February 25, 2014

Shot of the Day #80

As you may notice my photographic interests tend to be your vast natural landscapes or light painted cityscapes. However, I am not yet pretentious enough to pass up any subject matter, because I haven’t yet found my area of expertise. While I am still young and finding my niche I will do everything and anything I can get my hands on to diversify my photographic skills. So, a few days ago when my friend asked me if I could take a few corporate headshots for him, so from there it was just a matter of finding the right lighting…

The simplest lighting setup you could have is just one light, a key light, whether it be the sun or the light from your iphone flash, they can all be manipulated to act as a key light for a portrait. Nevertheless, I had three lights at my disposal positioned in the traditional three-point-lighting setup: Key light, Fill light and Back light, with the addition of soft boxes. The key light as the name suggests provides the main source of lighting and tends to be the one lighting the front of your subject. Whereas the fill light provides that balance to the subjects back, or side depending on the pose, to fill in the shadows and avoid a harsh contrast of lighting. Then we have the back light usually directed on the backdrop to avoid shadows and separate the subject from the background, again adding depth to the overall photograph.

So, 20 minutes, a few poses and one shirt change later here are the results, what do you think?

Corporate Headshot

Corporate Headshot


  • ISO 200
  • F 16
  • 1/125 secs
  • 61 mm
  • Canon 1100D (…remember lighting is key)
  • Canon 17-85mm f4-5.6
  • Hand-Held
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Lightroom 4
  • Three Point Lighting & Grey backdrop.
  • Model: Stephen Esketzis

The model is my good friend Stephen Esketzis. I have known him since high school and has not changed since, he is still enterprising and business savvy as always.

A few more poses and varying angles:

How about a bit of B&W.

How about a bit of B&W.

Colour works best here with the blue checker pattern, otherwise it gets too distracting.

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Written by Mike

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Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!

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