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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    Shooting headshots with a one flash setup

    Firing a flash directly at the subject produces harsh light, so the first step is to soften this.

    Shooting headshots with a one flash setup

    One of the simplest ways to do it is to use a small softbox, but most of these are only around 30cm wide, so you need to position the flash as close to the subject as possible.

    The other key accessory is a reflector (either a piece of white card or a ready-made reflector), which you should position on the opposite side to the flash to bounce light back into the shadow areas.

    When you’ve only got one flash, reflectors help reduce shadows by bouncing light back

    When you’ve only got one flash, reflectors help reduce shadows by bouncing light back

    Kit needed
    ■ Flashgun ■ Off-camera triggers ■ Softbox ■ Reflectors

    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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