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Hey everyone, Brad here with a quick update on where we are with all things Worldwide Photo Walk! Here’s what to expect in the coming days…

Scott will be announcing the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists right here at ScottKelby.com this coming Monday, November 9.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open until Tuesday, November 10 (you need to be logged in to cast your vote for this award), and the winner will be announced soon thereafter.

And the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists of the Leader Competition will be announced next week as well.

Sorry for the delay in the announcements, but you’ll find out who the winners are soon! Make sure your email address on your Photo Walk account is up to date in case you’re one of the winners and we need to get in touch with you. And a big thanks to everyone who participated this year and made it another great event! (more…)

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The Headshot by Peter Hurley
Following yesterday’s guest blog from Chris Gillett, why not give away a free copy of Peter Hurley’s wildly popular book, The Headshot?? This book doesn’t just cover Peter’s signature lighting look and posing; it gets to the heart of drawing emotion and expression out of your subjects. Whether you’re a headshot photographer, a portrait photographer, or, well, any type of photographer that has people in front of your lens, you’ll find this book to be an incredible addition to your toolkit!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of The Headshot for free!

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liketherazor_Mike Schacht Chicago Headshot Photographer
Chicago has several great headshot photographers, and the king of Chicago, Michael Schacht, made this portrait of me, which is why it is the best photograph in this article.

How Peter Hurley Made a Headshot Photographer Out of Me
I was totally dejected and felt like I had failed my friend. I stared at the headshot I took of him trying to figure it out. He had a cool little mustache and looked handsome in his Army uniform, but Peter Hurley had just told me that he looked constipated.

1_Victoria-Jordan_Chris Gillett Houston Headshot Photographer
Faint smiles like this from Victoria take us into Mona Lisa territory. That such little movement can be so evocative leads some to conclude that the soul can communicate through the face beyond its mere physical appearance.

My friend had joined the United States Army right after 9/11. It has not been the easiest life for him, and I am very proud of him. I so wanted to do a good job on his headshot, and it was tough to hear that, in the opinion of arguably the best headshot photographer in the world, I had failed. Hard as it was to hear, it was lessons like this from Peter that took me from a bad amateur with no ability to make people look good in headshots to a working headshot photographer. You may not like my work or you may find it too derivative, which is certainly okay. My purpose here is to praise Peter for his teaching ability and to strongly recommend the information contained in his new book The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits. (more…)

Hi Gang: Last week we released a new class I did on location lighting, in this case using the Elinchrom ELB 400 battery pack and heads, but even if you don’t have this awesome little kit, I think you’ll still get a ton out of the class.

Below I pulled out a little two-minute and 16-second clip — it’s an idea of what to do when you get stuck in a situation where you don’t have a great shooting location or you have a challenging one. It’s a simple tip, but it works like a charm (it’s not the first shot you see me take in this clip — wait for the second shotthat’s the keeper!). Check it out below:

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When I was up in New York for Photo Plus Expo, one morning I got a chance to do a shoot at the incredible Morgan Library and Museum an hour before they open the doors to the public. I usually share stuff like this on storytelling site “Exposure.co” but this time I used the just introduced Web-editing feature of “Adobe Slate.”

Here’s the link to my shots (including behind-the-scenes shots and camera settings):

https://slate.adobe.com/cp/EvZRs/

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On my current tour, only one session of the entire day is about post processing. It’s called “Scott’s 7-Point System for Lightroom” and before I start that session, I always ask the crowd for a show of hands to let me know who is already using Lightroom. Doesn’t matter which city, or which country, nearly every single hand goes up in the room. So I then ask, “OK, who is NOT using Lightroom?” and it’s literally just a handful of people out of 300 or 400 photographers in the room.

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