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How to Get the Best Model Headshots – A Video Version

The following video is inspired by two articles Headshots by The Light Committee had published on Model Mayhem focused on helping models ensure they get the best headshots to help their careers. The first article was titled “How to Find the Best Modeling Headshot Photographer.” The second article was titled “How to Get the Best Model Headshots for Your Career.”

How To Get the Best Model Headshots

This video version makes for a condensed view of both articles. So, if you’re press for time, see the video. If you want the full details, be sure to read both articles on Model Mayhem.

Get The Best Model Headshots for Your Career

If you are in the market for headshots in Los Angeles, there are countless photographers you can find on Google, Yelp, etc. It makes it very difficult to find a headshot photographer you like and to also vet photographers.

There are countless things to consider when searching for headshot photographers in Los Angeles. What are their rates? Do they have a studio? How good is their work? Can they do studio lighting and natural lighting? Do they have good reviews? And so on.

With these articles and videos, Headshots by The Light Committee hopes to provide useful and actionable information to be sure any model out there gets good headshots for a modeling career.

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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Photographers Are So Underappreciated and, Thinking Now of the D850

I will probably always get irked by stories like this, where photographers are clearly undervalued and often taken advantage of. To quickly summarize, a photographer gets a gig with a magazine to photograph a band. A record label later takes the photos off the magazine website for their own use and then things get nasty. Continue reading

Nikon’s D850 Selling Well But, Is It a Worthy Upgrade?

It’s great to read that Nikon’s newest high-end DSLR, the D850, is apparently selling quite well. Last year and in 2016, I kept reading the opposite – that the DSLR market was in trouble. Apparently, like most markets, it just needed some innovation. But, how innovative is the D850? Continue reading

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