First attempt at headshots..

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  1. lacij

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    I recently took some headshots of my friend who is creating a package for her acting auditions...how are they? which one is the best? im leaning towards the first one but i need to get three printed. if there are any adjustments i can make PLEASE tell me... any tips for next time?

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    thanks SO MUCH!!!
     
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    The exposure is more or less correct, though they're slightly flat. I fear that you may have a problem here that is not correctable via post-processing, and it's that she looks empty...it's in the eyes. I would really try to re-shoot if you can.
     
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    empty? okay, so how do i reshoot these without making her look empty? i dont think i quite understand, im sorry.
    thank you so much for the help though
     
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    One suggestion I've heard for acting headshots...
    Have the person pick one of their audition monologs and start performing it. Then have them continue silently while you get them in position. The act of getting them in character should help give some emotion to their expression.

    I agree with Max, #5 is the only one that looks like she's thinking about anything other than the camera.
     
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    #4 and #5 are the best, but headshots are much tougher than they seem, they usually look like mugshots!

    Try what someone said, get them to get into character, or at the very least, take dozens of pictures in various stages of smiling.

    I read somewhere that instead of asking someone to "be happy" give them specific things to respond to. like:

    "Pretend that you just got a new puppy as a surprise."

    or if you want them to be serious:

    "You just heard the news that a long lost friend is dying"

    Letting them react, instead of telling them HOW to react, will make it be more natural!
     
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    They're all way too soft... I think what MaxBloom means by "she looks empty" is that the pupils of her eyes just look like black circles. She needs to be at a certain angle from the light source so that she has some "eye light" << a small white gleam in her eyes.

    Also, you shouldn't get the chair in frame.
     
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    okay, thank you all so much! i will deffinetly make a note of everything you all said and reshoot some soon.
    thanks guys
     
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    how good of friends are you two? she seems nervous or something, either way it looks like shes lacking emotion and you can see it in the shots. Nice soft lighting though, what are you using for light?

    look forward to seeing a reshoot.
     

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