Archives for Portrait

Twitter Profile Pictures – Semi-Finals

The Results Are In Well, the votes have been tallied and only four survive. Big congrats to the final four: @cloudhq @EmElEEE @WarriorotCross and @vMistyque ! Now its time to decide who faces off in the championship. Since @vMistyque had the most total votes last week, she got to choose this week’s opponent. She has decided to face off against @WarriorotCross. That leaves @cloudhq and @EmElEEE to battle it out for the other spot in the finals. Deadline to vote is Wednesday, Dec 21st at noon CST! Best of luck to everyone! View Survey **** REMEMBER: Just like last week, tie-breaker will be mentions in the comment section below, so after you vote – leave a comment and tell us who you chose… and why! ****
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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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Ice Princess

One of my images that I get asked about frequently is “Ice Princess” from a few years ago.  I had recently had my camera converted for IR photography and started experimenting with using it on people.  The look it produced was very unpredictable and sometimes pretty creepy (as evidenced by my Week 10 portrait from the 40@Forty Project). The model was actually my niece, who was in town visiting.  We dressed her in a white, hooded coat and setup an entirely high-key scene.  I used the IR camera and overexposed the image a bit to create this shot. The infrared camera really gave her face and eyes an otherworldly look – almost like a young version of the White Witch from the Narnia series.  It was the kind of image that you either loved or hated. I entered it in competition and the jury was divided.  Luckily, the pros eventually outweighed the cons and the image received a Seal of Approval.  Certainly not the kind of image you want to sell to Mom – but a great way to stretch your creativity.
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Be Different or Die

Back in the “good ol’ days” of photography, all you really needed was a nice medium-format camera and a few business cards.  That pretty much set you apart from the parents with cameras.  My oh my, how things have changed!  The camera no longer sets you apart from your clients.  Heck, some of my clients have more expensive cameras than even I use.  Believe me, it isn’t about the camera. It isn’t about the canvas either.  In the past, only professional photographers could get something printed on canvas.  Now you can get it done at 100 different places online.  The products no longer set you apart from your clients. What is left is the image.  This is the one area where you can still set yourself apart from the common person with a camera.  They might have a nice DSLR, but they don’t know how to pose or control light.  That is the big problem that will soon face all the people who don’t know lighting and posing – and just call it “photojournalism.”  Unfortunately, photojournalism isn’t a fancy word for sloppy.  Once all the parents figure out they can take these unposed, snapshot-photos themselves, that is exactly what they
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Alternative Education for Photographers

While the trendy looks of today - with no posing or lighting control- are currently in fashion, they cannot last. Its only a matter of time until everyone says, "Heck, I can do that myself." The only answer is to grow as an artist and create images that require a level of skill and expertise that the average person on the street doesn't have. A "creative eye" is no longer enough.
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A Visit From Santa

Every year, we are lucky enough to get Santa to pay a special visit to Lourcey Photography.  Oh sure, there are 100 places you can go see Santa this time of year… the mall, a photography studio, the North Pole – however, our visit is somewhat different. As a thank you for our portrait clients, we invite them to bring their family to the event and get pictures taken with Santa at absolutely no cost.  We even send them free copies of the prints!  That is it – no secrets, no strings attached.  It is so simple, it confuses people – they keep trying to figure out how to order something! Everyone loves seeing Santa- even the adults. If you spent time waiting in line for Santa at the mall this year, I hope you will stop by Plano next year for a more relaxing visit.  We can all use a little Santa cheer in our lives.
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Get Your Learn On

I’ve had the privilege of speaking at several state photography conventions over the past couple of years.  I’ve met lots of great people and answered many questions about photography and Photoshop.  A few months back, I decided to put together a website that would offer educational videos, lessons, etc to help people take their photography to the next level. As part of this, I’ve started doing a bunch of video tutorials.  You can access them via the Photo Education Website or by visiting YouTube . I’ve got a long list of suggestions people have made for future photography or Photoshop lessons – but I’m always looking for more.  If there is something you would like to see me discuss in a future tutorial, just let me know! In the mean time, I hope you will take a minute to jump over to the Education site and check out a few of the latest videos.  I think you will enjoy them!
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5 Ways to Become a Better Painter

Unlike a Photoshop filter that simply applies a fake effect all over the image, a painting created with actual brushstrokes has the feel of a real oil and canvas painting. The downside is that there is a kind of steep learning curve to doing it right. If you are serious about getting good at Painter (or even traditional oil painting), here are a few of the best things you can do to improve your skills
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