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The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits by Peter Hurley

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Chapter 2. Hitting the Technical on the Head

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Alfredo Plessmann III

I’m pretty much self-taught. I really have learned just about everything I know in photography through trial and error. That’s the mode I live in, and everything I do continues to stem from simply giving it a shot and seeing where to go from there.

Since I was kind of clueless lighting-wise at the beginning, I had an experienced photo assistant who was a friend of mine come to my apartment one day to test some lights. We got a bunch of strobes together and started firing them off randomly, testing as many different setups as we could imagine. I didn’t really know what he was ...

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