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I just released another “Photo storytelling” post over at, and this is the first one where I’ve been able to use some of their newly introduced editing tools, including the ability to embed links, and feature one image at full width within a group of images (the editing tweaks they’ve added have been really nice. If you’re an Exposure user, here’s a link to a short video that outlines the new stuff  — when you get there, scroll down to Feb 12th).

Anyway, I put together some of my favorite automative images over there from the past year (along with two taken this past week out in Vegas), and if you've got a quick minute, I hope you'll check it out â” here's the link.

Here’s wishing you a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)



P.S. I’m working on setting up a studio car shoot next Wednesday while I’m out in Phoenix for my seminar. I’ve got an amazing studio for shooting cars lined up — now I just need an exotic sports or luxury car. If you know anyone out there who has a car that would work and wants a studio shoot and a print poster made of it, let me know here in the comments. Thanks. :)

SmugMug Films just released this video as a part of their on-going inspirational series on photographers and I’m so proud and excited to be a part of it. The experience of working with Smugmug on this project was so much fun, and getting to work with Smugmug’s director, editor and wizard of video, the amazing Anton Lorimer, was something I’ll never forget.

I hope you enjoy the video (and I hope you’ll share with other photographers out there as a way to introduce them this very cool series from SmugMug — I’m the fourth photographer in their series of videos and if you haven’t seen the others yet, you will love them — Here’s the link [you can subscribe for free to get all the photographer profiles as they’re released]).

My humble thanks to everyone at Smugmug for including me in their vision — it is truly an honor.

Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:

(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI
Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.

Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule:
> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.

(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series
I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).

I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)

(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right!
There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:

Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.

OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)


I am psyched to be back at WPPI this year (the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) Conference & Expo in Las Vegas next week. Last year was my first time ever speaking there and I had a really great time, and excited to be back again and expanding my classes.

Here’s my speaking schedule: 

(1) WPPI Conference Track:

"Portrait Retouching Secrets for Photographers"
Tuesday, March 4
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Portrait Track

Canon Theater
I’ll be teaching sessions on Lighting and Portraiture in the Canon booth:

> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

B&H Photo Booth
I’ll also be teaching a session on “Shooting it with Just One Light” for B&H Photo at their booth/theater:

If you're at the show, I hope you'll catch one of my sessions (and if you see me wandering around, make sure you stop me and say "hi").

Hope you have a great start to your week!



P.S. I’m up here in Atlanta today for my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour stop and I’m looking forward to meeting everybody (and making some new friends). My next tour stop is in Phoenix on March 12th.–pQ

First, our Quote of the Week (which has already made it’s way around Twitter).

So, Peter was our in-studio guest for our “Blind Photo Critiques” episode of “The Grid” this week, and during the show we brought up one particular set of submitted portraits that had a lot of problems and Peter is trying to be as kind as possible with his comments but you can see he’s really struggling with it.

We ask him on the show, “If you had to give this photographer one bit of advice, what would it be?” and he’s really trying to be nice, so he tells them they need to take a “Beginner’s portrait class,” and Matt is trying to help Peter pin down what the problem is, so he asks Peter, “Lighting? Expression?” and this sets up our “QUOTE OF THE WEEK” (it’s the 2nd line ahead), “so Peter says “I don’t know what to say about those picturesâ¦reallyâ¦I just don’t⦔ (wait, here it comes):

“I take pictures people would want to look at, and I guess they⦔

and he stopped right there…and we all just lost it knowing that what  he just said would surely be our Quote of the Week.

You gotta see it, though, to appreciate it — it starts around 33:15 mark in the video (above). Despite his inner-struggle not to say what he’s really thinking (and people commenting that he’s being too kind), Peter was really great on the episode (as always) and there’s a lot to learn from him during the show, so I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Peter Just Wrapped His First Book, and It Rocks!
Peter was down here literally finishing the final chapters for his first book which we’re producing for Peachpit Press, and it’s called “PETER HURLEY: THE HEADSHOT” and we are super-psyched about it. I’m the Editor for Peter’s book and I cannot tell you what an amazing learning experience this has been for me. In fact, I learned stuff just yesterday that made me want to go back and reshoot my last shoot — it’s just that good. The book is heading into production and layout now with our in-house team (all the writing is done), and I just cannot wait until it’s released (early summer) because I can tell you right now, it’s going to be an absolute smash hit. Congratulations to Peter for literally knocking it out of the park.

Well, we’re back from our Valentine’s weekend getaway (with Sharon and Moose Peterson) and did we have a blast! (We packed a lot into 2-1/2 days).

I put together a photo-story-gallery post over at of my self-assigned photo project while I was there — I chose “Color” as my subject (and I explain why in the Exposure post) and share lots of images there as well.

If you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll check it out (here’s the link).

Although I’msharing photos from my “color as my subject” project, we did lots of other fun stuff including:

(a) Visiting a way-off-the-beaten-path white cliffs/mountain-thingy in Abiquiu, New Mexico called “Plaza Blanca” where key parts of the movie “Cowboys & Aliens” was filmed. It was actually pretty cool (even though I’ve never seen the movie). I took plenty of photos. None of them good (we were there at “high noon”).

(b) Making over an hour drive to a State Park that was “Closed for the Season.” Ugh.

(c) Dining at what Joe McNally called “The best Mexican food he’s ever eaten” (Joe doesn’t like Mexican food, so that’s saying something). It’s called Gabriel’s and it’s just outside of Santa Fe. Super yummy.

(d) Getting lost and accidentally winding up in Taos, New Mexico, which as it turned out was not a bad thing.

(e) We laughed for 2-1/2 days solid. Our sides still hurt.

Now I’m back to work, and ready to roll — lots of fun stuff to work on this week.

Hope you all have a great day, and hope you get a chance to check out the shots from the trip. :)