One of the benefits of attending various conferences is that you connect with models and other creatives. It just so happened that this particular person was a reconnect from a previous era of me doing behind the scenes work in dance. I became connected with quite a few people and these Caleb Headshots were no different. Caleb actually found himself as one of the models used for the B&H Depth of Field event. This event is earlier in the year at the New Yorker Hotel. Under 208 Management Caleb would work various locations within the space posing for various photography.
You can choose quite a number of ways to shoot headshots. Despite what people may say, there isn’t one right way to do it. Despite there not being one right way, there is still a standard to meet for quality. In general one should always choose a full on or 3/4 pose for your subjects. Always find their good side and cater to that. If the person needs to be slimmed down a bit, always turn their face/body away from the camera so as to cause a foreshortening affect.
In most instances headshots are taken on some form of white background; however, there are some of us that like to spice things up and change the atmosphere. Depending on the field in which my clients are, the background will switch. For these shots you will notice that the background is black. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s a preference. The only issue that can arise is that this particular backdrop blends to easy with his clothing. When you have situations like that you have to position your lights in such a way that it will cover the areas that may be a problem. This in particular was a one light setup. Using a beauty dish and eyelighter reflector in a clamshell manner, we were able to illuminate both Caleb’s face, edge of his hair, and clothes. Particularly important since, as you can see, everything is black.
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