Shooting the Perfect Headshot

The best headshots are usually produced with a simple neutral color backgrounds, beige to off-white are best for models with fair complexions. Dark backgrounds or various shades of red are frowned upon are reds have a tendency to ‘bleed’ and dark backgrounds appear to make the model look pale, even jaundice looking. Portraits are usually vertical rectangles but not always, if the image of the face is complimented by the background, or used for ‘artistic’ effects, then landscape images are acceptable.

D’ shot? That killer portrait than makes you appear to be a queen? Here are a virtual cornucopia of variables and myriad of stages that going to making the perfect head shot. Let’s take a look at some of shall we?

Location, location, location! Are you a nature buff or a studio connoisseur? True, most ‘headshots’ are performed in studios with appropriate backdrops. Not all photographers are the same when it comes to the ‘portrait’ shot. Sometime it will require taking a model into a grass laden field or wooded areas; then taking a wide selection of angles with veritable lenses; from full body to portrait . But never shooting between the hours of 11 and 2 in strong sunlight.

Experiment, experiment, experiment. Try shooting some shots with foreground objects such as models hiding behind strands of wheat, hugging a tree or other objects. Shoot below trees were the sunlight just trickles through the branches, leaving you with natural lighting, highlights and shades. Try Black and white images for the antique look.

What about the camera? There are two different format; digital and film.

In my opinion;

· a good brand of film

· a professional camera with appropriate settings

· proper lighting

· excellent film processing

can put most digital cameras to shame. Or so it used to be, with the onslaught of new technology, and more high tech gadgetry, film is slowly losing the battle.

But lets try to stay focused here…

So we talked about cameras, digital or traditional. Highlights, mid-tones and shadows. The makeup type of camera, f-stop settings, film or digital, and backdrops, you name it, it all plays a part in the perfect headshot