In fact, your first headshot session can appear very daunting. As a result, you may feel anxious about what you are going to experience.
Therefore, whatever your reason for the photo-shoot
- whether a friend said you needed one
- whether you found out how short a time it takes to form your first impression
- you felt that it was time
- or you read this article at photo feeler
Accordingly, good preparation is the key.
Preparation for your First Headshot Session
In the first place, it’s definitely an important step. Markedly, your first headshot session can appear very daunting. As a result, you may feel anxious about what you are going to experience. Equally, as a rule, people don’t like to be photographed.
As a matter of fact, a lot of photographers have information on their websites that tell you how to prepare. Accordingly, this ranges from what to wear, hair and makeup, drinking plenty of fluids to deciding the type of background you want. In this case, here’s a link to mine. In addition, if it helps I can also supply a photography brief available on my LinkedIn Profile
Consequently, the trick to good quality photography is to put the subject at ease. I usually do this before I start to take photos. As a result, by chatting with the subject finding something out about them relative to the shoot. Whilst doing this I also am looking at the subject’s face and stance. As well as this, I am also looking at the subject’s face and stance. Accordingly, I also like to establish whether the images are to be colour or Black & White. Consequently would inside or outside images be required.
All the aboves about finding out whether the image needs to be natural or playing a character.
In addition, there is a thought that the headshot is all about the head. However, it’s also about what you wear. In this case, the clothing you wear adds to the perception you portray. When you wear different things you feel different, you act differently.
Accordingly, the majority of headshots I take are for businesses. Therefore, they require to display an air of friendliness and authority. In other words, people buy from people they “Know, Like and Trust”.
Moreover, at the end of the session, I ask if the subject would like to see the images. Of course, this is only viewable on the small screen of the camera. In this case, it’s to make sure that the subject is happy with the result.
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Rules regarding drones
In the first place, what are the Rules regarding drones?
As an illustration, you can currently, walk into a shop that sells drones and walk out with one with just a receipt. Consequently, you don’t have to leave an address or show that you have the competence to fly one.
As a result, is this a recipe for a possible disaster?
Drone Code Rules Regarding Drones
On purchasing the drone, you might receive a document that says Drone Code when you purchase your drone. Accordingly, this document gives useful information on the limits imposed on drone flyers within the rules regarding drones.
- Always keep the drone in sight.
- Always fly below 400ft from the ground
- Keep 50metres away from people and property
- Keep 150metres away from crowds and built-up areas
- You are responsible for every flight you make.
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields
From Nov 30th, 2019 all drones require registering (cost £9) with the CAA before they’re flown and the pilot has to have taken a drone test.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
What’s missing from the drone code.
Accordingly, pockets of areas around the UK restrict the flying of drones. Without the knowledge of knowing the whereabouts of these areas, trouble with a capital T could be on your doorstep.
In order to get a full picture, you need aviation charts (purchase from flightstore) and an app (NATS Drone Assist) that lets you know where the no go areas are. For this reason, you need both.
The charts tell you the height(s) and width the airspace restriction operates. Close to an airport, you may have airspace of the surface to 5000ft. Here you will require permission to fly.
As you move away from the flight line the airspace may be 2000ft to 5000ft. That being the case the height of 2000ft as the base allows the drone to fly at 400ft.
You may also have other restrictions on flying. An example of this is the New Forest. Here you will need commercial operator permission and a fee may be required to obtain permission.
Nats Drone Assist
In this case, this app gives information as to flight restrictions and hazards. It also gives you the areas you can fly in with caution.
Commissioning work responsibilities
As a result of these measures, it’s important to know that if you commission work the operator has commercial permission (PFCO). Current operators can be found on the CAA website.
If your requirement involves aerial photography/videography, contact Martin here.
Photography Equipment I use for a photoshoot
In fact, the choice of photography equipment when I visit a client is important to me.
As a result, portability’s a requirement of the Photography Equipment. Accordingly packed in manageable loads and easy to put together for setup also helps.
With this in mind here are the important items
Camera Canon 5dmk2
In this case, I have had this camera for a number of years. In addition, it produces high-quality full-frame images and has proved very reliable. Accordingly, I always mount the camera on a tripod.
In like manner, the choice of lens is very important. As a result, I use Canon prime lenses 24mm – 70mm and 70mm – 200mm both f2.8.
Equally important is the choice of lighting. Moreover, each shoot is unique and may require a different way to light the subject. Therefore, in most cases, I choose flashlights and pocket wizards to wirelessly fire them.
Photography Equipment Backgrounds
In this case, there may be a choice of options. For indoors I use either a portable collapsible backdrop (with stand) or a suitable wall. Consequently, if I am shooting outside I choose an area that has a bit of shade.
As a result of the above equipment, transportation is easy. Thus the setup time is minimal. Consequently, this gives the client, minimal downtime for themselves and their staff.
In like manner, at times it is necessary to take along a laptop to post-process the images. In fact, the screen at the back of the camera is small and only gives a representation of the image taken. Therefore to see the true image you require a laptop to see this on.
Therefore, as you can see the equipment required is not vast. Equally, it does allow for easy transportation and setup.
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Natural Light Portraits
In the first place, Natural Light Portraits, what is it?
In this case, Natural light portraits are about using the available ambient reflected light to light a subject. As a result, this produces a soft light that complements the subject.
In this case first, you need your camera. In fact, I use a Canon 5d mk2. Accordingly, this is a full-frame and has the capability of photographing in very low light.
In addition to the camera, I use either a 24mm-70mm 2.8f lens or 70mm-200mm f2.8 lens. Accordingly, both lenses have the capability of operating in low light.
I also prefer to use a lightmeter. Accordingly, the one I use is the Sekonic L-478DR. Consequently, this enables me to measure the light and set the camera accordingly.
In addition, the next item is a reflector. Furthermore, in my case, it is a 40-inch round 5-in-1 reflector. In this case, the reflectors used freehand or on a stand. In addition, should you use a stand you will require a means to hold the reflector and sandbags.
Background for Natural Light Portraits
In this case, the choice of background for this type of photography is outdoor. In this case, the choice of background for this type of photography is outdoor. Consequently, the rule of this is the subject being the focus of the viewer’s attention. For this reason, the background is out of focus.
Lighting for Natural Light Portraits
Likewise, the advantage of using natural lights the reduction in the amount of equipment needed for the shoot. As a result, you have no requirement for heavy bulky lights or flashguns. For this reason, the reflector’s used to reflect light onto the subject.
Consequently, reflectors have the following uses.
- To light the subject as the main light
- As a fill-in light where the light is coming from behind and the subject is in shadow.
- Diffuse the light onto a subject
Accordingly, the diffusers surfaces used to place in front of a light to diffuse the light. This will soften the light source so that the shadows on the subject’s face are less harsh.
In this case, the white side of the reflectors used to reflect your main light source to create soft fill light.
When using the reflector to bounce light, you can experiment by moving the reflector around. Closer will boost the light, further away will reduce the light.
Equally, the silver reflector works the same way as the white one except it’s more reflective. The light coming from the silver reflector is stronger so it might be useful in situations where there is very low light.
Likewise, the gold reflector surface works the same way as the white and silver reflectors except it creates a warm, golden light.
Consequently, the black surface does the opposite of the above surfaces, absorbing or blocking light.
When you have too much light coming from every direction, the black surfaces used as a kind of “anti-fill” light. In this case, the black surface removes the light from one side of the face to add more shadow.
With the information that is contained here, the next thing is for practice. So if you haven’t got a reflector, go and purchase one. Then find a subject to practice with.
As a result of this information, if you still want advice, feel free to contact me.
Editing in photoshop
Coupled with processing your images in Bridge/ACR, the next step is editing using photoshop. When you have finished processing in bridge click the open image button.
When the image opens in photoshop it does so on a background locked layer. Before doing any editing you must make a duplicate of the background layer. Once you have done this delete the original background layer. As a result, this helps preserve the original image.
Level Adjustment Layer
In the first place, my first task in editing using photoshop is to add a levels adjustment layer.
In this case, the adjustments made by moving the left and right triangles under the histogram. For this reason, move both of the triangles only to where the histogram starts to climb on the graph. By the same token, for accurate measurement hold the option/alt key and move the triangle. In addition, as you start to see something in the image you have gone far enough. Then move the middle triangle to a setting of 1.2, you will notice that the image lightens.
Curves Adjustment Layer
In addition, the curves layer is a graph that defines the image through contrast.
In this case, the histogram shows the brightness of every pixel in the image. Consequently, it’s an indication of the image’s tonal range.
In this case, those pixels on the left are the dark and on the right the light.
In the first place, looking at the chart you have a straight line running from bottom left to top right. For this reason, adjustments made by moving the straight line.
This image demonstrates how the image’s lightened when moving the points like this image.
My preferred way to adjust is by moving the line either up or down. As a matter of fact, normally two places on the line require moving in order to form an S curve. Consequently, moving the curve adjusts contrast in the mid-tones.
Equally important, when dragging the line take care, you want to create a shallow S-curve.
Further Editing using photoshop
Once you have the image adjusted through levels and curves you can then merge the visible layers into one. Now you can perform further editing of the image as required.
Furthermore, if this blog’s raised questions about the process, please feel free to contact Martin.
Processing RAW Images
In the first place, processing Raw images for me is about doing this in a set way. As a result, after uploading my images to the computer I open up Photoshop bridge. In bridge, I open the file and then pick the first image for processing.
Therefore, the first task is to correct any lens distortion. In this case, to do this I pick on the lens corrections icon (5 from the right). By the same token, next, tick the remove chromatic aberrations and enable profile correction boxes.
In the same fashion, the next icon selected is the detail icon (eight from the right). In this case, I look at the three sharpening sliders. Accordingly, move the amount to 50, the detail to 18, and the masking as desired. In this case, by holding down the alt key and moving the slider. As a result, you are looking for a sharp outline.
In addition, if you are using a high ISO (800 over) you may want to move the noise reduction sliders. Therefore, I find that putting them all in the middle is normally good enough. By the same token, this turns the graining (noise) down in the image.
Processing Raw Images Select all images
Specifically, at this stage, I select all the images. I then highlight them all, right-click and sync them all. You can then work on each image or a batch of images as you go.
In contrast, now the meaty work begins.
In the first place for processing Raw images, click on the basic icon (first on the left).
In this case look at the histogram at the top of the page are the triangles black? When the triangle show as black this indicates the image as perfectly exposed.
Accordingly, if they are red, green or yellow you will need to do some adjustments.
To make adjustments my preference is to start at the top and work down in the following process.
If you have created a colour profile then find this from the choice available. If not then use one of the options available.
White Balance (Temperature)
You can either click on a white article in the picture or if you used one a grey card. In general, this will set your white balance.
Move the tint slider only if you think you need to. In other words, moving the slider to the right adds red into the image. In like manner, but to the left adds green into the image. For this reason, hopefully, you won’t have to move it.
Slide this to either brighten or darken the image.
As a matter of fact, by moving this to the right you weaken the image, push left and you strengthen.
Processing Raw images Highlight and Whites
Consequently, the next four are related to the triangles in the histogram at the top. As mentioned before if they are red, yellow or green you need to move the sliders.
These sliders affect the triangle on the right when a colour shows (not black) move this to the left. In this case, by moving this slider you will see that the image loses some of its brightness. You only need to use the slider until the triangle changes to black. You might also find that this works together with the whites button. As a result, between the two you will get an image that looks better and right.
By the same token, if you move this slider to the right the shadows will brighten.
For one thing, this slider works with the left triangle in the histogram. As a result, if a colour shows (not black) you move the slider to the right to blacken the image. Consequently, as you move the slider the triangle will change colour. You need this black also.
In particular, moving the slider to the right does not resolve the triangle change to black, move contrast/saturation left. For this reason, a word of warning DON’T OVERDO IT.
This slider either softens (left) or makes the image harsh (right). In general, beware if your subject is female, too much to the right will not do justice.
In general, the best advice with this slider is that you use it on landscapes.
Likewise, this slider controls the vibrancy of the colours similar in operation to the tint slider. In particular, this weakens or strengthens the colour vibrancy.
Saturation for processing Raw images
In this case, the slider controls the saturation in the picture of the colours. In this case, move to the left the colours completely disappear to Black and White. Consequently, moving to the right you will add more saturated colour.
Advice for Processing Raw Images
Equally important, for processing Raw images with all of the sliders be careful. Don’t overuse it, the eye will tell you when the amount of movement is right. If you are a novice or not sure then try it. In general, note your starting points by writing the settings down and then play with the sliders. Once you’re happy with the result you can save the image (done) or open it in photoshop. This leads on to another blog for the future.
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In the first place, a photography brief helps compile information for the photographer. As a result, this information helps the photographer by giving them information regarding the photographs you require.
WHAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDS
The boring stuff
Your company name and address, this is so they know who is commissioning the work. Together with the responsible person that the photographer will have contact with, this includes contact details.
In light of your requirements, what do you want to use the images for (print, web)? Moreover, what is the date/time the photo shoot is to take place? In addition, have you a list of the images required. Accordingly, if the shoot is outside is there a plan for bad weather? In this case, do you require the images in landscape or portrait, in high resolution or low-resolution imagery?
The essential details
In any event now for the meat of this blog. When did you think about the images you wanted what did you consider? As can be seen, the thoughts that you had are important and should be shared with the photographer.
Overall, are you looking for a particular style for your images? As an illustration, do you have you some examples of what you are looking for? At the same time, do you have links to these images?
Consequently, do you have a message that you want to convey in the image(s)? As a result, does the photographer need to leave space in the image for a logo or branding?
Likewise, what is the lighting like at the location., will the shots require lighting equipment?
The important stuff for the Photography Brief
Therefore, what is the deadline for the images and how do you want to receive them?
For more information Contact Martin he will be happy to discuss your requirements.
As a matter of fact, business headshots for your business are one of your best selling tools. Likewise, people that view your business headshot images form their first impression of you on what they see.
As a result, a business headshot that displays you clearly and shows you as approachable will give a good impression. In other words, a business headshot that confuses viewers will result in the viewer moving on quickly. That’s not just what they are viewing but also your website/social media. In this case, this will not be good for your business.
As an illustration, if you are looking for ideas why not visit Pinterest.
How we can help
In the first place, the first thing that we can do for you saves you money. In this case, we do this by bringing the portable studio to your business. Consequently, downtime’s minimised by you or your staffs from there place of work.
On the positive side, the other benefit this brings is familiarity. As a result, this means that you and your staff relax better in a familiar environment. That is to say, this helps produce a more pleasing image.
What we bring with us.
In the first place the equipment, we bring to the shoot’s, compact. This includes
- Collapsible Background (White/Green)
- Lighting (studio lights or flashlights)
- Transmitter and trigger units
- Light meter
- Lens 24mm-70mm and 70mm to 200mm.
Furthermore, as you can see it’s not a lot of equipment.
What we need in the way of photographing space for headshots
In this case, ideally, a space of 4Metres by 4Metres would be good with no furniture to move. Because space is not always available, we need free space for the collapsible backdrop and the subject to stand. As a result, we can place the portable lights and adjust the light levels. For this reason, we do need an unobstructed view of the subject.
Taking the business headshot
Accordingly, with the equipment set up, light levels adjusted next comes the business of creating images. For one thing, we can create up to 6 peoples images in an hour.
We charge an hourly rate thus saving you money by you not having to pay for individual headshots. In addition, as we photograph each individual the next can be ready to take their place. For this reason, this takes the individual away from there workplace for a minimum amount of time.
When we have finished we pack the equipment up. Furthermore, the cost includes post-processing and delivery via internet protocol.
Now that you know what we do, give Martin a call and book your session.
How to Prepare for a Headshot Photo Session
Accordingly, headshots from a headshot photo session are a powerful way to market yourself. As a result, you could be a business person, model, lawyer.
Therefore, in this post, I explain how you should prepare for a headshot photo session with a professional photographer.
Choosing a Photographer
In the first place, photographers are all different, no two are alike. As a result, each one has its own individuality of shooting style and editing style and bedside manner. Therefore, one photographer may be very laid back with their clients and like to keep the shoot casual. While another likes to keep a more business-like setting to their sessions. To put it differently, does either style make one less professional? Absolutely not, it’s all a matter of preference.
By the same token, Photographers have different levels of expertise and experience. Thus some have been shooting for 20+ years and their work can be lacking. Equally, others have been shooting for a few short months and have some amazing work under their belt. When choosing a Photographer don’t be fooled by the length of time they have been shooting. Therefore judge them by the quality of their work, most photographers have an online portfolio
Different Types of Headshots
Henceforth, all photographers have a different style of shooting for a headshot photo session. Therefore, you should think about the style that you want. Most importantly tell your photographer which style you want when booking.
Another thing to consider is the background. In fact, I personally prefer white it’s clean and where LinkedIn is concerned, makes you stand out.
1. Vertical Studio Headshot
A common style that is vertical (portrait) in orientation. Consequently, this gives you the opportunity to show what you are wearing. Hence, this lets people get a better sense of who you are and what your style is.
2. Peter Hurley Style
Horizontal instead of the traditional vertical usually with a nice and crisp white background.
For this reason, I personally like to shoot this style. The white background works well for all aspects of the internet whether it’s your website or social media.
3. Environmental Headshot
In this case, for professional headshots, environmental headshots are taken outside of a studio. For this reason, this is shot using natural or artificial light.
Consequently, they are a more casual style of image. Hence, a good outdoors headshot is one that has separated from the background. Therefore, the background is blurry and is known as Bokeh.
Getting Ready for your Headshot Photo Session
Accordingly, you’ve chosen your photographer and have had your first discussion over the phone. As a result, you’ve thought about the style you want and the location/background. In addition, the date is looming for the photoshoot. Therefore, being prepared for the shoot makes you relax and easier to photograph.
Moreover, simple is best. Therefore, what you wear is an expression of you and reflects your personality.
- Accordingly, choose solid colours as these look good in headshots.
- Do not wear something that is patterned.
- In particular, bring a few changes of clothes to the shoot.
- Equally, it’s not likely that the photographer is going to have an iron. Please make sure ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Because the wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out.
- Likewise, for headshots, you don’t need to worry about your shoes, be comfortable.
- In this case, please do not visit your hairdresser on the day of the shoot.
- Accordingly, please bring with you a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray), this helps to calm any stray flyaway hair.
- Furthermore, if you can afford it and would like, hire a hairstylist for the morning of the shoot.
3. Makeup and Face
- In general, start with just enough to cover up any blemishes.
- Moreover, try not to use matte styles of makeup this is likely to dry out your skin. It will also show in the finished photo.
- Please bring your makeup and moisturizer with you just in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
- Likewise, bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
- The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.
- Don’t do visiting a tanning studio, or have a beauty treatment right before the shoot. It’s important to have a skin that is natural and not irritated.
- Remove stray eyebrows the night prior to the shoot.
- Also, if you wear glasses please bring them with you. Also, some lens wipes to clean them before the shoot. Similarly, only wear clear contact lenses if you have coloured ones please don’t wear them for the shoot. To explain, these will look fake in the photos.
- Shave right before you leave for a shoot. Hence, a 5 o clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Accordingly, use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.
- Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. As a result, the studio lights can get pretty hot. As a matter of fact, some great sheets are the Clean and Clear: Oil Absorbing Sheets.
4. Practice Makes Perfect
Consequently, as an added extra, if you can afford it. Why not hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.
Before the shoot
- Furthermore, do you know if you have a good side? Therefore, look at yourself in the mirror, do you have a side that you like better.
- If you are aware of one eye that is visibly smaller than the other. In this case, turn the side of your face with the smaller eye towards the camera. As a result, it will help reduce the difference between the two.
- Practice your smile before the shoot. It’s amazing how many will comment and warm to you. A good photographer will get different expressions from you during the shoot.
- Moreover, if you are have discoloured teeth, let the photographer know, they can correct this in photoshop.
- Accordingly, if you have a favourite set of music, ask the photographer if you can bring it along.
During the Shoot
- In this case, music helps take the tension out of your photo session.
- Equally important, follow the photographer’s direction, even if it sounds a little silly. Accordingly, we know the best posing on headshots and the best way to shape your face. You may feel a little funny posing differently, but trust me the photos will look great.
- Henceforth, the session should be fun to relax, be yourself.
- In addition smile, a difficult one to do naturally. In this case, don’t force your smile it will look more genuine.
- Squint, Squint, Squint!!! Squinting your eyes just a little will also help the shots look more confident and natural. To put it another way, having your eyes wide open looks like a rabbit in the headlights.
- In addition, take time to relax, drink some water and move away from the lights and take a break.
After the Shoot
Accordingly, each photographer has a different editing style for photos from a headshot photo session. Equally important, let them know if you want the photos edited. In general, here is a list of some of the items you might want to consider.
- Imperfections. Do you want imperfections cleaned up (Freckles, moles, scars etc…)?
- Double chin reduction.
- Eyes Whiter
- Teeth whitened/corrected
- Remove bags under the eyes
Equally, don’t feel awkward about asking or the photographer asking you about editing. If they’re truly a professional then they’ll expect this. If you do want any major editing done, please keep in mind that it may cost extra.
Depending on the amount of shoot post-processing that needs undertaking will depend on when the photos are available. Accordingly, please be realistic in your expectation.
Hopefully, this guide will help you prepare for your big day in front of the camera for your headshot photo session. It will also help make your experience a little more stress-free. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me
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What is a professional headshot image?
Accordingly creating the Professional headshot image is an art after all “Image is Everything”.
For one thing, it’s personality, a body, a face, an expression. For this reason, it’s an expression and energy that conveys realism, character and intensity.
What is the energy?
In this case, its someone who wants to be in front of the camera. As well as the ability to offer a range of expressions and acting naturally. As a result, this creates good commercial energy usually with a great natural smile. Consequently, the viewer senses the energy from the eyes projected right into the lens.
Accordingly, the image must look natural and not over styled.
In the first place, your professional headshot image is your ambassador. As a result, when someone meets you in person they will expect to see the person they viewed.
Therefore, what impression will they form if your image is different from your appearance? In the first place, the impression that they then form may not be a good one. Surprisingly, the lifespan of a headshot is 2-3 yrs.
In the first place, it is not as simple as standing in front of a camera and taking a picture. Consequently, you have to consider the background, lighting, wardrobe, hairstyle, smile and look. Specifically, the wardrobe and styling are to complement the subject not overwhelm them.
Equally important is the framing of the subject with a background that is either plain or out of focus. Accordingly, the background should not stand out, the viewer’s eyes should concentrate on the subject.
For one thing, the world wide web has probably been the largest drivers of white backgrounds. As a result, most templates for websites etc are white or off-white for profile images. For this reason, a professional headshot can integrate fairly seamlessly directly onto most websites and social media platforms.
Consequently, this has created the need for the background of headshots to be uniform. For this reason, white portrait backgrounds fit this bill very well. In addition, this helps in making them work best across viewing platforms.
For this reason, business profile photographers like Peter Hurley use light and white backgrounds to make the subject stand out.
Setting the professional headshot image mood.
To begin with, setting the mood is about relaxing the subject. Therefore a good way to start is by using music, find out what music the subject(s) like to relax to.
In like manner, the subject needs to be comfortable. As a result, avoid extremes of hot or cold indoors or outdoors. Accordingly, keep movement around the photo shoot to a minimum to avoid the distracting the subject.
In this case, framing is about creating a professional headshot image. For this reason, the photographer has to study the subject and talk to them. Consequently, some of the information is obvious to the photographer, like scars, different size eyes, broken nose, physical appearance.
In contrast, others may not, such as a lazy eye, the subjects best side. As a result, this information helps the photographer bring out the best in the photo shoot session.
The aim of the professional headshot image session
In the first place, the aim is to provide a professional headshot image. Therefore this needs to convey warmth, confidence and authority.
For this reason, the image should have a natural smile, pleasing eye contact, shot from a flattering angle and at eye level.
Additionally, for further information or to book a photo shoot, act now by contacting Martin