What is the difference between a headshot and portrait?
The focus of a headshot is a person's face. There are an infinite different numbers of lightening techniques, so there isn't just one way. It really depends on the style of the photographer and the desired photo of the client. I use a lighting technique that I learned from Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew.
This is what my lighting set up for a professional headshot looks like.
In each of the Westcott modifiers, is a eVOLV 200 strobe flash. Lots of headshot photographers use constant light sources (e.g., LED panels). Are strobes better or worse then constant light sources? Well, not surprisingly, it depends, and there are pros and cons to each lighting system.
Final professional headshot images
I typically provide the images to you in three different sizes:
- WIDE - pretty much, as captured
- TIGHT - more captivating, emphasizes face and eyes,
- SQUARE - for social media profiles (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook)
So, here are three different sizes of the "final" image.
According to the Merriam-Webster, a definition of portrait is:
- picture especially : a pictorial representation of a person usually showing the face
- a sculptured figure
- a graphic portrayal in words
What does that mean? Well, how about anything that has person in it and is not a professional headshot? Portrait photography is only limited by the imagination of the photographer.
An example of a portrait photography set up
Depending on the purpose of your images, you may need a professional headshot, a portrait image, or perhaps both!
Read more about professional headshots:
- What makes a good headshot - Part 1
- What makes a good headshot - Part 2
- What makes a good headshot - Part 3
- General questions about professional headshots
Peter Istvan Photography
Peter is a professional headshot photographer. Available in studio, or on location. Serving Parry Sound, Muskoka, Sudbury, North Bay, Barrie, Toronto, and surrounding areas. View pricing and scheduling.