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Advice for Actor Headshots

 
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Aug 11, 2011 12:09 |  #1

I took a few headshots for some friends and wanted to see what yall thought. Any critiques, tips pointers, etc. I just want to learn and improve!

P.S. The sharpness is better than it looks on here...?

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Aug 11, 2011 15:38 |  #2

Well done.

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Aug 11, 2011 16:38 |  #3

paolojackson wrote in post #12917043 (external link)
I took a few headshots for some friends and wanted to see what yall thought. Any critiques, tips pointers, etc. I just want to learn and improve!

P.S. The sharpness is better than it looks on here...?

Hi paolojackson, in my opinion, #1 is quite good... nice pose, lighting, sharpness, crop.

On the other hand, #2 also has a nice pose but is soft at the eyes and the lighting appears very harsh. The teeth are washed out and light is reflecting off the skin. What did you do different on #2? Did you try to bounce or diffuse your light source?

Nice job!

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Aug 11, 2011 17:38 |  #4

Thanks for the C&C thus far.

The first picture was outdoors with ambient light with a 24'' softbox. The second picture was shot against a seamless white, with a 53'' octa (two layers of diffusion). I can see what you're saying with the teeth being over exposed...I thought it would be a problem but I almost like the look of it.

The two pictures were shot about 2 months apart. I live in Texas (100 degrees and humid!) so working outside right now is very tough. As soon as you step outside you can feel the sweat and feel the moisture.




  
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Aug 11, 2011 20:47 |  #5

I don't do headshots, but I found this video incredibly enlightening (no pun intended). You might be able to draw some ideas from it.

http://fstoppers.com …oses-the-perfect-headshot (external link)

For these sorts of shots I can't help but think that there is no need for shallow DoF since there is no background to worry about. On no. 2, it almost looks like missed focus.




  
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Aug 12, 2011 03:29 |  #6

Overall, I think you have done a pretty good job here. Lighting and composition are OK. A bit less shine to the skin in #2 would be appealing.

I'm no portrait artist my my tips for these or future shots would be:

try for an in focus face - including the nose (#1 nose is OOF #1 eyebrows are in focus but eyes ad beyond are not).

Skin tones normally are better softer. #1 is a little too "structured" and contrasty. I'm pretty sure you will find some portrait plug ins and tutorials for CS3 out there.

For your critique add your camera and set up information and try to leave EXIF intact.


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Aug 12, 2011 04:54 |  #7

#1 brings my eyes to the face so as a portrait shot i would say good composition but my critism would be the light on the right-hand side of his nose and eye socket is a little harsh if you know anything about retouching you could probably sort this out (im not just talking about lightroom)

also i would say maybe this would of worked a little nicer with the eye's as the Focus point, not the mouth?


personally #2 looks too soft to me but again i like the composition.


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Aug 12, 2011 05:31 |  #8

Based on headshots I've seen cross the desk of producers and casting agents, these are both too tight and too "artsy."

Unless the casting process requires shots that have a specific look, primary headshots for actors should be chest up portraits over plain backgrounds. Relaxed, natural smiles and neutral outfits.

You have to show the performer in as neutral a light as possible with minimal processing and a normal perspective. Don't shoot down or up on them, avoid wide-angle lenses which can distort facial features and use sufficient depth of field so the performers features can be seen clearly.

I'm sure there are people out there saying, "C'mon Jay, that's so damn boring...!" It may be boring to us as photographers but the purpose of the everyday headshot is to help the performer land work, not prove what an avant garde, edgy, progressive portrait photographer you are.


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Aug 12, 2011 07:56 |  #9

I think these need more DoF, It wouldn't hurt to have the ears and shoulders in focus.

They are too tight


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Aug 12, 2011 08:18 as a reply to  @ DAMphyne's post |  #10

HeaTransfer wrote in post #12919741 (external link)
I don't do headshots, but I found this video incredibly enlightening (no pun intended). You might be able to draw some ideas from it.

http://fstoppers.com …oses-the-perfect-headshot (external link)

For these sorts of shots I can't help but think that there is no need for shallow DoF since there is no background to worry about. On no. 2, it almost looks like missed focus.

Thanks for the link, very good stuff there! :)


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Aug 12, 2011 09:36 |  #11

Again, many thanks for all those who have contributed.

Here are some keys that seem to run common in your critques:
- better focus/more DOF
- less tight crops
- less "artsy" posing

Both of these shots it turns out I was shooting down on the models. Is this "too much" for actor headshots?

Also, how do you feel about the lighting and what suggestions might you have for lighting in a small studio?

Regarding the video, I had watched that several times before, but viewed it again for more pointers. Thanks!




  
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