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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Remembering Our Veterans
Nov11

Remembering Our Veterans

For readers outside the US:  Veterans Day is a US holiday honoring armed service veterans that;s observed on November 11th. It coincides with such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day that are celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the...

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Photographing a Femme Fatale
Nov03

Photographing a Femme Fatale

A femme fatale is a character in film noir and is typically a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. The phrase is French for “fatal woman.” A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm and sexual allure, having power over men. Black and white is a wonderful media for making...

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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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Three Reasons to Shoot Glamour in B&W
Oct14

Three Reasons to Shoot Glamour in B&W

Back in the film days, there were many ways that you could capture images. You could shoot color slide film that had lots of saturation or you could use black and white film that would let you create an entirely different version of the same photograph. To your eyes the original scene might look the same but your interpretation would vary based on the kind of film you decided to load into the camera. Nowadays, most cameras offer...

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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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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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