In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to get a good photographer’s profile picture, and how to avoid common mistakes. Your first meeting point between you and a client is them looking at who they may be employing, i.e. your profile pic. A bad profile pic will lose you work! Who wants to work with someone who looks too serious or covers their face? However, a good profile pic will make people want to work with you and be the first time potential clients will see you.
Here, we’ll talk about the dos, don’ts and how to get a great profile picture that will hopefully get you more work!
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so let's face it just because we're photographers it doesn't mean that we can take great photographs of ourselves we much prefer to be on this side of the camera than that side of the camera well I certainly do and that's for sure so I'm going to bring to you now a really good tutorial it's going to talk to you about the do's the don'ts and giving you a really good tip on how to get a great photographers profile picture let's go hello I'm Mike Newton from the school of photography where we teach you photography properly by professional teachers now in this video we're going to talk about the photographer's profile picture and the first thing no one talked to you about is the don'ts so the first don't is don't hold up the camera in front of your face and cover half of your face now I've probably offended half the people watching this video right now but I'll tell you for why people want to see who they are working with and your photographers which means you should be creative and half the photographers out there have got that profile picture where they're looking through a camera lens now it's only really worked well for one person in the past and that is Dennis stock who's a very famous documentary photographer and he used a really expensive like a camera over his face and it looked really really cold so if you're him and you've got an expensive light like a camera then you'll probably get away with it if not I would avoid that way of doing a profile picture so the second don't is don't look too serious I see this a lot it's I'm the serious photographer look well think about it when people are trying to hire you as a photographer they're not gonna want to work with someone who's really really serious yes you might be passionate about photography and serious about photography but you're trying to get clients so don't have that really serious photographers look be happy and be normal now I've probably offended loads of people by giving you them two big don'ts about a profile picture but we've all made their mistakes and this is why I'm bringing you this video I've made them same mistakes as well so how do you get a decent photographers profile picture well you team up with a photography friend and you take pictures of each other now where am I going to find a photography framed at look are you doing this holy Rachel Jacobson right on time so here is my photography friend Rachel Jacobson now if you are in the Essex area and you need a photographer to do weddings and families and whatever else you do right away come and see her I'm gonna put her details in a description of this video and believe me you won't get a better photographer around here and I know that because I talked to her so all you do really is turn into photographers like you already know how to do so I'm going to discuss with Rachel how I'm going to take her picture and she's going to take discuss with me how she's going to take my picture and we are then gonna use these pictures definitely aren't we right part of the deal is that I'm gonna use Rachel's picture as my new profile picture and Rachel's going to use mine for hers right let's go and discuss how we're gonna take each other's pictures right so Rachel's clientele is mainly couples for weddings children's portraits and it's like family based isn't it yeah and Rachel are no Rachel and on their Instagram feeds constantly pictures of obviously all of your work but also pictures of you and your family doing stuff and whatever else and being a lovely family so you've got a couple of kids so my idea was to for your profile picture was to show you in this family way because your clients are gonna like that you know they're going to see you as a family into into a deep person if that's a word and hopefully that's going to come across in your profile picture and get you some more work that's the whole idea that I've got about your profile picture so that's we're going to take the Rachel sounds good looking at me please very good nice big smells that's it okay so just to tell you how I'm setting up the camera I've got the Olympus om-d here the em1 mark – and I'm zoomed in to 40 mil focal length that is 80 mil equivalent on a full frame camera and that's a really good focal length for portraiture and that's why I'm using it I'm at a fairly wide aperture f/4 I didn't really want to go wider than that because there's free people there and I don't I want to I want a shallow depth of field but not a really shallow depth of field so I've gone for f/4 I'm shooting at 254 for second and I'm doing that because I'm zoomed in and you can get camera shake and I've put the ISO on auto which some people are going but when you're doing kids and stuff like this you've got to do that some Fitz gotta give because you're going forwards back forwards back and you want to get your shutter speed fast so you're capturing it without without camera shake wide aperture so you're getting a shallower depth of field but not too wide so you get everyone sharp and so something along them lines has got a gift so I'll it's the ISO for me it's a bright day so we're gonna get a low is out anyway and yeah that's the technical spec I'm just gonna take a few more ideas and then show them to Rachel and see what she thinks I'm gonna shoot fruit frame within a frame really good compositional technique so I'm shooting through them stairs there alright kids looking at me and very good indeed that's a lovely show I'm gonna come a bit closer read that was lovely now a nice big smile just to finish it off I'm happy with that yeah that's what you want to show you want to show that kind of like fun family kind of thing so for your profile picture and you're obviously quite an arty person um quite a friendly person definitely not one of those serious photographer faces so I'm going to try and incorporate all that into the venue that we're at today the location that we're at today and see what we come up with make you appear quite open quite approachable and quite happy which you are well that sounds good to me let's do it okay here we go okay I want to look like Hugh Jackman from Wolverine okay got it right here we go yeah let's try here actually if you see on the bottom set okay Hugh Jackman's quite so yeah okay yeah look at me right there you go now did did you go if your recipe I'm happy let's have a look good oh my colours I'm happy with mine yes alright so hopefully that's going to really help you out in getting a really good profile picture again thank you to Rachel for helping me out I'll put a details below in the description so you can go and check out her stuff and if you need a photographer and you're in our local area I think this is the person to go to for a fact don't forget if you want to learn photography properly in a structured way come over to the school of photography comm where we teach you photography Lightroom Photoshop studio lighting everything photography related and 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