Preview: A Trifecta of f/1.4 Mirrorless lenses from Sigma

Today’s Post by Joe Farace This appears to be my week to talk about f/1.4 lenses… Yesterday I received a trio of f/1.4 mirrorless lenses from Sigma. The lenses seem to echo the “double-the-focal-length” system that was popular back in the film days. On Micro Four-thirds cameras these lenses produce the equivalent angle-of-view of 32mm, 60mm and...

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Lens Comparison: An Affordable 85mm f/1.4 Lens

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I was having breakfast with a photographer/friend and we were talking about Canon lenses and I mentioned that my favorite for photographing people was the EF 85mm f/1.8 ($369.) He really liked that idea but really wanted to own the EF 85mm f/1.2 ($1899) that I tested for Shutterbug a few years ago. There’s a $1500 difference between those...

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What Makes Someone a Photographer?

Today’s Introspection by Joe Farace My definition of what makes someone a photographer is simple: A photographer is a person who makes photographs. That doesn’t include the woman who jumped out of her SUV this morning at the drive up mailbox to take a picture of mail pickup times with her cell phone. She’s not a photographer, she was taking a picture…for reference...

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Shooting Landscapes in Infrared

Today’s post by Joe Farace In photography your capture options include color, monochrome and the kind of images that can only be captured by invisible light. Every light color’s wavelength is measured in nanometers (one billionth of a millimeter) and light with wavelengths from 700 and 900nm is considered infrared. Surprisingly, this band of infrared light is a...

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Determining Proper Exposures for Outdoor Glamour Photography

Today’s Post by Joe Farace “To me the face – the eyes, the expression of the mouth – is the thing that reflects character. It is the only part of the body that permits us to see the inner person!” – Philippe Halsman The term Lighting Ratio describes the difference between the main light and fill light and their relative strength can be measured with a light...

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What I Still Love about Shooting Film

Today’s Post by Joe Farace These days I don’t shoot as much film as I used to but I still own a few film cameras, such as the beautifully crafted and no longer available Zeiss Ikon SW 35mm film camera pictured at left, that I don’t plan on getting rid of any time soon. I still enjoy shooting with some of my Holga cameras too. They’re not Leicas but these days...

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