I spent some time tonight shooting a headshot session for my wife, Ashley. I usually take these opportunities to play around with new lighting techniques or editing presets; just because she’s patient enough with me. We produced this great image to the right. Mostly because she’s a stunning model; not having to do with any photography prowess I have.
I like shooting headshot sessions because you really get to set the scene. A bad headshot is only an indication that the photographer isn’t doing their job. Now, mind you, I’ve had my share of bad headshot sessions. But, I learn from each one and that’s the most important part.
Believe it or not, the black background in this photo isn’t due to a black cloth behind Ashley. It’s because the background is totally underexposed. There are a lot of tutorials out there on the internet on how to make that happen. It’s fun to play around with…give it a shot!
I used a Nikon D810, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR ED at f/20 and 95mm, ISO 200 and a shutter of 1/250th a second. Always shoot raw and remember; headshots are the best shots!