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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 1 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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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

"Fun for all that children call their favorite time of the year."--Bill Melendez

During the holidays many people dust off their cameras and take lots of pictures. Besides cute kids opening their presents many shutterbugs' favorite photo subject is a house decorated with seasonal lights. If you've ever wondered how this custom was started, this...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."--Napoleon

Recently The New York Times reported that New York City was considering a law requiring photographers to obtain a permit and have $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures on city property, including sidewalks. The film office held a public hearing on the proposed rules...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

"We are advertis'd by our loving friends."-- William Shakespeare

Contrary to popular opinion, friends who meet on the Internet do get together in person to share their love of photography. Members of SmugMug's (www.smugmug.com) online photo sharing service get together for an annual shootout and...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Portraits From The Real World
Dick Sanders is an interesting guy. Like many of us, he became interested in photography while young, but the career path that led him to create the arresting images that populate this site (

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic."

While my quote of the month is from "anonymous," the subhead was a statement made by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who I think is of "Where's Waldo?" fame. In recent months, this column has featured some professional photographers who...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

In another photo magazine's blog, the writer notes the passing of J. Frederick Smith at 88 and says, "I had heard his name but wasn't really aware of his work until recently." At first I was surprised by this sentence since it appeared in what was...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 12, 2013 Published: Feb 01, 2013 1 comments
Never was there a time when it was so easy or inexpensive to create a great-looking website than right now. I created my own site (www.joefarace.com) using a WordPress template from Obox (www.obox-design.com) that’s hosted on GoDaddy.com and the whole magilla cost a little over $100—along with lots of my own time. What about your site? If you read Web Profiles regularly you know that from time to time I like to feature Shutterbug readers and if you would like to see your website or blog featured here, click my site’s Contact button and tell me about it.
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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 23, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 1 comments
I said it last month but it bears repeating: “Never was there a time when it was so easy or inexpensive to create a great-looking website than right now.” Yet one emerging trend is to pack as much text onto the opening screen as possible and if a picture must be used it should be tiny and maybe show a portrait of the photographer. There’s an old joke whose punch line is, “First, you have to get their attention.” That’s true of websites as well. That landing page should be your signature image—that gasp factor—that makes the viewer look, linger, and want to see more. Give it a try.
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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 26, 2012 Published: Nov 01, 2012 29 comments
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada, although up North it’s the second Monday in October. Other places around the world observe Thanksgiving celebrations as well and I’d like to celebrate it here by thanking the people who make this column possible. Big thanks goes to Editorial Director George Schaub and Managing Editor Andrea Keister, who occasionally suggest sites for the column but mostly just make me look good. A big thank you goes out to all of the magazine’s readers for their support over the years. In recent issues I haven’t had as many Shutterbug Reader-of-the-Month sites but I’ll make up for it this month, starting with…
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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 0 comments
I only get to be in touch with you once a month through this column and Digital Innovations, but if you want more frequent reports, you can follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/joefarace) for daily updates on what’s new in digital imaging along with a dash of silliness. What’s more, my how-to blog (www.joefaraceblogs.com) has been restructured to feature a different topic each day of the week, such as Macro Monday, Travel Tuesday, and because I ran out of alliterations, Landscape Wednesday, Automobile Thursday, and Portraits and Glamour Friday.

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