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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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 Alice...

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Kicking of a New Week…
Jul25

Kicking of a New Week…

The past two week’s blog posts have had a theme, first Travel Week and then it was Lighting Week. This week we kick of a five days of posts using the same eclectic combination of topics that have distinguished this blog for the past six years. Yes it’s been, six years since I wrote “Make a Splash with Flash” on Dec 8, 2010. I’ve kind of beat the topic of flash over the head last week so rather than digging that one up again—unless you...

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Cold Light Boudoir Photography
Jul08

Cold Light Boudoir Photography

Wrapping up Portraiture Week with a look at fluorescent lighting… For digital capture, fluorescent light can be your friend and I don’t mean those long tubes hanging in lighting fixtures from the ceiling at the local 7-11. I’m talking about a new breed of portrait lighting tools designed especially for digital photography. Why is fluorescent a great source of lighting for digital imaging? It’s because the RGB spikes of output from...

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Shooting Landscapes in Infrared
Jun13

Shooting Landscapes in Infrared

In photography, there is color, black and white, and the kind of monochrome images that can only be captured by invisible light. Every color’s wavelength is measured in nanometers (one billionth of a millimeter) and light with wavelengths from 700 and 900nm (nanometers) is considered to be infrared light. Surprisingly, this band of infrared light is a thousand times wider than that of visible light yet is totally invisible to our...

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Wordy Wednesday #212 “Garden of the Gods —in IR”
Jun01

Wordy Wednesday #212 “Garden of the Gods —in IR”

Garden of the Gods is a public park (free admittance) that’s located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971. I recently visited with Mark Toal, my partner on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog and we shot many of the images, (including the above) in digital Infrared. The area was initially called Red Rock Corral. In August 1859 one of the surveyors, Rufus Cable, that were exploring the site was...

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