A Photographer’s LIfe in Three Phases

Today’s Post by Joe Farace It’s my strong belief that most but certainly not all photographers progress through three distinct phases while they are learning and refining their skills. How you manage to navigate these phases has a lot to do with the pace of your growth as a photographer. The first phase occurs just after a new photographer gets their first...

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Three Reasons to Shoot Glamour in B&W

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Back in the film days, there were several different ways you could capture images. You could shoot color slide film that had lots of saturation or you could use black and white film that would let you create an entirely different version of the same photograph. To your eyes the original scene might look the same but your interpretation...

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Celebrate Your Independance

Today’s Post by Joe Farace The Fourth of July is typically a day for us to fire up the grill and not only commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from Great Britain but I like to think it’s a day to celebrate the wonderful independence that comes from being your own boss. I hope that on this...

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Shooting with my New DigiBee

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Last month was my birthday and among the gifts that Mary gave me was a new Paul C Buff DigiBee—in blue. I remember when the original Alien Bee monolights were introduced and I saw then at the PMA trade show. These lights were compact, affordable, colorful and built to the same high quality standards that are the hallmark of all Paul C...

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Happy 36th Anniversary Mary & Joe

Today’s Post by Joe Farace We’ve all heard the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun” but that really got to me when I posted these two portraits. The top photograph was made in Denver’s Johnson’s Park sometime before Mary and I were married more than 36 years ago. It isn’t our official engagement portrait but in many ways I like this one better than the...

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What Do I Do When Models Don’t Show Up?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace It seems like this is the week I’m using the blog to answer reader questions. To be sure, I enjoy hearing from readers of Shutterbug and this blog, so if you have any comments, suggestions or questions, just click Contact and send me an e-mail. The title of today’s post is a question photographers often ask so I thought I...

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