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JOE FARACE’s interest in photography and digital imaging combine the engineering education he acquired at Johns Hopkins University with training in fine art photography from the Maryland Institute of Art.

 

Joe has been writing about and practicing digital imaging since 1990, when some people didn't even know what to call this new, emerging technology.

 

He is the author of more than thirty books on computing, photography, digital imaging and is a contributing photographer/writer to Shutterbug magazine, which publishes his monthly Digital Innovations and Web Profiles columns. His work appears regularly in Professional Photographer magazine as well.

 

Joe’s philosophy about capturing, enhancing, and printing digital images is that it has to be fun. Part of that fun involves finding, choosing, and working with software and hardware that take the drudgery out of creative imaging. You can visit with Joe at www.joefarace.com or www.joefaraceblogs.com.

 

 

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Home Studio Lighting Gear For Students

No space? No problem! Here's how you can set up a studio in a small space.

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Joe Farace, July 29, 2014

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You need two things to set up a home studio: First, the physical space to place the gear, and second, the will to do it, which is often the only thing standing between you and setting up a home studio.

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TAGS: lighting,  studio,  studio lighting,  backdrop,  lighting technique,  backgrounds,  student,  back to school 

Your Best Portrait Photography Ever...With A $10 Shoot-Through Umbrella!

From Joe Farace’s Studio, Part IV

ArticleLighting Techniques Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, July 10, 2012

As we continue to look at budget-priced studio portrait photography lighting modifiers, I've discovered that while Octaboxes are great for portraits, there's a $10 shoot-through umbrella that produces results that are almost as good (or maybe better)!

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TAGS: adorama,  studio,  portrait,  studio lighting,  umbrella,  muslin,  flash diffuser,  Flashpoint,  focus on portraiture,  flash modifier,  portrait photography,  octabox,  shoot-through umbrella 

The Secret to Using a Beauty Dish for Flattering Portrait Photography

From Joe Farace’s Studio

ArticleLighting Techniques Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, April 25, 2012

Of the many choices for lighting portraits, the Beauty Dish offers a dramatic light that wraps around your subject's face, providing a classic look to your portrait photography.

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TAGS: portrait,  lighting technique,  portrait photography,  beauty dish 

What Everybody Ought to Know About The Shape Of Soft Boxes For Flash

From Joe Farace’s Studio, Part II

ArticleLighting Techniques Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, March 5, 2012

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In portrait photography lighting, the shape of the light source—a soft box, umbrella, or anything else—can create different kinds of effects. Let's compare several popular soft box shapes.

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TAGS: light,  lighting,  soft box,  umbrella,  soft light,  bank light,  lighting technique,  Flashpoint,  flash modifier,  light bank 

Softbox vs. Umbrella: Which One Should You Use?

From Joe Farace's Studio, Part I

ArticleLighting Techniques Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, February 20, 2012

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What kind of light modifier should you use? Here's why Umbrellas are great to start with, but lightbanks give you added directionality and control.

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TAGS: light,  soft box,  umbrella,  soft light,  lighting technique,  Flashpoint,  focus on portraiture,  flash modifier 

Putting the Best Face Forward

Posing for Portraits, Part V

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, December 21, 2011

When a person has a portrait made, they often ask the photographer to make sure they “get their good side.” But do people really have "good" and "bad" sides? You betcha!

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TAGS: portrait,  Nikon D90,  focus on portraiture 

Product Review: Nikon 1 J1

Is less more?

ArticleMirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Compacts Gear Guides & Reviews - by Joe Farace, December 13, 2011

How does Nikon's bold new MILC system, with its small sensor, compare to the latest Micro Four Thirds cameras? Our field and lab test results may surprise you.

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TAGS: camera,  compact digital camera,  MILC Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Compact,  MILC,  Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact,  Nikon 1,  Nikon J1 

Posing a Large Wedding Group

Posing for portraits, Part IV

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, December 7, 2011

Posing groups of people is always a challenge. Photographing groups at a wedding is an even bigger challenge because not only can the groups become large but also there are usually time constraints.

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TAGS: wedding,  portrait,  wedding photography,  weddings,  Focus on weddings 

On-Location Posing Tips

Posing and Portraits, Part II

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, November 8, 2011

Portraits—no matter where you make them—are all about light, so start by searching for places where the light looks good.

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TAGS: portrait,  people,  outdoors,  outdoor lighting,  outdoor photography 

Posing, Costumes and Hair

Posing and Portraits, Part 2

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, October 31, 2011

Costumes add an element of fun to portrait sessions, and can put inexperienced subjects at ease in front of the camera. That plus knowing the right question to ask can result in a successful session.

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