Cut and Paste Glamour P...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace From time to time I’ve used part of two (or more) different images of the same model to create and all-new photo that’s different from either original—combining elements from two image files into a single photograph. Is this cheating? I don’t think so...

Meditation and Photogra...

Today featuring ‘The Best of Mark Toal” Okay, I may not be the world’s greatest at meditating  but I know what it does for me when I take the time to practice it. I have found that when life gets too hectic if I make time to slow down and sit for just 15 minutes a day I...

Shooting An Environment...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace, photography by Mark Toal The classic definition of an environmental portraiture is that it’s a portrait executed in the subject’s living, working, or just paying environment and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings. By photographing...

Why Shoot With Softboxe...

today’s post and photos by Joe Farace “Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting. “- Mason Resnick What my friend Mason  was saying applies to all kinds of photography,...

Lenses 101: Depth-of-Fi...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace, photo by Mark Toal The basic laws of imaging state that only one part of a three-dimensional object can be truly in focus at the image plane. This means areas in front of and behind the focus plane still appear more or less in focus or acceptable focus....

Can Photography Keep Yo...

Today’s Post by Mark Toal Physically no, mentally yes. I’m a big believer in trying my best to stay in the present moment. Thinking about the past or future takes me away from what is happening in front of me; the things that I want to photograph. Have you ever walked down the...