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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Watch This: Jay P. Morgan's Corporate Portrait Primer



Commercial photographer Jay P. Morgan's The Slanted Lens videos (which you may remember from this insane portrait) are consistently good stuff.

Today, he dials it back a notch or three to give a great walk-thru on corporate portraiture. Solid basic info, plus some tips that you may well not have known. Trust me, the flag-for-light-shirts thing alone will save you much needless Photoshopping…

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21 Comments:

Blogger Trent Light said...

I watched this the other day and it was so helpful.

September 30, 2012 8:34 PM  
Blogger Southern Skies Coffee Roasters said...

Yeah, that flag tip is great.

I do my company's portraits and it never occurred to me to bring a mirror, much less a tie. I'll add those items to my kit!

October 01, 2012 12:18 AM  
Blogger Veli Ojala said...

Greets from Finland.

That's really a solid way to do corporate headshots.

offtopic: to mister Hobby: This blog has become a part of my everyday life, I love it! I have learned 300% more when talking about "being a strobist", than all those videos and books that I have read earlier. With all my hearth: thank you very much. You really gave the final push that I needed to transfer my dear hobby to a profession. I haven't loose my dayjob yet, but also shot several shootouts for money, and the best part: I love photographing. It hit like 1000 speedlights together couple months ago: I wanna be a professional photographer. I suddenly noticed that my old dear hobby must be "the thing for me". Nikonians and you mr. Hobby pushed me to right track, I can't never thank you as much as needed.

I trust my SBs more now, I trust to my D90 and most important, I trust myself. CLS, SBs, manual settings, snoots, grids, umbrellas and softboxes are no more a uncomfortzone to me. They are tools that should be used proper ways in proper situations. Getting good pictures is not enough anymore, I wanna do excellent shots (and I realize that not even then best of the best can do it without trial and error. USSR-mode, quantity will give you advantage..

I just wanted you to know that all this work you do for this blog is not wasted, not even close.

Thank you.

October 01, 2012 2:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've usually tweaked the key light's position instead of flagging it. Flagging is obviously better because you get to keep the exact key light position you like and it's a fast switch.

Thanks for the post.

October 01, 2012 2:50 AM  
Blogger MaleficOsx said...

He makes it all feell so simple... :)

October 01, 2012 5:20 AM  
Blogger JS said...

You can't go wrong with a stainless steel mirror in your bag. This one's $2.25... http://bit.ly/P64keA

October 01, 2012 9:12 AM  
Blogger Michael Baker said...

Loved it....It made me feel good because I just did some head shots for wells fargo and this was pretty close to the setup I used

October 01, 2012 12:23 PM  
Blogger Robbins Julian said...

A really clear, concise and brief set of guidelines and tips. Very useful.

October 01, 2012 1:21 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing. I especially liked the tips about bringing a mirror and a tie. I will definitely carry those in my camera bag the next time I have to shoot a portrait session.

October 01, 2012 4:45 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Really enjoyed that video, short and to the point. but still teaching a lot of things.

October 01, 2012 5:47 PM  
Blogger Fenix Fotography said...

Yep, that's pretty much how I shoot my basic corporate shots.

October 01, 2012 5:49 PM  
Blogger PaulT said...

Hi, I agree with every positive comment here.
I have a gripe about most of these great demonstrations that we all watch so often:
The music is TOO LOUD. Keep it but please keep it down.
I'll be watching this one often (with volume down) and try to slow it down and use the pause button.
Mister Hobby, you are the reason I am so confident now with flash. THANKS

October 01, 2012 6:05 PM  
OpenID taphotographic said...

Another piece of advice, especially when taking corporate portraits later in the day: Bring fresh, sealed razors, some shaving cream, fresh, sealed styptic pencils, and clean washcloths.

(I can't tell you how many times I've had otherwise great portraits marred by the "Captain Caveman" look on the subject's face...)

October 02, 2012 8:49 AM  
Blogger Joel Ruiz Cantisani said...

Nice tips!

I noticed he used a canon lens, not the Tamron advertised lol.. :)

October 02, 2012 9:43 AM  
Blogger Joel Ruiz Cantisani said...

great tips!

I noticed he used a canon lens instead of the tamron advertised ;)

October 02, 2012 9:44 AM  
Blogger seri_art said...

OK, I'll be the one to ask. What exactly is that "flag"? That's a new term to me and I couldn't tell from watching the video.

October 02, 2012 12:51 PM  
Blogger Harry Pocius said...

He uses both a flag and a net. The specific one he used is a matthews roadrag II 18x24" Amazingly light and awesome but expensive. You could make your own with cardboard or pvc if you have some time to kill.

October 02, 2012 8:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like the way he did the What-to-bring segment. Love the clothes rack idea. Based upon the clip @ 23 seconds, it seems like a thug ladder wants to be on the list of things bring too. Falling off a moving office chair could kill the shoot before it ever gets started.

October 03, 2012 12:51 PM  
Blogger Kawika Ohumukini said...

I always find Jay's videos informative. I like how he builds the light setup and explains why he did it.

October 06, 2012 8:51 AM  
Blogger Kawika Ohumukini said...

I always find Jay's videos informative. I like how he builds the light setup and explains why he did it.

October 06, 2012 8:52 AM  
Blogger Erik Braziunas said...

really like the vid. i'm interested in replicating this lighting setup:
http://paulandbrenda.zenfolio.com/p602383889/hac72ee1#hac72ee1

can anyone give me their opinion what the lighting is? to me it looks like an umbrella as the key light directly in front and above with a reflector below and a light behind lighting the backdrop. it also looks like there are two lights each slighly behind and on the side of him giving him an outline. i haven't really worked with grids much before and am wondering are these perhaps gridded?

November 07, 2012 4:13 PM  

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