Senior Photo Requirements
- Deadline: 10/20/17.
- Photos should be of your head and shoulders. ABSOLUTELY NO PROPS, PLEASE.
- Finished photos should be 2.5 in x 3.5 in at 300ppi. This translates to 750 pixels x 1,150 pixels.
- E-mail .jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you feel unable to e-mail your .jpeg file, submit it on a labeled CD to Ms. I’s staff mailbox.
Geskus is our *NEW* official photographer; please click here for a handout on pricing and photo packages – they have something for every budget. While you are not required to use their services, they come highly recommended. View samples and set up your appointments at www.wearegeskus.com.
Tips for Lighting a Portrait
- Bright sun is NOT good. Avoid direct sunlight. A softer more diffuse light is better. Try sunlight filtering through a cloud or bouncing off a white building.
- Do not back-light your subject unless you now how to bounce soft light back onto his or her face.
- Avoid overhead light at it creates dark unappealing shadows. Low branches or porch roofs are two ways to block overhead light.
- Shoot later in the day so that the light is not overhead. In the late afternoon, the light is lower in the sky. Towards sundown the light is warm and gentle and doesn’t cause subjects to squint.
- Angle the subject’s face 20°-30° relative to the direction of the main light. This is more flattering and less “flat” than having the light come from in directly in front of the subject’s face.
Tips for Working with the Subject
- Most people look better with their faces angled just a bit relative to the direction of the camera. There eyes still face the camera, but their face is slightly turned. The bottom line is to experiment and pay attention to what looks best for each person.
- Create a fun environment for your subject. Talk and joke with him or her. This will evoke a better smile than what you’ll get if you ask the subject to smile on command.
- If you want more advice on creating great portrait for your friends, feel free to contact our staff photographers for tips. Who knows? If you get practice and get good at this, maybe you can turn it into a small business!