This is the wonderful Alana Ramsey, another RADA student just entering her 3rd year. Alana was great to work with and is a classic poster girl for the colour vs black and white debate. I love both shots, the eye contact is engaging and sensitive and you certainly get a sense of Alana as a English Rose in both but its very difficult to get across her gorgeous hair colour in the B&W image which I’m sure any casting director would want to see. I guess the best way round the problem is to do exactly what Alana did her and pick both.
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Ok here we have the striking and beautiful Julia Goulding. Originally from Manchester and now going into her final year at RADA. Julia confessed that since she was knee high her mum always had a camera on her and this no doubt explains her ease in front of the lens. The shoot was a breeze and it wasn’t long before we had loads of great shots and Julia made a great choice with these two!!
This is Moses Hardwick who came down to the studio last month. He’s about to go into his final year at RADA. I’ve included both the images he selected for this post because I love the way the smallest change in posture and expression can produce two totally different shots.
Its also worth mentioning that lighting black skin brings with it a different set of challenges as you can easily get more speculars and highlights. I thus used an large softbox and bounced it off the studio ceiling for these shots to diffuse the light as much as possible and avoide patches of high contrast shine appearing… Just in case anyone cares about that kinda stuff.
This here is Ben McMath a second year Mount View Student just about to go into his third year. So for Ben all this acting stuff is beginning to get pretty real and he wanted to get a good headshot to start the year off with. I really like his relaxed and natural smile in this frame. Its never easy to get a rid of tension around the mouth, which can lead to those pretty scary half lunatic half mentalist smiles we’ve all got in our holiday albums somewhere. but Ben got this sorted within the first few shots of the session. Nice one.
So what do people think??
The UK still seems pretty traditional on this and black and white is very much the done thing. But surely black and white dominance is down to historical reasons of reproduction costs and film costs? Colour is a lot more accurate – hair colour, freckles, eye colour etc can all be confused in black and white prints but then again there is something timeless and essential to the black and white image.
So yeah, opinions please! 3…2…1… Fight!
Ok here is Sam. Top chap. His casting tends to put in brooding, introspective roles which I think this image nails pretty well. His agent also wants to see the colour version so stay tuned to see some 21st century colour headshots coming this way. Which also nicely leads on to my next post…
edit: and here is said colour version
Sam Ford Colour
So today we had the amazing Chara in the studio. This chic has some serious presence! Its one of those shoots that’s hard to chose the winning image from but I love this shot for so many reasons: great strong eye contact, a really relaxed smile with no hint of tension what-so-ever, lovely shoulder positions, and a great depth of field on the lens blurring out everything except the face and really drawing the viewer in. Everything you could ever need from a headshot. The viewer goes straight to the eyes and the expression keeps you looking for ages.