Hello wonderful world of Internet.
I think I am falling sick, or maybe I just need to rest up a bit… muscle pains and sleepiness.
Yesterday I had a shoot with Mastercard local office. They told me I need to do a headshot of the CEO guy. I don’t really like taking headshots, but for many photographers it is their bread and butter money. I take any jobs because I have to pay my bills. So headshots, will do headshots!
So for one headshot, you need to bring a ton of equipment – lights, light stands, modifiers, backgrounds and stands for those backgrounds and other stuff. For headshots, I usually use 3×4 softbox on one side and reflective umbrella on the other side – easy illumination with diffused light from both sides, provides enough light for the while wall behind.
But this time somebody had the 3×4 already booked for a shoot. So instead I had a choice of a stripbox or a small octabox. Octa is so much easier to fit in the car, so I figured work. Never used it before, so I was a bit intimidated. But I went for it! Took the grid as well.
I had two prophoto lights with me, so I could easily use the umbrella on the other side, but to challenge myself even more I used the silver reflector instead of the second light. Using reflector without assistant is tricky, as you move it just a touch and it stops working the way it should. Actually, it is tricky with the assistant as well. You need to really understand how light works.
In theory all of this should work fine, the way I saw it working in many workshops. Hard to be looking confident about something that you’re using for the first time. But come on, to boost my confidence I put some eyeliner on.
Half of the job of taking headshots consists in chatting to people that you are about to photograph and relaxing them enough so that they look like themselves in the pictures. I had no issues with my CEO, as he was Italian, tall and handsome, and he told me he was enjoying the shoot as he liked the chance to do something different.
But he was 2 hours late for the shoot. I had to stay extra-time and they don’t want to pay for it now… but I took good images. I could be upset for the fact that I worked extra for free, but I am just going to remember that I learned something.
And I took a picture of myself to test the light that actually didn’t turn out so bad.
So go and dare.
I used Zeiss 50mm 2.8 macro lens which worked beautifully. I didn’t shoot portraits with it before, but I loved it.