A headshot session is one of my favorite assignments to shoot as they provide a fantastic avenue for the photographer and the subject to really communicate. To most, these look like they were fairly easy to shoot but as they say, looks can be deceiving. With just a bare background, there is minimal margin for error as the focus clearly is on the subject. Therefore, establishing a great rapport with the person you are shooting is the key element in producing great looking images. Of course, how you light the scene is important as well as this sets the mood and the look. Personally, I believe simplicity is the key. I rarely use more than three lights when doing headshots but this depends on the requirements of the shoot. A lot of times, clients tend to request for that 'high-key' look which means I'll have to use extra lighting to nuke the background and make it pure white. But a key, a fill and a separation is usually all that you need to nail great looking headshots. Which is exactly what I used here.
Just a few more months and I will be married to my fiancee, Karen :)
The big day can't come soon enough!
1. 430exII on lightstand shot through 60x90 softbox camera left @ 1/16th power 24mm
2. YN 460II on lightstand, gridded, camera left as hair light 1/64th power 35mm
3. Triggered via CTR 301-Ps
4. All images shot using the 85mm @ f1.8
This is the travel and photography blog of Manila based photographer Dux Carvajal.