Portraits, Headshots and Models, Oh My!

Some would say that the key to being a good or successful photographer is the ability to shoot good portraits and headshots. There is a fine art as well as a bit of science to getting your subject to relax and give you the pose you want.

Doug James Photography

Working out the details of the lighting and posing while trying to put the model at ease and assure them that you will make them look their best is not always the simplest of tasks.

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Doug James Photography

There are times when you will need to deal with models that are tense in front of the camera, or models that will tend to blink every time a studio strobe fires.

Doug James Photography

Just like anything, the more time you practice your craft the better you will get at something. I’m still practicing and perfecting my skills working with models, how to light them, how to pose them and how to direct them into the images I want.

Doug James Photography

Some models will come to the poses and the expressions naturally while others will remain uncomfortable in front of the camera. With time and experience I hope to become more skilled at working with models for portraits, but for now I am enjoying the learning experience of shooting outside my comfort zone.

Doug James Photography

I really like it when I can get several “personalities” from a single subject, making the same person look harmless and ominous in two different frames is challenging and fun all at the same time.

Doug James Photography

Working with both men and women can require different skills for each.

Doug James Photography

Everyone says the eyes are the gateway to a person’s soul, or the eyes tell the story so in most cases the eyes are the point of focus.

Doug James Photography

Another aspect of portrait photography is the retouching that is done after the images are captured, that is also something I am improving on with practice.

Doug James Photography

Every face is unique to that individual and tells a story of their life and how they have lived.

Doug James Photography

I really enjoy these model shoots, it gives me a chance to expand my skills as a photographer and learn new concepts of lighting and posing.

Doug James Photography

The commercial applications for this type of photography is endless, clothing catalogs advertising, general family portraits the skills gained while practicing will add to a general understanding of lighting and working with models.

Doug James Photography

I would say this is a classic headshot pose for men.

Doug James Photography

Getting the razor-thin depth-of-field shots can be difficult, too shallow and both eyes are not in focus, not shallow enough and the chest and neck are in focus which doesn’t have the same “dreamy” look.

Doug James Photography

Using natural light can be even more challenging than studio lighting because it can take some practice to controlling shadows, reflections, glare and color casts.

Doug James Photography

Studio lighting can be controlled and shaped to do what you want, whereas the sun doesn’t always follow your wishes.

Doug James Photography

When working with studio lighting there are so many different methods to using light-modifiers to control the light, this too can be very complex but fun to experiment.

Doug James Photography

Location lighting can present a completely new set of challenges. All these things add complexity and difficulty to portrait photography.

Doug James Photography

Doug James Photography

Now that I look at that shot I realize that I will need to go back and remove the red veins from the model’s eyes.

Doug James Photography

I’m looking forward to my next session working with models, using studio lighting, natural light or a mixture of both on location, either way I know I will be challenged and have fun learning.

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