Gear needed and/or methods to use to take a decent headshot/portrait photo
February 25, 2009 2:01 PM Subscribe
Please help a landscape photographer take a decent headshot.
posted by docgonzo to technology (15 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a serious amateur photographer (read: I've got a decent digital SLR) that has been volunteered to take photos for use in a fundraising publication at work. These photos will mostly consist of headshots and groups shots, taken indoors, of busy people who'd rather be doing something else.
I'm hoping for two parts of advice: First, whether it would be in my interests to invest in any gear. I have an SLR, a Speedlight 800 and enough lenses to get through. Do I need an umbrella? One of those reflective thingies?
Second, as my use of the wholly technical term "reflective thingies" indicates, I need advice on how to set up and take the shot. I've read Strobist enough to know that I should light the shot with off-camera flash and try to balance ambient with artificial light. Cool. How best to set up the camera, speedlight, other lighting gear and subject to get a semi-decent result? I'm looking less for Karsh than more for something well-lit without the blown-out look of bad flash photography. Any advice on methods or materials appreciated!