It's already Thanksgiving again! Since you'll probably be taking a lot of family photos this week we wanted to put together a few tips to get great group shots!
1. Get Close Together, Very Close Together
You want to make sure there is no open space between anyone in the photo. What does this mean? Have everyone pose comfortably then check the shot. Are there any awkward spaces between people? You'll want to make sure those spaces are closed, either by having people rearrange or stand closer together. Really simple, but really important. You want to look like you like eachother!
2. No Floating Hands
We all know those photos, the ones where there's a random hand around a waste or an arm that someone has forgotten to hug around someone. Make sure everyone's arms are intertwined evenly. Suggest for people to hold their hands on their neighbor's backs instead of around their waists.
3. Make Sure Everyone Matches
It's always a bummer to see a family photo, everyone looking great, and you're in the middle of a conversation, a sneeze, or just weren't ready for that shutter to go off. Take a look at everyone before you shoot, is everyone smiling? Does anyone have hair in front of their face? Does anyone's clothing look awkward?
They may seem simple, but putting these few tips to the test will help you snap those awesome family photos you'll love for years to come.
What's the most awkward family photo you've taken? We want to hear about it!
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Today's blog post is for all of our photographer friends out there! Whether you are looking to take headshots professionally or want to try a DIY headshot, these quick tips can help make your images look more professional.
The first thing you want to consider is whether you will be shooting in a studio or outside. Shooting outside you want to make the background as blurry as possible to keep the color but avoid distractions. We typically shoot between f/2.2 and f/2.8. The lower the f-stop the shallower the depth of field, so if you are shooting at f/2.2 and find it difficult to grab focus going up to f/2.6 or f/2.8 can help.
Keep in mind! If you are shooting on a crop sensor camera, you will need a lower f/stop than on a full frame. Something around f/1.8 will work comparably.
So knowing the f/stop you want to use, what should your ISO look like? Well to determine the ISO we'll also have to consider what our shutter speed. To avoid any blur and help us grab really crisp focus we typically shoot at 1/200 of a second. PRO TIP! Your shutter speed should match, or be faster than, your focal length to help avoid camera shake in your shot. What does this mean? Basically, if you're shooting at 100mm, your shutter speed should be at least 1/100 of a second.
So knowing your f/stop and shutter speed we can now set the ISO. This is going to depend on your lighting. If you're shooting outdoors with bright lighting, your ISO is going to much lower than if you are shooting indoors or in a darker location.
When shooting in brighter light outdoors your ISO is going to settle around 200-640. If you are in a studio you may be shooting between 640 and 1200.
And that's it! These three settings will have your headshots looking more professional in no time!
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So you want to start acting and would love to get involved with some commercials, but where do you start? In any casting situation, especially commercials, your headshot plays an important role in catching the attention of the casting director. We wanted to share three key things that make the perfect commercial headshot!
1. A Genuine Smile
If you're going for a commercial you'll want to look friendly, approachable, and trustworthy. After all, you're the face of a product. You want to be confident but still relatable.
2. A Complimentary Background
Whether you are shooting in a studio or outdoors, you want to make sure your background compliments your expression. Light backgrounds, such as a white indoors or muted colors outdoors, work best for these types of shots. A dark background changes the atmosphere of an image. A bright background will help to enhance a happy expression and keep the photo engaging.
3. Complimentary Lighting
Just your background, you want to make sure that your lighting works to enhance your shot. Even lighting that keeps you looking natural is always best. If the lighting is too dramatic it will change the atmosphere or may imply to a casting director that you are trying to hide something about your appearance. Again, you want to convey a natural, relatable look.
Take a look at this commercial shot below!
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