The cinematic headshot is an eye-catching look that can really stand out from the more standard headshot against a normal background. This great video will give you a look at how it is done and the sort of results you can achieve.
Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this awesome video follows him as he creates a cinematic headshot in the style of Fstoppers' very own Dylan Patrick. The cinematic headshot is a highly stylized look that can really make a subject jump out from a stack of other headshots, which is part of what made it so popular, particularly with actors. It's also an excellent exercise in managing on-location lighting, choice of background, coaching your subject, and more. As Ortiz mentions, it can be tricky using smaller modifiers, though you might choose them simply because they're more portable, but it's certainly very doable with some careful precision, as you can see in his results. Even if it's not your style, I recommend trying it simply to give your lighting and composition some practice. Check out the video above for Ortiz' full thoughts.
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