I think it’s important to constantly try different Lighting Setups so that you are always adding to your skillets. This means that when you are faced with different/difficult lighting situations, you will always have options.
In the shot above I used two speedlights with a softbox and a snoot. I placed the key light very close so that we have a very quick fall off of light across the face to give that moody look with the shadows. It also means that the background falls into darkness. I then used the second light to subtly light the background to separate the subject from the background.
This is the same shot processed into Black & White. I will always do this to see which best suits the subjects skin tones and complexion.
Niamh contacted me to say that she needed some Headshots and some Full Length shots in the boutique, to be used for an article in the business supplement of a National Newspaper. The catch was that the photos had to be shot, edited and emailed to the paper by 7:00pm and Niamh would not be finished with Hair and Make-up until 5:00pm.
Luckily for me, one of the things I always do after each project is check all my lights, charge all my batteries and download/backup/format my memory cards so that I am ready to go at very short notice.
The most important thing when taking Headshots is to talk to the client and find out what the shots will be used for and what image they want to portray. For example there is a huge difference in how you would light/shoot a headshot to convey CEO/Master of the Universe and Happy Go Lucky/Not a Care in the World.
In Niamh’s case, she had a very clear view as to what image she wanted to portray and how it would fit in with her overall branding for Ruby Rouge that she has worked to build up over the last number of years. This meant that the process of taking and selecting the shots went smoothly leaving just enough time to edit the shots and make the deadline.