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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

"A dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds."--J.K. Rowling

This month's department helps you soar with the eagles, land with the owls, and introduces you to some down-to-earth photographers who look at the world in completely new ways. In accomplishing these goals, this month's photographers will...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 30, 2013 Published: Jul 01, 2013 0 comments
A website has more in common with a daily newspaper than a studio brochure and photographers should constantly update it with new images and information about themselves and their services. That’s why having a blog—and updating it regularly—is a must these days. Your site’s overall design must also be reviewed and improved on an ongoing basis to keep it looking fresh. A website is like a living organism that must constantly grow and change in order to survive. When was the last time you updated yours?
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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”—Emad Hasan

When this column evolved from its former Website of the Month origins more than 10 years ago into what it is today, it was a simpler time, Internet-wise. Really good photographers’ homepages were few and far between, but now the web explodes with sites, some produced via the templates and...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2011 2 comments

“The ink is black… The world is black, the world is white…”—David Arkin for Three Dog Night

Because it pays homage to a long tradition in photography, this black-and-white-themed issue has always been one of my favorites. That’s why I decided to devote this month’s column to photographers who capture monochrome images and, like photography...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here."--J.K. Rowling

Like many photographers, some of the artists featured this month have a musical background. Many people forget that Ansel Adams was a pianist; maybe the black and white keys on the piano were the...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 31, 2012 Published: Apr 01, 2012 76 comments
Tumblr (www.tumblr.com) is a free microblogging platform that lets you post text, images, videos, quotes, and audio using a short-form blog called a tumblelog. Using free or modestly priced templates, it’s the easiest kinds of photoblog to produce and you can literally have a blog up and running within minutes. With 6.8 million weekly visits the site ranks as the 10th largest social network so it’s a good way to keep clients and friends up-to-date about the kinds of photographs you’re making. You can see my own attempt at http://joefarace.tumblr.com. Give Tumblr a try and send me a link to your blog because I plan to have an all-Tumblr Web Profiles in the near future.
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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2011 3 comments

“It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.”—Henry David Thoreau

In recent months I’ve devoted this column to various themes and this month have expanded that concept to include geography. All of the photographers featured this month are located in Montana, the Big Sky state, which I think has some of the most spectacular scenery here in the lower forty-eight, as their...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

"You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out."
--Gil Scott-Heron

Is the raw file format the solution or the problem? According to OpenRAW (www.openraw.org), "closed, proprietary, raw file formats present many immediate and future challenges for photographers." Some of their reasons...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2010 2 comments

“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.”
—William Shakespeare

Although I like their search engine, I’m not a huge fan of Google as a company, but every now and then something happens that makes me appreciate some things they do. Take Google Alerts. These are e-mail updates of relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 06, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 1 comments
This month’s column marks a special anniversary since this column, originally called Website of the Month, was originally launched in July 1999. In a much more recent column, I mentioned not hearing from Shutterbug readers about their own websites and since then the dam burst and I’ve been flooded by e-mail. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write. Working through all those e-mail messages takes time but for this month I’ve selected four reader sites that are “submitted for your approval,” as the late Rod Serling often said. Look for more readers’ sites to appear on a regular basis as well as a photographer’s blog of the month, which started unofficially last month.
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Joe Farace Posted: May 06, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 1 comments
One of the main purposes of having a website is to market you and your photography, right? Yet, based on my experience writing this column you would never know it. Almost half the people I contact requesting permission to feature their sites don’t respond or say “no.” Their sites may be freely available to anybody in the world but they prefer to limit the number of people seeing their work. I always honor their requests but don’t understand this approach to marketing. If you want as many people as possible to see your site, send me an e-mail through the Contact page on my website.
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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 29, 2014 Published: May 01, 2014 0 comments
If you want the world to see your images, one of the easiest ways is with a free photoblog from Tumblr (www.tumblr.com). Free or low-cost templates give your blog the look you want. As a fan of Micro Four Thirds system cameras, I started a new blog (http://mirrorlessmusings.tumblr.com) to pick up where last year’s Picture-a-Day blog left off with a spin aimed at mirrorless photography. Using a free template, I had the blog up and running in 15 minutes, and you can, too. Tumblr is interactive so you can have a two-way conversation with admirers of your work. Don’t, as the parable goes, “hide your light under a bushel basket.” Sharing images is what makes photography the universal language and Tumblr makes it easy.
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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 03, 2011 Published: Aug 01, 2011 2 comments
Edward de Bono is a physician, author, and inventor who originally came up with the concept of “lateral thinking.” He wrote Six Thinking Hats and is a proponent of the teaching of thinking as a subject in schools. I’ve often said that the most useful photographic accessory is the one that’s between a shooter’s ears, and while lenses are important to accomplishing your goals as an image-maker, it’s your brain that will ultimately help realize that vision. This month’s featured websites are a perfect example of that kind of thinking, including a blog by a Shutterbug reader who has taken the concept of a photo a day (http://farace.smugmug.com) into an entirely new direction.
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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

"Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends."--Trey Parker and Matt Stone

In September 2007, Yahoo! Photos shut down, disproving the old adage that sometimes the best things in life are not free. Regular readers know I keep lots of my personal photographs on SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) but it's not free. A Standard account costs...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

"That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced."--Scientific American, June 2, 1909

A few months ago I mentioned the creation of a new automobile photographic website to replace the aging

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