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skull 09-14-2010 6:46 AM

Corporate Head Shots
 
I was called in to take some Corporate head shots the other day and really didn't have a clue. I researched it and everything I found looked overly complex and I am a KISS type of guy. So, I went with a gray seamless paper background, my AlienBees Ring Flash as the main light (probably not used too much in this setting!!) and then used a dark blue gel on a Canon 580 EXII (on 1/2 power) to light the background just behind the subject's head. I think the results were good and a bit unique. I will post an example later.

What is everyone's lighting set-up for this kind of shoot?

skull 09-14-2010 8:06 AM

ghetto light stand.... all of my other light stands were too tall for this set-up. Tacking the seamless paper to the wall is MUCH easier than using the roll and a back ground support system. I only use the back ground support system when shooting full length body shots and those subjects are usually wearing bikinis.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgn/4990181410/" title="Headshot Set-up2 by DM Images, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/4990181410_15dfe37821.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Headshot Set-up2" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgn/4989574579/" title="Headshot Set-up1 by DM Images, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/4989574579_848dab7752.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Headshot Set-up1" /></a>

skull 09-14-2010 8:08 AM

We are still editing the final images. I will post a couple examples later.

pierce_bronkite 09-14-2010 8:48 AM

We did a green screen background so that way we could change the background to whatever we wanted to. In the end I think it was too much work to Photoshop each individual shot and should have just went with something standard. Dont remember the exact lighting as I did not do the shoot.

dcervenka 09-16-2010 11:53 AM

How did the shoot go? Are you happy with the results?

I've never done head shots before, but it's Interesting that you had the subjects sitting vs. standing. From a setup stand point.. sitting it probably the most convenient, but my first impression is to have the subject stand to make them feel more comfortable.

skull 09-16-2010 1:46 PM

Here is a typical shot. This is me modeling the set-up but everyone looked similar. We did more "touch up" editing on the chicks. It went well. The hardest part is just getting everyone in to take the pictures.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgn/4989437011/" title="Corporate Head Shot - Test by DM Images, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/4989437011_8c6e5ed336.jpg" width="306" height="500" alt="Corporate Head Shot - Test" /></a>

I am huge fan of the ring flash in general. I could have used speedlights or my Elinchrom BXRi500 Monolights but was happy with these results.

skull 09-16-2010 1:49 PM

Sitting versus standing I don't know... It is easier shooting standing because you can use a regular light stand versus a ghetto stand. I will probably do standing next time but I guess I am indifferent.


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