When it comes to photographing professional headshots in natural light, one of my go-to locations is Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens. With the iconic Manhattan skyline as your backdrop, and the warm, soft glow of golden hour casting its magic, you have the perfect recipe for stunning portraits.
A headshot, in essence, is simply a portrait that places the individual as the subject focus. Typically, it finds its use-case in professional profile pictures on social media platforms, online dating profiles, the corporate website’s “about us” section, and promotional visuals featuring actors, models, and authors. The core of a headshot lies in capturing the unique personality of the subject within a single frame.
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I have a comprehensive list of all the camera gear I use for a myriad of situations, but this is what I typically bring for portraits and headshots.
Settings will always vary depending on the amount of light available and the look you’re going for, but these are typically the starter settings I use. Adjust according to your environment.
Directing clients on how to pose is THE most crucial aspect of capturing great headshots. Anyone can master the technicals of a camera and press the shutter, but what differentiates an amateur from a pro is how you make clients feel during the photo shoot!
By following these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to create professional headshots in natural light. Golden hour’s soft, warm glow combined with your photographic skills will result in headshots that truly capture the essence of your subject’s personality and the beauty of the location. Happy snapping!