I recently had the opportunity to create a Business Portrait of an Eye Surgeon in Irvine, California. Most Doctors are quite busy and access to operating rooms can also be restrictive so working fast while producing a clean, quality photograph was required.
Make the subject of your portrait stand out.
Of course the Doctor was the focal point of the photo, But showing the operating equipment was also requested by the client. Fortunately the operating room was a relativity small white room that made the lighting a little easier.
I started by placing the doctor in front of the equipment being careful not to block the logo on the side. I then placed a single 400 watt strobe behind me and a little to my (and camera’s) right. This provided light on the doctor while underexposing the equipment just enough to give the doctor prominence.
Use professional lighting on business Portraits.
Since the light was a little off set from center there was a little shadow on the right side of the doctors face and the equipment (left side of photo). I carry several small battery operated strobes and used one to create a highlight on the doctor’s face. This also helped the doctor stand out and give a little overall dimension to the photo.
Do not overlook the details in business portraits.
And one last thing, in case you did not notice, I draped a black cloth over the (very distracting) backside of a monitor in the upper left of the photo.
The result is a clean Business Portrait the reads fast and says exactly what the clients wants.www.atempletonphoto.com 714 747-0556