This is the opposite of what most people talk about. Many actors want to know what makes a headshot good, and I have written about that multiple times. But I decided to just do something a little different this time and change it up.
So what actually makes a headshot bad?
Well, there are a number of things. They can range from technical to artistic choices and even to expression. Here are a few things specifically that you don't want to have in your headshot:
1. Blurry or out of focus eyes. This is just a technical things, but make sure the photographer has your eyes tack sharp in the shot.
2. A distracting background. You don't want to have something in thee background that takes away from the image, such as a fence, a sign, or a person. If you evan make out what an object is behind you, it will be distracting to the viewer.
3. A boring expression. If your headshot isn't interesting to look at, why would anyone want to look at it? It's gotta both look professional in terms of quality, but also you need an interesting expression, something that makes someone say... "I bet he or she can act."
4. Bad lighting. If there are uneven shadows across your face or hot spots from sunlight shining through trees on yourself in the headshot, nix it. This hot spots or uneven lighting are very distracting. You want a headshot where the flattering lighting makes you pop off the background, not get muddled in it.
These are just a few things that make headshots bad. If you have a headshot and want me to take a look at it and tell you if it's bad or good, feel free to leave a comment or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.