Whether you’re shooting headshots at a Fortune 500 company or taking photographs of a family member for Mother’s Day, there’s one piece of gear you should definitely have in your kit for every portrait session.
Coming to you from Gavin Hoey and Adorama is a quick rundown on why changing your height in relation to your subject and your background will help you take better images. Whether it's to create a more dramatic image with a hero shot of your subject outlined by the sky or if you’re trying to eliminate distractions in the background, it’s always valuable to take a few moments and decide on the height at which you want to shoot a portrait. Now, the question to ask is what if the height you want is too high for you to stand comfortably or what if you’re simply not tall enough?
The piece of gear I believe every portrait photographer should have is a simple step ladder. Whether you are or you’re not vertically challenged, it’s a great idea to always have a small step ladder available in your car or studio. In this case, Hoey uses nearly the same step ladder I own and take with me on every headshot and portrait session. When the horizon line is going across the neck of your subject, being able to raise your camera comfortably with only a step or two up while still directing the subject is a very simple way to greatly improve an image and your interaction with a client.
It’s a simple tool that I use a lot and I couldn’t imagine shooting a portrait session without. After watching the video, what are some other simple or unique tools you feel every photographer should have in their kit?