Peter Hurley's New Tutorial Illuminating The Face Is Now Available

It's been 3 years since Lee and I flew up to NYC and filmed The Art Behind The Headshot with Peter Hurley. Today we are so excited to announce our latest collaboration with arguably the best headshot photographer in the world. Our new tutorial has been named Illuminating The Face and it's finally available to the public. We're also offering an incredible discount


The Art Behind The Headshot was all about coaching your model to produce the best expression, and therefor image, possible. Peter is a master at turning the average Joe into a celebrity in front of his camera. Although this tutorial touched on lighting, it was not the focus.


Illuminating The Face leaves coaching behind and spends 4.5 hours going over every detail of lighting the human face. These 2 tutorials compliment each other perfectly and for this weekend only we are offering both for just $400 (a $200 savings).


To learn more about this new tutorial and purchase 1 or both head over to the Fstoppers Store.

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Zach Sutton's picture

Fstoppers Editor here - I started watching pieces of this last night...and I can honestly say that in a non biased statement that this video series is exceptional.

LA M's picture

Very nice...

What if your a first time purchase, is there a discount for this?

Patrick Hall's picture

The discount is a reward for those who have supported us in the past. This tutorial will be released on the 1st to the general public.

I wish I had supported you in the recent past if the flash disc had been still available and could be sold abroad.

Patrick Hall's picture

Fear not, the next batch of 5000 is currently being made and should be on sale before the end of summer if not sooner. Instead of us dealing with all the packaging and shipping, we will now be able to take orders all over the world.

Great news Patrick !
Looking forward to ordering it.

Fred Bledsoe's picture

Those catchlights give Patrick's eyes a distracting alien look.

Haha, snake eyes...

Crazy lizard eyes lol. Just proves the point of the video I guess, lighting is important.


Holly smokes you're right! Sort of like that horrible movie my wife made me watch few months ago... The Host? Anyway, loved the last PH video, looking forward to this one.

Patrick Hall's picture

We film with two cameras and this was edited with just the telephoto angle which really accentuates those catch lights. Notice Lee's wider shots don't look so crazy ha

where is the link - for the tutorial?

Patrick Hall's picture

It goes on sale Thursday.

What's the price?

Patrick Hall's picture

$300 just like all the other products we have made so far.

Sneak PEEK.

Thanks for continuing the series. I know that you can apply some of the lessons to a wide range of subjects but it would be nice to see some samples with everyday people instead of models. I think it would be great to compare and contrast the two. It's much more difficult to photograph an older overweight male in a flattering way than it is a young chiseled model. Just a thought.

Patrick Hall's picture

Yeah I totally agree. This was mainly marketed towards commercial photography which obviously requires the most attractive people that fit your specific genre. We do cover beauty lighting and how to create soft clean light that looks flattering on older people and most women. And if I'm not mistaken....our young chiseled model was actually closer to 40 years old :)

There are a lot of editorial and corporate photographers out there that don't get to choose their subjects :) I do plan on purchasing the video and have enjoyed the other two. Wish I could make it to Atlantis.

Patrick Hall's picture

At the end of the day, light is light. If you find a lighting technique that produces beautiful light on your subject it shouldn't matter if they are young or old, hot or not, black or white....once you have great lighting hopefully Peter's tips from the first DVD will allow you to produce the best possible image of that person. No bit of lighting or coaching can ultimately change the way a person looks 100%....although Peter does come close.

I am definitly buying this!! Pure epicness!!!!!

Patrick Shipstad's picture

With Creative Live setting a new standard of $99 for three 8 hour days of lighting classes.. I would hope that it would be in that ballpark.. I fear that it'll be another $250 - $300 tutorial.. I hope I'm wrong.. it looks awesome :-)

Patrick Hall's picture

It is going to be $300. The way I look at it is CL gives you hours and hours of essentially unedited content that takes a very long time to digest. I absolutely love Chase and everyone at CL but their model is more like the Budweiser of content and what we hope to produce is something more home grown, concise, intimate, and the vein of Fstoppers. Neither one is perfect for everyone but at the end of the day both types of education will pay off dividends if the photographers embrace the teachings and apply them to their own businesses.

Agree about Patrick Hall's value proposition of FStoppers vs CreativeLive. I'm a VIP CL member having watched tens of classes there, and even though I love the diversity of classes on CL, sometimes I dread having to filter through the excessive footage to get what I want out of it because they are mostly unedited knowledge dumps. I value a carefully edited video tutorial not just for the quality of training but for the time it saves me to watch the condensed, to-the-point class.

I think, it is a great video! But by just naming the 4 parts Chapter 1 through Chapter 4, it would take me a while, to find something specific, down the road. Maybe for the price, you guys could include a table of contents?

As for unedited CL: It is a different format: CL has viewer interaction, but they also break down the videos into shorter, well titled and easy to find segments.

Do I regret buying Peters video For $ 300.00; Absolutely not.
It is excellent, and if I had to do all these tests by myself, I might well spend one week just to do that.

I think CL is probably not a great comparison, but say compared to Kelby Training, which I can get month of training (including videos taught by Peter) and other equally talented instructors what value does this bring that makes it 12x better than Kelby One?

For someone starting getting into portraiture and whatnot, which video is recommended? This one? Or one of the other ones from this series?

Patrick Hall's picture

It's really hard to say. Nothing has changed the way I photograph people more than Peter's first tutorial. Watching him change the way people's actual faces looked based on positioning and expression was mind blowing when we filmed that first tutorial. I use those techniques every single day.

This new tutorial is more about how to get interesting light on your subject's face. If you want a new bag of tricks or a new lighting style this is the tutorial to get. If you already have a lighting style you love for headshots then the Art Behind the Headshot is probably going to serve you better. Overall they are just two completely different skill sets; one is all about seeing and crafting light and the other is about making your subjects look confident and attractive using your directing skills.

Well that's not the answer I was looking for. Now I'm going to have to buy both. ;)

Thank you for taking the time to reply!

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