These actor headshots were taken for Derby actress Ava Scott’s portfolio. I’ve tried a few different treatments on them in Adobe Lightroom, my preferred image editing program. For straightforward correction and retouching I find Lightroom is faster and more logical than Adobe Photoshop. It’s interesting how a shift in tone or contrast can make such a difference to the mood of the shot.In the first photo I’ve done a basic edit to correct for white balance and exposure then done a little retouching to smooth out the skin and brighten the eyes. Digital photos always require this kind of work as what comes off the camera always looks a little “flat”. The other photos show how it’s possible to create subtly different effects by adding grain, manipulating the colour balance or simply converting the image to black and white.
Ava is now based in Hollywood while she completes a drama course – I can’t claim that my actor headshots played any part in her progress, but it’s great to know that she’s doing well.
Lit with two Bowens heads: a soft box to the left and a gentle fill with umbrella to the right.
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