How to Take Your Own Head Shots

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To take your own head shots, use a tripod to keep the camera steady, use a soft light source for even lighting and use an automatic timer built in to most modern cameras. Create your own head shots in a pinch with information from a certified professional photographer in this free video on photography.

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If you find yourself in a position where you need a head shot right away. You've got your own gear but you don't have time to run to a pro. Or a friend to get your photo done. There's a few things that you can do. Number one, you're going to need a way to support the camera. Having a good tripod would be good for that to start with. If you don't have a tripod, a lot of the cameras can be set down on a table. And you can find yourself just getting in front of the camera. Until you find that spot. The beauty of having a tripod though, is the camera will be right where it's supposed to be. You'd be able to change the angle and stuff. And before I sat down over on the seat here. What I did was, I focused on just on th edge of the chair. So that the image would be in focus. Then I turned the auto focus off on the camera. Because otherwise, as you're sitting here. You may not see where the auto focus point is. And if it focuses behind, everything is going to be blurry. And you're going to have to start all over again. So this is a quick and easy way to do i t. Ideally, you want to have really good lighting on your photo. I find using a large soft box makes things go really nice and easy. Gives you a nice soft light. One thing people do is they, right now the soft box is pointing directly toward me. The very center of the soft box. And it's not the way you want to light your portraits. What you want to do is, turn the light just a little bit. So you're lighting with the spill of the light coming through. And that will give you a much softer wrap coming, coming through. You'd be actually lighting yourself with the light that's coming from the other side of the soft box. One of the things to do, is almost all cameras now have an auto timer on them. And if you don't have a remote for your camera. You can just go to the camera. Set for like, ten seconds. And then you would go over to the camera. Trip the shutter. Run back, wait for the little lights to blink. And then go, and then it would go off. And you would have your photo. A much easier way to do it, is to check. Make sure you've got your body position where you want it to be. So once you have your lighting set up. If you have your remote all set. All you have to do, is take a look at the camera. Get a good smile on your face. Push the button.

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