography.