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Joe Farace  |  Apr 01, 2009  |  0 comments

“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”—Mark Twain

The history of April Fool’s Day may be unclear but many scholars think it began in France when the Gregorian calendar replaced Charles IX’s in 1582, creating confusion with some people celebrating New Year’s Day on what was now April 1st. These people were...

Joe Farace  |  Mar 01, 2009  |  0 comments

“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.”—Garry Winogrand

History was made on October 11, 2008 when 200,000 people at Lowe’s Motor Speedway—167,000 in the stands, another 50,000 in the infield—stood for a moment of silence before a NASCAR race to honor the memory of...

Joe Farace  |  Feb 01, 2009  |  0 comments

“I used to hate doing color. I hated transparency film. The way I did color was by not wanting to know what kind of film was in my camera.”—Helmut Newton

Basking in a post-photokina gizmo haze and with dreams of PMA sugar plums still dancing on our dreams amid echoes of “Auld Lang Syne” and Wallace Shawn shouting, “Beware evildoers, wherever you...

Joe Farace  |  Jan 01, 2009  |  0 comments

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”—Pablo Picasso

I’ve attended many photokina shows since my first in 1978 where I met two men whose work affects me to this very day. One was Norman Rothschild who wrote a popular magazine column called “Offbeat” and the other was Jean Coquin who had just invented a modular...

Joe Farace  |  Dec 01, 2008  |  0 comments

“At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”—Thomas Tusser

Submitted for your approval: Here’s a list of gizmos, gadgets, and gear for the digitally-minded who may have already believed they had everything they wanted but didn’t know they really needed lots more stuff in order to produce the ultimate image. Feel free to use...

Joe Farace  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 comments

“There are no rules here—we’re trying to accomplish something.”—Thomas A. Edison

I’ve always felt the most important photo accessory you can own is the bag that holds your gear. That’s why I worked with Adorama ( to develop the Joe Farace Reporter Backpack and the smaller Mary...

Joe Farace  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy."--Frank Zappa

One book that hopefully won't put you to sleep is entitled How I Photograph Women and is the successor to my eBook titled Everyday Glamour Photography, which just happens to be this book's subtitle. The 80-page book contains more than 100 color and black and...

Joe Farace  |  Sep 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"But some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality..."--H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Instead of "starting up" my Windows computer recently greeted me by sitting there and just beeping, something I know spells trouble. Having suffered far too many slings and arrows of...

Joe Farace  |  Aug 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event."--Oscar Wilde

I once had the pleasure of staying in the Cadogan Hotel in London where in 1895 Victorian society was rocked by the arrest of playwright Oscar Wilde. The incident occurred in...

Joe Farace  |  Jul 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"I have lost friends, some by death...others through sheer inability to cross the street."--Virginia Woolf

Robert Waxman Camera in Denver made my first Kodak Photo CD on July 7, 1992. That's a long time ago in digital years, which are a lot like "dog years." Back then Photo CD was a simple, inexpensive way for photographers to...

Joe Farace  |  May 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"Best wide angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the `ah-ha.'"--Ernst Haas

One of my favorite tools for capturing different-looking travel images is digital infrared photography and e-mails from Shutterbug readers show many of you are interested in IR capture, too. If that describes you, take a look at the League of Creative Infrared...

Joe Farace  |  Apr 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"Photography is a major force in explaining man to man."--Edward Steichen

Here's a less benign quote about photography from Sean Penn: "I still think photographers should be lashed out at." The ex-Mr. Madonna goes on to say, "They should be put in a cage where you can poke them with a stick for a quarter. But not in a hostile way...

Joe Farace  |  Mar 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"Sirius Black was and remains to this day...Harry Potter's godfather."--J.K. Rowling

When the Argentinean home of film director Francis Ford Coppola was burglarized among the missing items was his computer containing family photographs and his writings from the past 15 years, including the screenplay for Tetro, his next film. My late brother...

Joe Farace  |  Feb 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't."
--Robert Benchley

After asking what digital point-and-shoot camera I use people are often surprised when I tell them it's a Canon PowerShot S500 Digital ELPH. "Isn't that obsolete?" is usually...

Joe Farace  |  Jan 01, 2008  |  0 comments

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."--Lily Tomlin

The American Customer Satisfaction Index conducted by the University of Michigan showed consumers rated their satisfaction with their computer's maker 3 percent worse than last year. Apple leads in terms of product satisfaction but its overall ranking...