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Why Do Actors Need Headshots?

If you are a part of the acting community, you are likely well aware of why actors need headshots in their industry. If you are just getting started in acting or thinking of dipping your toes in the industry, you may not be too sure of why you need headshots. One of the very first things an aspiring actor should do before trying to book auditions is to get professional headshots. When you get professional headshots done it can be much easier to drop them off with casting directors at auditions you attend or to submit to agents you want to work with. Continue reading

Getting Ahead in Your Industry Using Good Business Headshots

When prospective clients or headhunters are looking you up online they aren’t just looking at what you do, they are also taking a look at who you are. The way that you show yourself to other people online is proven by research to be a big factor in whether they contact you, buy from you, or offer you something. If you own your own business it can be especially competitive and getting ahead in your industry with something that seems subtle, like a good business headshot, can be the difference.

Your headshot can say a lot about you as a person and as a professional. Someone who took a quick selfie will not look nearly as good as a person who hired a professional photographer. Someone who cropped or photoshopped other people out of the frame or has a grainy or pixelated headshot isn’t going to look as good as a person who uses a high resolution shot that’s well lit. Getting ahead in your industry can mean knowing the best ways of getting a professional headshot done. Here are some tips on how: Continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Absolutely Need Professional Modeling Headshots

Are you a model that is trying to break into the industry? You are probably well aware that you are stepping into one of the most competitive career ventures and being prepared can make or break your ability to make it in the long run. Aside from having the nature, confidence or learned skills that a model needs, you want to gain the best competitive edge out there. One of the better ways to get an edge, and one of the easiest is to have a set of professional modeling headshots at the ready to present to prospective agencies. These headshots can go a long way in capturing and accenting your best features while also showing a range of what you can do. Continue reading

Is It time for New Business Headshots?

If you work for a company that has a website featuring a “Meet Our Team” or ‘About Us’ tab, you may be profiled with a photograph of yourself. If your company has a site but doesn’t have a “meet us” type of section, it may be a good idea to invest in one as well as new business headshots that go with it. Also, if you have company photos there are certain questions you want to ask yourself to determine if it’s time to get new ones.

Take a Headcount

One of the first things to address is whether your company group photos involve members that are no longer a part of your team. If you have recently hired a new head of IT or have seen a few employees move on to new employment opportunities, then it may be time for new photos. This can help to ensure that anyone who visits your website isn’t confused about your team or calling to speak with someone who no longer works with you. Continue reading

Can Headshots Be Selfies

Okay, right to the point… Never ever, if you’re serious about your career. There is no such thing as a professional selfie. But there is such thing as a professional headshot. There are many reasons to steer clear of the tempting ease of just using your iPhone or Android phone.

It’s Not Even a Fair Fight

One might argue that there is no benchmark for what a professional headshot should look like, in terms of quality. But, you can look at a headshot from a professional photographer that used one of the best DSLRs available and tell. Just compare it to a selfie and you’ll easily tell the difference. So, when you put your selfie out there to be compared with truly professional headshots, you’ve failed to meet that benchmark and to be judged by it.

A smartphone camera is simply not up to the task of producing professional-quality photos or video. This is because, for professional careers, full frame DSLRs (and full frame mirrorless cameras nowadays) have been defined as the benchmark of quality for headshots. No smartphone camera comes close to meeting that benchmark. Don’t let the fancy advertisements fool you.

Why Camera Phones Are Inferior

Let’s imagine the below image represents an overlay of two rooms. The black room is clearly much larger than the white room. This is the approximate size of a full frame image sensor of a professional-grade DSLR camera – the black one – compared with the size of the image sensor on the latest iPhone XR – the white one.

Full-Frame to iPhone XR sensor size compare

While Not to Actual Scale, This is An Approximation of How Small the iPhone XR Sensor is Compared With a Full Frame DSLR or Mirrorless Sensor

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