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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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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

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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How to Get the Best Corporate Headshots

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Companies often get new headshots done several times per year. They can be for new-hires, during website redesigns, even to submit for RFPs and more. And, most organizations understand the importance of a good headshot. Equally important then is finding a good headshot photographer. Continue reading.

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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. 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

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