Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink
Oct11

Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wed-nesdays I will be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years that I’ve photo-graphed Pam showing her many, many...

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No Photoshop Please, We’re French
Oct05

No Photoshop Please, We’re French

In 2009, French lawmakers proposed a law that photographs where a model— the key word is “model” not your aunt Sally—has been photoshopped be labeled as such. In 2017, that law is now going into effect. The BBC reports that the Photoshop rule does not apply to the removal of blemishes being or retouching to hair. France 24 reports that as of October 1, 2017, anyone who publishes a photo in which Photoshop is used to “either slim or...

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Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits
Jun05

Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits

The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens is one of Canon’s L” series lens and their first telephoto macro lens that includes Hybrid Image Stabilization. It works in 1:1 macro mode that compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. As can be seen in this portrait, the subject is a young model with great skin that can easily handle the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens’ unflinching optics. This...

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Working with the Classics: Speedotron
Feb23

Working with the Classics: Speedotron

“Remember that the person you are photographing is 50% of the portrait and you are the other 50%. You need the model as much as he or she needs you. If they don’t want to help you, it will be a very dull picture.”—Lord Patrick Lichfield Speedotron’s power pack and head systems are the studio lighting world’s equivalent of the American muscle car. They’re made in the USA, ruggedly built to take hard use, and powerful. The...

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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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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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