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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

“There are three key things for good photography: a camera, lighting, and Photoshop.”—Tyra Banks

Ever since the Pictorialist movement began in 1885 photographers have enjoyed applying what many would call “special effects” to their images. The Modernist movement that started in 1914 began a shift toward tack-sharp realism, but the emergence of the digital...

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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: May 01, 2009 0 comments

“I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.”—A. A. Milne

The beginning of the year is a busy one for trade shows, ranging from the huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that showcases everything from the latest vacuum cleaners to digital cameras. On top of that, there’s the classic Macworld Expo in San Francisco that while a shell of its...

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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: May 01, 2009 16 comments

If there’s any secret about making great travel photographs it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive because when a photo opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot.

Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Right now it’s all about megapixels and Nikon’s latest entry in the super D-SLR race is the 24.5-megapixel D3X.

Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Olympus decided to build an impressive camera that goes where none has gone before, the Olympus E-30.

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

“April Fool. The March fool with another month added to his folly.”—Ambrose Bierce

The best thing photographers can do to showcase their work is build a website, especially one that features their own name as a domain. Oh sure, Flickr and its clones are OK to get started, but when you get serious about your photography you need to get serious about marketing, too. There...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”—Mark Twain

The history of April Fool’s Day may be unclear but many scholars think it began in France when the Gregorian calendar replaced Charles IX’s in 1582, creating confusion with some people celebrating New Year’s Day on what was now April 1st. These people were...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone too far.”—The Buggles

At a friend’s urging I added a video clip to JoeFaraceBlogs.com and even though the clip was produced with iMovie and I used iWeb to produce the blog that’s hosted by MobileMe (formerly .Mac), the video clip would not...

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