Displaying my photography skill of a studio headshot.
Studio headshots are the first impression any employer or client will notice about you. Finding the right lighting for everyone is not an easy task, especially when you don’t have a professional studio. I wanted to be able to display my skill of a studio headshot, but how could I do it without a studio? Simple: Black sheet backdrop. For this photoshoot, I hung up a black sheet on my wall and placed my subjects in front of it. You would’ve never guessed these gorgeous photos are taken in a drab apartment. I specifically chose this project because I don’t have very many studio headshot examples in my portfolio, so this project allowed me to expand that section of my portfolio.
For this photo, I had two lights on my subject: one primary light and one hair light. I wanted this photo to have intense highlights and shadows so I did some dodge and burn. My original photo had a shutter speed of 1/60, with an aperture of f/10 and ISO 800.
This photo, I moved the primary light to the model’s side to create a split lighting. I kept the hair light on her as well. My shutter speed was at 1/60, with an aperture of f/10 and ISO 800.
For this last photo, I used a similar lighting as the previous photo, but with the primary light slightly more in front. This helped to get that sliver of light on the other eye and cheek. My shutter speed was at 1/60, with an aperture of f/13 and ISO 800.
I’m so grateful that I had a chance to photograph these models and capture a studio headshot for them. I look forward to highlighting my headshot work in my lookbook.
Here is my plan for the lookbook for my personal style project: