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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

“Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted.”—Krista Now, Southland Tales

When Olympus announced the Four Thirds concept at PMA 2001, I was among the many members of the press who were, to put it in the most polite terms, skeptical. At the time, it seemed to me like a cure for no known disease, but I began to get...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.--Augustine

Of all the things photography does, showing us distant lands was one of its earliest functions. Before direct flights to Beijing, the first photographs of China that appeared in National Geographic gave readers a sense of what the country was like, even though few would ever make the trip. Two...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 26, 2012 Published: Aug 01, 2012 0 comments
I’m often asked how photographers can have their website appear in this column, so I decided to offer some advice that even if it doesn’t get you featured in Web Profiles will improve the quality of your site.

Don’t use Flash. It may be fun, but why spend time and money to limit the number of people who can view it? Using Flash means literally millions of iPhone and iPad users can’t see your site.

Avoid the temptation to fill the site with graphics that compete with your photographs. First impressions count and you want visitors to focus on your images.

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

“Get your pretty little portfolio off my desk before I go into a diabetic coma.”—J. Jonah Jameson to Peter Parker

In case you forgot (or maybe didn’t know), Peter Parker a.k.a. Spiderman is a freelance newspaper photographer; one of the highlights of the movies to me is the off-handedly whimsical way his editor, J. Jonah Jameson, treats him, but it never stops...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

"But when television is bad, nothing is worse...a vast wasteland."--Newton Minow

In his now famous speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, the FCC's Minow may have quoted Edward Estlin Cummings but he was on-target in addressing the state of television in 1961. I have to wonder what he would think about the visual and aural...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments

"Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"--Edgar Bergen

Last year, Take Your Camera To Work Day was celebrated with a website (http://www.takeyourcameratoworkday.com"...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 09, 2012 Published: Nov 01, 2011 47 comments
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s November already. As I write this, the trees and plants on Daisy Hill are still in full bloom but this column gives me an opportunity to thank a few people who have helped me over this year. Thanks to Tim Fiedler (www.dracophoto.com) who is responsible for the redesign and implementation of my car photography website and blog (www.joefaraceshootscars.com). He also implemented my movie blog (www.ihatepopcorn.com) with an assist from Ralph Nelson (www.ralphnelson.com) who designed the header. Thanks also to Kevin Elliott (www.digitalmd.net), the computer guru who keeps my systems running. And finally I am thankful for the continuing friendship of my pal Barry Staver who started having monthly breakfasts with me 20 years ago ostensibly to share Photoshop tips but has evolved into much more than that.
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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"I can't believe your song is gone so soon."
--Paul Simon

Many readers e-mailed about my participation in Great Race 2006 (www.greatrace.com), asking if the event was going to pass through their town, but our 1953 Packard Clipper was withdrawn from the event. Without sponsorship, the event became...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

"When sorrows come they come not single spies, but in battalions."--Shakespeare

Like many Microsoft Windows users, I spend far too much time keeping my computer healthy. In the April 2005 issue, I introduced you to browser options other than Internet Explorer and while those programs are less prone to security problems, spyware continues to plague...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

The David Walsh Experience
David Walsh is a Washington DC native who is involved in both photographic and writing projects. What you will see when visiting www.pixwords.com is one of the more...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 07, 2013 Published: Jan 01, 2013 0 comments
The new year is a good time for a creative rebirth, so instead of trotting out all of those same old New Year’s resolutions why not try something to help you grow as a photographer? A few years ago I created an online gallery called “2011 Photo of the Day,” which was one of the hardest things I ever tried yet at the same time was rewarding because the commitment forced me to make a new image every day, even when I didn’t feel like it. Last October I introduced you to four photographers and their individual approaches to producing a photograph-a-day blog. If you missed it, you can read it on Shutterbug’s website. This year, I resolved to try a photo-a-day project in 2012 using the free Tumblr (www.tumblr.com) platform so there’s no excuse that you can’t do the same thing. If you follow me on Tumblr (http://joefarace.tumblr.com), I’ll follow you back so we can see how each of us does during the year.
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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 11, 2013 Published: Sep 01, 2013 0 comments
Here are a few ABCs of web design to keep in mind when working on your site. A) Add something new each week. This is doubly important for blogs because search engines look for regular activity; the more and regular activity there is, the higher it will move the site in rankings when people look for photographers. B) Bigger is not necessarily better. Large file sizes cause a page to load slowly and, as I mentioned before in this column, the longer it takes, the more likely a person visiting the site will bail. Big file sizes also means it takes longer for a search engine spider to crawl your site. C) Colors should be simple, avoiding a strong graphic or photographic background. What works in print doesn’t always look good on a backlit monitor. A site’s focus should be on your photographs, not its design.<
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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

"I'm not sure blogs are necessarily the best place to get a pulse on anything. People want to blog for a variety of reasons, and that may or may not be representative." --Steve Ballmer

Like it or not, Mr. Ballmer, blogging is a fact of life in this millennium. I'm always surprised by how many photographers' websites also have blogs. It...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

Travel Photography With A Big Difference
Glen Allison (www.glenallison.com) is a LA-based travel photographer whose imagery captures the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.--Andrew Brown

Recently Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen announced that all their applications would move online within 10 years. The same day I saw a headline that "Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic," referring to the nation's second largest...

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