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Mizz Natasha: Hey guys it's the only Mizz Natasha right here in John Ricard Studio. You might recognize me from the SMOOTH Magazine, Jamaica issue or you might have seen the show that I had with Kim Kardashian all over at TMZ, Channel E and everywhere else. Today we are actually going to talk about how to light a headshot. You know every photographer has his own way of making everything look good and John Ricard is the best. So you guys will see how make me look beautiful, stay tuned.
The first thing we want to point out is that really the secret of good headshot is that you don't need a lot of light. And now we are against the white wall, and a beautiful window with perfect light, that's all you really need for perfect headshot.
Okay I have great advice for all you photographer as an upcoming photographer up there. Please don't ever over direct your models because all it does is it confuses us and if you are an experienced model, you pretty much know how to move and you just kind of go with your own vibe and the photographer will catch the beauty just off that. Even if you have an unexperienced model in some cases, don't over direct her either because she will just completely be caught up in the head, like she won't know to do. So just let her find her own groove.
You guys just witnessed a natural light headshot. But let's say it's night time. If it's night time, you might need that fancy equipment. Alright, we are about move over to John Ricard Studio with all the fancy expensive stuff and I will show you how to get a perfect headshot with the equipment. In order to get a perfect shot, you need soft light. This right here is not going to do because it's too small. In order to get a soft light, you need really big light. So I am going to show you guys.
This is the big light. You see how big it is and it gives you that beautiful soft light that you will need in your headshot. As you see, this is on the photographer's perspective right now, and I am about six inches away from the light which is very close because I can feel like getting hot, but this is how you get your beautiful soft looking like.
Right now we are looking at the pictures and as you can see, my skin looks very beautiful and soft and glowing and that's because these lights are very close and they just give you that natural soft look that you want in your pictures.
The only problem is that you might have noticed is that my hair looks like a big black blob and you cannot see any definition and it blends into the background but one second we are going to show you how to fix that problem as well. Because my hair is black, we are going to have to light up different than my face. So for my face, we use this right here which is a diffuse reflection. For my hair, however, we are going to be using direct reflection.
In order to get that direct reflection, we are going to be using these little light with the grids in front of them. And these are for the front for face to give me that soft look, but we need harsh light in the back to hit my hair. And these are the lights back here, and you see John Ricard is setting them up, so I get a beautiful headshot with the hair looking fabulous as well.
As you see we are pretty much ready to shoot, everything is setup, but if you are still confused about direct reflection, and diffuse reflection, make sure you pick up a book called Light Science & Magic.
Two more things you want to talk about before we wrap this up, is that it's really annoying when a photographer is like talking to you and he has a camera in his face and he is talking, all you see is a big black camera, you don't really understand what the photographer is trying to say either so just simply put the camera down, and say what you go to say, like if the model has to move, or whatever adjustments have to be made, so let her know with the camera down, simply.
Another thing that's really annoying is I have noticed a lot of photographers when they shoot, like they make crazy faces with the mouth open, I guess because when you close your eyes, your mouth opens automatically or something but simply hold the camera and feel the face, close your eyes, relax and shoot. It's not that hard. Just do that and trust me a model will feel a lot more comfortable while you are shooting her. Well we are about to wrap this up. For more about me, you can go to myspace.com/exoticbeauty50 or check out my official website which is of officialmizznatasha.com, thank you, bye.
John Ricard: The next shot that we are doing is kind of sexy shot but it's not sexy in the sense of like, oh look at the sexy girls. It's not like that. It has a little bit of story to it. This is going to be as if you are coming home from work, and then you wife, or your girlfriend has greeted you sexily at the door or lounge. It's kind of shot that might run with the story about like what can you do to keep the romance alive after you have been together for five years. We have to do a story like that or something. Then we will run a picture like this of the sexy girl opening up the door.
So right now we are about to do our light checks and workout the pose, we put her in the shorts right now so people driving by, if you look, we are kind of out in the public right now. We don't want everybody seeing being in her lingerie, so we put her in some shorts. When it comes time to do the shot, we will knock out shot as quickly as we can. So show me the poses first.
Good, just a couple of more times here. Don't move your shot. You stay right there. Now _ can you get a little bit closer to her? That's it. Now - open your body actually right, that's it. There you go, very good.