Detroit Michigan corporate head shot photography is definitely picking up these days. Business people understand the power of branding themselves. Clients really want to see your face and make decisions sometimes based solely on that. Business has really picked up with head shots/portraits. The head shots that draw the most attention are definitely my natural daylight images, for men and women.
The left is natural daylight with lots of side sculpting with large black flats. Without the sculpting I feel men can look a bit pastie and washed out. I’m really trying to keep the bone structure and give a strong jawline, not always easy with window light.
The traditional strobe setup seems to be the necessary evil image for some clients… it’s I know I should have it but I really want something a bit more current and modern. The strobe setup has been around for years especially because you can “disguise” what doesn’t need to be seen, double chins, extra weight, weak jaws, thin faces, wide faces, eyes too close… well you get the idea.
Working with window light can be great but it’s not the answer to everything until you learn how to control it with flagging and posing.
Thus my two look package has become my most popular. The natural daylight image can be much sexier for men and more beautiful for women.
It’s hard to explain to clients that I “could” make them look better but I won’t. Why? Because it’s a headshot session not a portrait session. There is a distinct difference between the two. A headshot has to show off the true architecture of your face. Pulling your face off camera might make your nose look better and your face look wider.. but that’s not the purpose of a headshot session. Hey, they could be looking for someone just like you!
Television does not have Photoshop. You do not get to choose what angle you’ll be shot. The producer will not ask what side you like better. They will not whiten your teeth or pluck out those bushy eyebrows and nose hairs you should of attended to before the shoot. They don’t care what color you look best in… well you see the theme here.
What they want is a “STRAIGHT ON” shot of your face. I will let a man turn a wee bit, but that’s it.
These are not images for your Mom or girlfriend/boyfriend, they are not dating images… these are working images for casting directors to do a job. Show them your knowledgeable about the business and give them what “they” want.
I do retouch but it’s strategically and meticulously done, especially for men… it must maintain it’s roughness. Global skin smoothing is generally not the way to go… it can turn an image into a “high school senior” pic. Head shots have a job to do… work.
Having lots of photographers at the studio gives me insights to what beginners have problems with. I shoot Canon so when someone has a problem with another brand it can trip me up a bit. A couple of weeks ago I was testing with a hairdresser that brought his camera along and sat down with him to go over his settings. The first problem that popped up was he was using all of his focus points, so whatever and wherever the camera locked was in focus. He didn’t know you could choose just one point and didn’t’ know how to change it… neither did I.
It surprises me how many photographers don’t keep their manuals in their camera bags. Choosing your focusing points is a BIG DEAL and knowing how, when and why is critical.
I stumbled on to a few Canon video tutorials that are great, all on Canon focus that are well worth the watch. I also saw they had a two minute video on Canon custom functions, I thought, oh, I’ll watch that first, it’s only two minutes. Wrong! I misread it and it was two hours. I watched the entire video and thought it was very helpful. The next day I sat down with my camera to change a few custom functions and to look at my focus lock button. I definitely see why and when the focus lock button would be useful.
I have the Canon 1d mk3… I didn’t even know the thing had live view or a mic. I’m still confused about a few things but we never stop learning. The technology built into the new cameras is staggering and a bit intimidating.
Once you click on this link you’ll see the three Canon Auto Focus videos. The videos on average are 30 minutes each all worth watching.