Monthly Archives June 2019

I know a lot of high school and college teachers are already putting their curriculum together for the upcoming school year, which is why I wanted an opportunity to talk to those folks today on the blog. I have a lighting tool that I hope you’ll consider using in your classrooms.

It’s called “The Learning Light” it’s a lighting tool for educators (and students), and its sole purpose is to teach people lighting before they go out and actually buy real lighting. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about (and how the idea came about).

So, now that you’ve seen the video, you know — it’s about experimenting, learning, and seeing “the light.” That way, when your students do go out and buy a flash or a studio strobe or continuous light, the frustration, the futzing, and the whole guessing game is over because they’ll have a plan. They’ll have learned the fundamentals of lightings; and what they’re trying to achieve with lighting. They’ll learn what light does for portraits, when to use hard light, diffused light, what gobos do, what fresnels do, the color differences between tungsten and daylight.

The light comes with a full training class on light, and how to use The Learning Light, in your classroom as a tool for working with other students.

It’s got direct hard light, soft diffused light, a Fresnel spotlight, its own set of gobos, and a carrying case it all fits perfectly inside. It’s LED powered so it doesn’t get hot to the touch.

We’ve released a full training class on it for KelbyOne members, but if you buy the light, you also get full access to the class as part of the lighting package.

Here’s the kit:

The light, with the gobos and the training class, is just $89.90 and you can get it from the folks at FJ Westcott (here’s the link) who helped me bring The Learning Light to life.

This is not portrait lighting. It’s a learning tool.

One last thing, and it’s really important. This is not a substitute for portrait lighting. It’s a learning tool. It’s the light your students buy before they invest in real lighting. It’s for experimenting with shadows, and light, and for learning the fundamentals of lighting so when they do buy lighitng they’ll be a sucess.

As an educator myself, you can probably imagine how exciting it is to have created a tool like this for other educators and students, and I hope you find it helpful in your classroom this fall.


P.S. We’ve added two more cities to my “Ultimate Photography Crash Course” full-day seminar tour. After Chicago and Detroit in mid-July, we added Boston and Philly in late August. Over 300 photographers are already signed up for the first two stops, and they’re still weeks away. If you want to come out and spend the day with me, here’s the link with all the details and tickets. Hope I get to meet you in one of these cities soon.

Client Proofing Like A Pro Using Lightroom Classic with Terry White

Learn the latest workflow for client proofing using either version of Lightroom! Join Terry White as he breaks down the process for selecting the best photos from a shoot, syncing them to the cloud, sharing them with your client, and viewing their interactions back in Lightroom. Through each step in the process Terry shares the ins and outs of what’s required and shows you the results that a client would see. Terry wraps up the class with an alternative workflow to include watermarks if that’s what your needs require. The collaborative proofing workflow in Lightroom is brand new and still evolving, so learn how to get started with it today!

In Case You Missed It: The Personal Side of Terry White

Come sit down with one of our favorite tech gurus and portrait photographers, Terry White! In this Personal Side Interview, Kalebra and Terry talk about the evolution of technology, where it’s been as well as where it’s going. You all know how much Terry loves his gadgets but did you know it dates back even to when he was a child? You’ll love hearing about his favorite toy he ever got for Christmas. Terry also chats about how technology has affected his career and offers encouraging advice for embracing tech in your own life.

Peter Hurley will be teaching at Photoshop World Las Vegas, taking place August 21-23, so register now to come see him in person!

Are You Ambifacial?

As humans, we all know that we are quite unique with each of us having traits like no other. As portrait photographers, it’s our duty to bring the best out of whomever steps foot in front of our lens.

Our brains should be assessing their features while actively directing them toward what we deem as the most photogenic angle of their face. Each and every one one of us has a sweet spot, and it’s your job to find it for your subject’s.

Although a rare few may be ambifacial, most are not, and being able to figure this out correctly is imperative to make the most out of any portrait session. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you implement that process not only in your own work, but to figure out your own best side as well.

You can see more of Peter’s work at, and keep up with him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can also join the Headshot Crew and learn from him and his ever growing group of associates!

Peter will be teaching at Photoshop World Las Vegas, taking place August 21-23, so register now to see him in person!


It’s #TravelTuesday with me, Dave Williams, and today I’m in the KelbyOne studios recording some classes for you beautiful people! If you’re waiting to learn a little more about how to make some money and about how to prepare for travel photography, you’ll love my two new classes! But before they land, I’d love all you KelbyOne members to join me in an exclusive webcast about where to shoot in Iceland, and if you aren’t a KelbyOne member you can sign up for a free.

Today, I want to touch on something else. Right now I’m planning on changing my camera, and it made me think a little about that age-old conundrum: whether or not gear makes the photographer. Well, my answer is no, and my argument is that if you give a pro photographer a $700 camera, and give a rookie a $5,000 camera, the pro will produce the better image. One main reason for this argument is that the pro will be concentrating on the creativity whereas the rookie is more likely to be focused on the gear. Here’s why: –

When a pro photographer and a rookie photographer each shoot 100 images, the pro is more likely to say that one is good, and the rookie is more likely to say that 90 are good. If they then look at each other’s images, the pro is likely to say that one of the rookie’s is good, and the rookie is likely to say that 90 of the pro’s are good. Self-criticism lands front and centre, and the pro is far more critical of themselves than others. But it goes beyond that: –

When the pro screws up, they are far more likely to blame themselves than to blame the gear. They are probably shooting Manual, may have added some extra gear, such as filters or lighting, and have planned the shot. If something goes wrong, they are far more likely to blame the application of their knowledge than they are to blame the gear. Here’s the point: they will use the same gear and try again until they get it right, working on correcting their technique rather than switching out the gear.

There’s a lesson to be taken from this. Being honest about your skills, having the understanding to apply them, and giving objective evaluation to your creative vision will help you to become a better photographer and not to rely on the gear, rather to rely on yourself. I’ve been through this process and continue to do so, as does every other pro photographer, and it’s extremely valuable to think this way.

I hope to catch you all in the comments tomorrow on The Grid!

Much love


OK, it may be more than a few, but it includes lots of behind-the-scenes shots (often including camera settings), and shots from my travel workshop there, and from my trip to Provence to shoot the Lavender fields, and the story behind it all.

If you’ve got a minute and want to start off your Monday in a “French crepe with Bananas and Nutella” kinda way, I hope you’ll give it a quick look. Here’s the link:

Thanks, everybody, and here’s wishing you bakery baguette kind of morning.



I was hoping to share the shots and stories from my Paris trip today, but with catching up at work and all, I couldn’t get it done in time, but I did want to share something I’m particularly excited about. Remember that trip I took out to the aircraft carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman (link)? The images and story from that trip are featured in a 12-page article in the June issue of the International Society of Aviation Photography’s (ISAP) official magazine (ISnAP), and I am psyched!

Here’s a look at the spreads from the page.

If you want to see more images from the trip (or at least larger ones than shown here), you can check out Adobe Spark page on the trip.

Many thanks to ISnAP for including me in their awesome magazine. Very honored indeed.

Have a great weekend everybody!


P.S. Chicago area photographers — I’m heading up there next month with my new full-day seminar, “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Details and tickets right here.