Why Do Some of My  Portraits Have High ISO’s?
Jan30

Why Do Some of My Portraits Have High ISO’s?

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber I want to answer a question I recently received from a readers regarding a post I did on Flashpoint’s 13-inch fluorescent ring light. Bernie asked, “Why are some of my portraits shot with such high ISO settings?” I’m sure he is concerned because everybody knows that higher ISO settings produce more digital...

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In the Studio: Working With a Grid
Jan19

In the Studio: Working With a Grid

I think a grid is one of the most underrated yet most useful lighting tools that are available. A grid provides a wider beam than a snoot so it’s useful for focusing light on a particular part of the subject and lets you produce multiple looks from a single light source. Since a grid blocks some of the light, your light source produces less output so you’ll need to either crank up your light’s power or increase your camera’s ISO...

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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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Wordy Wednesday #238: “Belle in the Enchanted Forest”
Dec07

Wordy Wednesday #238: “Belle in the Enchanted Forest”

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes.—John Ford I’ve often written here about how the movies influence my photography. Last night I was watching the Criterion Collection’s version of John Ford’s My Darling Clementine and was struck by the cinematography of Joe MacDonald who created what must...

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Using Continuous Light in the Studio
Oct21

Using Continuous Light in the Studio

“The pictures have a reality for me that the people don’t. It is through the photographs that I know them.” —Richard Avedon “Light,” as a wise photographer once told me, “is light.” The most important characteristics of any studio lighting system are the quality and the quantity of the output. The kind of hardware you use can have an impact on both aspects and the quality of the light is affected by using light modifiers. Continuous...

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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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Shooting in Small  Spaces
Oct13

Shooting in Small Spaces

If you follow me on Instagram (@joefarace) you know that a few months ago, my basement was flooded damaging to my in-home studio. We’re in the final phase of repairs and when it’s completely finished I’ll do a video tour of the 11×15-foot shooting space. Shooting full-length poses in my home studio ±or any small shooting space—are a challenge. While large muslin backgrounds can be softly shaped to fit the available space, seamless...

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