Stormy Weather in Infrared

Today’s Post by Joe Farace In infrared photography, the “Wood Effect”refers to the bright to white reproduction of the chlorophyll layer found in deciduous plants. The effect is named after IR photography pioneer Robert W. Wood (1868-1955) and not after the material wood, which in fact does not strongly reflect infrared. While you may not think you can’t...

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Five DIY Tips for Your Home Studio

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Over the years my home studio space has evolved. My first one was the living room in our condo, and it was in my home’s unfinished basement (next to the furnace) until today’s dedicated but small 11×15 studio in my home’s finished basement. While the ceiling height is less that desirable it’s of 8′-6″, which...

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Four Reasons to Use a Tripod

Today’s Post by Joe Farace “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda,” from Honda’s 1960’s motorcycle’s ad. I think you also meet the nicest people when shooting with a tripod. When I was at McCabe Meadows making infrared images with the Pentax K-1,  a women carrying an SLR asks me, “what’s up there?” I held up the IR filter I was using and told her I was...

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Three Reasons for Shooting Glamour with Available Light

Today’s Post by Joe Farace It doesn’t matter what you’re photographing, the ultimate subject of any photograph is light and it’s the quality of the light that ultimately determines the effectiveness of a portrait. Here are three things that I like about making glamour portraits  using available light: It’s free. There’s no lighting equipment to purchase, set up,...

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Seven Photo Competition and Contest Tips

Today’s Post by Joe Farace There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.”—Dean Smith From time to time I’m asked to judge on-line and in-person photo contests but because of time restraints, I’ve limited the number of competitions I will be available to judge this year. Instead, I’m focusing my time on face-to-face critiques that...

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Would You Like to be a Muse?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace A muse is a “woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.” When I’m testing cameras, lenses and especially lighting equipment, I need models to pose for the kind of photographs you see on this blog and to illustrate how-to stories about using this gear. With repairs to my home studio...

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