Before you photograph a person, it is best to talk to them what the goal of the photograph will be. Will it be a headshot? Or will it be used for a corporate photo? These things will help you make the subject look their best. Author Levi Sim gives these and other questions to ask before you take a simple photo of your subject.
- Before I begin photographing somebody,…especially someone for a professional headshot,…we wanna talk about the goal of a photograph with them.…If it's a headshot we probably want to show some personality…but with specific traits, something like confidence,…approachability, integrity, trustworthiness.…The last thing they probably wanna show is goofiness,…and so if I bring my attitude of photographing children,…where I'm excited and going for laughs with the kid,…if I bring that to a professional headshot,…I'm probably going to illicit the wrong kind of emotion…and expression from people.…
So I wanna be sure to have a conversation…about what goals we have for a photograph…with my subject before we start shooting.…This not only gives me the right idea for a picture,…but it helps my subjects understand that I'm concerned…about what they need, and that I understand their needs.…And that helps them feel better…about being in a picture with me.…Most people don't like being in pictures…and they are mostly feeling trepidation…
- Finding a good spot to make a portrait
- Making great light for a portrait in practically any situation
- What camera settings to use for portraits
- What accessories make portraiture better
- How to talk to help people feel comfortable in a portrait