If I had to say one word for taking good headshots, it would have to be distraction. Distractions seem to give me the best and most interesting headshots.
I'm going to talk a little bit about how to use distractions to your advantage, and how to get your headshot actor, no matter who they are, to give you the best and most interesting headshots.
The key is to be able to snap pictures while talking. It's not really a skill, it's just something to get used to if you aren't already. It can be awkward hiding behind a lens while talking to someone, but it's necessary to ensure you are ready to snap the headshot as soon as the right moment comes.
Once you feel comfortable talking to people behind a camera, the second step is to practice talking without giving people a chance to talk back. You don't want your headshot actor constantly talking to you and never giving you a chance to take their headshot!
Once you are used to talking over people and being extremely rude by talking behind a lens ;) you are ready to become a headshot photographer! Now I can tell you how to make this a more even playing field... Give your headshot client a reason not to be annoyed at your rudeness, by giving them a distraction! Now that they are distracted and you are rude, you are both assholes and ready to work great together.
The best way to get your headshot client distracted is to ask them to look at something over your shoulder, or nearby. Tell them to study it and think about it, this way they will not pay as much attention to the camera. Then suddenly ask them to look at you (since you're behind the camera lens while you say this, "you" means the camera). As soon as they turn, snap the headshot. And don't just snap one, snap a lot! Then if they start to say they weren't ready, just say yes they were and you got it! And then say it might have looked a little awkward, and that should get them laughing. Now start snapping away! If they start talking you have to shut them up, because this is the perfect moment to snap those headshots, while they are laughing! Go back and forth between getting some serious and some laughing headshots so that you get plenty of images.
I like to use the distraction and laugh technique when I know the headshot client a bit. Sometimes it's awkward to do this if you have never worked with them before, because they might not take kindly to your being rude.
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