Cris J. Duncan

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M.Photog.Cr., CPP

A devoted husband, loving father and professional photographer, Cris J. Duncan, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, feels blessed to share a little about himself with you. Cris and his wife, Deanna, operate a studio in Lubbock, Texas, offering high-end commercial, portrait and wedding photography. It may sound cliché, but they truly love what they do…and he is quick to credit that to their success. He knows that this wonderful profession of photography will take anything you are willing to give and give you whatever you are willing to go after.

Cris is a Certified Professional Photographer and holds the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees. Since turning pro in 2002, he has photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries and countless others. He has worked for such companies as Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and has been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments for great people all over this land. Cris and Deanna were also selected by the design team of Extreme Makeover:Home Edition to provide portraits of one of their deserving families.  Cris was a PPA Photographer of the Year and is also the recipient of several awards and honors. For example, his acclaimed work, “The Carpenter’s Masterpiece,” was awarded a perfect 100 as well as Album of the Year, two Judges Choice awards, a distinguished ribbon and acceptance in the exclusive PPA Loan Collection.

Today, Cris is a highly sought-after photographer and educator. He is the founder of “Find your Focus” photographic education experiences.

Cris J.'s Courses

  • Commercial Photography: Concept to Creation

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Video: Portrait photography is about real people, real emotions and real drama. Commercial photography is more about capturing products and breathing life into them to convey the desired message. In this class, Cris discusses how to start with an object and develop an entire creative concept around it. Learn how to create mood and drama and how all of this goes into the end result or image.
  • Commercial Photography: Lighting a Reflective Object

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Video: If you’ve ever shot commercial photography, you understand the challenge of trying to light a reflective object – and still capture a great image. In this class, Cris Duncan shows you how to easily and effectively master this task. Cris not only teaches you how to master the lighting, he gives you a better perspective on what your client wants to see – how important the products and the shoot are to them, and how you not only capture the images they want but help convey their message through your work.
  • Lighting an Executive Portrait

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Video: Cris Duncan teaches you how to light the perfect executive portrait, from connecting with the client and utilizing correct lighting techniques to creating test images and learning the best software to use for instant client viewing.
  • Practical Lighting Tips for Profit

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Webinar: The webinar will focus on daylight, flash, strobe and ambient conditions and you will learn what you need to know about each to be able to deliver for your clients, every time. Learning and understanding the proper use of light will help you create images that you will be proud of and your clients will want to buy. You will learn valuable techniques to make your images different from your competitors. Gain the knowledge and understanding of what light, any light, will do in a given situation and then have the skills to manipulate it to your style! With this class you are guaranteed to leave with the knowledge and practical applications to make you a more efficient and profitable photographer.
  • The Art and Science of Lighting, Part 1

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Video: Lighting is the one element that makes all aspects of photography possible. Your technique, your talent, your poses, your post-production – it’s all important but none of it creates the right results until you master lighting. In the first of a two-part series, Instructor and lighting guru Cris Duncan shares the science of lighting and how it combines with your artistic abilities to create the perfect images.
  • The Art and Science of Lighting, Part 2

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Video: Drill down to the details as you discuss the 3 principals of light important in any circumstance. Understand the power of light and how to control it for the results you need. This final part of a 2-part series is detailed, informative, and immediately applicable to every photographer out there. Harness the power of lighting – a photographer’s most powerful tool – and use it to create impressive images!
  • The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Commercial Photography

    Instructors: Cris J. Duncan
    Webinar: Commercial photography comes with its own set of rules, idiosyncrasies and techniques. Many times, these are not the same as they are in portrait and wedding photography. This webinar will take you through some of the "rules," techniques and pricing procedures of commercial photography.
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