No time for chocolate this weekend

Had a visit from the lovely Penny this weekend at my studio, We had a fantastic shoot and she left with great new headshot images for all her social media platforms.

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Headshot Lighting Set-up For Small Spaces

As a photographer I am constantly playing with light trying to get the best out of it. As my work is headshot photography its crucial that my work looks consistent on my website, so my clients know what they will be getting when the step into my studio space.

My studio space is not the biggest in the world but nor is the space I get to set up in at my clients, so I have been developing a lighting set up that works for me. That’s the important bit “That works for me” this is because I need a go to set up to give the best to my clients when I’m in a tight spot. I shoot my headshot’s with strobe and this can be a disadvantage in small areas, even if they are turned to the lowest power setting the light can and will spill into areas of the shot that you don’t want it to. You can use flags and screens to modify the light, but I want to be able to go to clients with minimal amount of kit to get the job done and done well.

I have now developed a 3 light set-up, which works. Sometimes when shooting male subjects I introduce a 4th light called a kicker. The kicker is there to highlight jaw line and add and extra dimension to the shot, it’s a little more masculine.

My original set up was a four light set-up, the traditional high key lighting set up. Two background lights and two front lights, with a reflector used as a fill light Fig 1. In a small space this set-up will cause you problems if like me you want a 100% white background. For this your subject needs to as far from the background as possible or those background lights will spill over you subject and bleed them into the background. I want to get my backgrounds correct in camera I don’t want to waste time in post correcting the background, so I had to come up with other ideas.

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I tried different ways of flagging the light in my studio to get this set-up to work, but this need to be a lightweight portable set up. When I’m shooting at my clients I don’t want to be transporting extra stands and sheets of polystyrene to modify the light. I tried other set-ups using one light on the background Fig 2, this worked a little better. But with a reflector dish to modify the light I was getting a hot spot in the middle and fall off on the outside of the image. This meant I still had to waste time in post. I could add more power but again in a small space even the single light will bounce its light around and spill and wrap around the subject.

Headshot Photography Studio in Milton Keynes - DW Images Photography Fig 2

As this set-up was sort of working I needed to make some fine adjustments. I needed to create an evenly lit background so I tried different ways and found that a strip box on a floor stand gave me the best results. I tried different modifications of the soft box including an egg create modifier. But over all the best results I was getting using the strip box with front removed. Fig 3

Headshot Photography Studio in Milton Keynes - DW Images Photography Fig 3

The images below are from my studio set-up.

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As you can see from the out of camera shot below there is a nice even white background giving the subject the correct amount of separation from the background.

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I’m not saying this is the only way to do this, this is my way and it’s the way that works for me. I just hope that if you are having the same problems I might have helped you on your way to getting the results your looking for. You can see more of my work at

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Things To Think About When Deciding On Your Headshot

It seems obvious but you do need to have a good think about why you need a professional headshot long before you have your professional headshot taken. Not only will these be helpful for you but they will also help your professional headshot photographer. The things you should thinking about are:

  • Why you need a professional headshot? (new website, new opportunity, social media presence, press release, recruitment i.e LinkedIn)
  • When do you need a professional headshot by?
  • What brought this on?
  • Where else do you intend to use your headshots? (i.e. website, business card, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, one pager biography, press releases, book cover, products, roll up banners, email signature, a copy for your mum?
  • What are the main messages you would like your professional headshot to communicate? (i.e. confidence, approachability, trust, professional, caring, fun, quirky)
  • Whats the very best thing that can happen as a result of having a professional headshot?
  • What will achieving that result mean to you?
  • What are your/your companies core values?
  • Who is your target audience or ideal client you are looking to attract?
  • Are you thinking of writing a book or launching any products (CD, DVD etc) in the near future?
  • Have you seen any professional headshot photos that you particularly like the style of? (take examples to show your professional headshot photographer)
  • Do you (or any of your staff) have any particular worries or concerns about being photographed?
  • Would you like to book a professional hair and make up artist for your shoot?
  • Would you like professional image advice?

Other things your professional headshot photographer will need to know…

  • What are your current brand colours? (logo, website, etc)
  • What style of photos do you like? (studio, location, posed, candid, colour, black & white)
  • Are you working on any other branding?
  • If it’s a company team headshot shoot, is there anyone in your company that may need a greater selection of images? (i.e. Senior Execs, company spokesperson)

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A Cheap DIY Alternative To Peter Hurley’s Kino Flo Lighting

Everyone knows Peter Hurley uses fairly expensive Kino Flo lights to give his clients nice soft beauty lighting. Fstoppers reader Tristan Penner decided to build a portable and inexpensive alternative to Peter’s setup using standard Fluorescent lights. The setup might not improve too much on the portability but the quality of light does look really nice. What’s really cool is Tristan is able to travel to people’s homes with this setup bypassing the expensive overhead that comes with owning/renting a studio space.

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Present yourself to future prospects & clients

Profesional headshot studio photographer in Milton KeynesPresent yourself to future prospects & clients with a professional & powerful business portrait, which portrays yourself as credible & authoritative in your business. Attract new business opportunities and sales leads from visitors to your website, online profiles and networking sites like LinkedIn.

Having a professional headshot has never been more important than now, In todays cyber lead world with the continuing growth of the internet and social media. More and more business is done online these days. You will be judged on your profile image and people will make very quick, sometimes snap decisions about what to look at when on-line, and the impression you create with your headshot is one of the factors that will contribute to the overall impression they form about you and your company.  Having a professional headshot is your opportunity to portray who you are, what you want to say about your brand and to send a message about how you do business. A great headshot will give people the confidence to approach you and your business; a bad headshot will make them click next. If you haven’t taken the time to present a professional appealing headshot image then your customers may well question your attitude to quality and customer service in other aspects of your business.

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So what does “professional” mean in this respect – and what is the difference between a professional headshot and one that a friend with a good camera might be able to take?  Well I think the difference lies in a number of different areas.

Firstly, an understanding of your requirements is critical, and this is probably the most important, both in terms of how you intend to use the image, and the sort of brand or image you wish to create.  A professional photographer will discuss how and what the headshot is to be used for, whether you are looking for a fun, informal image or something more traditional and formal. My professional headshots are all shot in a studio environment. With my camera always tethered to a computer so my client can see the images as I shoot. This means I can work with my clients, making them feel natural and confident in from of the camera. All of my headshots are modern crisp colour images; black and white headshots are very old fashioned these days. I will explain what colours that are important?  What to wear?

There are different technical requirements for an image that will upload easily to websites/ social media sites, compared to ones that will be used on printed media, and a professional photographer will understand the different resolutions and colour profiles required.  Similarly, it is worth considering who and how the image will be viewed.  If it is a headshot for Linkedin or Twitter and it is viewed on a mobile device, it may be no more than 2 cms big, whereas a profile article on a website would be displayed much larger.  Many businesses deal with more than one type of customer and may want a different profile picture or headshot for the different channels.

A second important consideration is equipment – having the appropriate range of equipment to create a suitable image.  This will obviously include the camera, but also different lenses, lighting, studio equipment etc. A professional photographer will understand what is required for different types of photography.

Milton Keynes Head shot photography StudioAnother area that is important is that of posing.  Different body shapes, skin colours and clothing types will lend themselves better to different poses, and a professional photographer will know how to get you looking at your best, and how to accentuate your best features, and minimise those you are less confident about.

A professional photographer will edit your photograph.  Most of the hard work has already been done in selecting the appropriate equipment, lighting, clothing and pose for the photograph.  However, there is always just a little bit of magic that can be done at the last stage to ensure that the colour range and balance is just right, skin blemishes are appropriately edited and the image is presented in the best possible way.

And a final word – do keep your headshot up to date.  Nothing is more disconcerting than finding out at a first meeting that the person in the photograph is actually ten years older than you thought! It’s recommended that you update your headshot every three years.

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