February Insight 2013

by Jacqueline Tobin

Peter Hurley

February 05, 2013

As I write this, I have just arrived in Connecticut for Mystic Seminars (founded by wedding photographer Walter van Dusen). The thing I love about photo conferences is that they combine amazing opportunities for photographers to network, meet mentors in person, immerse themselves in continuing education, and see what new products vendors are launching. As the staff here counts down to our “BIG SHOW,” WPPI, next month (conference March 7-14; Expo March 11-13), we give you a peek at some the seminars and events scheduled at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

In addition to the tried-and-true favorites, we have several new speakers this year including Peter Hurley, who will divulge his secrets to taking epic headshots and portraits; Kirsten Lewis, whose platform class “Give White and Khaki The Finger: A Documentary Approach To Family Sessions,” will be filled with frank talk and fun; and Melissa Ghionis (yes, Jerry’s wife and a force all on her own), who will present tips on connecting with clients

There are also seminar previews by Dave and Quin Cheung, Jen Hillenga, Ben and Erin Chrisman, Rena Durham and more. The second part of this issue is devoted to continuing education, including a workshop on photographing nudes, video essentials for still photographers (pg. 108), and a spring fling of courses around the country in genres beyond wedding and portraiture. Also, check out consulting director Ken Sklute’s WPPI Print Comp Primer on what judges look for in an image and the parameters for scoring. See you all in Vegas!

Jacqueline Tobin


On The Cover

Photographer: Peter Hurley

Camera: Hasselblad H3D-22

Lens: Hasselblad HC 50mm

Focal Length: 50mm

Exposure: 1/500 sec, f/14

ISO: 200

Location: Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJ

Comments: “I rarely shoot weddings, but when two of my actor clients (Billy and Kristine Tighe) decided to get married, they said they wouldn’t want anyone else to photograph it. As a huge fan of both, I couldn’t say no. Zach Hyman (pictured) has always been my right-hand-man whenever I’m on the road. Kristine wanted a photo booth setup at the reception, so after scouring the hotel, we found a wood paneled room with an alcove and moved everything to set up there. Zach and I were messing around with the lighting when I snapped this sucker!”

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