Category Archives: Education

A Night with Instant 8×10

Fotofilmic recently held a series of 8×10 Impossible film workshops and I got to attend one at the Griffin Museum of Photography.  What a cool night! Continue reading »

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The Value of Mentorship

Event Horizon series at 555 Gallery in Boston

Over the past year I’ve discovered the incredible value of professional mentorship.  Read on to find out why you should seek out a mentor to improve your art. Continue reading »

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Photostudio Conversations: Teaching Creativity

Teaching Creativity. Another from the Photostudio conversations series. I mean, just how do you teach creativity in a class? Continue reading »

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Photo Studio Conversations: Gear

First in a series of posts inspired by conversations at the photo studio.  First up: gear- it doesn’t make you a better photographer.  Or could it? Continue reading »

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Improving your photography

It’s that time of year when photography websites and magazines start publishing “gift lists” of stuff that will supposedly improve your photography.  This is kinda like that, but not.  If you REALLY want to improve, read the rest below.
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The New England Portolio Review: A Community of Artists

Portfolio Review

As artists we all need feedback and critiques in order to grow and portfolio reviews offer to provide it.  Sometimes that feedback takes the form of subtle guidance and sometimes it comes as a shocking gut check, especially when we become too close to a body of work.  Tim Gunn refers to this as “living in the monkey house”- when you first walk in the smell is completely overwhelming, but after awhile the stench fades until you no longer notice it.  Critique can help an artist wake up and smell the monkey crap. Continue reading »

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The Value of Critique

abstract art nude photograph from the Mirage series by Lucas James Photography






Two weekends ago I took part in an event called Critical Conversations hosted by the Griffin Photography Museum in Winchester, MA.  It was a great learning experience and it reminded me of how and why independent critique is so valuable in creative fields like photography.  More after the jump!

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More on the Fuji x100: Do you need it?

Last week I posted some thoughts on the Fuji x100 as well as some photographs that I took in Boston.  This week I have some additional images and the answer to “do I need this?” Continue reading »

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Creative Process pt 2: Nudes in Nature


Nudes in Nature Lucas James

A poorly planned art nude shoot is not going to go well.  Go in without a clear concept or even a concept beyond “nude woman in front of X” and you risk creating a boring image.  The whole goal of the Art Nudes in Nature workshop was to avoid boring images.  Hit the jump to see if we met that goal!

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Summertime Anisotropic Images

Inner Light- Maine Media 2012

Dissolve an excess of sugar in water and the result will be a supersaturated solution.  It looks stable, but anything- a spec of dust, a scratch or an extra crystal- will cause the sugar to crystalize out with often beautiful results.  That is the best way I can describe Connie Imboden’s course last summer at Maine Media Workshops.  Connie’s goal was not so much for us to take great pictures, but to learn how to see.  Over the course of a week, we kept adding and adding- new concepts, new shapes, new points of vision all dissolving into the solution of our minds.  And then at some point, things began to crystalize.  My vision changed dramatically, both for how I “see” and what I want my work to become.

If you have been thinking of taking a workshop but were hesitant, I have two words for you: DO IT!  Find one that looks challenging, maybe even scares you a bit and dive in.  Open yourself to the new and take on as much as possible.  You won’t regret the experience.  It should go without saying that I highly recommend Connie’s workshops, but check out all that Maine Media has to offer.  My only regret is that I can’t go back this year!


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Lucas James is a fine art photographer in Manchester, NH.

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