Headshots: DIY or get Professional Headshots?

Portrait in Studio
Consider a Neutral background and Looking Away from Camera

DIY: How to Take a Professional Headshot

With advancements in technology and the availability of high-quality cameras and editing software, it is easier than ever to take a professional-looking headshot on your own. Here are some tips for DIY headshot photography:

  1. Choose the right location: Look for a well-lit area with a neutral background. Avoid distracting elements such as cluttered spaces or busy backgrounds unless you are using them to tell a story.
  2. Use good lighting: Natural light is the best option for DIY, but if that is not available, invest in some lighting equipment such as a ring light or softbox. Also a tripod may be essential so you can back away from camera and avoid distortion to your face.
  3. Dress appropriately: Dress in a professional outfit that reflects your industry and style.
  4. Use proper camera settings: Set the camera on Portrait mode. Ideally get a blurry background.
  5. Edit the photo: Use editing software to adjust the brightness, contrast, and color balance of the image.
  6. Consider converting the head shot to Black and White.
  7. Consider digitally-dropping-in a background.
Consider digitally-dropping-in a background.
Blurry Background

While taking a DIY approach to headshot photography can be cost-effective and convenient, there are some drawbacks to consider. Without professional equipment and expertise, it may be difficult to achieve the same level of quality as a professional photographer. Additionally, it can be time-consuming and require a lot of trial and error to get the perfect shot.


Choose the Right Location for Your Headshots. Sometimes Context adds Value

Use a Professional Photographer to take a Headshot

  1. Professional equipment and expertise: A professional photographer will have access to high-quality cameras and lighting equipment, as well as the experience and knowledge to use them effectively.
  2. Guidance and direction: A professional photographer can provide guidance on posing and expression to achieve the best possible result.
  3. Efficient process: A professional photographer can complete the shoot quickly and efficiently, saving you time and energy.
  4. Professional editing: A professional photographer will edit the photo to ensure a polished and professional result.

Examples of Business Headshots

In conclusion, whether you choose to take a DIY approach to headshot photography or hire a professional photographer, it is important to consider your goals and needs and weigh the pros and cons of each approach. Ultimately, the most important factor is achieving a high-quality, professional-looking headshot that represents you and your personal brand.

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