I volunteered to shoot headshots of my coworkers a few weeks ago. Having never actually done such a thing, I realized that I’d better learn how. So, I watched a couple of YouTube videos, bought an inexpensive studio flash and umbrella, and set it up in our office hallway, where the Venetian plaster walls seemed like as good a photographic backdrop as any.
So, here are the results. I’ll admit that they certainly exceeded my expectations! It helps that I have such gorgeous coworkers. Check out these fabulous faces!
My workflow was a breeze, thanks to Lightroom and Jeffrey Friedl’s excellent plugin. I suppose I really should make a video describing the workflow, but in a nutshell, it went like this.
- Import the shots to Lightroom
- Select the keepers by tagging them with the ~ (tilde) key.
- Filter on tagged images
- Select them all, make Virtual Copies
- To make smaller, uniform, square headshots, crop all of the copies at once with Auto Sync enabled
- Turn Auto Sync off, alternate between the Compare (N key) and Crop (R key) views to make the size uniform and line up the eyes
- Copy everything to a new folder in Jeffrey’s Picasa Web Publish Service
- Click Publish
- Bask in the accolades