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    Mission: FIND YOUR FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE POSITIVE, PERTINENT AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS.

    Objective: FOUNDED BY CRIS J DUNCAN M.PHOTOG.CR CPP, FIND YOUR FOCUS HOST AN ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS TO REFRESH, RECHARGE AND RENEW THEIR PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. CRIS J DUNCAN ALSO CAN BE FOUND EDUCATING PHOTOGRAPHERS AT SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENTS, CONFERENCES AND SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION TO THE EVENTS, FIND YOUR FOCUS OFFERS MANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HELP PHOTOGRAPHERS SUCCEED.
    To learn more about Find Your Focus and Cris, click here

    Black Friday Savings on Everything

    That is right! Everything at www.findyourfocus.org is on sale for Black Friday untilDecember 1st.

    Save $50 on all tutorials, videos, bundles and one-on-one coaching sessions using code ‘grateful15‘. Save $75 off registration to FYF 2016 in Yosemite national park using the same code.

    We are grateful for so many things and having you as friends is one of them. This is just a small way we can share you our appreciation. happy creating, Cris.

    Visit www.findyourfocus.org learn and save.

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    Gratitude – An increase in Value

    Good day. With Thanksgiving on us once again I wanted to take time to spread a little thankfulness of my own and encourage you in the process.

    One of the most valuable traits a person can have is a spirit of gratitude. We are so blessed with so many things that gratefulness I believe should be our natural response. For one, complaining and griping rarely do any good so that is wasted effort and stress. If you are reading this and live in North America, most likely you are in the top 2% of the wealthiest people in the world and that is something to really be thankful for.

    I believe that gratitude is contagious too. All it really is is appreciation, and appreciation is an increase in value. If we can show someone an increase in value, how is that not a good deal. We all want our retirement fund to appreciate, we want our real estate to appreciate, why would we not want ourselves and the people around us to as well?

    This holiday season, there are many things to be grateful for, so how will you increase value today? Happy thanking:)

    PS. I encourage you to watch the following video on being grateful, it is one of the best. Oh yeah, some pretty amazing images too. https://youtu.be/c_51B63pafY

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    DFW Photo Expo – FREE Event 11/14-15

    Hello, I am excited to be presenting again at the DFW Photo Expo again this coming Sunday. 

    The DFW Expo is the largest and most comprehensive photographic trade show in Texas.
    Do not miss this once a year opportunity to learn from industry leaders and see the latest gear at no cost to you!
    Along with the FREE trade show, seminars and other talented speakers, we will be presenting our “Art $ Science of Lighting” program on Sunday, November 15th from 1:00-3:00pm at the DFW Expo. Come learn practical, pertinent and positive techniques for your photography at the DFW Expo. We can’t wait to see you there.
    In addition to our lighting presentation, we will have specials on all of our learning tools as well as a few prizes to give away.
    Special thanks to Arlington Camera, Millers Professional Imaging and the MacGroup for having us be a part of this amazing event.
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    One on One Coaching – Learn Photography

    Hello,

    Today I am shameless plugging one of the services I offer at Find Your Focus. Many of you know me for the annual Photographic retreat I host. While that is what got this thing started, it is not all we do to help photographers. One of the most valuable resources is our one on one coaching sessions.

    These sessions are Exclusive online Google+ Hangout session with Cris and/or Dee for up to 2 people from the same studio. Sessions may be any topic and will be recorded so you can have access to content at any time. Use for image critique, post-production tips, lighting, marketing or even CPP Image submissions  plus much more.  You have 3 months from date of purchase to complete your session. Sessions are only $125 each and we offer discounts for 3 or 5 sessions. Being online has a lot of benefits and there is a lot that can be learned online, but tailored education to you and your needs is invaluable. If you are interested in scheduling a coaching session, please click here.

    Still wondering what this is all about? Here is a recent coaching session you can view. Happy Creating, Cris

     

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    Learning by Listening

    Hello,

    This post is a bit out of the norm for me, however, I do find it pertinent. Typically on this blog you will read about some lighting or design tip to help with your images. Perhaps it will be video tutorial using PS or LR. You may even find a testimonial or update about a coming event. Today, I want to share with you a resource I have known about for a while and have become an avid fan of– A Photo podcast, in particular, The Photo Tellers on the Fireside Network.

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    I first came across this as I was a guest on the show. My first thought was, okay, another podcast about photography, that is not new. I have done several of these so what is one more? However, this one was different. The flow was dynamic, the conversation organic and can you believe it, the host actually listened to me and moved the conversation in a way that made sense. It was not a formula, but a “real” conversation about photography. I was surprised and elated. Mr. Bill Ramsey, the host of the Photo Tellers, is an accomplished photographer himself and makes for a great radio host. Since my interview several months ago, I have become a dedicated hearer. Notice, I said “hearer”, not just a subscriber or listener. Listening is passive but to hear takes action, attention and focus. Just as Bill heard me and his other guests to make the show the best it can be, I too want to ‘hear’ what all these talented and knowledgeable artist have to say. I learned something through this process. One, that hearing and listening are not the same and that there is a wealth of knowledge out there. Some times it is a big chunk I need to digest, others it is a golden nugget that gets me to nod my head. Regardless of the size or the impact, it is learning. It is knowledge and wisdom, and isn’t that something worth hearing?

    I encourage all of you to hop over to his website, hear a few episodes and decide. I’m pretty certain that you will be as encouraged as I am. To hear my interview with Bill, click here. Below are a few of my favorite episodes. Happy hearing, Cris.

    Tim and Bev Walden

    Laurie Rubin

    Luke & David Edmonson 

    Russ Harrington

    Erin Babnik

    Jeff Goins

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