Tips on How to Shoot & Retouch Great Headshots with Phlearn

Photoshop November 18th 2013 1:05 AM 7 Comments

We here at SLR Lounge love ourselves some Phlearn. From learning how to be creative with hue and saturation to understanding softboxes, it’s amazing how much you can get from Phlearn, which is why we’re happy to feature them, as well.

How to Shoot an Editorial-Style Corporate Headshot

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Recently, Phlearn released a great tutorial on how to shoot corporate headshots with an Forbes-style editorial look featuring the Phlearn Staff. To the average portrait photographer, corporate headshots can be a little too “straightforward” and “safe”, with not much creativity involved. But Aaron Nace showed in the video below that it with a little tweak in lighting with your subject, you can capture a more editorial-style headshot that can still look great for your clients.

Just as important as the lighting is client interaction, and Aaron’s approach is to not stand behind the camera and just trigger the shutter with a Pocket Wizard. This allowed him to converse with the subject directly, make a stronger connection, and invoke a more natural reaction from the subject. Although he is talking about corporate headshots, Aaron’s advice can easily be applied to a variety of portrait photography.

Be sure to read Aaron’s article on How to Shoot Editorial-Style Corporate Headshots

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How to Retouch Editorial an Editorial-Style Corporate Headshot

Although the images themselves came out looking great out of camera, it wouldn’t be an Aaron Nace image if there aren’t some cool Photoshop post-processing involved. In part 1 of this 3-part retouching video, Aaron shows us how to use a combination of custom brush, clipping mask, and high-pass filter to smooth out the skin while still retaining detail.

Part 2 is up and Aaron will cover how to retouch hair, as well as how to dodge and burn.

Part 3 is up as well!

The Phlearn Editorial Headshot Images

Here are the rest of the images from Phlearn’s Forbes-Style Editorial Corporate Headshots

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Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

7 Comments

  1. Jason S.

    “Adding style to your corporate headshot” – I love it. I’ve been searching for the right way to explain to clients that Im not going to be providing them with “traditional” business head shots. Wonderful tutorial, thanks!

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  2. Tomas Skaringa

    Thank you Joe for sharing this great information about shooting headshots. It’s truly great to see different perspective of how to achieve very natural look of your clients in editorial way. Best luck to you !

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  3. frankdaniels

    I love this color toning….how you get this?

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    • Lukas

      I have seen it couple times too, ussualy for editorials but i wonder how you get that too.

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  4. Fotograf ślubny

    a good mystery :) A lot of the time it take care :)

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  5. Ceddy

    Can you tell us what amount of flash power did you use ?

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    • frankdaiels

      This information would´t help a lot. I don´t think you have the identical flash like them. He said aperture 11 the rest depends on your flash.

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