Photographing Headshots (Paperback)

Techniques for Lighting and Posing the Close-Up

By Gary Hughes (Photographer)

Amherst Media, 9781682030882, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

List Price: 37.95*
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Headshots--images that include the subject's head and shoulders--are big business for photographers. These types of images are needed by individuals from all walks of life--from business tycoons to actors and models. While most clients who book portrait sessions want images that document a moment in time, special event, or aspect of their personality (and file them away or share them with family or friends), headshots are very public. They grace annual reports, appear on business cards and websites, and take up prime real estate in the portfolios of those who seek to appear in fashion magazines, product ads, on stage, and on the screen. In short, clients need tailored images that speak of a business proficiency, appear pleasant, and simply communicate their core characteristics to viewers.

In this book, Hughes provides solid lighting and posing techniques that will yield repeatable, polished portrait results that please subjects and get them noticed.

About the Author

Gary Hughes (M.Photog, Cr. CPP) and his wife, Julie, founded Hughes Fioretti Photography in 2008. Since then, they have continued to grow their business by establishing a reputation as THE place to get head-and-shoulder portraits ("headshots") in central Florida. In addition to operating a studio in Orlando, FL, Gary is also in demand as a photography educator, traveling often to teach his methods to photographers all over the world. His main focus as an instructor is to empower photographers to create the type of business that sets them free to live the kind of life they want to enjoy. Gary has won numerous local, state, and national awards, and his work has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine; he has been a featured speaker for Imaging USA and Creative Live.