This is a simple look at how to shoot very basic corporate portraits. When you take a job on to shoot an office full of people where do you start? What background do we need? Where do we shoot? What is the schedule and how do I light everyone? These are a few of the questions that are answered in this look at shooting simple corporate portraits. Our Thanks to Milam, Knecht & Warner, LLP – Glendale, CA.
Lets look at our lighting. We are in a small space and will need to take that into consideration as we light. Our first light is a Dynalite pack and studio head with a Large Photoflex soft box and grid. I use the grid because the room is small and I need to keep the light off the surrounding walls and ceiling. If I leave the box open faced it will create a bounce light that will overfill the subject and make the BG too bright. I will lose all control of the light. I like the Dynalite studio heads because they produce a soft light.
Here is our first light. I know I’m headed in the right direction because the room is dark.
I will add a small Photoflex octodome with a grid as the rim light. I used a small Octodome because of the quality of light it gives me for a rim light. To understand quality of light in an Octodome see TSL Lesson Understanding Octodomes.
We now added a dynalite travel head with a 20 degree grid for the BG. Here is our image with the BG light. I will move this around for each person. My goal is to separate her from the BG and create interest. The shadows are a bit heavy so I am going to add an umbrella as a fill light behind the camera. This light I am fine with if it bounces all around the room.
Here is our final image.
Here is a look at the lighting set up from the camera point of view.
This view shows the grid on the soft box with the umbrella behind the camera.
These are samples of some of the people we shot.
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