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Nov 14, 2013

The Phorbes Cover Shoot

Doing an Editorial/Corporate Headshot

The original concept behind this shoot and tutorial was to show how to do a corporate headshot. After looking through some references we decided most corporate shots are stiff, and we wanted to add some more life.

Genuine, Natural Smiles

We wanted to add a touch of real to these headshots. Forced smiles at the camera can come off as stale and generic. Our staff here at Phlearn is full of life and we wanted to make sure these images portrayed that. We used a couple different techniques to pull real smiles out of everyone. We set up the camera on a tripod and used a pocket wizard to fire it remotely. This allowed the photographer (we all took turns) to interact with the subject, have a conversation and get some genuine reactions out of them.

Simple Settings, Strong Goals

We kept out lighting pretty simple, we wanted the subject to be the focus of the image, not the lighting. We kept the lighting to the front of the subject to avoid dramatic effect back lighting can have. It was important that the focus remained on the person and the expression.

Final Images

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    mlevad

    Aaron this was so FREAK’n HELPFUL! I have to do this exact kind of shoot in the next couple of weeks! Now I know EXACTLY what to do! I also have all of the gear to make this happen! WHOO HOO!

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    Dwayn Evans

    The photos are amazing. Did you do any post-processing on them or is what we see straight from camera? Cheers.

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    Didrik

    I just want to give my support to you guys. I look forward every day to come home and watch your vids. A great length and always well put together. I know Aaron gets a lot of credit here (and it is deserved) But I know there’s a team behind him that make these vids possible and I want to say thank you to all the phlearn crew. From BeanTown

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    socksareforsliding

    It would be so great to see the post production on this one, I love the look!

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    fizzicksdude

    This is so awesome! A lot of great tips and tricks! I was wondering more about your comment about using a different aperture for skin color and tone. Was it simply to adjust for the proper exposure? Your videos have helped me so much as I have started shooting events for other people. I don’t know what I would have done with out your tutorials. You have made me believe that I can accomplish a lot with my photography and cannot thank you enough!

    p.s. I am going to chime in and say that I hope for the post production video/tutorial as well!

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    Sean Tucker

    This was really great. Some lovely tips and a nice simple light set up. Great idea about the remote trigger and just talking to people to get a natural feel. Just posted on my blog a couple of days ago about a recent headshot gig (or marathon!) I did. I took a slightly different approach but here is the link in case you’re interested: http://www.seantuckerphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/11/5/shooting-business-headshots. Really amped to try the darker background though. Very classy.

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    Joe Gunawan

    Wow these images are GORGEOUS! Just love the lighting, the post-production tonality, and the overall approach. Learned a lot even in the wee hours of the morning, Aaron!

    – Joe G
    SLR Lounge Editor

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    Zietse Bob

    Hi Aron,

    Nice light and great shots. I like the picture of you best but I sort of mis the eye contact in the other four. Especially the last one. Nice portraits, but perhaps a touch introvert for true corporate use.

    Cheers,
    Bob

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    Alex Hochstrasser

    Another solid video, Aaron! When you’re discussing your lighting setups I think I would find it helpful if you showed a series of images with the lighting being built up towards the final shot. The first image being with no lights, then one with the fill, then the key and so on.

    -Alex

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    Braxton Klavins

    When firing off your camera with a remote, did you pre-focus and then set it to manual so it didn’t refocus? Then since you are shooting as high as f/11 then they will always be in focus no matter what?

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    Dan McClanahan

    Great post! Would you mind sharing what boom stand you’re using? I’m in the market for a new one.

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    Carla Redding

    Did you make the V-flats from foam core? If so, where did you get foam core that size?

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    Elvio Junior

    LOL….. You wrote in portuguese !!!! Right here behind …. lol ” PURA VIDA” that’s nice !!

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    Elvio Junior

    Great Post, Loved Behind the scenes !!! And love all your concern about how to get in and succeed on that !!!! Thanks a lot

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    StrangeKiku

    Really gorgeous images!
    I really love these settled soft color tones! The brightness is just perfect!

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    Bert McLendon

    Would love to see the before and afters on these. Great freakin video! Awesome look, reminds me of some of the portraits that make the cover of Time magazine. =)

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    Bryan

    what light stand/boom setup are you using for the octobox. It seems to move and hold fairly well

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    Miguel Ángel Páez

    f11 to f14 depending on subject skin tone? can you explain this further?

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      Anthony Kurtz

      I”m guessing it means that if you’re shooting someone with dark skin you would be shooting at f11 (more light) and someone with light skin at f14 (less light).

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    Julio Aponte

    This was awsome!! Please explain f11 to f14 depending on skin color. Thank You.

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    Creative Noodle

    So serious… So corporate =|. Every once in a while you hear Aaron’s giggle in the background and it comes back to life =D. Anyway, great job guys! Awesome and informative as always!!!

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    Travis Brooks

    love the BTS! You guys always have AWESOME tutorials!!!

    You have inspired me!

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    Dan Meythaler

    After watching this I went home and did a self portrait! Thanks guys for some awesome tips and inspiration!

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    Ahmed

    what was the actual focal length of the lens you have used for this shoot? thank you

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    Janet Kuzawa

    Thank you SO very much for sharing all these tools, tips, and tricks – it is greatly appreciated. I enjoy acquiring knowledge and practicing the application of it is even better!!

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    Guest

    Here is a shot of my good friend in front of a huge chandelier at a symphony in Winnipeg.

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    Tristen Hoffer

    Here are a few shots of my good friend in front of a huge chandelier at a symphony in Winnipeg.

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    Guest

    Self portrait inspired by your Editorial/Corporate Headshot episode.

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    Martin

    Self portrait inspired by your Editorial/Corporate Headshot episode.

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    Micha?

    Hi everyone!
    Aaron, if you need full size image, please send my message.

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    Micha?

    Hi PHLEARN!
    In my opinion the best is portrait of Aaron.
    I took the same 😀

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    Guest

    Hello Phlearn!
    I had to make a magazine as a portfolio exercise for class and this is the photo I ended up using for the cover. It’s a self portrait based on the stuff I phlearned here, (pun intended). I hope you guys like it!

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    Scott Villalobos

    I’m interested to know what you did in post. Also it looks like there is a hint of a texture over the backdrop. Beautiful work, but do you think big corporations will really use images like what your proposing? I know I would use them on my site but I’m not Boeing or NBC. Seems like these are more geared to the younger businesses.

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    Indranil

    That’s just Brilliant. Excellent stuff. Lovely Expressions.
    I have a question. Do we always need a sort of a studio to do shoots like these? Can the same thing be done in a smaller room? Also throw some light on the Camera and the Lenses You have used, please.
    Thanx a lot.

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    chris

    hi, great tut, i was confused why you mentioned the “usage of fstop 11-14 depending on the skin color”. curious what that means technically.

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      Nate Alexander

      Darker skin tones need more light, hence f11, lighter skin tones you can stop down more. It’s easier than changing the settings on your lights.

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    Austin Price

    Absolutely brilliant and helpful tutorial. I can’t wait to get in the studio and use this simplified lighting setup as apposed to my normal more dramatic setup.