Posts by Larry

Are You Buff Enough?

This week, I finally finished up the book I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.  It is a how-to guide on setting up a solid social media strategy.  For photographers trying to grow their business, it might be just what the doctor ordered!  If you just can’t wait to read it, click here (shameless plug). My New Secret Weapon One of the big things I talk about is using Buffer to schedule your updates.  Now I have to be completely honest, when I first heard about Buffer, I couldn’t understand why anyone would need to schedule out their tweets or Facebook updates.  Seemed like just another way to waste time online.  Turns out, I was wrong. Are You A Newsfeed Flooder? If you are anything like me, you probably do your online activity in waves.  For example, I will usually scan news stories in the morning while eating breakfast, then check in on Facebook and Twitter before I start my day.  It is easier for me to get it out of the way so I can concentrate on working through the morning.  During this time, I will generally come across several things that I would like to
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Its Monday, So I Must Need Help

    The Big Picture By now, most of you are painfully aware of my participation in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” competition.  If you are a newcomer, you can read about it here:   contest details I’ve survived to the seventh week and we are down to the final four.  I’m up against some pretty tough competition, but together we can do this! Every Monday we get our challenge for the week.  The good news is, there are only three weeks left.  The bad news is – I could use your help for all three!  (Well, it really isn’t BAD news, it just isn’t “Hooray/Yippee!” news.) Ok Larry – Tell Me About THIS Week! Thanks for asking.  This week is all about traffic generation.  I have to get as many people as possible to visit my blog posts on TheNextGoal.  You can help by doing TWO things: 1.  Just click HERE to visit my post.  You don’t even have to comment (although I’d love to hear from you).  You just have to visit the post. 2.  After reading the post (or heck, after just skimming through it) – click the TWEET button at the bottom and let your pals know
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Death of the Point & Shoot

Remember when the top of the line DSLRs were 6MP?  Now most cell phone cameras have more than that.  As cell phone cameras get better and better, why will people even need a separate point and shoot camera? The DSLR Nothing compares with the power and versatility of the DSLR.  Sure, you could drop $15,000 on a digital back for your Hasselblad- if you really think you need to be taking 50MP images.  Aside from that, the good ol DSLR is the king of the hill.  If you don’t mind lugging around the extra lenses and accessories, you just can’t beat the image quality. The Allure of the Point & Shoot The beauty of the point and shoot is that it is easier to carry around.  You drop it in your coat pocket or your purse and it is always with you.  Even if the image quality isn’t the same as your pro camera, at least you always have it with you.  The problem, of course, is the lens.  Most point & shoots have such a small lens that the image quality is always going to suffer.  However, if it is just a shot of you and your friends in
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5 Reasons Why You Would Be CRAZY Not To Sign up

Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a website advertising a blogging contest.  I decided to enter and next thing I knew- I was a contestant in the We Blog Better “Survive The Blog” contest.    If you haven’t read up on the contest, take a minute to do so… its a pretty unique idea! I’ve made it to the Final Six -woo hoo- now I need your help.  My challenge this week is to start a mailing list and get as many people as I can to sign up.   Now if you are already on my photography mailing list, you know that I don’t send out a ton of emails.  Clients get about one a month and photographers get about 3-4 a year.  I just don’t have time to send out much more.  So if you are kind enough to help my cause, you don’t have to worry about getting bombarded with emails.  It just won’t happen – don’t worry. In fact, signing up could be one of the best moves you have made all day.  Here are five reasons why you would be CRAZY not to sign up RIGHT NOW. 1.  It’s FREE.  They say nothing in life is free…
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How To Find Artistic Inspiration

Of all the things you do as a photographer, coming up with creative ideas is probably one of the most important.  Unfortunately, it is also one of the toughest. You can always buy the latest and greatest camera gear or download the newest Photoshop filters.  You can learn the “rules” of photography, like composition and posing.  You can even check out my humble YouTube channel if you want.  There are TONS of things you can learn about photography.  What you can’t learn is originality.  That is why developing your creativity and artistry is so important.  Artistic talent will out-perform high-end equipment any day of the week. Finding Inspiration Inspiration is all around us.  When you become better at recognizing it, you will tap into a huge resource of great ideas.  It just takes practice. A couple of months ago, a couple came to the studio for portraits of their baby daughter.  During the planning stages, we had discussed that the baby’s grandmother was an artist and had actually painted a scene from the couple’s wedding.  They brought the painting with them and we decided to incorporate it into a few of the portraits.   The question was – how do you
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How To Guarantee You NEVER Fail At Photography

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Steele for the NextGoal blog.  This guy is truly an inspiration and takes goal setting to the next level.  One of the questions I asked him was whether or not he had failed at some of his goals.  Paul’s response was “No, never- a goal will always be there.”   That had never really occurred to me.  As long as you are still trying to reach the goal, you haven’t failed.  It really made me step back and re-examine some goals I had let fall to the wayside. If you are like me, you’ve probably set plenty of photography-related goals for yourself over the years.  Maybe your goal is to do a certain amount of business or photograph a minimum number of seniors in a given year.  Maybe your goal is to score a perfect 100 in print competition.  Heck, your goal might be to just ENTER print competition for the first time.  Are you still pursuing the goals or have the gone to the back-burner? The great thing about goal setting is it gives you direction.  Most of the time, even if you don’t reach your goal, you still end
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Help Me Reach MY Goal

As many of you know, I am part of a team that started a new blog last week.  We are competing in a very cool blogging competition (read more here) and need your help. We are trying to get the word out about our new blog and could use your help!  We are even willing to offer a little incentive… Tell Me More! We have put together a contest that only runs this week.  I’m donating one of my signed prints as a prize, so I hope you will stop by and check it out. TheNextGoal.com Promotion  
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Outside Your Comfort Zone

The great thing about challenges is how they push you outside your comfort zone.  Sure- sometimes they end with terrible crash landings, but sometimes they end with a huge feeling of accomplishment.  To me the reward really does outweigh the risk. For starters, we really use the word challenge very loosely.   Columbus sailing around the world with no idea where he was heading- THAT is a challenge.  Trying to reach the moon in a spaceship – very much a challenge.  Chances are, the challenges that you and I attempt are not quite as adventurous.  That’s why it is a no-brainer to give things a try. A couple of weeks ago, I threw my name into the hat to compete in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” contest.   It is basically a blogging contest based on the hit TV show, Survivor.  The organizer, Kiesha, was kind enough to choose me – now here we are.  I was placed on a team with four very different bloggers – two from the U.S, one from England and one from India.  Hey- we’ve got three continents covered!!  The downside is trying to communicate since we are all in very different time zones. Our first week’s
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Want To Be A Better Photographer?

Are you trying to get your photography skills to the next level?  If not, you should be!  The advances in photographic technology have been incredible over the past decade, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be improving your skills along with them.  A combination of working Photoshop skills and a willingness to stretch your creativity are required components if you want to compete in today’s photography field.  The good news is – there is help out there! Last year, I put together a YouTube channel that focuses on photography education- the aptly-titled, Lourcey Photography Channel . It has proven to be quite an adventure.  Up until that point, I had not done a whole lot of video – so the learning curve was rough.  However, the feedback I got from fellow photographers was overwhelming and I pressed on.  Over the past year, I’ve touched on everything from creativity to new Photoshop plugins . If you haven’t checked it out yet, I hope you will.  It really is a labor of love. Got something you have always wanted to know about photography?  Let me know and I just might use it for a future episode.  I’m always on the lookout for
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