Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’
Feb21

Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers (thanks Izzy) we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts” with the idea that if a person was new to the blog, they would see the most popular five...

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Lighting Tools: Shooting with Umbrellas
Sep23

Lighting Tools: Shooting with Umbrellas

If you follow me on Instagram (@joefarace) you may know a few months ago, my basement was flooded causing damage to the family room, bathroom and my in-home studio. As of Tuesday, all repairs and refurbishments to the family room were complete and we’re in the final phase of repairs to the studio. When it’s completely finished I’ll do a video tour of the 11×15-foot studio, showing updates and some of the lighting tools I use. Because...

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When’s the Last Time You Had Your Portrait Made?
Sep06

When’s the Last Time You Had Your Portrait Made?

I recently added new portraits of myself to the Bio pages of my Blog and main website. Both portraits were made by my friend Cliff Lawson and were not made during an “official” portrait session. They were shot while we were testing lighting (website portrait) or when Cliff was showing me his new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens (blog portrait, also show below.) Tech details for both photographs are at the bottom of this post. I...

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In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights
Aug01

In the Studio with Flashpoint’s LED Studio Lights

The trend of using continuous light sources, such as LED, plays well with photographers integrating video into the services they offer clients. But there’s also a convenience factor. A continuous source lets you see the how light falls on a portrait subject exactly as it will appear in the final image and can use your in-camera meter to arrive at an exposure. I’ve tested Flashpoint’s rectangular LED light panels in the past and looked...

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Wrapping up Lighting Week…
Jul22

Wrapping up Lighting Week…

Wrapping up Lighting Week… We started the week with a high-end power pack and head system, moved to a fluorescent lighting, then window light, then segued into LED. It’s time to come full circle and look at electronic flash again, this time its monolights. Portrait photographers get to practice their craft with an amazing selection of different light kinds of light sources and each has their own advantages and disadvantages depending...

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Wordy Wednesday #219 “My Favorite Portrait”
Jul20

Wordy Wednesday #219 “My Favorite Portrait”

Since it’s Lighting Week, I wanted to feature my favorite portrait but that proved to be more difficult than I imagined. Initially I wanted to select one of the many images I made of my former muse, Tia Stoneman, but over the years I have posted many portraits of her and she has retired from active modeling. (Although I must confess that I live in the hope that one day she’ll return.) Over the years, I have worked with some fabulous...

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Fluorescent Lighting: Westcott’s D5 System
Jul19

Fluorescent Lighting: Westcott’s D5 System

When it comes to continuous slighting, florescent is giving LED a run for the money. And why not? It’s continuous and works perfectly for hybrid video/still shooters with the RGB spikes from fluorescent light closely matching the receptive RGB spikes of imaging chips. With tungsten lighting, producing 93 percent heat and seven percent red light, fluorescent easily comes out the winner. And more often than not it’s more...

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