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Cinematic Headshots for Realtors

 
acidbyte7
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Mar 07, 2017 11:06 |  #1

Haven't done any headshots in a while (I mostly shoot weddings) and was really excited when these women reached out to me. Had a few issues during the shoot. It was supposed to be 60 degrees and sunny that day, but it turned out to be 36 degrees and windy haha. Naturally, the wind was blowing towards the camera so their hair was blowing in their faces most of the time. There were a few points I was able to catch some "Beyonce hair wind" but it didn't last long haha. If I spun the other way the background wouldn't have been pleasing. So I worked with what I had. Here's a few frames I was able to capture. Here's the blog post for more: https://joedantone.com​/princeton-realtor-headshots/ (external link)

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Mar 10, 2017 08:26 |  #2

I really like this style of headshots and like the execution except for one thing: these images seem to be blurry and not tack sharp. I am not sure what caused this as the shutter speed seems to be OK, maybe a little bit more depth of field would have helped. 2.8 is very narrow on an FF body, especially with 200 mm focal length and so close to this subjects.


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Mar 10, 2017 15:42 |  #3

CyberCat wrote in post #18297140 (external link)
I really like this style of headshots and like the execution except for one thing: these images seem to be blurry and not tack sharp. I am not sure what caused this as the shutter speed seems to be OK, maybe a little bit more depth of field would have helped. 2.8 is very narrow on an FF body, especially with 200 mm focal length and so close to this subjects.

I agree that they could look sharper. When shooting with shallow DoR on a face the eye has to be the point of critical focus.
First one looks like the eye is sharp, based on eye lashes.
Second one, its hard to find a critical point of focus. The eyes look to be a bit out of focus. Don't see any blatant evidence of camera movement.
If I were doing this, I think I'd have used 5.6 or 8. Still kept the background out of focus but more DoR in the face.


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Mar 11, 2017 20:36 |  #4

Looking good. I'm fine with this level of sharpness and I've just recently started to believe that sharpness is really more for photographers. People looking for headshots want a dynamite, smooth looking shot that delivers the image swiftly.


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Mar 11, 2017 21:41 |  #5

If anybody thought the images were not sharp, they look fine on my monitor.

I like the background. Is it a place you took both women to, or a backdrop or cloth in your studio?

riffster wrote in post #18298459 (external link)
Looking good. I'm fine with this level of sharpness and I've just recently started to believe that sharpness is really more for photographers. People looking for headshots want a dynamite, smooth looking shot that delivers the image swiftly.

I did a wedding and a ballet dancer about a year and a half ago, that looked too sharp. Now instead of trying for sharper photos, I'm watching for when to back off a little.


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Apr 04, 2017 11:54 |  #6

I'm not sure what makes these cinematic but they are nicely posed headshots. As has been mentioned, more DoF would help making them sharper.


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Apr 09, 2017 08:03 |  #7

It's not just that they look soft. To me it looks like the photographer missed the focus.


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acidbyte7
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Apr 26, 2017 08:27 as a reply to CyberCat's post |  #8

Hey! Thank you for the compliments! The images are tack sharp in full res, these are downsized pretty heavily for web.


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Apr 26, 2017 08:34 |  #9

CyberCat wrote in post #18297140 (external link)
I really like this style of headshots and like the execution except for one thing: these images seem to be blurry and not tack sharp. I am not sure what caused this as the shutter speed seems to be OK, maybe a little bit more depth of field would have helped. 2.8 is very narrow on an FF body, especially with 200 mm focal length and so close to this subjects.


dmward wrote in post #18297516 (external link)
I agree that they could look sharper. When shooting with shallow DoR on a face the eye has to be the point of critical focus.
First one looks like the eye is sharp, based on eye lashes.
Second one, its hard to find a critical point of focus. The eyes look to be a bit out of focus. Don't see any blatant evidence of camera movement.
If I were doing this, I think I'd have used 5.6 or 8. Still kept the background out of focus but more DoR in the face.


BlackBull wrote in post #18319307 (external link)
I'm not sure what makes these cinematic but they are nicely posed headshots. As has been mentioned, more DoF would help making them sharper.


s1a1om wrote in post #18323291 (external link)
It's not just that they look soft. To me it looks like the photographer missed the focus.

Thank you everyone for the compliments. This is the style of headshots that I shoot. Its not for everyone but it gives a unique background rather than your typical hanging backdrop. These were buildings in the background and these were shot in a parking garage by their office. I'm shooting far enough from the subject that f2.8 covers a decent range anywhere from 135mm-200mm. On my end the images are tack sharp. These images are at 75% quality so they most likely won't look sharp to you.


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May 06, 2017 19:33 |  #10

While they are nice headshots, what is a 'cinematic' headshot?




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May 06, 2017 19:44 |  #11

Nice shots! One nit - the first woman seems to have a bit of a wonky tooth on her left side. You may want to touch it up a bit in post, as that is drawing my eye to it.


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May 07, 2017 01:28 |  #12

Like them both but also not sure what is "Cinematic" about them. Is this a compositional thing (if so what) or a colour grading thing....?


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May 08, 2017 01:08 |  #13

Dan Marchant wrote in post #18348167 (external link)
Like them both but also not sure what is "Cinematic" about them. Is this a compositional thing (if so what) or a colour grading thing....?

It is the horizontal orientation, the tight crop and the extra blurred background. There is a great short summary about this on F-stoppers.


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Aug 07, 2017 10:59 |  #14

Too much smoothing IMO.
First girl's forward lean is hunchbacky.


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mihazero
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Aug 26, 2017 13:11 |  #15

While these are nice, skin is overprocessed on both. Also ... not as sharp as i would imagine proper professional photo should be.




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