In the Studio: Shooting a Low Key Portrait

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Low key: Low-key lighting is a style of portrait lighting for creating a chiaroscuro effect. Chiaroscuro: (Italian for light-dark) The use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. Today’s featured portrait was shot in my 11×15 home studio using a Broncolor MOVE Two-Head...

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What’s On Your Photographic Bucket List

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Bucket List: A list of things to do before you die. Derived from the term “kicking the bucket.” Recently I wrote a post on my car photography blog about finding your “bucket list car” and while the Bentley pictured has yet to appear in my garage (nothing has) it hasn’t stopped me from dreaming or kissing a few frogs...

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Exploring Infrared Photography

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Spring has been slow coming to Colorado and recent snowstorms have stunted and damaged some of the deciduous trees here on Daisy Hill, all of which has been slowing down my annual foray into digital infrared photography. Any photograph is about lighting but infrared photography is about capturing images with invisible light, which is why...

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What’s My Favorite Portrait?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Over the years I’ve had some memorable portrait sessions with some wonderfully talented models and I’m often asked about my favorite portrait from these sessions. That’s a tough question to answer. Initially I wanted to pick one of the images of my former muse, Tia Stoneman, but I’ve posted many portraits of her...

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Photographing a Ferris Wheel at Night

Today’s Post by Joe Farace The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris Wheel is used generically for all such structures, which are now the most common type of carnival ride at state fairs in the US such as this one (above) that I...

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Why You Need a Mood Wall

Today’s Post by Joe Farace A mood wall or board is consists of images, text and objects built around upon a set topic. It can be used to give a general idea of a specific topic and may be physical or digital. I was having breakfast with a couple of photographers one morning when one of them, an accomplished photographer who shoots for Playboy, said something about...

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