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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

    Guest Post – Finding My Focus, A week in Yellowstone by Elizabeth Homan

    As many of you know, every year I host a photographic retreat in a National Park. This past September 20 of us went to Yellowstone for the 5th annual Find Your Focus adventure. The following is from one of the attendees, Elizabeth Homan. Elizabeth is one of the finest photographers I know. Her work is simply stunning and inspiring to so many. It is humbling when such talent attends an event I host. Over the years, the Homans and us have become friends and it was a joy and honor to have her spend her time and resources with us at FYF. Below is a guest post by Elizabeth about her experience and her breathtaking imagery of this beautiful place. You can learn more about Elizabeth and her work here.  You will notice some images of bears and wolves, I want to again thank Arlington Camera for their support of this event by providing the lens that help make this event possible. If you are interested in attending, FYF 2016 will be in Yosemite, Oct 2-7, 2016. Space is limited. You can learn more and register here.

    About a month ago I attended a wonderful landscape photography workshop in Yellowstone National Park, led by my friends Cris and Deanna Duncan of Lubbock, Texas.
    I have been “meaning” to go to this workshop for the past few years, always finding a reason why I couldn’t go. Afterall, this was “JUST for ME” and I never make time to do that. While this workshop was still photography related, never do I get the chance to just photograph for myself.

    I know you are thinking “Wouldn’t you rather go to a spa or wine tasting? Something NOT related to your work?” The answer is no. I LOVE my job. I am so fortunate to do what I love every single day. Now sometimes, I do admit that I get a little burned out working with people, dealing with their drama (God knows I have enough of my own) and working to please everyone. But that is very rare and usually only occurs when I am so busy that I haven’t had a day off in weeks (PS: I am NOT talking about YOU).

    So, where was I?

    Oh, yes, I was looking forward to a week of being alone. A week of pointing my camera at whatever I wanted to. A week of not pleasing anyone but me. And…wait for it….a week of waking up at 4:30am??? What???

    Yep. Every morning. And there was hiking. Lots of hiking. With camera gear in a backpack. And a tripod (doubling as a walking stick). And some of this hiking was not Fat*ss friendly (this is actually a book that rates the hikes as fat*ss friendly or not). And it was cold, rainy at at times, snowy.

    And let’s not forget about the Bison,Wolf, Bear, Elk and birds we saw. A little too close for comfort at times.

    But it was wonderful! A fabulous experience that I hope to do again!

    So….here are some of the images that I created while I was in Yellowstone. I hope you enjoy.

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    If you ever want to go and experience a fabulous adventure, here is the link: www.findyourfocus.org
    Be forewarned….Start training now….

     

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    Clean Shot – Light painting and image blending

    Good day. In a previous post I discussd the idea of using a ‘clean shot’ method. This method means you never have to compromise on your lighting. You can catch up with the ‘Clean shot’ here.

    In today’s post we do the clean shot on steriods. Many will call this light painting and it is to an extent. It is basically a series of images with the light source in different places to light different parts of the scene. Here is a video showing the image and part of the technique. Happy creating, Cris.
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    The Technical Made Simple – CPP Class at Imaging USA

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    Join Cris Duncan for a fun, enlightening and educational experience where you will:
    Planning to take the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam? Before you do, why not take this 3-day intensive class, covering all the technical topics on the exam? You’ll gain a better technical knowledge of photography, which probably means a more peaceful sleep before the exam! This class goes beyond just “Cramming for the Exam”. Gain the technical know-how to make you a more confident, efficient and creative photographer.
    This Certification Prep Class isn’t for the faint of heart– it’s an in-depth study of the technical side of photography almost equivalent to a semester of college! You’ll work hard and study hard, but you’ll also walk away a more polished, knowledgeable, confident professional. Topics include:
    The Inverse Square Law, Filter Factors, Bellows Factor
    Lenses and Filters
    Color Theory and H&D Curves
    Lighting Ratios, Corrective Lighting and Posing, Depth of Field, Angle of View
    The Zone System (and how it helps you understand the digital histogram)
    Difference between a Bit, a Byte and Bit Depth
    And much more – You can even choose to take the CPP exam after the class while the information is fresh in your mind!
    See why we say it’s tough work but worth it? Register today.
    Cris Duncan, along with his bride Deanna, own and operate CjDuncan Photography, a high-end portrait, wedding and commercial studio in Lubbock, TX.
    Cris truly wants what is best for this profession and that is why he strives to simply teach Photography. Cris’’s goal, or mission statement is simple:
    “To empower photographers with a sense of purpose, inspiration and passion all while supplying practical applications for their craft, business and life.”
    CjDuncan Photography has flourished for over 10 years in a competitive market and continue to be regarded as one of the top studios in Texas. Cris is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and a Photographic Craftsman. Since turning pro in 2002, they have photographed two Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries and countless others. Cris has worked for such companies as Stephen Joseph, Adams Golf, Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments of great people all over this land. Cris is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Grand Imaging Award/Commercial Category, 3 time PPA Photographer of the Year and a multi-year Texas Top 10 recipient. Garnered with best portrait, wedding and commercial trophies from both TPPA and SWPPA, Cris and Deanna have become respected educators and leaders in the photographic community. He is the Executive Director of the SPPPA, the chairman of the PPAedu curriculum committee and the founder of Find your Focus photographic education. Cris is also one of only a handful of PPA approved CPP instructors.
    Cris teaches and leads his classes with an honest and transparent style. He believes in a “No Secrets” approach. Cris believes that we are in the best profession on the planet and wants every one of you to succeed and make our industry better and stronger.

     

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    Art $ Science of Light – Exposure

    Good day,

    In this post I want to visit a fundamental but very important topic for photographers– Exposure. Exposure is critical to our images and yet many times its importance is overlooked. In this video, I discuss what proper exposure really is, how to obtain is, why it is so important and why we need to know all about it. You may also want to check out this previous blog.

    Happy creating, Cris.

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    Quick Tip – Adding Contrast to Low Opacity Images

    Good day,

    Today I am sharing a quick Photoshop tutorial. When working in layouts for albums, cards, composites etc many times you desire a low opacity image in the background. This is a nice technique, buttony time it leave the image looking muddy and dull. In todays 2 minute video I demonstrate how to get nice contrast and tonal values in your low opacity images.

    Happy creating.

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