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Can Headshots Be Taken Outside?

When you’re looking for a headshot photographer, eventually you’ll also need to decide if you want your headshot done in a studio our outdoors location. So, sometimes the question is asked if headshots can be taken outside. In other words, can your headshots be done in natural light? The short answer is, of course, they can be. However, are they better done in a studio?

Natural light is usually a very hard light on a person and not very flattering. Contrary to popular belief, a cloudy day is typically preferred by a photographer over a bright day. If your photographer has you facing the sun, in addition to the very unflattering light, you’ll likely be squinting. If it’s a hot day, that can cause you to sweat too, or shiver if it’s a cold day. Regardless of whether you opt for natural light or studio light, there are obstacles like these to overcome. So, can headshots be taken outside? Let’s take a closer look.

Natural Light Advantages and Disadvantages

There are more disadvantages to using natural light than there are advantages. One advantage is that it is low cost. The sun is free to use. But, as with most things that are free, they’re usually not the best option. If a photographer knows what they’re doing, they can make great photos for you using natural light. Also, if you’re doing lifestyle photos, natural light is a great option. There are also great locations for a good backdrop, such as the Los Angeles arts district where Headshots by The Light Committee is located.

Natural Light Actor Headshot Outside

With the Right Photographer, Good Natural Light Headshots Can Be Created to Complement a Headshot Portfolio

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What Your Headshot Says About You

Are you on the fence as to whether you should get a professional headshot? Maybe you don’t like having your picture taken. Or, maybe you think they are too expensive. Maybe you think a smartphone selfie is good enough. Well, before deciding against one, you might be surprised to learn what your headshot says about you.

First, it’s important to take into consideration that a professional headshot involves using professional-grade equipment to accomplish it. Thus, a professionally done portrait will easily standout compared to anything a smartphone can do. And this is the obvious difference between a professional shot versus an amateur one.

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Getting the Best Headshots Can Result in More Than Just a Shot for LinkedIn or IMDB

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Can Headshots Be Black and White?

This is a question that comes up on some occasions – can headshots be black and white? Some might argue it depends on what it’s for. For example, some might say actor headshots can be black and white but corporate headshots should not be. Some might also argue that model headshots can be black and white. The quick answer is, of course headshots can be black and white but, not as the primary ones you use – and that’s regardless of what they are for.

Your main headshots should be in color. This is for many obvious reasons I’ll go ahead and state anyway. Whether you’re an actor, business executive, model, etc., the purpose of a headshot is to show an accurate representation of you. The last time I checked, the world operates in full color. So, a black and white headshot is not an accurate representation of you.

Black and White Actor Headshot

A Black and White Headshot is a Classic and Looks Good, Like this One. But, It’s an Outdated Process and Inaccurate Representation of You.

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A Guide on How to Get the Best Actor Headshots

Published on Daily Actor

You’re ready to launch your acting career. Or, maybe you’re ready to take it to the next level. Wherever you are in your acting career – short of already being crazy famous – you’re going to need good headshots. They are an absolute must, as 100% of casting directors demand them. But it can be daunting to find a good headshot photographer in a city like Los Angeles or New York. So, what’s an actor to do?

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This guide is meant to be definitive in providing you with end-to-end advice to find a good headshot photographer so the results will be to ensure you had a great experience and great results from your actor headshot session.

For the full article, go to Dailyactor.com and read it there.

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 smartphone.

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 compare it to a selfie and 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.

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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