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! :-)
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 :)
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!).
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).
(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.
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:
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!
P.S.Here’s the official trailer for my “From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop” course (below), ya know…just in case. :)
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.
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)
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.
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.
OK, it’s not technically for just Instagrammers, and there’s nothing in the app that says it’s for using with Instagram, but it’s so perfect for Instagram, I can’t believe Adobe wasn’t thinking that way from the start (even if they didn’t say it).
The App is called “Adobe Post” (it’s free, and available for iPhone) and it lets you create all sorts of custom graphics with text for social media. While there are a bunch of apps that already do this type of thing, this one is particularly clever, thoughtfully designed and very fast and simple to use.
It comes with a bunch of pre-made, nicely designed, easily customizable templates for use as your starting place, but the way you can tweak and change everything (including trying out new color schemes with just one tap), makes it not only fast but actually a lot of fun.
Above:This is the opening screen which shows a bunch of different templates (there are way more than you can see in the screen cap — they appear when you scroll down) — just click on the one you want to customize or “remix” as they say.
Above: Once you choose a template to start with, you can use their built-in photos or your own. Here I took a photo and blurred the heck out of it first; and then imported it into the App as the background. Now you can choose different color palettes for the tint over your image and the text and the graphic (a rope circle in this case) separately. You can keep remixing these colors by tapping on the arrows over the color.
Above:You can change design templates any time, along with different placements for your text (everything is pretty much editable at any time — you can change text, fonts, size, colors, templates, you name it). Here I changed templates, and then I uploaded a different photo. Just tap on those thumbnails below the image and it changes the layout.
Above: I switched to an entirely different layout for a different photo (just a snap with my iPhone, and one of my favorite quotes from my wife — she said it to our daughter one morning and I still laugh every time I think of it). I changed the top text, the text below it, and tried different color palettes.
Above:Here’s how it looks when uploaded to Instagram (yes, you can take your edited image from Adobe Post directly over to the Instagram App for posting).
Adobe Post is available FREE for the iPhone on the App Store (here’s the link).
Hope you find that helpful. Have a great Tuesday everybody!