Creating Flattering Headshots

In professional portrait photographs, everyone looks great. Surely photographers use some kind of tricksancient, carefully guarded trade secretsto make Uncle Ernie look so distinguished and handsome. On the contrary, there are no fancy secrets to great headshots. You can make any subject (or any uncle) look his best by applying the simple principles in this section whenever you shoot someone from the shoulders up.

You can take good portraits even if you have the cheapest camera on the planet. But a few additional features, like the following, go a long, long way:

• Manual or aperture-priority mode. When you take a portrait, you want clear focus on your subject and a softer background. The lenses in point-and-shoot cameras generally put everything in the frame in the same sharp focus. Manual settings, especially aperture-priority mode (Section 3.2.1.3), give you greater control over the focal depth.

Zoom lens. Not essential, but helpful for bringing your subject into clear foreground focus.

• Fill-in flash. Check to see if your camera's flash offers different settings. Even if you have enough light to shoot without a flash, a reduced flash setting can help eliminate shadows from your subject's face.

100 Photography Tips

100 Photography Tips

To begin with your career in photography at the right path, you need to gather more information about it first. Gathering information would provide you guidance on the right steps that you need to take. Researching can be done through the internet, talking to professional photographers, as well as reading some books about the subject. Get all the tips from the pros within this photography ebook.

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  • theobald
    What metering mode do you use for head shots modelmayhem?
    8 years ago
  • fearne
    How to photoshop headshots in photoshop elements?
    7 years ago

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