Who Knew That Shooting Head Shots Could Be So Fun.





Portraits are the reason that I love photography but after doing this assignment I have come to know that I love taking head shots just as much. There’s something about taking pictures of people and getting them to laugh and feel comfortable with you that I can’t explain. I took these photos of my friends Namuun, Paige, and Spencer. I tried to use a different form of lighting for each of them. A few of those lighting patterns were split, loop, Rembrandt, and butterfly lighting.

I was able to achieve these head shots with a Nikon DSLR camera and a speed light. I was working in a room that wasn’t lit very well so I had to be smart with my camera settings. I used a shutter speed of 1/125 and had my f stop at 2.8 depending on how my pictures were coming out. I also used a speed light to achieve these lighting effects. On the split lighting I positioned the speed light 90 degrees from my subject and camera. For the loop lighting it was at about 25 degrees away from my camera and subject. As for the Rembrandt lighting it was 45 degrees from the the camera and subject. Lastly, the speed light was directly in front of the subject for butterfly lighting. During this process, I learned that lighting is a bit tricky for me but I really enjoy taking head shots. I love how good people feel when they get their picture taken.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to take head shots, I found this article to be very helpful. http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-take-the-perfect-headshot-six-tips/