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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...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

If you would like to create special effects without using plug-ins or following tedious tutorials, you’ll want to explore Adobe Photoshop’s Actions palette. Actions are not applications or even plug-ins; they are simply a series of instructions that store a sequence of image-editing steps that can be applied not only to the file you’re working on but to other, similar files in...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2003 0 comments

Photoshop Power Tools

You can build a house with hand tools but it'll go much faster if you use more power. I believe in using power tools for digital imaging, and, for me, the digital equivalent is Photoshop plug-ins. You...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2000 0 comments

The simplest and easiest way to change or improve the output from your ink jet printer is to change the kind of paper or media you're using. That's it! You don't have to worry about swapping cartridges or getting your hands dirty with messy ink...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

A vailable light, unavailable light, available darkness, or low light. It doesn’t matter what you call it.

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 1999 0 comments

Although not all of the filter manufacturers had something new to announce, I was able to get a sense of each product line and the directions they're headed in.

Lee Filters introduced their new Gel Snap Polyester filter holder. The...

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