Head shot Background, what choice do you have?

Head shot Background, what choice do you have?

Head shot Background

For a head shot background there are a lot of choices. In view of this only a few of these are regularly used.

White Backgrounds

Head shot BackgroundWhen looking for a background for professional head-shots the stock standard background for most is the white background and looks good for anyone, male or female.

As this is a head-shot all you need is a white background large enough to cover the head and shoulders. If you want to do this yourself you need white card or white foam backed card (gives you a bit more stiffness). As it’s a head-shot the card only needs to be large enough to cover the head and shoulders. You could use a white screen if you have one or a white painted wall.

For best results use your flash off camera, this will eliminate red eye in the photos.

 

Black Backgrounds

Head shot BackgroundBlack as a background is not common as this is a little more tricky to light or rather not light. As this is a black background we want the backdrop to absorb the light and not make the background show up. In order to do this the subject needs to stand far enough in-front of the background so that the light only falls on the subject.

This again could be black card or foam card or black cloth like Felt.

Natural Backgrounds

Head shot BackgroundFor something different use the great outdoors as your backdrop. With this in mind, you want something that does not stand out, ideally bushes, rocks or water. The trick is not to shoot the subject and have the background stand out. You want a blurred background this allows the subject to stand out and draw the viewers eye towards them.

Collapsible Backgrounds

Today you can by a background that enables you to fold up into a convenient sized bag. They come in a selection of sizes but the 2m x 1.5m should be big enough for single subjects or a small group. They come in a selection of colours, White, black, green, grey you can even get mottled look coloured backgrounds. You can buy separate covers to zip over the original to change the background,. These are not cheap but they will last a long time.

Green Screen

Head shot Background

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Head shot Background

Green Screen original

Green screen as a background offers a lot of possibilities, you do need photo editing software like Photoshop to post process the image.

To photograph the subject, you need the subject to stand about six feet in front of the backdrop and try not to spill light onto the backdrop (creating a hotspot), just the subject. See here  or here for more details.

Transfer the image onto your computer and open the software. The software allows you to change the background and use another suitable image to place behind the subject.

Whatever background you choose remember that the subject needs to stand out and not the background.

Tell me what your favourite head shot background is and why you would like your image shot against it?

 

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