Shooting headshots looks like a rather simple task for any photographer, but it often turns out to be more complicated than it seems.
To have one person in front of your camera, looking to you for direction, is a rather demanding environment that requires both patience and creativity. On top of that, people are usually very critical of themselves in photographs and feel very nervous – it takes some time to make them relaxed.
However, there are some simple tips you can consider if you want to make shooting headshots easier both for you and your models.
1. Separate Subject From The Background
Headshots are all about people, their character and their facial expressions. Because of this, you should always make sure to create the separation from the background.
You can achieve this in two ways – you should make sure that your model doesn’t stand too close to the background and you should use a shallow depth of field. Talking about aperture, something like f/4 works great for environmental and natural light sessions, while f/8 is more suitable for studio sessions with lights.
If you are using a studio background such as various backdrops, you should try to minimize shadows on the wall, since they make headshots look less professional.