Headshots: how to shoot passport photos social media profiles and other informal portraits

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 22/05/2013 00:01am
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    How to set up your flash to shoot headshots

    Set up your flash, making sure it’s softened and in the right position

    How to set up your flash to shoot headshots: step 1

    01 Camera settings
    Set the lowest ISO. In manual exposure mode set the fastest shutter speed that will work your triggers. Set the aperture to f/5.6. Take a test shot. If you can’t see the subject, move on. If you can see the subject clearly, reduce the aperture.

     

    How to set up your flash to shoot headshots: step 2

    02 Soften the flash
    To reduce harsh shadows from the flash, use a softbox or umbrella. The larger the apparent size of the light source to the subject, the softer the light will be. We used an 8x9inch LumiQuest Softbox III which costs around £38/$42.

     

    How to set up your flash to shoot headshots: step 3

    03 Position the flash
    Even with the softbox in place you need to position the flash close to the subject in order to get the softest results. This should be around two feet (60cm) from the subject, and slightly above their eye-line and to one side.

     

    How to set up your flash to shoot headshots: step 4

    04 Set the flash power
    Once the flash is in position you need to set the power level. With the flash close to the subject start by setting a low power, such as 1/16 power, take a test shot and then adjust it until the main subject is correctly exposed.

    PAGE 1: How to set up your home studio to shoot headshots
    PAGE 2: How to set up your flash to shoot headshots
    PAGE 3: Shooting headshots with a one flash setup
    PAGE 4: Shooting headshots with two flashguns
    PAGE 5: How to shoot passport photos
    PAGE 6: Capturing informal looks for social media profile pictures

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    Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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