What Is a Headshot?

What is a Headshot? How much is it? – A headshot as a 10×8 sized portrait or a mug shot…

A headshot as a 10×8 sized portrait or a mug shot. It includes a person’s head and sometimes shoulders, and it focuses on the face. The headshot that includes persons’ shoulders is usually called the ‘three quarter’ headshot.

In the UK 10×8, actors and entertainers often use both types of headshots. Traditionally in the UK, actors use black and white headshots and in the USA they are often done in colour. Therefore here it is very important to let the photographer know which market you are going to use your headshots for.

A headshot is used by the actor or entertainer to apply for casting or audition and is usually presented to a casting director, who then makes a decision whether the candidate is suitable for the role.

The best headshots should present a person as they really are, i.e. their look, style and most importantly age. So, if the person have cut or coloured their hair, then they will need another set of professional headshots. The headshot should also reflect the person’s best qualities. Good photographer will capture person’s character and therefore increase chances of getting the right job.

Great professional headshot will focus on the person and not on the person’s clothing. Therefore it is important to get ready prior to the shoot and take a few different tops in black, white, grey and round and v-neck. V-neck top usually helps to elongate the neck rather than to shorten it like round neck top does. Plain clothing is important because no one would want their headshot to be focused on the writing, logos or a set of palm trees that you have on the t-shirt.

There are several TYPES of headshots:

– Commercial Headshots: smiling and projects warmth and friendliness.

– Theatrical Headshots: serious, focused and actors are NOT smiling.

– Studio Headshots: shot in the photography studio with studio lighting

– Natural Headshots: these are shot outside with natural light

– Black and White: usually shot for the UK entertainment market and used for actors and actresses to apply for the acting roles

– Modelling Headshots: these are usually shot for Modelling portfolios and are used to show model’s skin completion for the modelling assignments. These are usually done in colour.

Actors headshots prices do vary. Headshots could cost from £50 to £300. This usually has a lot to do with how professional the photographer is. However, booking the session only relying on the price probably is not the best way to go about your future career. There could be possibilities of either not getting a good quality or simply overpaying for the services that could be obtained elsewhere.

It is important to remember that to get the best results it is worth investing in a professional work rather than do-it-yourself work. DIY headshots most likely will not get you anywhere and it could take a lot longer getting that role you have always wanted.

When choosing your professional actors headshots photographer, first make sure they have a professional portfolio, website and a good list of clients. Every photographer could easily be judged on their work. See if their work is varied with different types of styles or all the same style with the same lighting set up. You are an individual and therefore there has to be an individual approach to you and the types of roles are going after.

If you would like to know what to do before your photography session and how to make sure you look your best keep reading our articles for more information.

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Professional Headshots – Finding The Best Headshots That Can Help You Even If You Aren’t An Actor

Professional headshots are something that you can use even if you are not an actor or an actress. Today, there are many websites where you are allowed to post a profile picture. These sites are usually dating sites or social networking sites or forums but most sites allow you to post a picture. Many times people upload low quality or silly pictures of themselves online. However, you can be taken seriously on a site such as LinkedIn if you use your professional headshot as your profile picture. This can lead to obtaining more business connections and job opportunities.

Why do I say this? Well, you have to think about the quality of the picture. Do you think that a picture of you taken while you were drunk with your friends at a karaoke party where your head is cropped out in Photoshop is better than a professionally taken one where you may have paid $200 for it? You can be almost 100% certain that professionally taken headshot is going to be the picture that looks better.

You may even want to tell the people working at the DMV to put that picture on your driver’s license! That was supposed to be a joke but now that I think about it, it might be a good idea.

There are multiple concerns that you should think of when considering getting a professional headshot. How much should you pay for your headshot? What is the correct number of headshots that you need to obtain? Should you get color, black and white or both? Personally, I would go with both. Should you hire an individual from a classified ads website such as Craigslist? Should you go with a company that specializes in headshots like ones that you would find in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas or Miami? I would avoid places that are really expensive such as that place in the mall that charges thousands of dollars for pictures that could be taken with a digital camera for free.

You need to do some research to answer the questions above that I did not give an answer to but it is important that you take action. Before buying a headshot, explore a variety of options by reading reviews on the internet and asking your friends. I’m sure you have a friend that is or was involved in acting and has gotten a headshot taken before. You can check the community bulletin board at local colleges that have acting programs. There are often flyers and posters scattered around large cities offering deals on headshots.

A headshot is something that is going to be valuable for models, those in the entertainment industry, online date seekers, job seekers and more. You should dress to impress when going for your headshot, but remember that usually you will get an 8×10 headshot with you facing forward, expressionless and you will not be able to see much of your clothing.

You want your headshot to be as high quality as possible. Never use a disposable camera to take your headshot. Digital cameras are a good choose but make sure it is at least 5 megapixels. That means that you shouldn’t use a camera phone either! I know smartphones are getting better cameras built-in, but please use a real camera for now!

As a final tip, ask if the person taking your headshot has professional experience in computer graphics / digital image editing. If they have extensive experience with some of the Adobe Creative Suite area of products such as Adobe Photoshop, then this may be the best person to take your headshot. Red eye removal and color correction are some of the tools that can be applied by using photo editing programs.
I hope that you have learned about the importance of professional headshots and how to go about finding the best place to get one.

What is a Headshot?

A headshot is an 8 X 10 (usually black and white, but sometimes color) close-up photograph of a model or actor. The photograph usually covers the actor from his or her head to their shoulders. On the back of the headshot, actors attach their acting résumé (similar to a traditional business résumé) that contains details about the actor’s training and experience. Actors use the headshots and résumé to obtain acting jobs by submitting them to casting directors or by having their agents do it for them.

A good headshot should:
-Closely resemble what the actor looks like in real life. The headshot should accurately depict the actor’s current weight and hairstyle, for example. That way, there are no surprises. When a casting director sees the actor’s headshot, they know that that is what the actor will look like in person.
-Depict the actor as warm, friendly and interesting.
-Fit the actor’s type. For example, if an actor is the stereotypical, All-American woman, the actor’s headshot should accentuate that look. This is important for casting purposes, because an actor can get more auditions if they fit a certain “type” or category.
-Depict the actor in a basic appearance. The actor should not wear excessive makeup or jewelry, or dress in a costume of any sort.

What Are the Different Options For Headshots?

After an actor has completed a photo session, they can complete the important task of reproducing the headshots. These headshots can be produced with different finishes: glossy, semi-gloss or matte. They also come with various styles and looks, such as color, black-and-white, with borders and without borders.

Glossy Finish Headshot

A glossy finish headshot is one where the front surface of the photograph is shiny. The headshot appears polished and clean and has a modest glow to it.

Matte Finish Headshot

A matte finish is a type of finish on a headshot photograph that is not sharp and shiny like that of a glossy finish. Whereas a glossy finish may stand out more, a matte finish is more subdued and flatter. A matte finish may also cost less than a glossy finish.

Semi-Gloss Finish

While a glossy finish is shiny and stands out and a matte finish is flat, a semi-gloss finish is one that is moderately flat and glossy. A semi-gloss finish is a cross between a glossy finish and a matte finish headshot.

Actors may want to have their headshots reprinted with white borders on them. That is, their headshots will be in the center of an 8×10 photograph, surrounded by white borders. This style of headshot is usually the more popular version.

A Bleed
Often times, actors may want to have no borders around the photograph, allowing the actor’s face to cover the entire 8×10 space. When the image covers the entire space, it is said to “bleed” across the page.

Most actors choose to have their headshots done in black-and-white. This is the standard way headshots are done. It is also economical, saving the actor more money than color prints. However, many actors choose to have their headshots done in color, believing that color may help the actor stand out from the crowd and give a more accurate representation of the actor’s appearance.

Because headshots are essential to an actor’s success, actors should make every effort to have their headshots done well. That’s why, it’s always best to seek advice from a talent agent before investing any money into a headshot.