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How to Set Up for Corporate Headshots (Video)

Corporate portrait photography isn’t the most glamorous aspect of photography.  The backgrounds are typical, the posing is reserved, and the lighting techniques are far from creative.  However, it can be a very nice income stream for a professional photographer and for a wedding photographer like me, it’s typically a week day shoot so rarely does it conflict with my main income stream.

All it takes is a little bit of gear, a little knowledge of lighting, and a professional attitude.  In my very first video podcast, I’ll be demonstrating my portable corporate head shot set up.  If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them.  Just post them in the comments section below.

Oh, and please excuse my tennis ball obsessed Border Collie, Murphy, who makes several guest appearances during the making of this video.

My Corporate Headshot Setup from Thomas Lester on Vimeo.

Here’s the list of gear used in this video (not including cameras):

2 x Alien Bee’s AB-800

2 x Canon 580 EX II’s

2 x Pocket Wizard Plus II’s

2 x Pocket Wizard FlexTT5’s

1 x Pocket Wizard MiniTT1

1 x Manfroto Tripod (not shown)

1 x Paul Buff Medium Stand

1 x Paul Buff small stand (background light)

1 x Manfroto stand w/ Umbrella and Hotshoe

1 x Manfroto background holder stand

2 x Lastolite backgrounds

1 x 5-in-1 pop out reflector

1 x 24″ x 36″ Paul Buff softbox

1 x 43″ Westcott shoot through umbrella

1 x Sekonic L-358 w/ Pocket Wizard Transmitter

1 x Publix bag with extension cords, power strips, Home Depot clamps, and Duct Tape.

2 x 1/8″ mono audio cables to connect PW’s  to AB-800’s (not shown)

1 x Pork Pie drum throne

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By Thomas Lester

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