At a time when everybody who writes a blog is an expert, I’ve have been writing about photography, cameras and studio lighting since 1981 and digital photography since 1989. I’m passionate about photography and if you would like to get additional photo tips from that experience, please follow me on Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. There you’ll also get a peek at my personal work and other stuff I’m interested in. If you’re interested in automobiles, you might want to visit my car photography and read a related blog at

I’ve written 34 books, more than 3000 articles for computer and photography magazines plus uncountable blog posts. I’m currently Contributing Photographer-Writer for Shutterbug: Digital Edition and Editor Emeritus of eDigitalPhoto magazine. In the past several years, I’ve written a series of books about portraiture, lighting and posing, some of which can be found in Books.

In addition, I’ve conducted photo workshops for Shutterbug and Popular Photography in California, Florida, Montana and New Mexico as well as at FOTOfusion, the Palm Beach Photographic Center and New England Council of Camera Clubs. You can read about my Colorado-based 1-on-1 workshops here.

I’ve made presentations about photography to PPA national and state conventions in Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. And for this activity, the Professional Photographers of America awarded me the Photographic Craftsman’s degree.

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Things you might not know about me: I still love my film cameras, including a Leica M6 TTL, Zeiss Ikon SW, Hasselblad XPan and gold-trimmed 50’th anniversary Seagull TLR that Mary gave me as a birthday gift. I even have a Jaguar automobile-themed Leica 35mm point-and-shoot camera. I’m an avid collector of 3D photography and movie paraphernalia and own an original Nimslo. I am also an Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL), collect Lionel and K-Line model trains, as well as anything related to Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

Unless otherwise noted, all of the photographs that appear on this website and its blog are copyright Joe Farace and may not be used without prior written permission of the photographer. If you would like to use any of the images that appear on these pages or license them for commercial use, please contact me at joefarace(at)