Joe Farace

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2000 0 comments

You know what a good photograph looks like, right? It's the kind that we enjoy making. Just like those created by our favorite photographers, whether it's Ansel Adams, André Kertesz, or Harry Callahan. I find that when I'm stuck in...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 1999 0 comments

Serendipity: Sometimes you accidentally find something wonderful. That's the case with this Web Site of the Month. While researching astrophotography sites, I found Pete's Page, which includes astronomical photography--digital and film--along...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the important features
that Adobe Systems added to Photoshop 4.0 was Actions and its availability
is continued with the current version of the program. Photoshop Actions
are "macros" or lists ofinstru...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

How would you like to get a really good image manipulation program for free? I'm not talking about the ubiquitous Mac OS freeware program, NIH Image 1.61, that can be downloaded from www.shareware.com...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

This new column in Shutterbug will introduce you to a new photographic or digital imaging web site each month. Some of the sites you will see are created by companies and others by individuals, but all will provide the kind of practical information that...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 1999 0 comments

The tale of The Ugly Duckling is a Danish fable but perhaps has some resonance with the Dutch. WJ's Photo Homepage originates in The Netherlands and while it contains the most extensive collection of information about infrared photography I've...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

“Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”—Ambrose Bierce

The second question readers ask when they meet me (the first is how to pronounce my name) is where do I get the quotations that kick off this column? I collect them from various sources, including reader submissions, and have an affinity for the sarcastic and witty, which is why writers...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2010 2 comments

“The gift of real love is having someone who’ll go the distance with you. Someone who, when the wedding day limo breaks down, is willing to share a seat on the bus.”—Oprah Winfrey

The first wedding I remember attending was my Aunt Rose’s when I was just a cute (I know, it’s hard to imagine) 7-year-old who got drafted into being ring bearer. A few...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

“The warmth of the air, on a summer day.”—The Beach Boys

Clearly one of the most significant advantages of digital capture is that you get to see the results now! There’s no waiting; it’s instant gratification. Nowhere is this more important than when selecting a background for studio photography, even if your studio, like mine, is a temporary basement setup.

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 21, 2011 Published: Nov 01, 2011 0 comments
Photographic umbrellas are the simplest and most inexpensive form of light modifier available and that makes them the most popular, too. Photographic umbrellas look and act just like rain umbrellas except they’re reflective and light is bounced into or shot through them, creating a big, soft light source that’s aimed at the subject. And size does matter. As photographers we live by a few important lighting rules: the closer and larger a light source is to a subject, the softer the lighting effect will be. Conversely, the smaller and further away a light source is from the subject, the harder the lighting becomes. That old lighting rule that “size matters” is important here because a large umbrella is going to produce broader, softer light for your portraits.

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