Archives for Photo Education

Western States District Judging

Just returned from a fun weekend in Yakima, Washington where I judged images at PPA’s Western States District Image Competition. If you’ve never entered photographic competitions, you are missing out on one of the best educational opportunities available.  It truly forces you to hone your craft and take your photography skills to the next level. As a judge, it is also a great learning experience because I’m exposed to so many fantastic images over the course of the weekend. You can learn more about image competition at PPA Competition Info. While I was there, I had a chance to visit a little bit of Washington – including a beautiful drive from Seattle to Yakima.
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Big Milestone For My YouTube Channel

Ok, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my blogging, but  had to take a second for a “shameless self-promotion post.” Several years ago, I started a YouTube channel to share tips on photography, Photoshop, etc.  It started out as just a fun project and just continued to grow.  Recently, the channel reached a crazy milestone – ONE MILLION VIEWS! So hard to believe.  That’s over 2.5 million minutes of viewing time. As I try to wrap my head around those numbers, it occurred to me that I need to post some new content. If you’ve got some things you would like to see, post them in the comments and I will try to get to them when I have a free minute or two.  Gotta start pushing for the 2 million mark now!   If you would like to check it out for yourself, be my guest!:  Lourcey Photography YouTube Channel
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Want To Grow As An Artist?

Ready to get your learn on??? I’ll be doing a presentation tomorrow for the 2016 Digital Art Summit.  My program is on “Growing as an Artist” and there are plenty of other presenters doing some amazing programs as well.  You have the option of just purchasing my program or they have some packages that include multiple programs. It is quite an educational bargain- considering the people who are offering the webinars. If you are in the mood for some education, you might want to check it out! Click here: DIGITAL ARTS SUMMIT “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela
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Could This Be The Best Way To Learn Photography?

Is there a photographer out there who doesn’t want to get better?  Isn’t everyone looking for the ultimate learning platform for photography?  Well, Trey Ratcliff of “Stuck in Customs” fame may have just found it! A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a new learning community called The Arcanum.   This thing is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  It is based on the Master/Apprentice concept where people sign up to be apprentices and are chosen by a Master to join their community.  The interaction and educational potential is incredible.  What you have is a group of like-minded people who are pushing each other creatively while supporting each other through the learning process. According to their website: Our Mission is to unlock the Creative Awesomeness within every individual Art and creativity has a profound affect on our lives. We have more fun when we’re creating and sharing art. Life simply tastes better. We want to enrich the world by bringing more art and artists into it. How cool is that??? You get one on one critiques from your master, in addition to constant feedback from your fellow apprentices.  On top of that, they have a fantastic library that is growing
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Judging The Best of The Best

A Week Of Inspiration I just returned from Altanta after spending the week at Gwinett Technical College judging at PPA’s International Photographic Competition.  Every year, judges from around the country get together for a week to judge the best photography from around the world.  It is truly an exciting and inspiring week. Over the course of the week, we judged over 5,200 images – then judged the top images again for the PPA Loan Collection. There was live streaming of the judging and even an internet TV show – IPCLive.  In case you missed my appearances on there, I’ll see if I can find a link!  
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Imaging USA 2015

ImagingUSA is right around the corner!   For those who don’t know, ImagingUSA is the once-a-year photography extravaganza, hosted by the Professional Photographers of America. This thing is HUGE with loads of great educational programs and a mind-blowing trade show.  If you are anywhere near Nashville, this is can’t-miss.  If you aren’t near Nashville, you should GET to Nashville.  It is THAT cool! Senior Program As if things weren’t exciting enough, I will have the great honor of being on of the speakers at this year’s convention.  I’m doing a program on Senior Portraits (program details) and can’t wait to talk shop with so many great photographers.  I will talk about how I approach senior portraits – and portraits in genera, for that matter – and walk you through my process.  I assure you, it will be educational AND entertaining. Hope to see you there!  
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Print Competition DVD Now Available

Ready To Up Your Game? There is no question that photographic competitions are one of the best ways to improve your photography. The bad part is, there can be a bit of a learning curve. I’ve seen both sides of the process, both as someone who enters competitions and as someone who judges competitions. After several years of judging, I’ve noticed that new photographers tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. I put this video together to help you get a good start.  Basically, it is all the stuff that I wish I knew when I was starting out.  Trust me, if you watch these videos – and follow my advice- it will save you a LOT of frustration! Check it out and let me know what you think!   Print Competition 101 DVD on Square Market
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6 Days of Free Photography Education

I am excited to be a part of the PROSPER eConference Summit January 14-23. This summit brings together 15 of the brightest minds in the industry — leading photography experts who will share proven strategies, real-world techniques, and hands-on tools designed to help you: • Attract, close, and thrill your ideal clients • Price your work smartly for both profit and growth • Learn to recapture your valuable time • Create true financial freedom for you and your family  Join us for 6 days and 15 interviews to learn: -How to book yourself solid -Find new clients through social media and email campaigns -Use SEO to attract new clients -Roll out promotions that will keep you busy through the slow season -How to price yourself appropriately -How outsourcing can free up your life AND make you more money -How branding can help you stand out in a crowded market -Understand how you’re self-sabotaging your own business And the best part?!? PROSPER is absolutely FREE! There is NO COST to join us for this LIVE virtual eConference! Worried you can’t make it to the live event?? Once registered, you have the option to purchase ALL 15 INTERVIEWS for ONLY $39!! This is an incredible deal, valued at over $1500!!
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Holiday Inspiration

Back Where It Started Fifteen years ago, I joined the Dallas Professional Photographers Association.  I didn’t really  know anyone there and was just learning the ropes of photography.  I knew so little, that I didn’t realize how far I had to go – if that makes sense. In hindsight, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.  I eventually joined the Board of Directors, met several life-long friends, and even served a year as president of the organization. Last night, I was asked to give the keynote speech at their Holiday Party.  It was quite an honor to stand up in front of a group of such talented photographers and give them my two cents on life in the photography world.  I hope that I left them with a little bit of inspiration to launch them into an awesome 2014. Thought To Take Away I ended my talk with a quote from the great Dr. Seuss- and I think they are words that all photographers should live by: “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”  
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Blast from the Past

Every year, I teach a darkroom class to 8th graders at The Westwood School in Dallas. Although it is truly a dying art, I think there is still a lot to be learned from the whole development process. You have to work to get a nice image and can’t just shoot 1000 shots and hope to get a good one.  While there are many things I love about digital photography, there is just no substitute for that feeling when you watch an image materialize in the developer tray. We spent the entire day in the darkroom Monday to make sure everyone had their final prints ready to turn in next week and it was one of the most enjoyable days I have had in a long time.  Technology is great- sometimes Old School is pretty nice as well!
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