Corporate Headshots and Photoshop

Our quotes for headshots and corporate photography always include editing. Make sure you get what you need as far as editing when hiring a photographer.

Do corporate headshots and Photoshop go hand-in-hand? Absolutely. But to most people, Photoshop is a magic wand to make them look younger, thinner and more attractive — and photographers can be lazy.  They can use Photoshop short cuts and quick fixes and all of a sudden, every face looks  like the same plastic mask. No wrinkles, but no detail or contrast either. Good editing takes time, which is why a lot of bargain headshot photographers don’t include it.

Here is a simple example:  This client hired us to photograph several employees in their Dallas offices so that the finished images would match their brand (they are a global firm) which called for crisp black and white images with a soft blurry background, cropped wide.

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This was our starting point — after choosing the location, setting up lighting, posing and adjustments to a few elements in the background — but before we edited skin, hairline, and little background annoyances like exit lights. See if you can tell the difference.

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finished business headshot with the final cropped image
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posing is another important element for a strong professional portrait

In short, Photoshop is an essential element when used properly, so when hiring a professional for your next business portrait, be sure it’s included in your quote and ask to see some “before and after” shots.

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black and white images should be crisp with a full range of black to white

Author: Photographer

Teresa Berg is a nationally recognized photographer and author with more than 20 years of professional photography experience. She specializes in artistic portraits for a sophisticated clientele. Additionally, she donates much of her time to animal rescue and many Texas children's charities.

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