How to Take a Professional Headshot

What Are Headshots Used For?

Headshots have become widely used across many platforms and serve a variety of purposes. Whether it be for your business, online dating profile, or perhaps social media, a headshot is the first thing that grabs the attention of your audience. This can put a lot of pressure on taking the perfect headshot but following these simple guidelines will facilitate the process and help you produce high-quality photos.

Do I Need a Professional Photographer or Professional Equipment?

Contrary to popular belief, a professional photographer is not necessarily the only way to get great pictures. There are some photographers whose work is not up to par and for others, a photographer may not be an option due to the high costs. Believe it or not, your smartphone paired with a few affordable and even free accessories will be more than enough to get the job done!

Using Your Phone for Headshots

Let’s start with the placement of your phone. Ideally, you want to have someone hold the phone and take the picture for you. This can be anyone but in the best-case scenario, it is someone who knows your personality such as a family member or friend. These people can cause you to smile if necessary, or bring out the serious side of you for a more professionally-oriented headshot. Don’t have anyone to do it for you? Not a problem! There are many phone stands that are inexpensive and will get the job done. For some people, this is better than having a person hold the phone. This way, you can take as long as you want finding the perfect pose or outfit and not have to worry about anybody rushing you. All you have to do is set the self-timer on your phone and you are ready to start shooting.

What Makes a Good Headshot?

Much like a delicious meal or a successful sports team, there are a variety of elements that are all crucial to making the end product a great one. Lighting is one of the most essential components of a headshot. Some people believe that it is fine to have a dark picture because it can later be edited using an editing app or computer software. While this is true, it is not the best method. When it comes to taking headshots, natural lighting is your best friend. With that being said, another thing to avoid is using filters to alter your pictures. You want the picture to look as natural as possible and avoid any distractions to your face. For this same reason, you should make sure to find a solid colored background.

The busier the background or clothes, the harder it is to concentrate on the main focus of the headshot; you! Solid colors are the way to go for good headshots. Lastly, it is a headshot! This means it is not a selfie. A headshot should include your head and shoulders. Practice with different poses and facial gestures. You will find that the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to take the perfect picture. Do not feel frustrated if your first ones do not come out the way you wanted them to. Instead, continue to experiment and remember to have fun. In no time at all, you will find that taking headshots is not hard at all and you will look forward to having photoshoots in the comfort of your own home!

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Hector Cavazos