HURLEYPRO is now shipping ProBoard in white matte PEOPLE!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

When ProBoard white gloss first came to the scene I was really excited about using the glossy white board underneath my subjects when shooting on a white background. I just love that little reflection under the feet to create some depth in those shots and this was the product to do it. Not to mention it took my product photography to a new level. With my look being predominantly white, this was the perfect product for me and the reason for all my excitement las summer when we launched it.

However, I didn't think about using it as a background and one day I threw it up and realized I no longer need to take seamless paper with me to a shoot ever again. As long as I blew the board out, I'd have a beautiful white background that I can curve and even give my work a little kick too. Excited about it I pretty much now take it wherever I go.

As a year of using the glossy ProBoard went by I realized that I like to allow my white background to sometimes go to a medium gray with fall off from my main lights. Problem was that the reflection of the lights showed up in the ProBoard due to how reflective it is and I couldn't get the board to go gray the way I wanted it to.

This became apparent when shooting stills, but even more apparent when shooting video. I knew a matte board would be killer for video and allow me to get the fall off I wanted in stills. I began testing white matte options and finally found one that I love. The boards became available on www.hurleyprogear.com this week and I can't wait to see what you guys do with them. The boards are white on the front and have a semi-gloss black on the back of them.

The excitement of the white matte option has me working on a black matte option for similar reasons. Most importantly the matte black allows you to shoot black on black and get some separation from the background. I've been fine tuning it in the studio and am creating my new like. Black being my new white background. It's been fun and ProBoard black matte should be making it's debut in the coming months.

Having three options for background that are portable and function to improve my images is what it's all about. I'm loving the ProBoard line and I hope you guys check it out at www.hurleyprogear.com as well.

Available now:

ProBoard White Gloss
ProBoard White Matte

Coming soon:
ProBoard Black Matte

For those interested the Medusa line of lighting is moving at a slow pace right now. We plan on revamping the light and bringing a new prototype to the market sometime in 2014. Thanks for your patience there and I'll be keeping everyone posted on it's progress. Best, Peter

19 Comments

Jen Kelly's picture
Associate

Thanks for all of the great info on how best to use these various options, Peter!

Hudson Handel's picture
BFAS

Great stuff! I am currently awaiting the Matte White ProBoard. The Matte Black is next on my list! I can't wait to start doing some video interviews of my headshot clients with these!!!!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Thanks guys. I'm just loving both of them. Black has kind of become my go to thing lately.

Oscar De La Villa Jr's picture
BFAS

Sweet...just bought it!

Any news on possible spring dates for Headshot Intensive...I'm definitely flying back home around that time and would like to coordinate it around the intensive.

Charles King's picture

That's awesome Peter, wil you be selling these next week at Photo plus? I'd love to grab one while I'm in town!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Let me know when you get it Oscar! I'm not sure about the Headshot Intensives next year. I'm only doing one LIVE one this year in NY and I know I'm doing one in May at Atlantis with Fstoppers.

Charles, they ship from LA, so your best bet is to order it online!

Alexander Soto's picture
Protégé

where can i purchase the proboards? i cant find it at the link provided.

Anthony Cooper's picture
Protégé

I'm not sure whether you can still get them. Peter would be best to answer that one as he has moved to westcott.

You could go with a grey paper background. Pop some strobes on them and you have a white background. Move the subject further away and you got Grey and even black. 3 colors from one background. You could even use color gels to mix things up.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

We are still in the transition with Westcott. No official timeline for the release. Hang tight PEOPLE!

Olli Tumelius's picture
Protégé

Have you guys looked into improving the X-Drop? It's great for headshots but could be tweaked.

Alexander Soto's picture
Protégé

i was actually looking at those, but the sales guy told me that they didn't hold up very well. how would you recommend to be tweaked?

Olli Tumelius's picture
Protégé

It's true that the build quality is not the best, but the other benefits outweigh that. It packs small and is very light weight and fast to set up. Now having used it on-location a few times, it really does work.

I'd like to see the footprint get even smaller and maybe it could be a foot or two wider. The size is not a big deal though. What if there was another version of these for headshots? Or just a way to set it up in landscape orientation.

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

It's not my product.

Ryan Salway's picture
BFAS

I was looking at buying a X-Drop and went and saw one at a saw in the US and ended up leaving with an alternative which holds up a 8x8 backdrop in various colours. Found it to be much sturdier and more versatile

https://www.samys.com/p/Background-Stands/SA4218/PXB-Portable-X-frame-Ba...

Olli Tumelius's picture
Protégé

I think I saw that thing on Youtube. Very similar at least. It needed a ton of space to set it up. Is that the case with yours?

Ryan Salway's picture
BFAS

Its a fair bit of space, you've got a 8x8 cloth but also the height takes it up to about 10x8. But once its up its awesome.

Alexander Soto's picture
Protégé

thanks, cant wait )

Ian Johns's picture
Protégé

I feel like I'm holding all of the chips in the casino by saying I have matte black and matte white ProBoards in studio storage. :)

Alexander Soto's picture
Protégé

so I think I just found the happy medium until the proboards come out. I went to my local fabric shop and got 4ft of like a vinyl fabric called seaquest-too white for $30 and this is how it looks. i am ordering another strobe light so I can brighten the background, but i feel this is a night and day difference from using the cloth backdrop.