Head Shot with a White Background

Posted in Head Shots, Tips and News from Piranha

Many companies commission head shots of their staff members photographed against a white backdrop so that this can then be used as a PR photograph for websites and LinkedIn.  In this short piece, I am going to touch on the white background head shot, and how it can be achieved.  I will  touch on the snags, and why deliberately choosing a grey or off-white colour instead, might be a better option than pure white.

OK so you have decided as many clients do, that you would like a portrait with a pure white background so that it blends with the pure neutral white of a website, well that is MUCH easier said than done for a number of practical reasons.

To achieve a pure white background headshot

  1. The size of room allocated for the shoot would need to be BIG, it is important that the white background is evenly lit independently of the subject, this is done with good effect with two lights at 45 degrees to the white screen (even this may not guarantee a totally even light).
  2. The subject a few feet in front of the backdrop will need to be lit too, preferably with a large soft box to achieve a soft flattering light.
  3. The camera should be in front of the subject (of course) with a mid tele-photo lens for a pleasant perspective and to reduce flare.

Diagram showing set up to achieve pure white background head shot

  1. Picture showing position of lights and backdrop for white background head shotThe snag with that arrangement above? It requires an assistant to help carry and setup additional lights etc, it requires the room to be quite large and free of heavy furniture.  I’m not sure how many companies have this on offer (most have a large table in the middle of the room for meetings not unexpectedly).

    The Solution?…

    Photograph the head shot with a grey background and then ‘cut them out’ in PhotoShop

    Deliberately photograph the subjects against a grey or off white background and then cut the head shot out afterwards in PhotoShop. This method has a number of advantages over the first method –

     

    1. The size of the room can be smaller and the background does not have to be lit at all
    2. The subject can be closer to the background, maybe even casting a slight shadow – it doesn’t matter
    3. The camera is in the same place for the same reasons as above.

    If the staff members are wearing white shirts/blouses etc  then it’s a much easier extraction from the background if its grey or similar.

Diagram showing set up to achieve head shot with white or grey background

Alternative option set up showing lighting of white background head shot

The software these days is remarkable in its accuracy and precision, do you have frizzy hair? No problem every hair is identified and retained allowing your new background to come through, looking very natural.

In Conclusion…

I recommend having a clear idea of the type of background you would like to see in the final head shot image.  Can it be off white or an elegant grey? Or would you rather photograph the person and cut them out later?  This would achieve a pure white background.  A conversation with the photographer and discussion about the meeting rooms on site at the office would be a good starting point.

Photography for Company President and Executive Team in Canary Wharf

Posted in Accountants Photography, LinkedIn, Corporate Portrait Photography

Piranha was commissioned to photograph company president and various other members of staff.  The head shots were for use in corporate literature, LinkedIn and for other communications.  A mix of styles were taken on the day from plain background head shots through to environmental portraits.

Company president head shot on LinkedIn - Photograph taken by Piranha Photography

Company staff member head shot on LinkedIn - Photograph taken by Piranha

Hi Douglas, Thank you for the photographs. I’m really pleased with all of them. Thanks, - Client

Private Equity Company – Partners Portrait Photography

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

This London based Private Equity company required black and white photographs of their partners for their website.  The images were taken in a board room environment as ‘working’ shots –

Website - top bar showing company name Photography of Private Equity Company Partner for use on Website - Black and white shot Head shot of partner in Private Equity company offices - black and white image Partner photographed for company website

Hi Samantha, The guys really enjoyed having Douglas photograph them today. Very funny and personable as well as being very professional and knowledgeable. We also added two more to the mix. Looking forward to seeing the results, Kind regards,

Portrait Photography for London Architects Website

Posted in Architects Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

You can see below a number of the portraits taken to accompany the biographies of this London architects firm – a relaxed but professional feel was required by the business and this was achieved in their offices using careful lighting and a consistent backdrop throughout –

Portrait of London Architect in their offices Photograph of architect in London office Architect photographed for website Relaxed portrait of architect in office Business portrait for website Portrait of architect in London offices Portrait photograph of architect for website Female architect business portrait Staff photograph for website Head shot for website Environmental portrait taken in London Working shot - head shot Business portrait for website Architect pictured in London offices Portrait photograph for architects website black and white working shot for architects firm in London Photograph of office staff working in London

Business Portraits for Website – Black and White

Posted in Head Shots, Communications Company

Website screen grab to shot head shots in situ

A recent photo shoot for a London based business.  The photography was of both head shots against a plain background and also shots taken in a meeting, to generate a large selection of images.  The final photographs were used on the company website in black and white.

Black and White - headshots for website

Photographs of employees during a meeting.

Photographs of individuals against a plain backdrop.

Portrait Photography for Accountancy Firm

Posted in Accountants Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Here are a few of Piranha’s portraits taken for a London accountancy firm and now being used on their website –

Headshot for accountancy firm website

Accountancy Firm Portrait PhotographyHeadshot for Accountancy firm in London

Hi Samantha, We were very pleased with the last photoshoot and would like to hire you again for early September. Do you have any Wednesdays or Fridays free throughout September? Thank you - client

Company Photography of Team Members for Website

Posted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Individual photographs were required for this London-based company to go on thier website. The photo shoot took place at their offices and was designed to give an interesting background to the headshots –

Photograph of CEO for PE Company

Website Headshot Photography Photograph of staff member for website profile picture Analyst head shot on website  Portfolio manager head shot on website in colour Colour image of staff member for website

Individual Photographs for Communications Consultancy

Posted in Communications Company, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Photography of company employees at work in their London offices.  These images give a sense of the surroundings.  The pictures have been used on the website of this corporate, financial and political communications consultancy –

Chairman profile photograph on communications company website

head shot of staff member for new website

Photographs of Communication Company Employees in London offices Photograph of company secretary for website

Executive - photograph on website taken in London offices Account executive photographed by Piranha for corporate website  staff member head shot on website

Head Shots for Company Website

Posted in Head Shots, Individual Board Photographs, Websites

Headshots are often required for company website and are useful for many other materials which businesses need to send out to stakeholders and customers.

Head shot of Director on Corporate Company Website - CEO

Head shots of Directors on Website taken in London

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