Headshot and portrait cheat sheet for actors, actresses and bands

There are things that I need to do but also there are things that you need to do to make a headshot photography session go really well. The last 30 minutes of a shoot are nearly always the best because you’re a lot more relaxed by then. Here are some tips to help make you stand out with your headshot.

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Rough sea at Teignmouth seafront this morning at sunrise

After waking up at 5am this morning for no reason at all, I looked out the window and saw there were stars in the sky. I thought that seeing as there were no clouds I would head over to Teignmouth. I knew the high tide was coinciding with sunrise, plus the stormy winds would likely mean rough waves.

Lots of dog walkers and runners this morning. Thankfully though, they all managed to dodge the crashing waves and not a single person got wet… including me, yay! 🙂

For waves, I always try to keep my exposure time around half a second. I love the look at that shutter speed, plus it makes photos just slightly different to the normal snap-shot photos you’d see on a phone. I will play with shutter speed and ISO to keep it at half a second for as long as possible.

My settings started off at F4, 0.5 Sec, ISO 600 and, as the sun rose, ended at F16, 0.5sec, ISO 100. For the palm tree photo, it was F11, 1/125 ISO 100.

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Why being at the door waiting for a parcel to be handed over to you is so important

I try to be helpful to delivery drivers by being at the door waiting. It means they spend the least amount of time possible delivering my parcels. With Amazon, it is very easy to see as your parcel gets closer thanks to real-time tracking. I’ve now discovered another essential reason to be there at the door waiting; damaged parcels!

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