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Yesterday in my Twitter feed I saw this tweet:

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I thought it was a pretty intriguing idea (and I was curious myself to see how many of my picks would still be the same eight years later), so I went and updated it here today (below).

I was happy to see that I actually got to do some of the bucket list things I listed as “Want to do before I die” type of stuff. I also slightly updated the topics to reflect where I’m at today and what I’m using today. Also, if there’s a topic I missed, or a product/service/restaurant, etc. that you want to turn me on to….post it here…there’s nothing I love more than learning about cool new stuff.

Here we go:

Note: Although it’s a “top five” list, they’re listed in no particular order.

Five Teachers I’d love to take a workshop from:

  1. Elia Locardi (link)
  2. Gregory Heisler (link)
  3. Jay Maisel (link)
  4. Frank Doorhof (link)
  5. Steve McCurry (link)

My Five Favorite Restaurants:

  1. Carmine’s on West 44th street in New York City (and in Vegas, and the Bahamas)
    Just incredible Italian Food, served family style, in a loud, wonderful atmosphere just steps off Broadway. It’s my single favorite restaurant on the planet. (link)
  2. J. Alexanders, in Tampa, Michigan, and 10 other states
    I always take visitors here first, because it’s got a wonderful atmosphere, amazing food, beautiful preparation, and great service. Their prime rib is great; the burgers sublime, but their unique grilled chicken salad has no peer. (link)
  3. Hellas Greek Restaurant
    It’s located in Tarpon Springs, Florida (a real Greek community), and the food tastes like you’re in Athens. Maybe better. Their Feta Cheese spread on Pita will curve your spine. (link)
  4. Tony’s Napolitano in San Francisco, North Beach
    I’ve never had pizza like this, but even if you don’t like pizza at all, their Coccoli with Italian beef, horseradish, giardiniera peppers appetizer is from another planet, and worth the trip alone. Mind blowing pizza from a master!
    (link)
  5. Mimi e Coco Wine Bar in Rome
    This tiny little restaurant in the backstreets of Rome is a place you’ll never forget. Not just one of the best restaurants in Rome. It’s one of the best restaurants anywhere. (link)

My Top Five Favorite Business Books:

  1. Purple Cow, by Seth Godin (link)
  2. The One Thing, by Gary Keller (link)
  3. Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh (link)
  4. The 4 Disciplines of Execution, by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey (link)
  5. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, by Gary Vaynerchuk (link)

Five camera accessories I love:

  1. A Hoodman Loupe
    If you shoot outdoors, you will find this invaluable. It covers the LCD monitor on the back of your camera, and you look through it (like a Loupe) so you can actually see what you just shot, even in bright daylight. I couldn’t shoot outdoors without it. (link)
  2. A tripod from 3-legged thing
    I just took mine to Iceland and it performed like a boss, but it folded up so small I could fit it in my carry-on roller, or attach to my camera backpack. Very cleverly designed, and the price is right. (link)
  3. A Really Right Stuff BH-40 Bullhead
    If you’re going to get a tripod, you need a killer ballhead. The ones from Really Right Stuff are the best. I use their BH-40 midsize with the quick release lever. You’ll fall in love (ask anyone who owns one). (link)
  4. A Battery Grip
    It’s not just for the extra battery life (in fact, I’d say that’s secondary). It’s for the vertical shutter release and controls, so when you’re shooting vertically, the shutter button is right where you’d hope one would be. Plus, you’ll love the feel of your camera with a battery grip. You can find one for most any DSLR brand, and they’re not too expensive (with most below $200).
  5. An ND Filter (a three-stop or a 10-stop)
    I know, everybody needs a polarizer, but this is that next level, and gives you that silky water for landscapes, or smooth skies for architecture, and it’s a black and white photographer’s best friend. Pick ’em up at B&H. 

Five things you probably didn’t know about me:

  1. I don’t eat any type of seafood—not tuna, not shrimp, nada! If it swims, I don’t eat it. If it gets near stuff that swims, I don’t eat it. That being said; I ate Sushi for the first time this year and I liked it. There’s hope.
  2. I love the TV show The Walking Dead, and yet I really hate gory stuff, or scary stuff, or really violent stuff, and I can’t imagine a TV show that has more of all three. That’s how good it is. I cover the screen with my hands and lower the volume during gross or scary parts. Again, that’s how good it is – it’s worth it.
  3. I’m a pretty decent rapper, and not too bad a country music singer, too (I played piano in a country band for a couple of years when I was…ahem… a bit younger). I also play guitar almost every day (I have an amp on my desk, and 18 guitars in my office), and I play drums fairly often, too. Yes, I have a bass, two bass amps, and I play it too (I slappa da bass, mon!). My wife bought me a Yamaha Baby Grand piano for my birthday about 14 years ago, and I dearly love it (Always a dream of mine).
  4. I used to be a tournament foosball player. I am not making this up.
  5. I used to be a professional magician. My stage name was “The Great Scott!” – I am not making this up, either.

My Top 5 Camera Bags:

  1. Think Tank Photo Airstream Roller
    It’s small — not only will it fit in the overhead bin, it’ll fit under your seat. Holds more than it ever looks like it would. (link)
  2. Moose Peterson’s Backpack Series
    When you need to carry a lot of gear, and still have it fit in the overhead bin like a boss, this is the one. Really smartly designed with quick access to everything (in three different sizes). (link)
  3. Think Tank Photo’s Airport International Roller
    This is what I use for shooting football, and I take a ton of gear. It holds my two bodies, a 400mm f/2.8, my 70-200mm, a third and/or fourth lens, straps, knee pads, rain gear, and all sorts of accessories. It’s the big dog! (link)
  4. Vanguard Quovio 44
    This is the backpack I took to Iceland and it worked really nicely for all the gear I took (which was too much gear). This is great if you main goal is quick access to your gear. (link)
  5. The Everyday Messenger bag from Peak Design
    They designed this beautiful travel photography bag with Trey Ratcliff, and together they created something really wonderful. It doesn’t scream camera bag; it doesn’t scream laptop bag. It only screams “that’s a beautiful bag.” So clever. (link)

Five Photography Books That Will Inspire You:

  1. Light, Gesture, and Color, by Jay Maisel (link)
    His seminal work, and one every photographer should read.
  2. Paris, by Serge Ramelli (link)
    Only a Parisian can see Paris this way. Beautiful.
  3. 50 Portraits, by Gregory Heisler (link)
    If you make portraits, you must have this book to refer to. It’s magic.
  4. Air by Vincent Laforet (link)
    A view of the world from above. You’ve never seen it this way. Stunning.
  5. French Kiss: A love letter to Paris by Peter Turnley (link)
    Capturing romance in the city where it was born.

Five Great Photography Books that will Teach You:

  1. Understanding Exposure (4th edition), by Bryan Petersen (link)
  2. Picture Perfect Lighting, by Roberto Valenzuela (link)
  3. The Moment it Clicks, by Joe McNally (link)
  4. It’s Not About The f-stop, by Jay Maisel (link)
  5. The Creative Fight, by Chris Orwig (link)

Five Photographers You Should Be Following on Instagram:

  1. CestMaria
  2. Ruinism
  3. Davidbergman
  4. Kalebra_kelby
  5. DrewGurian

Five SPORTS Photographers You Should Be Following on Instagram:

  1. Vikingsphotog
  2. RobFoldy
  3. Carlsonphotos
  4. Michaelbenford74
  5. Officialdolphinsphotog

Five TRAVEL Photographers You Should Be Following on Instagram:

  1. Everythingeverywhere
  2. Hybriddave
  3. Ig_shotz_Le
  4. Resourcetravel
  5. Afarmedia

Five Really Memorable Steaks:

  1. The New York Strip at Ocean Prime (Tampa and 13 Other locations)
    This replaced Morton’s awesome Prime Rib from the old list, because they stopped serving it. A sad day, but the Strip at Ocean Prime will make you forget about it quickly. Get the Jalapeño Au Gratin potatoes with it. Mmmmmmm! (link)
  2. Any Steak at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Rosemont, Illinois (right near Chicago O’Hare Airport)
    I don’t know what they’re doing to their steaks, but it works. I never miss it when I go to Chicago each year. The service is off-the-chain, too! (link)
  3. The New York Strip at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal, NYC 
    Joe McNally recommended this to me a few years ago, and the atmosphere is as awesome as the steak and sides. Surprisingly good! (link)
  4. The Prime Rib at Keen’s Steakhouse in NYC
    If you order the King’s Cut of their legendary Prime Rib, everyone at the table will take their camera out and take a photo of it. Guaranteed! It looks like Fred Flintstone ordered it. It so big it has it’s own ecosystem. (link)
  5. The Steak Frites Roquefort at Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas (also in Chicago
    It’s a thin, wonderful French steak with bleu cheese on top. Amazing! The “Frites” (fries) are the best in Vegas, and they give you a mountain of them, but their Baked Goat Cheese in red tomato sauce with crispy french bread is a showstopper. Hard to beat!  (link)

My Top Five Favorite Fonts Right Now

  1. Cezanne (from P22) (link)
    Every time I use this font, people write in to ask me what it is. It rocks in all lowercase.
  2. Al Fresco (link)
    I love this for Wedding books – not too stuffy. A friendly script.
  3. Kozuka Gothic Pro (link)
    I use this font for presentations and slides. Very modern look to it.
  4. Bebas Neue (link)
    Another one that looks very modern – very tall thing letters.
  5. Satisfaction (link)
    A very cool script font – very casual and fun. Again, looks great in all lowercase.

My Top Five Workhorse Fonts

  1. Helvetica (This classic in the middle of a huge comeback)
  2. Leto (When I need something hipper than Helvetica. Very modern clean look but with personality)
  3. Futura Light (Try it in all caps with lots of tracking [space] between letters).
  4. Trajan Pro (When I went something to look really elegant, this is where I turn. It’s the Hollywood movie font)
  5. Gil Sans Light (It can be both elegant and casual. Try it in all caps with lots of tracking [space] between letters).

Five Books You Probably Didn’t Know I’ve Written:

  1. The Book for Guys Who Don’t Want Kids (link)
  2. Macintosh: The Naked Truth (link)
  3. It’s a Jesus Thing (link)
  4. The iPhone Book (link)
  5. Buy this book of Chapter Intros Even Though You Won’t Learn Anything (link)

Top Five States I’ve Never Been (but want to visit)

  1. Wyoming
  2. Mississippi
  3. North Dakota
  4. Idaho
  5. Iowa

Five places in the US I Can’t Wait to shoot:

  1. Death Valley, CA
  2. The Library of Congress
  3. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  4. The interior of the New York Yacht Club
  5. That Big Empty Airplane Hangar in CA they use in those car ads

Five Lenses I love:

  1. The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (it’s my workhorse lens)
  2. The Canon 11-24mm f/4  (it’s the widest wide-angle ever made)
  3. The Canon 200-400mm f/4 with built-in 1.4 tele-extender (a sport’s shooter’s dream)
  4. The Canon 8-15mm Fisheye zoom (Love the fish, in moderation)
  5. The new Canon 16-35mm (I don’t have it yet, but I’ll sell some other lens to get it)

Five places I Want to Shoot Internationally:

  1. Morocco
  2. The Admont Abbey Library in Austria, and the National Library of Austria
  3. The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal
  4. Norway
  5. Patagonia

Five Sports I Still Want to Shoot:

  1. Indoor Cycling
  2. Track & Field
  3. Moto GP racing
  4. The Tour De France
  5. Formula 1 Racing

Five Photoshop Accessories You Shouldn’t Live Without:

  1. A Hardware Calibrator (I like the Datacolor Spyder 5 Elite (link) or the X-Rite i1 Display Pro (link)
  2. A Wacom Tablet (I love my Intous Pro – I have both the Small and Medium) (link)
  3. A huge archival drive (I use a Synology NAS) (link)
  4. A small lightweight portable backup drive (I take mine everywhere I go — here’s the one I use)
  5. Alexis 6″ Studio Monitor Speakers (nobody should retouch in silence) (link)

My Top Five Photoshop Plug-ins:

  1. Google/Nik Software ColorEfex Pro 4.0 (link)
  2. Portraiture, by ImageNomic (surprisingly good skin retouching) (link)
  3. Google/Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 (for black & white conversions) (link)
  4. Aurora HDR Pro by MacPhun (it’s the current HDR champ) (link)
  5. Perfectly Clear Version 2 by Athentech (it’s better than you’d think) (link)

Five other software apps I use and totally dig:

  1. Lightroom (I spend about 80% of my image editing time here)
  2. Snapz Pro X (for making screen captures)
  3. Keynote (for slide presentations)
  4. Adobe Illustrator (Mostly for editing stock illustrations)
  5. Dropbox (what did people do before Dropbox?)

My Top 5 Random Cool Things:

  1. Small, awesome Anker Bluetooth speaker (Looks and sounds like a Bose at 1/3 the price). (link)
  2. Ring Video Doorbell Pro. This is awesome! (link)
  3. If you run out of hard drive space on your MacBook Pro, get this Transcend JetDrive Lite memory card that fits in your SD slot, and it treats it like an always connected external hard drive (but it doesn’t drain your battery like a USB drive). It gave me 256GB of additional storage on my very full laptop without plugging anything in (except it, which fits flush into your SD slot. Brilliant!). Link
  4. Zildjian 5A Nylon Black Dip Drumsticks. They’re wicked! (link)
  5. AppleTV (the new 4th gen version actually is a lot better) (link)

Five photographers whose work has really inspired me:

  1. Jay Maisel (link)
    He made me realize that it’s not about the camera.
  2. Joe McNally (link)
    He made me realize that what I really want to photograph most is people
  3. Moose Peterson (link)
    He opened my eyes to composition and how to look at a scene
  4. Elia Locardi (link)
    He made me fall in love travel photography all over again
  5. Zhang Jingna (link)
    She takes the most beautiful, peaceful, graceful fashion images I’ve ever seen.

Five graphic designers who inspire me:

  1. Angela Naymick
  2. Mario Ocon
  3. Margie Rosenstein
  4. Dave Clayton
  5. Jessica Maldonado

Five Canon Cameras I’ve Been Really Impressed With:

  1. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (I’ve been able to shoot it for two weeks now. Just beautiful. I can’t…let…it…go!)
  2. The Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II (I don’t have one, but I tried it.)
  3. The Canon EOS 5Ds (Sick high-res files when you really need sick high res depth)
  4. The Canon 80D (Maybe the best value DSLR ever)
  5. The Canon G7 X Point & Shoot (A perfect 2nd camera for DSLR owners if there ever was one).

My Top Five Blog Picks:

  1. The Verge (tech stuff) (link)
  2. Terry White’s Tech Blog (link)
  3. Teslarati (link)
  4. Moose News Blog (link)
  5. ProFootballTalk.com (link)

Five cool blogs worth checking out:

  1. Fstoppers (link) – (one of the best photography sites out there)
  2. Site Inspire (great examples of great web design) (link)
  3. LightStalking.com (a great flow of news) (link)
  4. 1200 ISO Photography Magazine  (I love all their bts stuff) (link)
  5. 500px (The #1 best source of inspiration). (link)

My Top Five Things From Adobe (that aren’t desktop applications like Photoshop or LR):

  1. Adobe Portfolio –  a slick free online port that comes with your CC subscription (link)
  2. Typekit – access a treasure trove of high quality fonts – it comes with your CC subscription (link)
  3. Adobe Spark – create real photo storytelling online or on mobile – free (link)
  4. Photoshop Fix – I can’t believe this app is free (link)
  5. Lightroom Mobile – its Lightroom on your mobile device, and it keeps getting better and better. Oh yeah, it’s free, too!  (link)

My Five Favorite Guitars

  1. Fender Strat 1957 Reissue my wife gave me for our 27th Wedding Anniversary
  2. Cherry red Ibanez 1987’s 540-R Roadstar my wife gave me for Valentine’s Day three years ago
  3. Black Gibson Les Paul Classic my wife gave me for my Birthday two years ago
  4. Carved Flame Maple Top PRS  Custom 24  My company gave me to celebrate 10-years being the #1 bestselling author
  5. Fender Custom Stratocaster I designed it online from scratch with some of the award money I got in Dubai last year.

My Five Favorite Guitar Accessories

  1. A Snark clip-on Tuner (it’s the best — so light, so inexpensive, so reliable) (link)
  2. A Pedal Train pedal board. I so love mine! (link)
  3. Blackstar ID Core 20-Watt combo practice amp  – my favorite practice amp ever (and I’ve had them all). So much goodness in a little box. Built-in tuner, effects, and American or British sound switch. (link)
  4. Hercules Guitar Stand (so sturdy, and instant access with this clever design) (link)
  5. ProCo Rat 2 Distortion Pedal (the 80s are just one stomp away). (link)

Five Studio Accessories I can’t Live without:

  1. My 53″ Elinchrom Octa Softbox
    If I had to be on a desert island with only one softbox, this would be the one. (link)
  2. Skyport Radio Triggers
    They let me control my Elinchrom strobes right from my camera—so I can run my whole studio without leaving the back of my camera. Huge time/frustration saver. (link)
  3. Two Matthews 24×36″ Black Flags
    You can use them block flash aiming back at your camera, or eliminate spill onto your backgrounds, or just soak up light falling on your subject. (link)
  4. Rolling Light Stands
    Rolling lights around, on incredibly sturdy stands, just makes life in the studio so much faster and easier. (link)
  5. A Laptop Stand and USB Extender Cable for shooting tethered
    Shooting straight into your laptop, and seeing your photos at 8×10 size as they’re shot, gives you a much higher chance of success. All my tethering gear is from Tethertools.com – their stuff rocks!

My Top 5 Hot Shoe Flash Goodies:

  1. The Phottix Oden Flash Trigger
    I’ve used them all, and this one is the easiest to use ever. (link) That link is to the Canon version. You have to choose the model that works with your brand of camera. Use these with Phottix Oden flashes (I use them myself. Very good stuff! – these are the flashes I have out with me on tour right now).
  2. Westcott Recessed Mega JS Apollo Softbox
    I use this one on my seminar tour, and it is amazing of the price (and portability). 50″ x 50″ of soft, beautiful light. Cleverly designed, and only around $169. (link)
  3. Impact Light Stands with tilt and hot shoe bracket
    These are inexpensive lightweight stands and it’s a set of two, with two tilt brackets you’re gonna need, for less than $100. Put the umbrellas it comes with on eBay. (link)
  4. A low stand for your background light
    If you light your background, this is the inexpensive stand I use. It’s short, and you can remove the pole and mount your flash right to the bottom of the stand to really get it out of the way. It’s like $24 (link)
  5. Keep your background light from spilling forward
    ExpoImaging makes a thing called a “Flash Bender” and it velcros around your flash unit; and it helps direct the light toward your background, and it helps contain flash spill, so the light doesn’t bounce back too much and light your subject when all your want to light is the background. Very handy. (link)

Five things People tell me I say a lot:

  1. All right… (apparently, I start a lot of sentences this way)
  2. Here’s the thing (This one, too).
  3. Hi, everybody…
  4. Basically…
  5. Cool

My Top 5 Burger Joints in America:

  1. Plan B. Burger in Hartford, CT
  2. Milt’s in Moab, Utah
  3. Bobby’s Burger Palace, Las Vegas
  4. In & Out Burger (Out West, and now Texas)
  5. Boston Burger Company

In the hunt for the top 5 burger joints:

  1. Bru Burger Bar, Indianapolis
  2. J. Alexanders (multiple locations)
  3. Burger 21, Tampa
  4. Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries (Atlanta Airport, Airside A. Don’t laugh. Ask Brad – they rock!)
  5. Crown Burger, Salt Lake City, Utah

Five magazine’s I recommend for Photographers

  1. Outdoor Photographer (for landscape and nature photographers) link
  2. PDN (For working pros in advertising and stock photography) link
  3. Digital Photo Pro (I love it!) link
  4. Professional Photogapher (PPA’s member magazine) link
  5. Shutterbug (It’s better than ever) link

Five things I want to do before I die:

  1. Walk my daughter down the aisle (she’s only 10, so hopefully that’s a long ways off)
  2. I want to get a LOT better at guitar
  3. Write a book to convince corporate types what a difference good graphic design makes
  4. I want to shoot the Olympics
  5. Celebrate my 50th Wedding Anniversary (only 23 years away–I’ll be 78)

OK, does that seem like a lot of top 5s, because it took me for-freakin’ ever to put this list together (oy!).

Anyway, there ya have it. I don’t know whether to thank Paul Bowers for that Tweet, or curse him, because I started this about 4 hours ago, and I’m just finishing up. Clearly, I must not have had anything to do tonight (besides, last I heard FSU was taking a beating, so I guess I was better off writing this post).

Hope you all have a great Tuesday! I’m happy to be back at work and seeing everybody today. Hope yours is a good one.

Best,

-Scott

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Today is Labor Day in the United States, and our offices are closed, so we’re taking today off here at the blog but I’ll be back on here tomorrow.

By the way: I looked up Labor Day in WikiPedia, and here are a few interesting tidbits about this American Holiday:

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and College football seasons (#rolltide!)

Have a great Labor Day everybody, and don’t forget to rest and party! :-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re relaxing this Labor Day, why not click this link; type in the name of your city, and see if there’s a Photo Walk near you that you can join as part of my 9th annual “Worldwide Photo Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 1st :)

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Mornin’ everybody – and Happy Friday!

I’m up in New York City for some meetings, and I’ve got a shoot early in the morning, and I’m writing this really late at night after a really busy day, and well…I basically got nuthin’.

So, without further ado, I’m going to bed.

Now, if I did have any of a smidgen of a thing, it’s that on Monday I’m in Nashville teaching my new seminar (and you can still come out), and then the week after I’m in Indianapolis on the 25th of this month, and I hope I’ll see you at one or the other. Next month — Minneapolis. :)

OK, well…that’s it from the Big Apple. I gotta hit the hay.

Have a good night (and hope you sleep like a log, ’cause I sure am!).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Worldwide Photo Walk Leaders from last year – keep an eye on your inbox – we went out invites for you to set up your walks right now (before we open to the public). 

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(Above: There’s more here than first meets the eye).

Mornin’ everybody! I’ve been getting a ton of really great feedback on my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course on KelbyOne, so to celebrate, I recorded a new segment just for you to give you an idea of what the class is all about.

Download The Practice File
Plus, you can download the RAW file and follow right along with me (that’s the link, right below). BTW: in the online course, I make all the files available for download so you can do the same thing with every single project.

Download Practice File

Now Watch The Video and Follow Along
There’s lots of really useful Photoshop stuff in this short video, including a bunch of little tips and timesavers, which is what I love about teaching these types of projects.

Also, I don’t use any plug-ins, presets or actions in this tutorial. Just all stuff that’s already in Photoshop. OK, let’s get to it:

https://youtu.be/pzLaehP-6E4

I hope following along with that made you interested in learning more, and taking my course (you can sign up for the free 10-day trial and watch the entire course right now). Here’s the link to my full “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course.

Here’s wishing you a great Monday, an awesome week, and starting off August on a high note!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Here’s the official trailer for my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course (below), ya know…just in case. :)

https://youtu.be/Qk9HCz-blBw

 

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Check this out! The one and only Peter Hurley has organized the first ever “Headshot Crew Cruise” this month (on Norwegian Cruise Lines no less), where you cruise with Peter and his guest instructors from NYC down to Bermuda and back, and you learn and laugh and chill from port to port.

The cool thing is — the training part is free — just get your cabin, and you’re “in” to all the live classes.

Here’s a link with the details: https://headshotcrew.com/crewz/

Really cool opportunity to learn and lounge on your way to Bermuda.

Best,

-Scott

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Above: We’re both shabangin‘ and squinching but the flatmosphere had us looking pretty ambifacial, but it’s mostly because we were worried that the photographer who took this (Kim Doty) might try to apply the brick wall technique.

OK, you see that caption above? It’s packed with some Hurleyisms, which are terms the one and only Peter Hurley has coined to describe what to do (and what not to do) when photographing headshots, and he was using these Hurleyisms pretty liberally during his in-studio guest duties on The Grid this past Wednesday (Peter was AWESOME by the way). Anyway, I mentioned during the show that there should be an online glossary of some sort somewhere with all these Hurleyterms, and lo and behold — now there is.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome you to to the Official Unofficial Peter Hurley Glossary of Headshot Jargon (with definitions from Peter Hurley himself):

SHABANG!
A characteristic, attribute or trait that an image possesses producing a visceral gut reation of approval in the artist who upon viewing it for the first time rejoices by yelling SHABANG! at the top of their lungs.

DOUBLE CHINSVILLE
A place you don’t want to visit — where the subject lives when they don’t get jam their forehead towards the camera.

SCHTICK 
It’s your mojo – it’s your go-to moves to engage the subject. Could be comedy, could be chill and calm, whatever it is that works for you to draw something out of your subject.

FLATMOSPHERE 
The environment a photographer creates during a shoot when they’ve got zero schtick.

MFSS
Massive Front Shoulder Syndrome is when you turn the body 3/4 and then when you shoot it, the lens choice you’re using makes their front shoulder look three times larger than their back shoulder.

AMBIFACIAL
A character of a very small percentage of the population that can be photographed from any angle of their face still looks good.

PTERODACTYL NECK
A unattractive thickening of the neck when you cortort your subject into a strange and awkward position, to where their shoulders turn away from the camera, but their head is aimed back directly toward the camera creating a bulky looking trapesizous and a tense sternocleidomastoid.

HOLDING YOUR SUB
The main move to slim down arms when photographing somebody who is overweight. (see video below)

https://youtu.be/lXbOx36YXrU

HURLEYISMS
One liners foisted upon the subject to gain a facial reaction.

SQUINCH
Narrowing the distance between the lower eyelid and the pupil. It’s not quite a squint, it’s a pinching of the lower eyelids, so the subject appears more confident than they actually are.

LOOKABILITY
A Shabangin’ shot that makes you want to stare at that sucker.

BES
Beaty Eye Syndrome —  when your subject has one eye smaller than the other.

BPS
Big Pupil Syndrome — this happens when you shoot strobes and the pupil grows so you lose real estate in the Iris, which means you lose color in the eye. This doesn’t happen with continuous light sources — just strobes.

The Brick Wall Technique
It’s what you pose people in front of when you’ve completely run out of ideas — you’ve got nothing left in your tank, and you’ve got a brick wall close to your proximity, so you throw them in front of it and take the shot.


 

Well folks, there ya have it! Thanks to Peter for taking the time to glosserize his terms for me here on the blog.

That’s it from here in Houston, Texas (I’m here for my seminar today — next step New York City on March 3rd). Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here next week.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Peter has organized the first ever “Headshot Crew Cruise” this April (on Norwegian Cruise Lines no less), where you cruise with Peter and his guest instructors from NYC down to Bermuda and back, and you learn and laugh and chill from port to port. The cool this is — the training part is free — just get your cabin, and you’re “in” to all the live classes (and fun) along the way. Here’s a link with all the details. 

 

 

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