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Must-read Tips to Click Perfect Headshots That You Can Be Proud Of

Tulika Nair Mar 17, 2019
What is a headshot and what are the tips to keep in mind while getting one clicked? Here, we give you answers to all these questions.
A headshot is generally defined as a photograph in which the focus is the model's face. In industry terms, a headshot is a glossy photo of the dimensions 8" x 10" that has images on both sides.
While one side is a full facial shot, the other side is a collage of three or more photos, which are a depiction of the different characters that the model is comfortable playing. As with other forms of photography, there are some important tips that you should keep in mind regardless of whether you are a model or a photographer.

Tips for Photographers

For first-time photographers who do not have much experience with headshots, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. These have less to do with actual techniques and more to do with the things that you will need to focus on.
  • While taking close-up shots, remember that the angle from which you will take the photograph will affect the shot a lot. For women, it may be a good idea to take a slightly high angle shot as it makes their eyes appear larger and gives them a more vulnerable look. For men, take a slightly tilted low-angle shot as this can provide the illusion of strength.
  • Focus on the eyes. Your model's eyes are the most important part of the photo. They will be the focus of the photograph and need to reflect the model's personality.
  • As a photographer, it is up to you to get the right expression from your model. Try to shoot as naturally as possible. Have a conversation with them constantly, get them to laugh for the headshot with a natural smile, and ask thoughtful questions for a more serious look.
  • Add a head light to create a slight halo behind the subject that can add depth to the shot. Also use diffused lighting to hide any flaws on the skin. This also helps create a gentler look.
With experience and time, every photographer adds to his repertoire of skills that help him click better photographs.

Tips for Models

Most people who are getting these photographs clicked are entrants to the fashion or movie world and looking at improving prospects with agents, scouts, casting directors, etc. It is important for these people to portray the image that they would like to be identified with.
  • Firstly, remember that it is important for your personality to shine through your photos. While you may want to portray your glamorous best, the fact remains that these are not for your beauty queen pose. These are the photos from which the casting director gets an accurate picture of you.
  • While getting your photograph clicked, remember to dress appropriately. Do not go overboard with bling or glitter. Stick to solid colors and ditch patterns in favor of these solids.
Do not wear white or any light shades. For headshots the focus has to be on you and not your clothes. Try to take along a change of clothes, a formal set and a casual set, and get photographs clicked in both outfits.
  • When it comes to applying makeup, try to keep it subtle and simple. Use makeup to hide your flaws and accentuate your best features, and not to look like an over made-up doll.
  • Before you get your photographs clicked, discuss with the photographer about what you are looking for from your photographs. Tell him where you will be sending out the photographs and accordingly decide on a pose that works well.
  • Along with a close-up, opt to get a three-fourth shot clicked as this will help the casting director to get a look at your body type which can be important for proper characterization.
You should now have no problem when you go to get a close-up clicked for yourself. Just keep these tips in mind and you should have a photograph that will truly showcase your best side.