Happy Independence Day 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Many of this blog’s readers live outside the USA and may not be familiar with the Independence Day holiday. In the United States, the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, that declared our country’s independence from Great Britain. Out here in...

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Posing for Glamour Photographs: On Location

Today’s Post by Joe Farace These days I have an in-home studio but in the not-so-distant past, I shot all of my glamour images in my home, working mostly with window light in the kitchen, dining room and a loft area outside my home office. And while I now have access to an 11×15 home studio, sometimes I want to give a particular portrait a different,...

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Happy 37th Anniversary to Mary & Joe

Today’s Post by Joe Farace We’ve all heard the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun” but that really got to me when I posted these two portraits separated by 30+ years. The top photograph was made in Denver’s Johnson’s Park sometime before Mary and I were married more than 37 years ago. It isn’t our official engagement portrait but in many ways I like this...

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In the Studio: Shooting with Monolights

Today’s Post by Joe Farace A monolight is a self-contained studio flash, that can be powered by AC or DC battery power and like any studio light allows the fitting of light modification devices, such as reflectors, umbrellas or softboxes. Within a single, compact housing, the light contains a power source, modeling light,  flash tube and controls. A...

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Film Friday: Shooting Kodak Ektar 100 film

Today’s Post by Joe Farace For pros and advanced amateur shooters, Kodak’s Ektar 100 film is an ideal for nature, travel, fashion and architectural photography where the emphasis is on detail and color. Kodak suggests that professional photographers will “prefer Kodak Professional Portra films for their natural reproduction of the full range of skin tones” but I...

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Simultaneous Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture option with some offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of...

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