headshot help!

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  1. lisa_13

    lisa_13 TPF Noob!

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    i've been asked to shoot "emergency headshots" for a friends friend. emergency as in we need to shoot them this or next week. i told her i'd do it, but i'm not sure if we should shoot indoors (i have a studio) or if an outdoor location would be better.


    can anyone give me tips on how to take a great headshot? she is auditioning for an off-broadway show. i do shoot mostly portraits, but headshots are new for me to shoot, so any help at all is appreciated. thanks!
     
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    c.cloudwalker TPF Noob!

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    Just google headshots and you will get your answer.

    There was a thread recently on the subject but I'm too lazy to go look for it right now. Sorry.
     
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    Very flat lighting
    No hair in eyes
    No jewelery
    Lens level ( no up tilt or down tilt)
    Pose straight ahead No turn or tilt of head
    Bland background

    Keep it sharp. F8 ~ 12

    Print at 9x12 unless told otherwise.

    This is not a portrait, this is so they can see a look.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As mentioned... flat lighting on a white background, head just a little to the left or right of the camera, no more than 20-40 degrees. No shoulders, neck up only.

    Flat lighting = light coming from a closely positioned softbox above and in front of the subject at a 30 degree angle from nose to softbox center.
     

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