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
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
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