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This Weekend Is Peter Hurley’s First Headshot Workshop In NYC

This weekend, May 21-22, Peter Hurley will host his first ever “Headshot Intensive;” a 2 day photography workshop dedicated to photographing people and building a thriving business. At $1500 this workshop is not geared toward the average enthusiast. Instead, this workshop was created for professionals looking to take their businesses to the next level. If you would like to learn more, you can read all of the details and see all of the upcoming dates over and Peter’s website. Also keep in mind that Peter is still giving $300 off of his workshops for anyone who pre-orders his DVD.

How To Create A Pure White Background For Video Or Stills

Everyone claims that they know how to shoot subjects on pure white but many of them still struggle with the background light washing out their subject. In the video below, Olivia Speranza shows us how she created the look for a video but the same techniques apply to flash as well. The key is to light the background as evenly as possible and expose it so that it is just barely pure white. If your background is a few stops past pure white, the light will begin to eat into your subject.



David Griffin On How Photography Connects Us

Below is a fantastic TED Talk given by David Griffin, the photo director of National Geographic. David gives us a unique look at how Nation Geographic’s images come to be and he also explains the power of photography in general. As David says, even the most average amateur photographers will take a few amazing pictures in their lives.



Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot DVD Pre-Order Begins Now

A few months ago Patrick and I flew up to NYC and filmed our first ever full length DVD (dual DVD actually) with Peter Hurley. The DVD is still being edited but we can finally see an end in sight.

Initially we didn’t plan on having a pre-order but when Peter Hurley decided to start teaching workshops, we decided to create a special pre-order deal. When the dual DVD is released, it will cost $300. If you purchase it before October 1st, 2011, we will give you a $300 credit towards any of Peter’s workshops (and this can be used at any time) so you are actually getting the DVD for free. Peter is also going to personally sign all of the pre-ordered DVDs. Patrick and I are working as fast as we can to edit this DVD while managing Fstoppers.com and also shooting a wedding every weekend. Things are busy but we hope to have this DVD released sometime this summer. Head over to Hurley’s website to sign up for “The Headshot Intensive,” his new 2 day workshop. There are currently 4 slots left for his first workshop on May 21-22.



New To Photography? This Is The DVD Series For You

Many of the videos we post on Fstoppers are geared towards professional photographers even though most of our readers are not pros themselves. If you want to take your photography to the next level, you may want take a look at “Learn & Master Photography” with Vince Wallace. For the next week, this 15 DVD series is on sale for just $119 (most photography DVDs cost more for just a single disc). Learn more about this offer here, and check out the quick promo video below.



How A Professional Photographer Should Document A Vacation

Don’t you dread viewing your friend’s and family’s vacation pictures and videos? Even when I go on vacation I take so many bad pictures and videos that I don’t even want to go back and view them again. What if we spent a little more time on our next vacation and shot pictures and stills with a particular project in mind? That is what this couple did and now they have a tight 4 minute video that is fun for anyone to watch.

Check out the full post for another vacation video shot with a GoPro.


Biggest Water Balloon Ever Popped In Slow Mo

We all like seeing things in super slow motion right? Well I have just been turned on to “The Slow Mo Guys“. These guys have a Youtube channel totally dedicated to showing things happening in super slow motion and in this video they create and eventually pop the largest water balloon I have ever seen. This video is not informative in any way but it’s still fun to watch.



Cinevate Has Created My Dream Slider The Atlas FLT

A few months ago at WPPI I met Dennis Wood the president of Cinevate. Dennis told me that if we had a chance to play with Cinevate’s DSLR rigging gear it would totally change the way we shoot. So we ended up getting a few pieces of gear from Cinevate, the most exciting piece to me being the Atlas 10 slider.

The Atlas 10 turned out to be the best built slider I have ever gotten to play with. The track was long and amazingly smooth but there was one problem. This thing was big and heavy. The Atlas 10 is actually rated to hold a 40lb camera which means it was really built with cinema cameras in mind. The slider is a dream to use but quite difficult to travel with.

Well I was just about to send Dennis a message to tell him I wanted them to make something that was smaller but still just as smooth when I realized they had read my mind. Cinevate just released the Atlas FLT and for my DSLR shooting and traveling needs, it is my “dream” slider. I literally JUST went over to their website and ordered one. At $579 it is way more expensive than our previous slider, but there is honestly no comparison when it comes to quality.

Check out the full post to see a video of the Atlas 10 in action.



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