Putting a Softbox on a Boom

Today’s Post by Joe Farace “Black and white are the colors of photography.”—Robert Frank Photogenic has been making studio equipment for more than a hundred years. Their 640 WS Soft Box Portrait kit is a two-light system that includes a two softboxes, including one that can be mounted on a boom, something beginning portrait photographers overlook as...

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Coping with Digital Noise in Your Photographs

Today’s Post by Joe Farace As DSLRs and mirrorless cameras get better and better, they are offering higher and higher ISO settings. The Pentax K-1 Mark II has a high, not extended, ISO of 819,200. That’s not a typo. (You can read my review of this camera here.) At the same time, newer cameras are getting better and better at coping with digital noise with...

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Are These The Good Old Days?

Thoughts for today by Joe Farace I’ve received some email from readers that I would like to address today: The first concerns the overwhelming influence of technology and the other is the resurgence of film photography, especially among younger shooters, all of which runs headlong into one of the most important Farace’s Laws of photography. As I mentioned...

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Photographing “The Femme Fatale”

Today’s Post by Joe Farace “The mystique of the Femme Fatale cannot be perfectly translated into male terms.”—Camille Paglia Black and white is a wonderful media for making portraits because the lack of color simplifies the image, causing you to focus on the true subject of the photograph instead of their clothing or surroundings. As mentioned in my...

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Exposure Tips for Digital Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace When learning to see infrared imaging possibilities, the first thing you should do is forget everything you know about photography with visible light. That’s because everything you know about light is wrong when shooting infrared images. Subjects that seem equally bright under visible light might reflect infrared radiation at different...

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Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops

Today’s Post by Joe Farace. I think shooting a portrait against a solid color backdrop, like seamless paper, is the ultimate tests of a photographer’s ability to make something from nothing. You’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your imagination. Because there’s nothing...

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