The Headshot Crash Course

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This excerpt from Fstoppers‘ Well Rounded Photographer includes an hour and a half crash course from Peter Hurley on headshot photography.

Peter Hurley became the world’s most famous headshot photographer over a decade ago after his signature style took over the acting scene in New York City. When we first released The Art Behind the Headshot, neither Peter nor Fstoppers had any idea just how much it would transform the photography world. Today, Peter Hurley is one of the most sought-after photographers and educators in the industry, and he has singlehandedly changed the world of headshot and portrait photography. 

In Peter’s lesson, he shares some of his most useful lighting and posing tips. For lighting, Peter covers his signature LED light bank system but also teaches simpler single-light and speedlight variations. Of course, Peter’s most valuable tips have to do with his coaching. No matter how uncomfortable your subject may be, Peter will give you the tools needed to take control of the shoot, and capture the best possible images, guaranteed. 

Peter’s Lesson Includes
  • Overview of what makes a great headshot
  • Simple one-light lighting techniques
  • Peter’s constant lighting setups
  • Manipulating your background color
  • How to create flattering soft light for women
  • How to light men with shadows
  • Directing people into an interesting expression
  • How to position the body and face 
  • Techniques to make people feel comfortable in front of your camera
  • How to make money with headshot photography
  • The importance of tethering 


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