Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”
May10

Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”

The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, located in Monroe County. It connects Knight’s Key, part of the city of Marathon, Florida. in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile U.S. Route 1. There are really two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is...

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Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”
May03

Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”

“R-Two, the message says, ‘help me Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.’” —Mary Farace Tomorrow is Star Wars Day. May 4, celebrates the Star Wars films created by George Lucas. (Disney had purchased Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars in late 2012.)  This informal holiday was initially observed by fans of the movies and observance of spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations. The date was chosen for the easy pun...

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Working with Props & Backgrounds
Apr28

Working with Props & Backgrounds

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important”— Jacques-Henri Lartigue They may not be the subject of the portrait but the right prop and background will not only enhance a photograph, they can improve your image with your clients. But you need to light it appropriately. In a portrait of a child sitting on a Victorian bench in a environment...

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Shooting with Cold Continuous Light
Mar26

Shooting with Cold Continuous Light

The  problem with traditional “hot lights” is that they are, well, hot and are not all that comfortable to work under for subject and photographer alike. Welcome to a world of continuous light sources that are powered by fluorescent bulbs. I know what you’re thinking, don’t fluorescent lights produce horrible green light? As it turns out daylight-balanced fluorescents are the perfect light source for digital photography. By...

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Wordy Wednesday #433: It’s A Snow Day
Mar15

Wordy Wednesday #433: It’s A Snow Day

It may be that way in some parts of the country but not here on Daisy Hill. While our friends and colleagues in the East Coast are recovering from a massive Winter Storm, the weather forecast for the Denver area is partially cloudy with high temperature in the low 70’s. That forecast, of course, ignores the fact that the two snowiest months in Colorado are March and April. The above photograph shows me digging Mary’s...

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Two Photographers, One Model, One Location
Mar13

Two Photographers, One Model, One Location

Today’s Post by Joe Farace A great photographer once advised me to work with as few light control devices as possible. I try to do that because the less time spent working with my gear, the more time I can spend putting my subject at ease. If you give me a doorway I’ll use it as a prop. Doorways give subjects something to do with their hands as well as—I think anyway—provide a natural frame around the subject adding interest to...

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Portrait Mini-Workshops Start This Month
Mar02

Portrait Mini-Workshops Start This Month

Starting on in March I will be holding a mini-workshop on portraiture and studio lighting on Saturday mornings from March through May. Workshops will be held in my home studio near Parker, Colorado and limited to a maximum of three attendees. If only one person signs up it will still be held so, in effect, this lucky person will be getting a private workshop. Starting time is 9:30 AM and wraps up at Noon, so if anyone wants to...

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