A&P Question about taking headshots.

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  1. lilcheen

    lilcheen New Member

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    My friend has asked me to take some "head shots" for him tommorrow. He is auditioning for a part at Disney and they require 3-5 headshots.

    I have a Rebel XT 50mm 1.8, kit lens, 28-135 IS and tamron 28-300mm 3.5-6.3

    also a 420ex.

    He said they are in black and white, and usually have a black or white backdrop.

    Which lense would be the best to use? Would a white or black sheet work.

    My guess is to use the 50mm at like 2.8 and bounce flash off the celing?

    I just want some tips, techniquess, and advice since I want to do this right for my friend.

    Thanks.
     
  2. kendan

    kendan New Member

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    If you have something to bounce it off with, say a white ceiling use that. Also, a black background usually looks the best for any body shot. The 50mm would probably be your best bet.
     
  3. Dnepr

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    Yeah, use 50mm.

    Also, focus on his eye's. Im also not sure if 2.8 is enough to keep all of his head in focus.
     
  4. lilcheen

    lilcheen New Member

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    thanks guys. I'll do a little expierimenting today. Headshots are like resumes andI just want to do my best for my friend.

    I'll post up results later!
     
  5. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    How high is the ceiling, ~ 12'?
     
  6. Under_Fire

    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    BOOM






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  7. lilcheen

    lilcheen New Member

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    i figured something of the sort was coming with my thread title :)
     
  8. lilcheen

    lilcheen New Member

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    yeah, sounds about right
     
  9. Rotate

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    Take the meter reading from just above the bridge of his nose.

    Be sure to take a lot of pictures. Have him laughing, being serious, etc.
     
  10. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I wouldn't bounce your flash off the ceiling. It's too high and the light would hit the top of his head instead of his face. Try bouncing the light off a 3'x4' or similar size white foamcore or poster board that is placed off camera axis. Angle it so the light is bounced into his face. You'll get much better results. If you have a window that you can use as a second light source, use it as a side or back light.
     
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    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    sorry. couldnt resist :hs:
     
  12. Tomash

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    50mm might be a little too wide for a hear shot. Use the 28-135 at around 100mm, stopped down a few stops. You want to be sure all of your subject is in focus, and wide open, that lens isn't too good.
    Yeah, bounce the flash off of something white. You can even use a white piece of paper positioned over the flash at a correct angle.
     
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    Though bokeh shouldn't really matter, since you'll be using a solid background anyway.
     

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