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Joe Farace Posted: May 19, 2015 1 comments

Mobile is an adjective often used to describe photography made with smartphones but I can put a tiny Panasonic Lumix GM1 in my pocket and take a walk—mobilize, if you will—as easily as my iPhone and shoot some nice photos. Instead, let’s call it what it really is: Smartphone Photography.

Joe Farace Posted: Nov 15, 2012 Published: Oct 01, 2012 0 comments

One of the first lighting kits I ever owned was a set of Smith-Victor Adapta-Lights that had screw-base sockets for photoflood lamps. Son of a gun, the company still offers Adapta-Lights as an entry-level solution for beginning portrait photographers who want to work with hot lights. On the other hand, if you prefer making portraits using electronic flash, Smith-Victor’s three-light FL700K Strobe Light Kit may be just what you’re looking for.

 

The FL700K Strobe Light Kit that I tested is designed for amateur photographers and aspiring pros and contains two FLC300 (320 ws) FlashLite and one 110i (110 ws) FlashLite monolights. The FLC300 monolights offer continuously variable flash power settings, a test button, a ready light, and an optical slave for wireless triggering and have an umbrella stand adapter that’s compatible with 3/8” through 5/8” light stand posts. To expand the kit’s capabilities, Smith-Victor offers more than 100 accessories and light modifiers for the FLC300 monolights, including softboxes, reflectors, snoots, grids, and barn doors. The 110i monolight has a full- or half-power setting, optical slave, small built-in reflector, and umbrella mount. When used together, all three lights give you lots of flexibility for lighting studio or on-location portraits.

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

"...anyone can write a nonfiction piece. In fact, all nonfiction writing was just `What I Did Last Summer' over and over again."--Evan Hunter writing as Ed McBain

After returning from a trip to Puerto Rico last year I tried a small venture in self-publishing, resulting in a 7x7" travel photography book. It's like a micro-sized...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

“I used to hate doing color. I hated transparency film. The way I did color was by not wanting to know what kind of film was in my camera.”—Helmut Newton

Basking in a post-photokina gizmo haze and with dreams of PMA sugar plums still dancing on our dreams amid echoes of “Auld Lang Syne” and Wallace Shawn shouting, “Beware evildoers, wherever you...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

“A photograph is a secret inside a secret. The more you see, the less you know.”
—Rian Johnson from The Brothers Bloom

As digital imagers in a worldwide economy we have lots of image-processing options available, not only from this country but also from software designers located all around the world. This month I’ll show you some of the latest examples of...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

"A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?"--Ernst Haas

Power tools are small bits of software, be they Photoshop compatible plug-ins, Photoshop Actions, or software utilities that can make a digital photographer's life a little easier for creating practical or special effects. Much...

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2001 0 comments

Ever since the Pictorialist movement at the turn of the 20th century, photographers have always enjoyed applying what many have dubbed "painterly" effects to their images. Pixographers are no strangers to this desire to create artistic...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

PMA 2003 abounded in lots of digital gear. There were digital camera bags, digital tripods, and so forth so I went looking for digital lens tissue. I failed to find it but found something better from the clever folks at Hakuba (www.hakubausa.com).

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

There was all kinds of software at PMA 2004, but I would like to pass along some advice to would-be developers who want to get rich making under-$100 software for Windows that lets users manage, edit, print, and do all kinds of tricks. Fuggedaboutit. ACD Systems owns this market. While the Mac...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 11, 2013 Published: Jun 01, 2013 0 comments
Spring will soon be here and I’m looking forward to snow melting and flowers blooming. It’s a good time to appraise your web presence and spruce it up. If you do, I have a suggestion: don’t use Adobe Flash. First, it means millions of people using iPhones, iPads, or iPods can’t view your site.

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