Working with Kelvin, CRI and Mired
Dec22

Working with Kelvin, CRI and Mired

I’m always amazed at the misinformation about the Kelvin scale of measuring color temperature. On the Internet, a power company stated that the “History of Kelvin temperature originally comes from the incandescent lamp.” During the nineteenth century and long before Edison invented the incandescent light, Lord Kelvin (William Thompson)  proposed a new temperature scale that was suitable for measuring low temperatures. He...

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What’s New in My Home Studio
Dec08

What’s New in My Home Studio

“I like that you have a home studio. I do also. That is an area that seems to be frowned upon by a good many ‘pro’ photographers. I don’t believe a rented studio downtown (lets you) make any better shots than a home studio. The end result is all that is important. I have been made to feel shamed from time to time because of equipment choices and home studio.”—from a reader I like having an-home studio for three reasons: One, if...

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Working with LED Modeling Lights
Dec02

Working with LED Modeling Lights

“To me, lighting really sets the mood for a room. A 40 watt bulb in a cheap lamp is the same as a 40 watt bulb in an expensive one.”—Edward Walker The upside of using an LED source as a modeling light means that there are no more bulbs to lose or break. An LED will save energy and last longer than an incandescent or quartz bulb but the downside is they are visibly dimmer than the 150 Watt quartz lamps used in monolights...

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It’s Black & White Friday
Nov25

It’s Black & White Friday

Photographic umbrellas are the simplest and most inexpensive form of light modifier and that makes them the most popular too. Photographic umbrellas look and act like rain umbrellas except they’re reflective and light is bounced into or shot through them creating a big, soft light source that’s aimed at the subject. And size does matter: The closer and larger a light source is to a subject, the softer the lighting effect will be. That...

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Working in Your Home Studio
Oct07

Working in Your Home Studio

If you follow me on Instagram (@joefarace) you know that a few months ago, my basement was flooded causing damage to my in-home studio. 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. There are lots of things you’ll have to consider when working in your home studio beginning with tailoring the...

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Using Scrim Jim Cine in the Studio
Sep30

Using Scrim Jim Cine in the Studio

  A “scrim” is typically a screen-like mesh placed in front of a light to reduce intensity but in common usage any device that produces a diffusion effect are called scrims. When it comes to portraiture, lighting isn’t only about the quantity of the light produced but is more often about the quality of that light. Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine builds on that concept with a modular design that allows both reflective and diffusion...

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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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