Background Matters: Portraits & Headshots.
Finding the best background for your portrait has a massive impact on the end result. Arguably, it is more important than any equipment or expertise. Knowing what to look for and how to utilise the locations around us can really help your image to communicate the right message! A portrait signifies who you are and what you are all about, and as such, it is so important that everything present within the frame is actively there to help tell your story. Sometimes, the focus should be on the model, and that’s when we can utilise simple colour block backgrounds. Other times, the portrait acts as an introduction to who a person is, and in those cases, it is crucial to find the best background for an authentic representation. Here are some things to consider when looking for that perfect background. Professional headshots
If you have access to a studio, or even if you want to get creative with a bedsheet and some lamps there is some portrait lighting techniques that are perfect for creating a more professional headshot, think portfolio images and business headshots. You can utilise a black background with a low-key lighting technique for a moody and atmospheric feel. If you are looking for a bright and youthful feel, then you will instead want to use a white background with a high-key lighting technique. A great tip with a white background is to position your model near a large window and use natural light. The window will help diffuse the light covering your models face and you will retain more details than if you used high-key lighting. Portraiture Introducing an outside location as a backdrop is a really creative and authentic way to advertise exactly who you are. You should always consider the storyline of your shoot. What message are you trying to convey? Who is your model? And, what is the purpose of this photograph? Asking these questions will help you to choose an appropriate background.