Peter Hurley: Illuminating The Face

An Obvious Progression From Peter Hurley's First Tutorial
In 2011 Fstoppers teamed up with Peter Hurley to produce the 4 hour video tutorial: The Art Behind The Headshot. Many people have claimed that The Art Behind The Headshot is the single best resource when it comes to coaching your subject and making any person in front of your camera look their best.

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4.5 Hours Of Technical Lighting
3 years later Lee Morris and Patrick Hall from Fstoppers traveled back to NYC once again to create a completely unique 4.5 hour video tutorial named: Illuminating The Face. Peter's first tutorial only touched on the technical aspects of lighting but Illuminating The Face completely focuses on every detail that goes into lighting the human face.
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Filmed With 4 Cameras and Proportional Modeling Lights
Peter and the Fstoppers team spent 3 days planning and testing, and 6 days filming this detailed video. By using flash heads with proportional modeling lights, Peter is able to spend the first 3 hours shooting without strobe which allows you to clearly see every subtle lighting change he makes. The Fstoppers crew recorded the entire process with 4 cameras running simultaneously so that you will be able to see the shoot from every angle, including a video camera that mimics Peter's still camera. Every time Peter moves a light or changes a power setting, you will be able to see that change on the models face.
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Lighting Modifiers Tested On Male And Female Faces
Flattering light differs on men and woman and so it was important to have both a male and female model. By using the same models for the entire 6 day shoot, Peter is able to compare images side by side that were taken days apart. You will be able to study these models faces and by the end of the tutorial you will have a completely new outlook on lighting cast on the human face.
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Learn Different Genres Of Lighting
For the first 3 hours Peter goes over the basics of lighting and individual lighting modifiers. You will be able to compare hard light to umbrellas to softboxes to beauty dishes to ring flashes and other light shaping modifiers. Once you have an understanding of the available tools, Peter designs 6 completely different images using all of the modifiers at his disposal. By the end of this tutorial you should have a solid understanding of classic, beauty, fashion, and edgy lighting.

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Learn To See Light
This tutorial is not a lesson in camera settings or ratios. Instead of teaching you to mimic light and camera settings, Peter teaches you to see light in a new and detailed way. After watching this tutorial you should be able to view images taken by other photographers and be able to understand exactly how that image was lit simply by looking at the shadow angle, depth, sharpness, falloff, and catch lights. Instead of teaching you to recreate Peter's shots, Peter will teach you how to sculpt the light and notice subtleties so that you can create your own unique images and personal style.

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Patrick Hall's picture

Our tutorials are not updated as it would be a nightmare to implement and offer to people who bought it years ago. The first one deals with coaching your subjects while this one is all about studio lighting.

Is this DVD only for photographers who have studios and studio lighting?

Patrick Hall's picture

It only focus on artificial studio lighting but the techniques can be taken out on location as well. Some setups you would ideally have a larger studio but many of the setups can be done in a 10x10' room. I am tempted to say that anyone willing to call themselves a "photographer" should have a deep understanding of studio lighting so in essence this teaches a good foundation on the very thing that makes someone a well rounded photographer.

I have Art Behind The Headshot and I think the material is quite good. The one really disappointing thing about it is a complete lack of any navigation. No chapters, no dividers, just two huge files that play from start to finish with no way to go back to interesting material or the many good tips Peter gives throughout. For a $300 video that's inexcusable, even $15 instructional videos have that. I wrote Peter a number of times, he said you folks were working on it, and, well, it never happened.

What's the layout of this video? are there chapter breaks, navigation, etc. this time?

Just finished watching the entirety - The amount of knowledge imparted in those few hours is staggering. There are plenty of books and tutorials that say "put your lights like this" - but this video tells a way more important story. The step by step building of a look - what to watch for, and a complete understanding of the light modifiers and all the different ways of using them. Two well lit thumbs up.

100 $ would be fine.

does this tutorial comes in hd quality? and can it be download or you can only watch it in dvd? thx

Patrick Hall's picture

It is in 1080p so it will not play on a DVD but rather a Bluray if you decide to burn it to physical media. It's easy enough to stream to your smart TVs and mobile devices that I would recommend just keeping it as 1080 media files.

I would love to see just the Fashion section. Is there a way to get this broken out into individual vidoes or is it all of them only?

Unreal tutorial! Worth every penny and then some.

James Duffin's picture

Hi, I have "The Art behind the Headshot". Since you are offering a discount to those who purchase both will you offer a discount to those who already have the first one?

Patrick Hall's picture

We are offering the group sale to those who have bought the first tutorial within the last 60 days. If you purchased after Feb 1st let us know and we will let you purchase them both together for the same price.

Hi there, for your comment above, I have bought the first DVD 5 days before the second was launched. please advise how I can get the second DVD at the discounted bundle price.

ben guidry's picture

Patrick, can you guys make a tutorial video on customer service and send it to Profoto?

Patrick Hall's picture

What problem did you have? I just sent in a repair and had it back in about 7 days!