How to Set Up for Corporate Headshots (Video)

Corporate portrait photography isn’t the most glamorous aspect of photography.  The backgrounds are typical, the posing is reserved, and the lighting techniques are far from creative.  However, it can be a very nice income stream for a professional photographer and for a wedding photographer like me, it’s typically a week day shoot so rarely does it conflict with my main income stream.

All it takes is a little bit of gear, a little knowledge of lighting, and a professional attitude.  In my very first video podcast, I’ll be demonstrating my portable corporate head shot set up.  If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them.  Just post them in the comments section below.

Oh, and please excuse my tennis ball obsessed Border Collie, Murphy, who makes several guest appearances during the making of this video.

My Corporate Headshot Setup from Thomas Lester on Vimeo.

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What Lenses to Use When

Canon 5d mkII with 50mm f1.2 L lens.

“What lenses should I use and when should I use them?” I get this question a lot. Especially since many people know I’m exclusively a prime lens user. For those that are new to photography a prime lens is one that doesn’t zoom. It’s one focal length only. However, I think the “which lens” question applies to prime and zoom lenses. Before I get into the details of why I choose the lenses I choose, let me state that there isn’t really any right answer. This IS art after all. Let me also say that I’ll be talking about lens choice generically. I’m not talking about brands or specific models. I am talking about the internal dialog I have when I step into a situation and I ask myself, “what lens do I want to pull out of my bag?”

There are …

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