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

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