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

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

Capturing informal looks for social media profile pictures

Capturing informal looks for social media profile pictures

While face-on shots are great for formal or professional uses, here’s a simple way to get a more casual-looking shot with minimal fuss.

Find a white or neutral-coloured wall, get your model to lean against it, and then shoot along the wall to give the image a sense of depth and space.

You can use a single flash, again with a softbox or umbrella attached, positioned to one side of the model.

You’ll find that the wall will act as a reflector to lighten the shadows on their face, so you don’t need any extra gear.

This sort of shot alters the position of the subject’s body, giving a more casual look

This sort of shot alters the position of the subject’s body, giving a more casual look

Kit needed
■ Flashgun ■ Off-camera triggers ■ Softbox

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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