View Full Version : Head Shot Help

04-14-2008, 11:02 AM
I've recently gotten into taking head shots for actor friends. On line I noticed the current look is dark background and a very light foreground. I usually prefer to shoot with natural light (the less I have to take tot the shoot the better).

I have noticed that head shots have that "popped" look on faces and in the eyes. I've only been able to get that sometimes with a bounce card, or using PS in post.

Does anyone have any advice on how to consistently get that popped effect when shooting outdoors with changing light? is there a range of shutter speed and f-stop that generally works?

04-14-2008, 02:37 PM
I know this is a rather open question as environmental lighting will always change. Is there a ratio I should consider?

04-15-2008, 09:53 AM
Do you have an example of the effect you are trying for?

04-15-2008, 12:22 PM
Here's some examples - I think they used just a bounce card though. But there is a richness in color I'm missing in my shots that these have.

04-17-2008, 11:53 AM
I would try to get the light to come in from an angle, as opposed to straight on. That will create slight, very soft shadows that will give the image a 3-d look and helps it 'pop' off the page.

04-17-2008, 12:16 PM
Thanks tyb! I'll experiment with that.

04-18-2008, 03:23 AM
ali the pic on the left of the guy is very bright lighting from below & slightly in front to eliminate shadow & wrinkles too if you need to know.;)