I’ve been working on sharpening my online presence lately. So I’ve gone through and deleted the ones I don’t use anymore and updated the information on the ones that I do use. The thing I’m having the most difficulty with is updating my LinkedIn photo.
Having taken my last professional-looking headshot a few years ago in college, it was definitely time to update. Since it’s winter and I want to wait for beautiful weather for a nice photoshoot, I’ve opted for taking my own headshot.
Truth be told, it’s a bit easier than it seems.
Things you need:
- A camera with a remote or timer
- I used an iPad with the headphones with a remote
- Something to put your camera at face height
- A blank wall or good background
- A window for natural light
- Lamp(s) for balance and to lighten shadows
Here’s how to do it:
- Set your camera up on your tripod, stack of books, an easel – whatever you have that will put it level with your face.
- Step back to where you’ll stand for taking the photos, in front of your backdrop, in front of a blank wall or in your favorite chair.
- Practice framing yourself. For a headshot, you really only need from your shoulders up.
- Once you know where you’ll be sitting/standing, set up your lights. Standing facing a window during the daytime will pretty much eliminate the need for other lights. I stood with a large window to my left and balanced the shadows with an overhead light, a desk lamp and a floor lamp.
- Got your lighting and framing all figured out? Great – time to start taking photos! I chose to use my iPad with the remote headphones. The remote is important – did you know the volume buttons can also control the shutter in the camera app? The other advantage to using an iPad or iPhone is the front-facing camera, so you can see what you’re doing.
- Keep snapping photos. I spent the better part of 15 minutes taking photos. Try different expressions to find the perfect one. Shake it out in between shots if you feel like you’re becoming tense.
- Editing your headshots: I did minimal editing with Photoshop. I balanced the light a bit, removed some things I had hanging on the wall, but nothing drastic. Go easy on filters and editing. Your photo should look like you so people will easily recognize you.