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 some additional photo tips from all that experience, please follow me on Twitter, Pinterest with an occasional post on Instagram In these places, you’ll also get a peek at my personal life, work and other stuff I’m interested in. If you like automobiles, you might want to visit my car photography website and read a related blog at

Along the way, 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 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.

I’ve conducted photo workshops for Shutterbug and Popular Photography magazines 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 workshops here.

I’ve made presentations about photography for 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 its Photographic Craftsman’s degree.

Things you might not know about me: I love all kinds of classical musical, especially opera and especially Italian opera. It’s the drama, you know. Although these days most of my photography is with digital cameras, I still have and use 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 also own a Minolta Prod 20 and 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 an Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL), collect Lionel and K-Line model trains, as well as anything related to Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

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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)