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What are the current trends in head shots?
Old 01-17-2008, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First they were head and shoulders, then 3/4 and then tight headshots.

Anyone know what the current trend is now?
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What market? (LA/NY/MIA) What sector? (actors/models/theater)

They aren't all the same from my experience...
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It often depends on the agent. I just shot one where the agent wanted it down to the waist and head on. The only thing missing was the height chart behind her.
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Re: What are the current trends in head shots?
Old 01-18-2008, 05:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What market? (LA/NY/MIA) What sector? (actors/models/theater)

They aren't all the same from my experience...
LA, Actors is the area I am thinking about, but I would be interested in the model part too.

I have always worked on commissioned images, so they were client driven. As long as they liked it, I was fine. I was just wondering if there were industry patterns in play?
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think in you just browse the sites of photographers who advertise for headshots in your area that you'll see a range of what is typical. Here is a site with lots of headshots (in the LA area):

http://studiomark.com/headshots.html

And here is a simple discussion of the subject:

http://www.yourtype.com/survive/headshots.htm

And here are examples galore from a head shot photographer (scroll down a bit):

http://www.boblasky.com/headshot.html

My research seems to suggest that you shoot the whole range (see the above link) and then provide the actor or subject with their choice (and they will likely pick some of each). In other words don't limit your shooting to what you think the market at a given time wants, shoot the range and provide it all. In the age of digital and digital proofing it only takes a few seconds to shoot the full range of any given pose.

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Old 01-19-2008, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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R_Fredrick_Smith,

Thank you for the advice and the links.
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check out kevyn major howard http://www.kevynmajorhoward.com/

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LA, Actors is the area I am thinking about, but I would be interested in the model part too.

I have always worked on commissioned images, so they were client driven. As long as they liked it, I was fine. I was just wondering if there were industry patterns in play?
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Does anyone else think that theres a little too much eye sharpening in a few of his headshots? Maybe it's just me... I love some of his music and celebrity shots. Very nice.

Anyway, I came across Kevyn Howard's site one day and really liked his style on headshots.

]http://www.headshot-photography.com/index.htm
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Hi insane ...

Now I like the headshots on the site you mentioned very much.
But somehow the all look alike.

I see a very shallow DOF here, neck stretched out towards the camera (as seen on the shot with the girl in a blue sweater). I'm not really sure about the lighting setup though - the light is soft, coming from slightly above to the left of the model. I think I see a gold reflector but I'm not really sure.

Can some more experienced photographer take a good guess about the ighting setup used here?

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Hi insane ...

Now I like the headshots on the site you mentioned very much.
But somehow the all look alike.

I see a very shallow DOF here, neck stretched out towards the camera (as seen on the shot with the girl in a blue sweater). I'm not really sure about the lighting setup though - the light is soft, coming from slightly above to the left of the model. I think I see a gold reflector but I'm not really sure.

Can some more experienced photographer take a good guess about the ighting setup used here?

TIA
Peter
looks all ambient to me.. looks like a commercial garage studio with the gate up.
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