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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 22, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 40 comments
This month I’ll celebrate one of those “milestone” birthdays that everyone talks about and here in the Pixel Palace things are definitely looking up. Digital MD’s (www.digitalmd.net) Kevin Elliott repaired all of the Windows-related problems on the Boot Camp partition on my iMac and by the time you read this I’ll have installed Windows 7. Then I’ll be ready to test all of those $29 just-as-good-as-Photoshop Windows-only products that I’ve passed on as of late. There’s no news from Yahoo! about getting my Flickr account fixed but I don’t expect any and I am just too lazy to create a new account and upload all those photos—again. You can see what’s there at www.flickr.com/photos/joefarace or better yet visit my SmugMug page (http://farace.smugmug.com/) to see how my photo-a-day project is progressing and lots more.
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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."--Bob Dylan

Each month I surf the web, peruse reader e-mails, and read notes from photographers who want to see their sites in this department. You may be surprised to learn that a large percentage of people I ask to appear in Web Profiles don't respond or decline. Some...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

One of the reasons purists often refer to black and white prints as "monochrome" is that it's a much more precise term that also covers prints made in sepia and other tones. One of the advantages of working with monochromatic digital...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

"The mystery isn't in the technique, it's in each of us."
--Harry Callahan

How much does color add to--or take away from--a photograph? Rarely do you get a chance to see a body of work that's identical in color and monochrome but Jorge Tutor (www.jorgetutor.com)...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

"There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis."--Malcolm Gladwell

The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics (www.improb.com /ig/ig-pastwinners.html) was awarded to Dr. Piers Barnes and Ms. Nic Svenson of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

"Don't let's spoil everything, we've only just met."--David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up

Since back in the days when a 3-megapixel camera was as good as it got, making big ones out of little ones has been a goal of digital photographers. Along the way this desire to create big prints from small files led to the...

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 18, 2011 Published: Oct 01, 2011 0 comments

Gene Kelly had an umbrella while dancing to “Singin’ in the Rain” but he didn’t use it much, preferring instead to get wet. Photographic umbrellas won’t keep you dry but are the simplest to use and most inexpensive form of lighting modifier available, and that makes them the most popular as well. These umbrellas look and act like the kind of umbrella that keeps “raindrops from falling on your head” except that in a studio lighting situation they are usually reflective and light is bounced into them, creating a big, soft light source that’s directed toward the subject. Sometimes an umbrella is covered with translucent material and instead of mounting the umbrella so light is bounced into it, a light is fired through it, turning it into a direct source. While some light is lost shooting through an umbrella, it produces more direct light, and since more light is being directed at the subject it gives you the ability to shoot at a smaller aperture than when bounced into the umbrella. If you compare the apertures produced in the illustrations you’ll see what I mean.

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

The Bowens 9Lite is designed specifically for digital photography and gets its name from the nine fluorescent pigtail tubes that screw into its main housing. Like Bowens Tri-Lite (see sidebar "Photographing Small Products") these are cold hot lights and each lamp head contains nine...

Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

Like many professionals, my first studio lights were from Bowens. My original lights were the black 800B models that proved to be indestructible over the almost 20 years that I used them. The new Bowens line of monolights appear just...

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 15, 2013 Published: Sep 01, 2013 0 comments

Mary and I have fond memories of using early generation Bowens monolights; they were our first really “good” lighting system when we set up our studio in 1982. We loved shooting with those big, black, paint-can-shaped 800B monolights because they were inexpensive, dependable, and powerful. From what I can tell from my tests of their two-light Gemini 400Rx Kit that continues to be the case.

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