Shooting a portrait of an individual can be a challenge. In this video, Ben discusses the approach and process for getting the best from a subject.
- Our prototype flyer does not have any need…for headshots or individual shots of people,…but Bats is wanting some new headshots for their website,…and this is the kind of thing…that you might find yourself needing to do a lot,…shooting people for corporate presentations…and annual reports, and that kind of thing.…So we're gonna go through real quickly,…how to get a good headshot.…So Cece's here, and we need to get a shot of her.…Now, the first thing you might think is, oh,…if you're gonna shoot a portrait of someone,…you've gotta have lights and flashes,…and all that kind of stuff.…And that is one approach,…that is the very difficult approach,…so we're not gonna go near that.…
We're gonna do something that can yield fantastic results,…and that is pretty easy to pull off,…and that is, to find a nice window in your office…or your theater, wherever it is you are.…We're really lucky here,…because this window has diffusion material on it,…so it creates this wonderful soft light.…If she was standing in a window…with direct sunlight coming through it,…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long details the concepts and techniques that graphic designers should know about in order to work with photography more effectively. The course begins with a look at logistical and legal considerations, from composing for a layout to budgeting to obtaining permissions and releases. Next, Ben tackles the kind of assignment you might find yourself taking on—shooting a variety of different types of photos that are required for a print piece. The course concludes with guidance on where to go next to further your photography skills.
- What's different because you're a designer?
- Knowing the final specs for a design project
- Budgeting for a photo shoot
- Planning and previsualizing your shoot
- Preparing your camera
- How the eye sees differently from the camera
- Shooting individual and group portraits
- Post-production and final product
- Finding the keepers