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 photo tips from around the Web, follow me on Twitter; On Pinterest and Instagram, (@joefarace) you’ll get a peek at my personal work and other stuff I’m interested in. If you like automobiles, you can see my car photography and read my related blog at


I’ve written 34 books and more than 3000 magazine stories for photography and computer publications and currently am Contributing Photographer-Writer for Shutterbug: Digital Edition and Editor Emeritus of eDigitalPhoto magazine. I’ve published a series of books about portraiture, lighting and posing, some of which can be found in Books.

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

In addition, I’ve conducted photo workshops for Shutterbug and Popular Photography magazines in California, Florida, 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 local 1-on-1 workshops here.

Things you might not know about me: I 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-themed Leica 35mm point-and-shoot camera. I’m an avid collector of 3D photography and movie paraphernalia—I 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.