Do Need A New Professional Portrait But You’re Not Quite Ready To Take The Plunge?
Are you waiting to save some money for the investment? Want to get a new haircut first? Need to buy some key wardrobe pieces? Maybe you want try a couple different make up looks or outfits before your studio shoot? There may be any number of reasons to get an interim image posted and I’m here to tell you how to do it 3 easy steps using your phone!
1. Build A Mini Studio
Find a small area (2 feet by 2 feet) in your home or office that is close to a natural light source (window). If the light is too strong you may want to buy a couple of sheer panels from IKEA to soften and make it less harsh. I use these, just $7.99 a pair and they look pretty too.
Then you’ll want to use some white boards like I do to reflect the natural light back onto you from the non-window side. LUCKY for you Staples carries the PERFECT solution for a simple portrait. This board will easily prop up on a table and spread the light across the shadow side of your face.
Here’s a look at my basic set up so you get a sense of what you’re trying to create in your mini-set:
You’ll want soft light from one side (or two sides as shown here) and then white board on one side creating a mini 3 sided box. It will be helpful to place a small table in this set to rest the foam board on. If you don’t have a light colored table try a white table cloth for even more beautiful reflections. Then find a chair to sit on, you’ll crop the chair out so it doesn’t matter what it looks like.
2. Download The Camera Plus Pro App
And part 2 of part 2 would be to recruit a friend to actually take the picture, no prior picture taking experience necessary!!!
3. Put on your favorite song and get on set for your close up!
Open the CP Pro App and take a picture, here are the steps to editing. Shoot, then crop 1:1 after zooming in on your face, then adjust the exposure overall with the brightness tab.
Then you save a copy to your camera roll and VIOLA!
Not bad for a half hour and under $30 bucks. A fantastic interim solution to having a professional shoot!
Below is the image we made in the studio during the full shoot for comparison’s sake.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions on doing this for yourself or if you’d like to book your shoot with me.