At Lin and Jirsa Photography, our primary photography business is wedding, family and couples portraiture. However, we often have the need to shoot headshots. Often times it is for our own staff, while other times it is one of our clients requesting headshots for their business use.
Since our main business really isn’t shooting headshots, we don’t have the need to invest in expensive lighting setups such as Kino Flo constant light systems. A set of these lights like the ones that Peter Hurley uses for his headshot lighting can easily set you back more than $5,000. Since we can’t justify that expense from a business standpoint, my goal was to find a cheaper way to mimic the clean square lighting look a la Peter Hurley. So, we will be creating our lighting setup with a simple strobe and a few reflectors.
Just as a note, I am sure Peter Hurley wasn’t the first photographer to use this square lighting setup. But it is a look that has become synonymous with his name and awesome style of headshot photography. Hence, we are going to dub it “Peter Hurley Square Lighting.” While this tutorial is going to give you a simple and approachable way of lighting your headshots, I still can’t say enough good things about the Art of the Headshot workshop on DVD. Lighting is simple, learning to pose and instruct clients to coax out amazing expressions is what sets apart the good photographer from the great ones like Peter Hurley.
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