Studio Headshot Photography

December 3, 2018

Studio studio studio. Studio headshot photography, plain backgrounds, man made lights right? Well yes but not necessarily.

A photographic studio isn’t necessarily all of those things. When we think of studio photography it’s common to think of a dedicated room filled to the rafters with equipment and white walls but that can be a bit of a misconception. Ok yes, it’s more than likely that a studio will have heaps of kit to help a photographer take great shots, but there’s the problem, equipment doesn’t make a great shot.

Too many photographers get caught up in the kit and ignore how to make an awesome photograph. It doesn’t matter what lights are used if the photographer doesn’t know how to use the light to his or her advantage. And so many photographers use a plain background because they’re following the crowd.

The Photo Heads, a studio is simply a controlled space. We might set a plain backdrop or we might used the exposed brickwork of our Shoreditch studio, or customise a background out of props. Whatever the background we might use artificial lights or the natural light from the window. There’s no formula, we just do whatever’s best for the image.

There’s the point – a studio should be used to create the best possible image. It isn’t just a room with with a heap of expensive tech and one background use to repeat the same formula for image creation. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with having the best equipment to help produce that image, I’m just saying it shouldn’t be relied on as the thing to make the image great. It’s the photographer that does that.



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