ESP = Expression Sells Portraits

Today’s Post by Joe Farace There is an old photographer’s adage that goes like this: ESP or Expression Sells Portraits. You can read more about my take on this subject here but here are a few highlights. The expression on a subject’s face tells the story of who they are. If they only have one look during all of the images that you make in a session, a model’s...

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Are Better Lens Designs Ahead?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Whenever I test lenses, like the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD that I recently reviewed for Shutterbug, I always give them the classic brick wall test. And more often than not, I find that some kind of spherical aberration is present, even with relatively expensive lenses. If you’re not familiar with spherical aberration, here’s a...

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Today is National Book Lovers Day

Today’s Post by Joe Farace It’s National Book Lovers Day Did you know that reading improves your memory, concentration and helps reduce stress, which is why each night I like to read a book in bed before falling asleep. Studies have show that older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating...

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Stupid Photographer Tricks Revisited

Today’s Post by Joe Farace …in which I share some of the dumb photographic things that I’ve done over the years and, for some reason, always seem to involve attractive women. Or as Bob Ross once said, “We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents. Long ago, when I was fortunate enough to be invited to Japan for a press trip, there was enough free time to catch some of...

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Sharing a Few In-Studio Posing Basics

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Continuing with a theme I started on Monday… One of the most important aspects in creating good, salable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a man, woman or couple but if their pose is awkward or clumsy, it reduces the image’s salability or if you’re just doing it for fun, can...

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Photographing Zion National Park in Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I have shot infrared images all over this country and even in Mexico but by far the best place that I’ve found to make infrared images is Zion National Park. My friend Juan tells me that Columbia is the best country to make infrared images and I hope to join him there someday and find...

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