Posts by Larry

Twitter FaceOff – Round One!

The Results Are In! It is time for the first round of the 2013 Twitter Face-Off.  (Click here for the original post) Thanks to everyone who sent me nominations.  We ended up having over seven nominated – and only one person got multiple nominations – so I went with the first seven nominated.  The RT winner was @Celestewyrick.  I then rounded out the rest of the sixteen with Twitter profile pics that caught my eye over the past few weeks.  So who will be battling it out this week?  Let’s see… Round One: I’ve paired up each competitor with an opponent for the first round.  Here are the matchups:                 Time To Vote! All you have to do is vote for which one you like better in each battle.  You should only vote once, but you can certainly send friends here to vote as well! Ready?  Here we go! The survey starts below. I’ve got no idea why the images are coming out different sizes. Please do your best to fight through it! Take Our Survey!
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Announcing the 2013 Twitter Faceoff

  Its That Time Again! The time has come for the 2013 edition of the Twitter Face-Off.  Are YOU ready to face the music? Are You Putting Your Best Face Forward? As a photographer, I always notice people’s profile picture on Twitter.  It really tells you so much about the person.  I can’t tell you how many times I have followed someone on Twitter based entirely on a cool profile images.  This led to the Twitter Face-off,  a competition to try and figure out who has the absolute best profile image on Twitter.  Eggs need not apply!  Last time around we had some great entries, so I’m hoping this year is even better! Face The Music Use your face to win some music.  The winner will get a $25 iTunes gift card to download music, movies, whatever you want!  Sound fun? The Competition The contestants will be randomly placed in a playoff bracket and compete head to head each week.  The winner will take home the title of “Best Twitter Headshot 2013″ and $25 in iTunes cash! How To Enter There will be 16 competitors. I will choose 8, based on my own travels around Twitter.  The next 7 spots
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Are You Missing Out On Google Plus?

  I’ll be honest- when I first heard about GooglePlus, I wasn’t that excited.  I already had plenty of social media outlets to occupy my time and effort.   Did I really need another?  Wasn’t this just Google’s version of Facebook?  My enthusiasm was further reduced by the fact that you had to be invited to even use the service at first.  Seemed like a lot of hoops to jump through for something I already have with Facebook. For some reason- and I can’t tell you why- I decided to give it a try.  Maybe I was just bored that day or had become frustrated with one of Facebook’s famous updates.  I setup an account, filled out some profile info and sat back to enjoy the show.  Unfortunately, nothing happened.  I found a few friends who had Google+ accounts and followed a few other interesting folks, but that was about it.  I logged out and didn’t return for months. Let’s Try Again! Recently, I decided to give it another chance.  I had read a few blog posts by people who were truly sold on the concept and seemed to be enjoying themselves.  I got back online, gave my profile page
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10 Tips For More Twitter Followers

As a photographer – or any business owner – it is important that you understand how Twitter followers work.  You want to find a way to add quantity, while still maintaining quality.  Otherwise, you are just spinning your wheels.  A strong Twitter following will be a great way to promote your brand, while meeting interesting people in your industry.  It is truly a win-win proposition if you do it correctly. Why Even Use Twitter? I used to ask the same question.  Twitter is probably the most misunderstood piece of the social media puzzle.  Most people think of Twitter as a bunch of people texting about what they are buying at the grocery store or how they are caught in traffic.  Sure- it CAN be that – but it can also be a whole lot more. The Problem With Followers For Twitter to work properly, you need to have people following you.  Otherwise, you are just talking to yourself.  When I first started out, I made the mistake of trying to get as many followers as possible.  My trials and tribulations are well-documented on my infamous Twitip post from a few years back.  If you have people following you who don’t
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The Vegas Getaway

Last week, I spent a few days in Las Vegas for my sister’s wedding.   There are few places in the world like Las Vegas.  It literally overwhelms the senses with lights and sounds.  There is constant activity 24 hours a day -which can be great or can drive you nuts.  It is also a wonderful place for a wedding – go figure! We arrived a couple of days before the wedding and spent the morning creating portraits.  With so many options available, we had to narrow our time to two specific locations. First stop was the Neon Museum – a collection of signs from the Vegas strip.  Now you have to reserve the place- so don’t just show up there next time you are in Vegas and expect to shoot.  If you can work it out, however, it is incredible. The signs make wonderful backdrops for just about every type of portrait.   From there we went about 45 minutes outside of town to this cool old mining town.  It was truly a photographer’s dream!  Everywhere you looked there were old buildings, old cars – even an old airplane! Although it didn’t have the Las Vegas feel that we
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What Michelangelo Could Teach You About Photography

When you talk about the best of the best, people always have their own opinions.  However, when it comes to discussing the greatest artist of all time, you would be hard-pressed to overlook the great Michelangelo.  This pioneer of the Italian Renaissance created some of the most well-known pieces in the history of art.  What is often overlooked are his words. One particular quote that has always inspired me is this: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” Take a second to let that soak in.  Think about how it relates to photography. As digital snapshots continue to flood the visual marketplace, our standards slowly start to dip.  What was once an unacceptable photograph is now a “fun, candid pic” or maybe even considered “photojournalistic”.   As a portrait artist, you have to aim higher.  The “nice” image cannot be acceptable anymore. COMPETITIONS One of the places that this really applies is in photographic competitions.  As a juror and competitor myself, I’m quite familiar with both sides of the print competition world.  I’ve seen what kinds of images
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Senior Portrait: Claire

This weekend, I ventured up to McKinney for a senior portrait session with Claire.  It was about 40 degrees out – and the building had no heat- but we pressed on.  Honestly, I don’t know how she survived the cold in her spring outfits, but she did it. We ended up with some fabulous images, so I thought I’d share a few here. The thing I love about senior photography is that you are capturing a very pivotal time in their life.  High school seniors are beyond the kid phase and racing toward adulthood.  They have their whole life ahead of them and the possibilities are endless.  A good senior portrait should go beyond what someone looks like and express part of their personality.  My goal was to try and get a wide variety of looks – from fun to serious. For this shot, I opened the camera up to really get a shallow depth of field.  It really made the eyes project out of the image.  We left just enough detail in the background to give it some depth.  It was definitely one of my favorite images of the session.   This image was at the other end of
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Rise of the iPhone and the Fall of Photography

Some time ago, I wrote a post about the death of the point-and-shoot camera at the hands of the camera-phone.  We see it all around us – people hoisting their phones in the air to take a photograph.  When was the last time you saw someone under the age of 50 using a point and shoot camera?  It is rare. Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of those people.  When it comes to pictures of my family, the breakdown is probably about like this 10% DSLR, 10% point-and-shoot and 80% iPhone.  The scary part is… I’m a professional photographer!  I bet it is safe to assume the average family is 100% phone. My cell contract comes up for renewal in November and I can’t wait to get the newest iPhone.  Is it because of Siri or some of the other new features like the bigger screen?  Heck now- I just want to upgrade my everyday camera!  Apps like Instagram have changed the world of photography- but is it all good? The Decline of Photography As a society, we set our standards according to what we see around us.  Every day, we are inundated with images on Facebook, Twitter, texts, etc.
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My Three Hits Of The Summer

The Competition Every year, I participate in the Professional Photographers of America’s International Photographic Competition. The way it works is that you send them your four best images and if they are judged to be good enough, they are accepted into a collection of images that are displayed at the national convention the following year. Going LOAN! One of the biggest honors an image can receive is to go a step further and be accepted into the Loan Collection.  These images are the best of the best and go into a coffee table book each year.  It is quite an honor to get one of your images accepted into the Loan Collection – so I was thrilled to find out that I had THREE of my images “go Loan” this year!  Here’s a quick look at the three entries: School Spirit This image was created for a high school senior last year and I mentioned it in my post on senior photography at the time. It was based on my Week 1 image from the 40@Forty Project and proved to be a cool alternative to the traditional “letter jacket” use of the letter.  The image was painted in Corel Painter,
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