I posted a shot of her a couple of weeks back. Today I shot with her again to get an 8 X 10 head shot for her casting director. This is one of my favorites from today. Look forward to your opinions and comments.
I don't mess with constrast and saturation... maybe I'll give it a try, thanksSamer,
This is a nice shot. I think it could use a bit of a contrast and saturation boost as it looks a little flat on my calibrated monitor.
I also find the leaves to be quite distracting. The one adjacent to her head is too focused and draws my attention away from her eyes. The one over her arm is also a distraction.
Which lens did you use?
Thanks Fred. Point taken about the distraction of the leaves.Beautiful image Samer. The leaf does pull my eye, but the image is still splendid. Nice work!
Scott. Thanks for the input. Actually, I had done a Google search on the subject ahead of the shoot and I saw the first two of your links.I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble here, but headshots with anything recognizable besides the subject won't get more than one second on the casting directors desk. These images are not made to show off the photographers skills, but to showcase the actor's ability to capture the attention of the viewer. Take a look at any successful actors headshot and you'll see what I mean.
If you look through these professionals work I think you'll see a common thread.
Wow Samer! This one is even better. Excellent work. Moreover, an excellent thread packed full of useful info on headshots. I always learn so much from these type of discussions. Thanks all.Thanks Fred. Point taken about the distraction of the leaves.
Scott. Thanks for the input. Actually, I had done a Google search on the subject ahead of the shoot and I saw the first two of your links.
I wasn't sure how much background was O.K. for a headshot, but as with the second shot I posted, I have some that do isolate her quite a bit. I wasn't trying to show off my skills, for sure. Here is another shot that may be closer to that mold. Is this any closer to what we need?
Thanks again Scott. I will suggest we go forward with this one. I appreciate your advice on this matter.In my opinion that is an excellent shot...
It's interesting how much thought goes into the actors headshot. At least two different coaches have come to me with very specific instructions on exactly what pose and angle they want for their client. Just as a business man would design their ad, the actor must thoughtfully prepare their headshot. And of course they have to do this 2 to 3 times a year... More often for kids.
As always, YMMV.
Thanks for the compliment Fred. :wink:Wow Samer! This one is even better. Excellent work. Moreover, an excellent thread packed full of useful info on headshots. I always learn so much from these type of discussions. Thanks all.
Frits, you are too kind! thanks for looking. Glad you liked them.Wow, wonderful shots of this young lady. I like the last one best. Some very good observations in this thread, very constructive. Although there may technically be some issues, to my eye this is gorgeous!
Thanks Mitch. I may try to use the first shot for something other than the head shot as you suggest. I still like it, but after all the input from this thread, I realize it doesn't fit as a head shot.The last one is clearly the best of the bunch and isolates the subject very well.
I have to agree with Scott here regarding what you are trying to achieve. While I can appreciate this shot as a nice natural light portrait, I wonder if most casting people don't expect the standard studio head shot lit with several well placed strobes.
Thanks for taking the time Woody.The last one gets it for me, but if it were mine I'd sharpen it more and adjust the levels.
Healing Brush that stray hair on her lip too.
See what you think.
Brett, Thanks so much for your opinion on this. It means a lot to me and I'm glad that you liked that last photo. I hope I'm giving her a decent shot at getting work with this.As a casting director and photographer I agree with SRWatters...
It is focused clearly on the actor/actress and the background is minimul. I also see emotion and focus on the part of the subject.
Yet another man's opinion...