This is part 2 of the bad actors headshot series. The first thing I want you to notice is the difference in the background of the two headshots. In the shot on the left your eye is quite clearly distracted from the actors face by the bright sunlit blue and white fence intersecting the actors head in background. Because it’s much brighter than the rest of the image your eye is automatically drawn towards that part of the picture and therefore drawn away from the really important part – the actors face.
When you look at the actors headshot on the right you can easily focus his face without the distraction of the bright, busy background. The two headshots were taken in exactly the same location all I did was move my shooting point around slightly to the right to make sure the background was less distracting.
As a headshot photographer in London with many years of experience shooting actors headshots this is something I do naturally. Busy distracting backgrounds really bug me in an actors headshot and as an actor you shouldn’t have anything that distracts the eye of the Casting Director away from your face.
Look out for part 3 coming soon.