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How Do You Prepare for a Headshot

Headshots are an investment you make for your career. For actors, models and others in entertainment, they are vital. But, even in the corporate world headshots are more important than most people think. So, what can you do to be sure you get headshots that will help advance your career?

First, be sure your headshots are being done with a commercial-grade camera, not a smartphone or other point-and-shoot camera. If you settle for a smartphone selfie, it will not only look unprofessional, you might give an impression about how much you care about quality that you don’t want to give. So, it should also go without saying that you should work with a photographer that knows very well how to use a commercial-grade camera.

Lighting Factors

You will usually want to opt for studio headshots as they are more polished. In a studio setting, the photographer has complete control of lighting via the use of strobe lights. In natural light, lighting dynamics can vary. The sun, clouds, temperature and other ambient factors cannot be fully controlled. As a result, in almost all cases, studio lighting appears more polished.

Studio Headshots in Los Angeles

Studio Headshots Affords Full Control of the Environment for the Photographer

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Who Does Actually Need Professional Headshots in Los Angeles?

Professional photographers offering headshots in Los Angeles is something pretty common. Even though we are in a modern era and, if you can afford it, you can have a cellphone with a 100MP camera, that’s not enough. After all, not all camera sensors are created equal – not even close. You can have all the resolution that modern technology is able to give to you. And you can even have some good skills at taking pictures of that landscape you like so much. But still, it’s not enough.

Taking professional headshots is something that requires expertise. It requires expertise in using the right camera, the right lens, the right lighting, the right amount of good post production, and so on. And that’s something good for you. Because if you hire a professional to do the job, you can guarantee results that stand out from those that settle for a smartphone headshot. However, you need to be sure of who to trust.

If you’re not sure of who to reach, try with me at The Light Committee, named by Expertise.com as among the “Best Portrait Photographers in Los Angeles.” Continue reading

Headshots by The Light Committee Named to List of Top-Tier Portrait Photographers in Los Angeles

Expertise.com is a website that aims at making it easier for you to find local experts in your area in any specific trade you might be looking for. Whether you are looking for a wedding planner or a landscaper, Expertise is the database for you. They have a proprietary research method to make recommendations based on consumer feedback, customer reviews, and more, and that way they find the best possible expert recommendations for you. Furthermore, vendors cannot pay to make their “best of” lists.

This is the same site that recently named Headshots by The Light Committee one of the twenty-four best portrait photographers in Los Angeles. They took into account over 12,000 portrait photographers in Los Angeles all across the city and determined that we are among the top twenty-four. Continue reading

What Are Headshot Requirements?

If you’re looking to get professional headshots you might being doing so to meet specific requirements. If so, it’s a good idea to get those requirements down to the specifics. It will help the photographer you’re working with ensure the requirements are met.

ERAS Residency Applicant Headshot

An ERAS® Residency Applicant Headshot Has Specific Requirements to Meet

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What Are Headshot Photos?

So, what exactly is a headshot photo? It can mean very different things to a lot of different people. And, what is the difference between a headshot and a portrait? Generally speaking, a headshot is a close-up of someone’s face, usually from around the shoulders up. And, also generally speaking, the difference between a headshot and portrait is that a headshot is commonly used for marketing purposes. Are there other differences that should be known? Yes.

Actor Headshots

Actors need headshots for their careers. Headshots are essentially the core of their resume. Sure, they need to list relevant experience on their resume like everyone else but, their look is essential. A good headshot for an actor is everything.

Typically, most actors will need at least a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot. The difference between these two shots should be clear. The commercial headshot is commonly well and evenly lit with a bright cheery background. A theatrical headshot goes for dramatic looks. Often, part of the face is in shadow and the background might also be darker. The two photos are used for submitting to casting directors for two very different roles.

commercial vs theatrical headshot

The Difference Between a Commercial Headshot and Theatrical Headshot Are Ideally Used by Actors to Be Cast for Different Types of Roles

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