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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