How to Prepare for a Headshot Photo 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.

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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.

1. Clothes

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.
2. Hair
  • 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.
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  • 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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PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE

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.

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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.

Your headshot

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.

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Composition

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.

Expression

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.

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DRONE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

One use for a drone aerial photography

It’s important to realise, the use of drone aerial photography comparatively new in the UK. For this reason, drone activities, aerial/video photography’s only a small use of there capability.

In fact, not too long ago the only options were helicopters, camera poles and mobile platforms. As a result, these brought their own problems. For example, expensive, restrictive angles, difficult to follow the action and H&S issues.

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For this reason, my client contacted me to use my drone to photograph a roof. Of course, the reason for this was that the roof was leaking.

As an illustration, the building’s situated at the end of a drive with buildings around it. It is also adjacent to the neighbour’s boundary. This posed access problems particularly for gaining access to all areas. In this case, the obvious answers to do this from the air.

Issues that require considering?

  • The property is close to Southampton airport.
  • Due to the proximity could I fly in this location?
  • Neighbours, would they allow flight over their land?
  • Weather needs to be dry and not too much wind.

Southampton Airport

Accordingly, the new regulations have a 5km air exclusion zone around the airport. In this case, this was not in this area; however, it is just outside. Accordingly, being in the vicinity of the airport, what air traffic’s likely to fly in the vicinity?

With attention to detail, the Aviation Maps checked first. In particular, these tell you where you will encounter aircraft movements. In this case, the location of the property is within the aircraft movements for the airport. Consequently, to fly here I would require permission from the Air Traffic Controllers. Therefore to obtain permission a non-standard flight request requires submitting to NATS. Thereupon, with this duly submitted, it takes 21 days for an answer.

Neighbours

Consequently studying Google maps, it clearly shows that flyings possible over the property without encroaching on the neighbours.

Drone Aerial Photography Other considerations

  • Main road situated in front of the property.
  • Tall trees on the property
  • Adjoining property
  • Wind.

Accordingly, to eliminate the issues, there is no reason to fly over the road or adjoining property. In addition, be aware of the trees and fly above. In like manner, watch the weather to pick the right time to fly with little or no wind.

Drone Aerial Photography Risk

The first thing to remember, flying a drone is all about the risk of the operation and limiting that risk. Consequently, the risk assessment for drone flying is about 10 pages. Therefore the assessment looks at the risks posed by the property, vehicles, physical hazards, weather, take-off and landing, and the drone code etc. In general, the initial survey’s carried out off-site, looking at google maps, aviation maps and OS maps. You must bear in mind that something may be present that is not visible on these maps. It’s important to review this prior to commencing the operation. The risk must be as low as possible before commencing the flight.

The Operation

In the first place, the object of the operation was to video/photograph the roof of the outbuilding garage and main building.

To clarify, from the air, the state of the building’s roof’s viewed clearly. Accordingly, the camera on the drone’s positioned to give a flat perspective to the roof. To emphasize, in post-processing, by zooming into the image you can see the state of it.

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Cracked cement around the chimney pots
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Missing cement in the valleys between the pitched roofs
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Rubbish in the valley
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Holed areas on the corrugated roofing

Consequently, one issue that didn’t get considered was the doves flying around. Therefore were they angry or curious? As a matter of fact, they were curious and flew around as the drone operated.

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Commercial Drone Flying

As an illustration, commercial drone flying is about earning money flying a drone. As a matter of fact, the CAA states that

“A commercial operation is defined as:

 ‘flight by a small unmanned aircraft except a flight for public transport, or any operation of any other aircraft except an operation for public transport;

which is available to the public;                  

or

which, when not made available to the public, 

in the case of a flight by a small unmanned aircraft, is performed under a contract between the SUA operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the remote pilot

or

in any other case, is performed under a contract between an operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator,

in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration.’

In order to be able to undertake commercial operations you must have undergone certified training.

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Training

In this case, you must understand that the drone in law is treated as an aircraft. As such you must understand the risk of your operation. It’s not as simple as just sending the drone up into the air.

You are required to understand about

  • aviation law,
  • weather,
  • how the drone operates,
  • assessing risk,
  • where you can fly safely,
  • how to obtain permissions you might require
  • accident reporting
  • near misses

With the training out of the way the real work begins.

Preparation for Commercial Drone Flying

In the first place preparation is the key to success. It is also an area that the client does not see. In fact this looks at all aspects of the operation to ensure you have the correct permissions to operate. Not to mention that all risks are assessed.

Airspace

In the UK there are only two types of airspace D and G. Drones can only fly in G without permissions being required. This means you must identify the airspace before you do anything else. Warning do not rely on apps to do this for you. The first place to consult is aviation maps. These identify for you the restricted airspace D and the different heights that the airspace operates in. This also means that for D airspace you will need permission from ATC (local Air Traffic Control) to fly. In some instances, you may see (flight level) FL2000’-5000’. This means that the airspace below FL2000 is not restricted so is classed as G. Meaning you don’t need ATC permissions.

Commercial Drone Flying Risk

Like every other work activity in this country the overriding concern is “how risky is the operation?”.

To this extent that all aspects of the flight must be assessed as to who or what is at risk. The object is to reduce the risk as much as possible. You must be able to demonstrate that you planned and did fly safely.

Some of this can be assessed by using online information i.e. google maps. Other information can be obtained through OS maps. You must bear in mind that this may not always give you all the information. When you get to site something may arise you could not foresee from the information that you reviewed.

Weather

Most of the drones that are bought of the shelf are not designed for inclement weather or wind speeds that are high. It is important to have the right weather conditions. The METOFFICE provides seven-day weather reporting which is a good guide to expected weather. Be prepared to discuss your operation with the client if the unexpected happens.

Emergencies

Be prepared for emergencies. Think about what could go wrong and write an emergency procedure that deals with it. Yes, drones do fly off on their own. Don’t ignore this and think its someone else’s problem. It’s yours, if the drone fly’s away and is ingested into a jet engine you will be responsible.

Don’t forget to carry your emergency procedures with you including any phone numbers you may need.

Records

Keep records of the operation. The details will include the task, the risk and how you minimised it, weather (expected and actual), pre-flight inspection of the craft and post flight. This list is not exhaustive.

On site

Arrive to site in plenty of time. Review your planning and risk assessments, ensure you satisfy that you have accounted for everything. If something changes or you couldn’t see it from your research review it again.

Getting it wrong

The CAA take commercial drone flying seriously. They classify ANY drone flight outdoors as a flight by an aircraft. If you get it wrong and your flying endangers people or property you could be prosecuted. Don’t forget the insurance, should the worst happen make sure your covered.

The operation

If you are in airspace that requires permission, you will need a minimum of 21 days to obtain this. Think ahead.

Providing you have done all the preparation for commercial drone flying to the best of your ability then you are ready to fly. Enjoy the experience but keep your eye on the job and surrounding airspace.

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What the client needs to consider when hiring a commercial drone operator.

When hiring a commercial drone operator the client needs to have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.

In the first place, only CAA approved operators can undertake commercial drone operations. As a result, the operators have undertaken training and have passed theory and practical assessments. They also hold liability insurance to run their business operations.

What information is that is important for the commercial drone operator?

In this case, the important information is location, time, date and description of the task.

Location

Accordingly, the commercial drone operator has to consider the airspace that the operation is going to take place in. For this reason, it is important to give either OS Map reference or Longitude and Latitude.

Time and Date

It’s important to realise, depending on the airspace category the operator may have to apply for extra permissions. Consequently, these can take a minimum of 28days. Therefore you should try and forward plan. Equally, give consideration to the time of day with use or congestion.

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A section of an Aviation Map showing how crowded the air space is around Southampton

Description

Equally important, the task requires to be as detailed as possible. For this reason, the more information that is available allows the operator to plan throughly.

How the information’s used by the operator.

Accordingly, the first consideration the operator has is to ascertain the airspace. The classification of G is the only place the operator can fly without further permission. Equally, important the operator uses OS Maps and Google Maps to gain as much info as possible on the topography. At the same time, this gives the operator the chance to look at any other factors such as:-

  • Take Off and Landing areas
  • Possible numbers of staff required to operate safely
  • Traffic
  • Pedestrians
  • Distances
  • Obstructions
  • Power lines
  • anything else that will aid planning.

How this helps

All of the above allows the operator to put together a remote plan for the operation. As the day gets nearer other information is gathered:-

  • Permissions (if needed)
  • Weather
  • Risk assessments
  • Look at the safety measures identified from the risk assessments
  • Permissions from the landowner(s) where alternative landing site has been identified
  • Any Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notices
  • Identify access controls if required
  • Air Traffic Control Permissions (if required)

On site check

In addition, before any flying takes place on site tall of the above must be revisited. Particular attention is paid to the weather and Health & Safety. If rain is falling or due then consideration has to be given to a postponement. Drones do not like the wet.

Its also at this stage that the log book for the flight is started. This records the flight timing, batteries, weather, temperature. Also records aircraft condition, aircraft preparation and post flight information.

As a result, this may seem a long tedious process. However, the CAA regulate the flying of drones for commercial operations. They require to see the manual and log books at any time. Although this is more likely if things go wrong. As the drone is classed as an aircraft, you will have seen the Gatwick chaos.

Summary

For one thing, yes this is a long process but responsible businesses take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk. That’s to the client, public, property and themselves.

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Event Photography

Fundraising Event Photography

Generally speaking, Fundraising Event Photography is a passion that I thoroughly enjoy. For me, its all about seeing the joy on guests face when they view the photos.

The first thing to remember, Fundraising Event Photography is not Studio Portrait Photography. That is to say that the photography reflects a moment in time. As a result, the aim is to record the enjoyment of being at the event. For this reason, guests can take home a memento of that enjoyment.

How we prepare

When your guests arrive we have already set the portable studio up. Indeed your guests can approach us and we will happily photograph them.

Before we get to this stage though we have had a lot of work to do.

For this reason, first, we check all of the equipment to ensure that it is in good condition. In addition, as we do this its checked off against a list and loaded into the car. Therefore this helps us not to forget the important items.

We aim to arrive at the venue an hour and a half before the first guests arrive. Generally speaking, yes, it does take that amount of time to set up.

With all the items carried into the venue, we can then start to set the studio up. In the first place, we start with the Backdrop and stands. We have various backdrops, although the most popular has been a blue background with stars all over it. The backdrop drapes over a pole on stands and then extends out to a length of 3metres.

As soon as the backdrops set up, next we position the lights and electricity run out.

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Means of viewing the images

Taking the images is fine but guests need to see them before purchasing. For this reason, we use laptop computers. Consequently one’s for guests to view. Accordingly the other contains Photoshop and has the printer connected to it.

In this case, we use a special printer called a Sub Dye printer. It doesn’t print with ink cartridges, instead, it uses celluloid film of three colours. As a result, the print does not fade.

We only print images when the guest is happy with there choice. For this reason, we have a no obligation clause for your guests.

Last minute readiness.

Once all the preparations are complete just a few checks remain.

In the first place, the camera’s set to the correct colour balance and colour chart for the lighting conditions. For this reason, we then take a photo and print the result. The printer might need some minor tweaks in photoshop but then all prints will be the same colours when printed.

Accordingly, we are now ready for the guests to arrive and have their photos taken.

Style of photos

Correspondingly  the evening gives the ladies the opportunity to put on there finest with the men looking smart in Tuxedos.

As a result  Event photography gives the opportunity to record the guests in there dresses and tuxedos.

Generally, we take 3 types of photos:-

  • Full length
  • Landscape from the waist up
  • Close up of the guests.

Large Groups

In the first place the backdrop is only 3metres wide. As a result, group shots are limilting, the more people you have the more restricted you become on space.

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In the first place for a fundraising charity event we attend Free of Charge. For this reason we sell the prints for £15 each or 3 for £30. In addition each print comes in a black photo-strut and a clear plastic bag to protect them. Consequently at the end of the evening we give 10% of our takings to the charity.

Area of cover

In general the areas of coverage for Fundraising Event Photography are Hampshire and surrounding counties.

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Depth of Field

Lens Depth of Field

To begin with, depth of field (DOF), what it is and how to understand how to use it.

DOF can be viewed as the amount of a picture that is in focus. As a matter of fact, this could be a short/narrow DOF to a long and wide DOF. Generally speaking, three factors determine the DOF.

The focal length of the lens

In the first place, the focal length of the lens is the ability of a lens to magnify the image of a distant subject. As a result, it is the distance in mm from the optical centre of a lens to a point where a subject at infinity appears in sharp focus. This is usually the cameras digital sensor. In this case, think of this as the physical length of a lens in very simple terms.

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Aperture

In the first place, each lens has a maximum aperture and a minimum aperture. As an illustration, the range could be from f2.8 to f22. In other words, this means the amount of light that can enter through the lens. At the same time, the small f-number (f2.8) allows loads of light to enter the aperture which is wide open. On the contrary, the large f-number (f22) allows the smallest amount of light in. As a result, this means the aperture hole is small.

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Distance

Different distances decide what the DOF is likely to be. If you are photographing something at distance you are going to get an image where most things are in focus. This may mean that anything close to the camera is out of focus. On the other hand, if you photograph something close then the subject close to the camera will be in focus. You will also notice that the background is blurred or out of focus.

What DOF can do for you?

A shallow depth of field is great if you want to make your subject stand out. That’s a portrait subject with a nice out of focus background. This means the subject stands out no distracting background.

For a landscape photograph, the camera’s lens can only focus on a single point. This means that areas before and after this point will appear out of focus. Although in reality, the area in focus will be a lot of the image. The out of focus will be near and far away from the lens.

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Candle Holder at f2.8
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Candle holder at f22
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Candle holder at f32

DOF Apps

The Depth of Field is notoriously difficult to work out when you first start to understand it. The good thing is that apps for mobile phones are available that take the guesswork out of it. For apple phones here is a link.

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Drones

In the first place as a photographer what use are drones to my business? As a result, what services are appropriate for the photography work that I undertake?

Classes of Drones

Therefore, most people think of drones as being a pilotless vehicle. In fact some drones are big and some are small.

  • In the first place, the big drones are referred to as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). In this case, they are likely to be Military or research vehicles and generally 150kg plus. As a result, these are not drones that most photographers might consider using.
  • Likewise the next size down is the light UAS between 20kg and 150kg. For one thing, these may be a bespoke unit and have various uses. By the same token, it is not likely that this would be a vehicle of use to my business.
  • The last size of the drone is 7kg and below. Accordingly, these are the most common type of drones for ariel photography/videography. It is this class of drone that is most useful for my type of photography. These are referred to as Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA).

Use of the drone for Aerial Photography

In reality, taking photographs from above allows for a different perspective of a subject. This includes:-

  1. Property Residential & Commercial
  2. Trains
  3. Cars
  4. People
  5. Landscape
  6. Boats/Ships
  7. Photographing areas that are hard to reach.
  8. Site surveying
  9. Environmental
  10. Insurance
  11. Sports
  12. Marketing
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Flying with a drone.

Likewise, drones are available from different manufacturers and come in a variety of models. The first thing to remember is that by using your drone to make money you are required in the UK to have a Permission for Commercial Operation (PFCO) certificate. The PFCO certificate is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority but only after meeting the strict criteria. This also means following the aviation rules that cover drone flying.

To clarify the passage below is straight from The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations CAP393
Meaning of “commercial operation”
7. For the purposes of this Order, “commercial operation” means any flight by a small unmanned aircraft except a flight for public transport, or any operation of any other aircraft except an operation for public transport—
(a) which is available to the public; or
(b) which, when not made available to the public,
(i) in the case of a flight by a small unmanned aircraft, is performed under a contract between the SUA operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the remote pilot; or
(ii) in any other case, is performed under a contract between an operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator,
in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration

Commercial Flying

If you have not met the criteria for a PFCO then you are only allowed to fly your Drone as a hobbyist. As a result, this places a lot of restrictions on the person flying the drone.

In summary, you have to comply with the Aviation Law for the UK. Failure to comply when things go wrong will result in the owner of the drone being prosecuted.

For this reason, I have now undertaken the drone training and passed the theory and practical tests. Coupled with this to comply with the CAA regulations I have had to compile an operations manual. As a result, this has to clearly show how I will operate the business and take into consideration emergency procedures.

Next Steps

In this case, I have received my operations manual back from NATS. Accordingly, they have checked the manual to ensure that there are no glaringly obvious mistakes. As a result, my next step is to buy insurance and then complete the application form to submit to the CAA.

It’s important to realise, that when the CAA are happy they will issue the PFCO. As a result, I can then undertake commercial operations for Ariel Photography/videography.

For further information on these services contact Martin now.

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STUDIO LIGHTING (part 2)

STUDIO LIGHTING (part 2)

In this case, this blog is about Studio Lighting Setup.

To begin with, in the last blog I wrote about the choice of studio lights available. As can be seen, in this blog, I am going into a bit more detail about setting the lights up.

Coloured/Dark backdrops.

Furthermore, as mentioned in the previous blog, for this type of backdrop four lights give you a good photo. In this case, my studio lighting setup for four lights is:-

  1. Main/key light.
  2. Fill light
  3. Hair light
  4. Backdrop light

Studio Lighting Setup

Main Light

In this case, the lights placed to one side of the camera to highlight the subject. Therefore this lights one side of the subject. In general, the light level for this would be around f8-f11.

Fill light

Generally speaking, you would place this light on the opposite side of the camera that the main light is on. In contrast, the role of this light is to put light into any shadow created by the main light. To clarify, it lifts the shadows and is not a strong light. In general, the light level for this would be f5.6-f8.

Hair Light

In addition, the hair lights placed at a high level over the top or at the side of the backdrop. In this case, this light lights the hair of the subject. The typical value for light level is f5.6

Coloured/Dark Backdrop Lighting

Accordingly, this lights placed low level behind the subject light the backdrop. In like manner, the light level is similar to the hair light.

Diagram for coloured/dark background STUDIO LIGHTING SETUP

White Backdrops

In this case, the main light and fill stay in place. At the same time, the hair and backdrop lights become redundant. With this in mind, place these lights to the side to illuminate the white backdrop. In this case, the lighting levels for the two side light is around f11. Equally important the lights must light the backdrop evenly.

Diagram for white background STUDIO LIGHTING SETUP

As an illustration, the diagrams above should help with you setting up your lighting for profile headshots. However, feel free to contact me if you require help.

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Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting (part 1)

Accordingly, studio lighting takes many forms. As a matter of fact, there are flashlights, continuous lighting and strobe lighting.

As a result, you have to consider which benefits you best.

Flash

In this case, Flashguns used off camera.

Picture of a gary fong diffuser on a camera Studio Lighting

Continuous Lighting

Likewise, as the name suggests the lighting does not change although it can be dimmed or brightened.

Picture of studio lighting continuous light

Strobe lighting

Accordingly, this normally has a modelling light that allows you to judge the final lighting setup. In addition, it has a strobe light that supplies the actual lighting for the subject when fired.

Picture of Strobe Lighting Studio Lighting

My Choice

When I started the business I choose Stobe Lighting.  For this reason. that it was a portable unit. In this case, the units are mains electricity or battery powered. You can also use a variety of light modifiers over the strobe to soften the light.

Set Up

Moreover, all forms of studio lighting require setting up for light level and colour balance. That is to say, to do this accurately you need a light meter and a using a grey card. If you don’t do this then you will get inferior results. Must be remembered, each light requires setting up individually to produce the effect the photographer is looking for.

You can use 1 or multiples of, in most cases, you would use more than 1. In this case, the ideal studio lights for portraits is four.

1. would be the main/key light.

2. would be your fill light

3. would be your hair light

4. would be your backdrop light

For this reason, these lighting setups are normally used for coloured backdrops.

White Backdrops

Generally speaking, if you’re using a white background, you remove the hair and backdrop lights. These then get placed pointing at the white backdrop.

In addition, with the lights in position and set to the levels required, the cameras set to the settings. In this case, the cameras set to the main/key light setting.

Watch out for part two. Want to know more then drop me a line.

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