How Not To Go Broke Buying Equipment
Dec15

How Not To Go Broke Buying Equipment

Scott Fitzgerald once told Ernest Hemingway, “rich people are different from the rest of us.” “Yeah, Hemingway replied, “they have more money.” The cameras and lenses I used to make the images on this blog and are, for the most part, gear that I actually own. The exceptions are images that were captured with equipment on loan from manufacturers I was testing for product reviews. You may be surprised to learn that at after the review...

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It Was a Dark and Not So Stormy Night
Dec14

It Was a Dark and Not So Stormy Night

“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”— Ashley Tisdale Today’s Post by Barry Staver & Joe Farace, Image by Barry Staver Working under available light, unavailable light, available darkness, or low light—it doesn’t matter what you call it—can also produce some of the most rewarding photographs. First, there is the thrill of...

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Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam
Dec13

Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who knows how many weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam show-ing her many, many...

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Digital Texture Screens
Dec12

Digital Texture Screens

Keep in something my mentor Eddie Bafford told me about applying effects in the traditional wet darkroom: “If you get too carried away, you need somebody with a 2×4 to hit you up-side the head.” The use of texture screens is nothing new and has been around for more than seventy years having been used by darkroom artistes and pictorialists such as William Mortensen in the 1930’s and 40’s. When used in the traditional...

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Learning to “See the Light”
Dec11

Learning to “See the Light”

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker Light has four major qualities including color, quality, quantity and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key to mastering the art of proper exposure. Notice I said art. Chiaro-scuro, as Italian Renai-ssance painters called it, is the use of effects...

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Is a Cell Phone a Camera?
Dec08

Is a Cell Phone a Camera?

“What do you call a box with a plastic, wide-angle lens, tiny imaging sensor and no way to control aperture, shutter speed of ISO setting?”—Joe Farace Today’s Rant by Joe Farace If you described a brand new digital camera like that some people would say “it’s a digital Holga,” but I don’t think anybody would say, “that sounds like a great camera.” But if all of a sudden you say it’s a phone, people will rave that it’s the...

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Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field
Dec07

Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”—Ansel Adams Other than shooting infrared landscapes, I’m not known as a landscape photographer. Nevertheless, many years ago, I developed a series of personal rules on the “what” and “how” for photographing landscapes that I still follow today. These four principles are not cast in concrete and are presented here only as guidelines for your own explorations in landscape...

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