Corporate Images for fun…
I enjoy shooting head shots. The interaction you can have with your subjects I find encapsulating.
As an amateur photographer, I occasionally get asked by friends if I can help them out with some photo’s, for a small fee of course. This has let me meet some amazing people, make some great friends, and even led to other opportunities of which I am very grateful.
I have tried to make my set up as small, affordable and mobile as possible. I have spent hours on YouTube watching various tutorials, and testing out my camera and lighting out on either my wife’s vacuum cleaner, or my beautiful daughter, who being only 5 (at the time of writing) doesn't want to stay in front of the camera, while Daddy messes with the lights and camera.
However, I have fallen in love with the good old ‘Peter Hurley’ style. Nice crisp clean white background, and trying to get the subject to look their best.
This isn't as easy as you may think. Getting a very small background as white as possible so your not messing around in Photoshop for too long, making sure in the really tiny area your placed you don’t get too much light spilling off the background. But the hardest part, is the subjects.
Getting your subject to get that intense look that Mr Hurley gets is really really difficult. If you get someone who hates being in front of the camera, getting them to relax before you start posing them is hard — BUT FUN.
You do get some people who really don’t want to be there, but once you get over their inhibitions, that's when the fun really starts.
Now, I am sure there is someone reading this saying… “Your just copying someone else — get your own style”. And I can assure you, I believe that although I have replicated this style, I really do try to put my own spin on it.
The point is that this style really lends it’s self to a very modern and clean look. And one that I have been asked to do time and time again for other companies after seeing a few of these shots. I have even been asked by clients if I could do them for their own image portfolios.
And they do always say that replicating someones work is not only flattering, but deconstruction is one of the best forms of education. If your interested, go watch his short videos — and enjoy the enthusiasm he has for this type of work.