Manual Focusing Takes Me Back to the Future
Feb10

Manual Focusing Takes Me Back to the Future

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”—Mark Twain A few years ago I wrote an article for Shutterbug’s Digital Photography How-to Guide about using different kinds of lenses on mirrorless cameras and it got me feeling nostalgic. Fast forward: I’m walking down Wilcox Street in Castle Rock CO carrying a Panasonic Lumix G5 with a Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon lens mounted and all of...

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Celebrating the Life of ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph
Jan16

Celebrating the Life of ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph

“The time is always right to do what is right.”— Martin Luther King Denver’s ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph (1900-1994) was known for his kindness, generosity and serving an annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and disadvantaged people. He did that for 50 years. In the late-1960s, ‘Daddy’ Bruce began feeding people for free in Denver’s City Park on Thanksgiving Day. By the mid-1980s, tens of thousands lined up outside Daddy Bruce’s B-B-Q...

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Happy Faces on Friday the 13th
Jan13

Happy Faces on Friday the 13th

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”—Ansel Adams Unlike Ansel Adams who previsualized how a print would look before he captured an image, I find that many times my glamour photography images are only fully realized after I start working on them in the digital darkroom. Legendary digital photography guru Kai Krause was fond of saying that...

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Right In Your Own Backyard
Nov17

Right In Your Own Backyard

“I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.”—Queen Latifah When making an image, other than “I’d like to make a nice photo,” I don’t always have any specific goals and objectives in mind but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. My friend Matt Staver is a...

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Shoot like it’s 1996!
Nov04

Shoot like it’s 1996!

Today’s Post by Todd Abbotts If you’re old timer like me, you fed your first camera a steady diet of Velvia or Ektachrome or Kodachrome—all film types and each one as different as the shooter who was loading them. If you were on a budget, also like me, then you had the math worked out as to how much each press of the shutter would cost. I went back and looked, in 1996 one frame of Velvia cost me 54 cents from time of exposure to light...

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Wordy Wednesday #232: “Remembering the First Photograph I Made”
Oct19

Wordy Wednesday #232: “Remembering the First Photograph I Made”

Do you remember the first photograph you made? I do. It was of a flag flying from a pole in Baltimore’s Collington Square, next to the bandstand where the Baltimore Municipal Band would give free concerts when I was a kid. So this particular sport, in this particular place has special meaning for me, so maybe that’s why I made it to start with. And because I was an eight year old kid when I got my second roll of 620 film, I loaded it...

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Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro
Aug23

Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro

  If you ever you get stuck for ideas, a retro style or pose is always something that’s fun to try. Last Tuesday, I told you how I made ‘Old School Hollywood Portrait’ images and today it’s an playful homage to the kind of shots that the late Peter Gowland made during the 1950’s. I was fortunate to know Mr. Gowland late in his life and my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is dedicated to Peter and...

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