Professional Tips On How To Effectively Take Better Headshot Portraits

Many people believe that photography is too difficult or too expensive a hobby for them to get involved in, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just like anything else in life, the best way to get started is by learning.

Professional Headshots For Actors and Talent
Professional Headshots For Actors and Talent

If you want to take high quality portraits, do not rely on your camera’s built in flash. Instead you want to look at investing in a softbox to use for external lighting. If you can’t afford this, look into purchasing an external flash unit with a diffuser for your camera.

When photographing headshots, isolate your subject. Use a medium telephoto lens or the medium telephoto setting on your zoom. That, combined with a large aperture, blurs the foreground and background. Focus on the eyes. Use diffused lighting for a flattering look. If outdoors, wait for an overcast sky or shoot with the subject in the shadows and the sun at your back.

Experiment with the focus on your camera to create interesting pictures. You can focus on your subject more by using a smaller depth-of-field to blur the background. This is a good technique to use when the subject is up close, such as in portraits. You can get a greater depth-of-field using a larger f-stop so that everything can be shot in focus. This can improve the scope and definition in landscape shots.

The memories of our life are precious, and it is important to capture them in headshots. Whether you want to try capturing yourself or call upon our professional firm, you will have a better understanding of the imaging basics.


Mike Haller

4501 Mattis Road 63128

St Louis Photographer

St Louis, Missouri, USA  | Photography services


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