What are the Essential yet Subtle Components of a Perfect Social Media Headshot?

Nowadays, everyone needs a professional headshot. And most definitely one for your LinkedIn profile. You can also use it for other social networks and services. For non-professional social media profile like Facebook, casual headshots are ideal. For your LinkedIn profile and for other professional means, always hire professional headshot photographers. And here is how to make sure if your work is being successfully accomplished.

  1. Soft and natural lighting is the best

To prevent harsh and unflattering shadows, never shoot a headshot in a bright sunlight or by the built in flash. When indoors, never shoot under fluorescent lighting to prevent a green color cast. You can have great results by shooting outdoors and in the shade. Window lights are great too. Pose with a window to your left or to your right.

  1. Get close

Profile photos are always small and if your headshot is shot at a full length, head to toe portrait, it is tough to see what it looks like. A head and shoulders portrait always makes a perfect headshot. With the help of some camera lenses, especially if you have a smartphone, try getting physically close to the subject being shot by aiming to reduce the distortion. To prevent the distortion, add some distance between the camera and the subject, then zoom in with an interchangeable lens camera and use a moderate telephoto lens. With the help of a smartphone, use the standard pinch to zoom in. Just don’t zoom too far or else you will add in digital distortion.

  1. Keep the background uncluttered

Always keep the background simple in order to make you a focal point. A sheet of black or white foam board always goes well. If you are shooting a load of headshots, then you should consider investing in the stand set or some rolls of background paper. If your budget doesn’t allow, try keeping the background uncluttered. If using an SLR or a high end camera, blur the background, create a shallow field of depth with the help of a large aperture setting.

  1. Dress appropriately

No, you should never put on sweats or heavy metal tees for professional headshots. Always dress like you are dressing up for a job interview or a business dinner. Always choose your props carefully. It can help you in reinforcing your professional role.