The secret to a good headshot is that it can convey a wealth of information in a fraction of a second.
People want to connect with people — and not with a faceless company.
What`s the Perfect Headshot?
The perfect headshot is one that literally jumps off the page. And stops people in their tracks.
A good headshot should convey who the person is, and help place a face with a name.
In today`s world, when so many of us work with people across the country and the world, a photo can help cement a relationship and create trust and confidence.
Your best bet is to work with a professional photographer, who can capture the essence of who you are in a visually compelling manner. Here are some tips for those determined “do it yourselfers”.
1. For best results, you`ll want a camera that has a large aperture lens, that allows you to blur the background. I have a 1.4 aperture lens on my Canon 5D that allows me to keep the person in focus, but create a nice blur on the background.
2. Things Growing Out of People`s Heads.
A sure kiss of death is the telephone pole or tree that appears to be growing out of someone`s head. It`s a common mistake with amateur photographers. Pay attention to what is behind the person.
3. Good Lighting.
Good diffuse lighting can help create a compelling image.
The built-in flash on your camera can often be too harsh and directional. It`s better (if possible) to use a flash that you can bounce off of a ceiling or other diffuse reflector to create a less direct light source.
That said, sometimes it`s nice to keep part of a person`s face in shadow – that can create a nice effect.
4. Get Close Enough
When you`re using a headshot for a social media site like Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn, make sure that the image is shot close enough that you can see the detail in someone`s face.
When the image is sized down to a small thumbnail, a close up on their face is critical. It`s not very helpful to show a tiny image of someone where you can`t see their face.
Need A Great Headshot?
If you need a great headshot, let us know. We love helping to create a dashing image for your professional needs!
Our professional portrait sessions are $199 and include a finished, full resolution digital file of your favorite portrait.
Give us a call: 503.313.2427 for more information.
Parts of this article come from the company Customer Paradigm.