“I Don’t Do Composition”

Today’s Rant by Joe Farace “I Don’t Do Composition.” These words were spoken by a young photographer while a friend of mine was trying to offer them constructive criticism about their work. I hate to be the one to break it to that guy but the moment you place a viewfinder to your eye or look at the EVF, every choice you make affects the...

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Remembering September 11, 2001

Today’s Post by Joe Farace In my former Web Profiles column that appeared in the March 2003 issue of the former print edition of Shutterbug magazine, I wrote this about Brian Dorsey’s photography and the image shown below: “The photograph of his baby called “Miles Above the World Trade Center” was made on September 4, 2001 and projects an image of hope and optimism...

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Infrared Capture: Filter or Conversion?

Today’s Post by Joe Farace There are lots of ways to shoot infrared photographs: You can capture infrared images using filters like Hoya’s R72 Infrared or have an existing camera converted by companies such as LifePixel. That’s what I decided to do with an old Panasonic Lumix G5. LifePixel had it in-house for seven working days and then shipped it back to me...

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Shooting Portraits with Fluorescent Light

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Some photographers think that studio lighting equipment is expensive and complicated to operate but neither can be true. Yet continuous light sources can make the portrait lighting process seamless. And instead of the subject being distracted (and blinking) from the electronic flash, continuous light sources let them relax, keep their...

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Read a Book Today

Today’s Post by Joe Farace It’s National Read A Book Day. Did you know that reading improves memory, concentration and reduces stress, which is why I like to read a book in bed each night 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 activities over...

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Monochrome: It’s Not Just Black & White

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Not every photograph needs to be in color; sometimes a black and white or a toned monochrome image tells a better story. And monochrome doesn’t always mean black and white…or even sepia. Sometimes you might want to add a dash color but not too much! That’s when your camera’s built-in digital toning modes come in handy....

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