For outdoor corporate headshots on a budget, the sun is your only main source of lighting. Also, picking a background can make or break a headshot from being a professional to an amateur. In this video, learn the dos and don’ts when lighting the subject outside choosing a background to shoot on.
- So the first thing I do … whenever I am looking for a place to shoot a headshot … is do a little bit of an assessment of the lighting. … So is it sunny? Is it cloudy? … You know, is it windy? … 'Cause then you're going to have both, right? … You're going to have cloudy sections … and then you're going to have sunny section. … Most of all, … I want to just drive home the point that direct sun … and headshots rarely play well together. … You've got areas where it's really, really bright … and then you have very sharp shadows … usually under the eyes, under the nose, under the chin. … And it's just really unflattering lighting. … So what I'm looking for first is an area of shade … that I can put my model in. … So for this example, we are seating her under a tree. … The next thing that we have to worry about … is what is the background look like? … What I'm usually looking for … is going to be a somewhat detailed background, … but it's not too detailed. … And usually I like something … that's in a little bit of shade as well, …
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