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Shoot & Edit A Professional Looking Headshot at Home: Step Up Your Profile Image

teacher avatar Simone Ferretti, Professional Photo/Videographer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:20

    • 2.

      Gear needed

      4:26

    • 3.

      Camera + Professional Light (Textured Background)

      8:39

    • 4.

      Camera + Professional Light (White Wall)

      2:15

    • 5.

      Camera + Window Light (White Wall)

      1:51

    • 6.

      Phone + Window Light (White Wall)

      2:29

    • 7.

      Camera Outdoor

      3:26

    • 8.

      Editing on Desktop

      7:44

    • 9.

      Editing on Mobile

      2:37

    • 10.

      Bonus: Photoroom App

      2:51

    • 11.

      Class Project

      0:56

    • 12.

      Conclusion

      1:11

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This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about shooting and editing your own headshot at home, with a camera or a phone. If you want to step up your social media profile photo (LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, etc.) this class is for you.

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Why This Class?

Your profile image is the first point of contact with the online world. Having a strong headshot is important because:

  1. It creates a visual first impression of you to potential employers, clients, or collaborators.
  2. It can convey professionalism and competence, and can make you appear more approachable.
  3. It helps to establish your personal brand and sets you apart from others in your field.
  4. A high-quality profile image can increase your credibility and attract more opportunities.

In this class, I show many examples (both indoor and outdoor) of how you can easily shoot and edit impactful headshots in the comfort of your home.

Is this Class for me?

No prior experience in photography or editing is required. This course is designed to teach everything you need to know about the production and editing process with both mobile and desktop. It is suitable for beginners and intermediates who wish to learn and improve the quality of their profile photos.

Do you need expensive gear for this type of shot?

Absolutely not, everything you need is just a camera or a smartphone. During the course, I’ll show practical examples of how you can shoot your own headshot both indoor and outdoor.

Are you qualified to teach this topic?

While I used to be a commercial videographer for brands, in the past few years I specialised in Portrait Photography. During the first lockdown, I started teaching photo/videography tips on TikTok,  Instagram and YouTube where I now count almost 1M followers among the two platforms. What used to be my passion (photography) is now my full-time job. And I love it.

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Simone Ferretti

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I'm an Italian professional photo/videographer based in London. My passion for making videos started when I was more or less 10 years old. Since then, I've been focused on improving my skills every day. Born and raised in a small village in the north of Italy, I moved to Hong Kong in 2017.

My never-ending eagerness for creating content and an increasing need for eye-catching, short and impactful videos allowed me to start getting some small gigs on the side. In 2019, I moved to London to study business while working part-time as a professional videographer landing projects with worldwide famous brands such as: Google, Intel, Vivo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, The Ritz-Carlton and many others.

During 2020, after accomplishing a Guinness World Rec... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to this class where we're going to talk about how to take your own headshot image for LinkedIn or any other social media just in your home. This course is designed for you in case you want to learn how you can take your own photo just in your house, maybe also outdoor. Because yes, I'm going to show you different examples on how you can take your photo indoor using either a white wall or this texture background with both a professional life and just using window light. Plus, I'm going to also show you how you can take that photo and just using a camera, professional camera, or using simply a phone. And in case you're using a camera, I'm going to show you also cheap different focal length, one a little bit wider and one a little bit tighter so that you know what kind of lens would work best for your case. And also we're going to have a look on how to shoot LinkedIn or profile photo outdoor as well without any professional lighting, but just using external elements that we're going to find in our neighborhood. That in the last part of the course, I'm going to show you how you can enhance these portraits by anything on desktop and also on mobile using free apps. I'm Simona, I'm Italian and live in London, and I've been a portrait photographer for the past few years. I now teach full-time photography on social media, especially on Instagram and TikTok, where I count more than 1 million followers combined, and also on YouTube when longer-form content, I hope you guys enjoy the class and I'm gonna see you in the first lesson. 2. Gear needed: In this video, we're going to talk about the good that you need in order to take this super cool shots for LinkedIn, for social media is a profile image wherever you want. And the first thing that you need it, obviously something to shoot with. I'm going to show you both with a professional camera and also with your phone regarding a professional camera, we're also going to try two different focal length. This is an 85 millimeter F 1.8. And also we're going to try a 35-millimeter. A 35-millimeter is a little bit why there was an 85 is a little bit tighter so that you basically have more compression. You're going to have a bit more book here when we use the 85, but I want to show you both so you can compare and see which one works best for you. Obviously, if you have a zoom lens or if you have a kit lens when your camera, that's also completely fine. And then you'll be able to decide whether you want a bit more tight or a bit less type based also on these results, then the next thing that you want to have in case you're alone and you don't have anyone that can help you, is a tripod. You can use either a cheap tripod or more expensive tripod. It doesn't really matter. They're all doing the job because you just need a stable position where you can put your camera when you're taking your own portrait, then in case you're alone, there is one thing that can help you a lot, and this is a remote, which is nothing but a wireless controller that allows you to take photos on your own without having to put a self timer, without having to go and step control the camera. You can do simply by using this one or e.g. if you have a Sony, you'll be able to have also an app that allows you to control the camera just using your phone. So you don't have, again to stand up, check their camera on, but you can do everything, just use either remote or a phone. Then the next thing that you might need, which is optional is a professional light. Right now I'm using a fs by neglect, which is your professional life with a Latin modifier. And I'm going to show you how you can take more professional photos using this type of light. But I'm also going to show you how you can take photos without any professional lives, but just using the wind dome light, then you can have in your home or also we're going to see an outdoor, just again, natural light then in case you shouldn't indoor and you want to take your hetro to the next level and you went and use some backlighting other than your key light, then we can use also a tube-like or maybe embed lamp or any kind of lights that you want to have a bit of a better effect, just maybe illuminating the back of yourself on the opposite side of your key light. But we're going to see these, these are afterwards. Then the next thing which is a super-important is about the background. And here you have several options. I'm going to show you how you can take a very short just using a texture and bad grid like this one that we have right here, which is simply some wood panels. I'm also going to show you how you can do the same on a white plane walk, which most of us have in our houses, is just really important that, that white plain wall is going to be close to a window so that we can have a lot of light coming in in case you don't have a professional light, the choice of the grantee is extremely important and you might want to have some plants in the background. If you're doing a door, you might want to have a white wall. You can also design your own background depending on what kind of photo you want to get. E.g. if you are an artist or if you are a photographer, then you can have something that represents you in the background. Maybe it's a photo of yours, maybe is some paintings that you've done. It's totally up to you and you can also think creatively on how you can make the background a little bit more interesting based on your own profession as well. Afterwards I'm going to show you that also using a wide plain wall will be able to obtain great background. Let's say then the next thing that you want to make sure to take care of is your outfit. And based on the result that you want to obtain, based on where you're going to use the photo, then you want to adjust the outfit accordingly. I am a photographer so I can be let say casual, wear it taking my own ship. But if you are a professional, maybe you are a banker or you want to take your own headshot for just specifically for LinkedIn, maybe you weren't aware, a shirt or a jacket. And afterwards we're going to work as well. Then just as a complimentary element to your outfit, you want to think about some props in case you, or maybe an artist or photographer, or in case you wanted to represent your old profession a little bit better. E.g. I. Am a photographer and my old image is with a camera in my hand. So this is extremely important because people from the outside don't know what your profession is. And if you want to target yourself, if you want to brand yourself as a professional, if you already own a camera and you have it in your hands and people will obviously link yourself to your profession, which is a great way to be noticed that especially in social media. If you have a very good profile image, then you're going to stand out. 3. Camera + Professional Light (Textured Background): For this first example, we're going to use a professional like to take our own eyes shut and we're going to use these wood panels that we have just right behind here, as I said before, super, super important to have the right outfit. So let me just change it into a good one. This is the setup that we have. I'm now in my bedroom and I tried to find a spot where I can set the camera, where it can sit myself or I can put the light. I'm not using a non let F S six dB, which is a 60 watt light. So kind of the entry level of professional lighting with a softbox trip 140 times 30. Usually you can use also parabolic soft books that will not make any difference. It just happened to have this one right here, right now. So we're just going to use this one as a softbox by anything will work. Then I'm just going to turn off for the first photo, this light right here, and also the back lights that we have here. There you go. And now we need to understand where to place ourselves. And they just going to let c plus it in the middle of the room or maybe a bit closer to the background, depending on what kind of lens you're using. Now we're using an 85 millimeter F1 point right now that I set on a tripod right here. And I need to decide where to put it. So obviously because it's a very tight lenses, a zoom lens, I'm going to probably stay around here because it has to be a bit far, let's say. And then I want to have the light 45 degrees to watch myself. So we got this angled. I'm going to sit and let's say here in the middle, then we've got the background over there and the light is 45 degrees in this direction. There you go. Now, I need to understand now the angle that we want to put the camera. And to do so, I'm going to connect my phone to the camera so that I can see myself there and then move eventually the camera. So now I place the camera over there. I'm sitting here and I'm checking on the phone and it looks like is quite okay. But then maybe we can move a bit the camera towards myself, let say a bit like so you go, Let's have a look. Yeah, that's that's a bit tighter depending on how you like it. I have my light 45 degrees towards myself and now I'm going to do a test shot and see if there's anything we need to change. Here you go. I quite like it. I'm pretty happy with this. Maybe I can remove the slant because they can see it in the background. And then this photo, I just want to use this tetra beggar and right here, so I'm going to remove this. And now we're ready to take, let's say the real shot regarding the settings, either you use aperture priority. I don't know how much you know not about camera. I like to use ammonia so I can control all the settings and as long as I'm not burned, e.g. let me give you an example. If you're like this, then this is too bright. You're gonna be basically blown out your face. I like to have a natural, So e.g. like this could be fine. And then I've ISO 161.8, so it's already pretty bright as the land. And then one on 100th. So there's gonna be the framing regarding the posing and movement and stuff like this. This is really depending on your profession. If you are a banker, most of them, they're just maybe a bear like this or maybe holding the jacket or just rotating the shoulder a bit. Just tried to not stay to front because otherwise this looks like a passport photo. So I like to rotate my shoulder towards the camera, having the light 45 degrees and my shoulder or towards the light, then we look into camera. If you want at smiling photo, then feel free to do so. Having a little smile, having maybe a laugh in case you want to come across a friendly. There are few people that they like also to cross their arms in like this. But in psychology, I've been told that this is kinda like a closure movement. So it's not really good to have that as a profile photo. So now e.g. we can just take a photo holding the jacket or maybe buttoning the shirt, or maybe just hold one hand or simply don't do anything. So let's try one very simple one without doing anything, just going to rotate the shoulder 45 degrees, check the camera. That is all good. My eyes are in the top third of the rule of thirds. And then whenever I'm ready, I'm going to take the sharp. There you go. Just going to check it out. Yeah, let's take a couple of more just in case. Cool. I'm pretty happy with this result. Now regarding folks, I'm actually using out-of-focus with a flexible spot on my face because obviously the focus is our face or you want to make sure that you're focused that way. What are ways you can use also a wide incase, you have a camera that tracks humans. Now, this photo could be a ready fine, maybe we need to edit it a bit in case we want to enhance it. But if you want to make it even better than we can add a backlight. So an opposite from the killer. So the key ladies here, opposite is going to be here. And then we're going to change the color as well. This is a white warm color set at 5,700 Kelvin. These are technicality. This is just a normal, let's say daylight. And then we're going to use another light right here, set at yellow light. So tungsten, 2,700 Kelvin, which is basically nothing but a yellow temperature, let's say you can use also a bedlam. You can use whatever you want just to have. Sort of a, a light that will enhance this part of your face and also in the shoulders. Let's see what we can get right now. Right? And that's nice. You can see the difference between the before without a backlight and now when the backlight, I think it looks much better just using this one eventually you can also add multiple lights. I'm just going to turn on the light that we had right here before and see if it makes any difference or not. And then also the fairy lights that we have in the parameter, you might know C, Yeah, we don't see them actually. Then the result that we got, Let's take a couple of photos now. Yeah, that's pretty nice. I actually like to have that bet lamp right here that he matches also with that color of the tube like that I have on the site. Then the next thing that I want to show you is taking the same photo but with a 35-millimeter. So I'm going to change the lens right now. And obviously when I change lengths, I'll probably have to have the camera much closer to myself. So probably around this position again, I'm checking with the phone whether it's a good angle or not, even closer, maybe like so maybe he's a little bit too tall, so I'm going to bring it down a tiny bit. There you go. We have it at I9, depending also on what kind of angle you like of yourself. A little bit lower, a little bit higher. Island usually works fine for everyone. We keep using this backlight. Now we are F1 0.8, but this lens can also go down to F14. So let's try it out and then we're going to decrease the ISO because F14 is a little bit brighter and then we have it like so I liked that lamp over there, so I'm just going to keep it there. Then let's try to take a shot. There you go. So as you can see, the difference between the 35.85 is that with the 35 a wider angle, you're going to have a much more squished face on the side, whereas with the 85 you're going to have a squishy, let's say on the front. So we'd have 35. Maybe you can look slightly more skinnier, Let's say, but I prefer much more than 85 because of that compression. My face just looks a bit more natural rather than the 35, but this is totally up to you. Then once again, as we said before, if you want to take a profile photo that is not, let's say for a bank or is not a classic one, super standards trade without anything, you can use a prop. And right now I'm going to take my camera to try to use that. Because I'm a photographer, I'm going to use the main camera and try to maybe stay like this and then do a few trials. Because now moving and my hands are not free, I'm going to set a timer in my camera. So I'm gonna go into timer and then use it at 2 s so that when I click it, I have 2 s to them be in place. There you go. Let's have a look what we got. Maybe right now, I don't want to use F14 because otherwise the camera is going to be completely burned out. So we're gonna put F2 plus eight and then adjust the ISO. So we're going to put it 320 that she'd be alright. And also maybe this time I can try to smile a bit so that we make it a little bit more friendly. If we need to sell ourself as photographers, maybe if you're a wedding photographer or something like that. So let's try it out. All right. That said, I like this one very much. Even if you put this photo into a circle, imagining is for social media, is for LinkedIn or whatever. It looks pretty good already. 4. Camera + Professional Light (White Wall): Right now we're just going to try to take a head should eat a living group using a white plain wall. For this video, we're still going to use the professional light in the next one, I'm going to show you the exact same thing but without professional life. So this is gonna be the setup. I'm just going to remove these paintings right here. So we're going to have a white plane wall, going to just leave them here. And then what I've done is I've put a 50 millimeter on the camera right here, and now I can see only a white plane wall. I have my light 45 degrees juice right here. And I'm basically if ready to take the photo. Now, the windows that I have just on my side will allow me to have, let's say, more light coming this way. But if we want a more dramatic effect, we can close the windows and we're just going to have the key that. So let's do this right now. As you can see, this side is now much darker because I closed the windows afterwards. I'm going to show you also when you have the windows open so that you have also decided that he's bright. But then now we have just tequila that is illuminating ourselves. So one side, because we are 45 degrees, one side is brighter and the other side is a little bit darker. Let's take photo. There you go. And unlike already invest one. And now let's actually try to have the same exact photo, same setup, but with the windows up. Now there's much more lightweight tequila and we will also a lot of light coming from the windows. Now one thing that I want to let you know this is that we use the white balance setting Dana, because this light is actually doing it. But then eventually what we can do, especially if you're using a light that is coming from the window, we're going to set it AWB, that means automatic white balance. So basically the camera will adjust the white balance automatically based on the environment. So we're going to see what we can get. And there you go. You've got the previous photo. And this photo, they are a bit different depending on you like whether you like a little bit more dramatic than you just want to have a key light or otherwise, if you want to have more daylight coming in and a brighter image, then you can have two different sorts of light's coming from opposite directions. Alright, that's it for this video. In the next one, I'm going to show you how you can take a photo just using light coming from the window without professional life, Let's do it. 5. Camera + Window Light (White Wall): Now we're going to try to take the hashCode without any professionalizing purchased using window light. And we are again in my bedroom and I just found literally this half meter or meter of white plain wall and you don't need anything else, but something like this. Even if you have the light switch here, you're going to be covering with your body. So that's not a problem. Once again, I sat in my tripod right here and I already set it so that I don't have any of these chew pour out type. So I'm just going to have the plain wall because the tripod is not tall enough. I'm just going to bend down a bit my niece and then do the squat position just for taking the photo. Then we're going to see what we can get. The settings right now. Or 2.8 eyes are 101 on 80 shutter speed. So these are kind of normal settings. F2, the majority of lenses, they have it as well. If you have 5.6 or anything like that, that's also fine. That's not a problem. Now here the key is that because the light is coming this way, if we rotate a bit our head towards that light, then we're going to have brighter park that say from this side, but then will be also able to adjust it a bit in post-production. So don't worry too much about that. Once again, about the pose. It's totally up to you. Just gonna go with the classic one. There you go. I'm pretty happy with the result, I think is great. We're going to just did have been in post-production, but that's it, super simple. Now, the key of all of this is simply have as much light as possible and tried to have the light again 45 degrees towards yourself. So even if you have a window e.g. and in front, that's also fine. You can use that direction. You're going to have a little bit of a flatter face because the light, if it comes from the front, is a little bit flatter, but that's also fine. So it's important to have a white wall. Just a light position your camera and you're good to go. Alright, that's it for this video. In the next one we're going to have a look on how we can do the exact same thing just using your phone. 6. Phone + Window Light (White Wall): In this video, we're going to have a look on how we can create an Excel exact photo that we did before with the camera, but just with a phone using simply winter that so we're not going to use any professional life and we're going to use this small strip of white wall. And now to do this, if you are alone, you might need a tripod. This is called teleports poor by Joppa and it's great because it becomes very, very small, let say like this. This one. You can also be detached. But then because they're also pretty tall, like so if it's not tall enough because you're taller than this, but you want to have the photo and your online like I like or a little bit taller, then I'm just going to use a chair to put a tripod on top of it. I'm just going to make sure that this is gonna be at my height. There you go. Then I'm going to place the phone on Detroit foot. And then there are a few things that you want to make sure to take care of whenever you setting up peer phone. The first one is that you want to use a zoom lens. This means is zoomed in lens to create the effect of the 85 millimeter that we saw before on the camera. So in this case, I have an iPhone 14 Pro, and this is amazing because it allowed us to have a three pair camera. Than a sudden I'm going to click on the three pair camera. And he just want to make sure that I don't pick any of the sites. If it's still too zoomed out, then I'm going to move the chair towards the wall. There you go. Now, I'm just gonna make sure also that is on a level. Yes, Like so then if you have a modern folder, you'll be able to actually put their vol mode. So here they activate it and now it's activated, in this case, is going to be a bigger file that will allow us to edit a bit better afterwards. Then either you want to use a Bluetooth remote and you can find on Amazon everywhere. Or in this case, I have an Apple watch, so I'm just going to use the EPA watch, especially in this case. If you don't have anyone, then you'll need to do some trial and error. E.g. now is a little bit to tilt up. I'm going to tilt it down a bit now. Looks fine. Just going to try to stay in the middle. And then once you're ready, you just going to click on your face. And then we're going to try to shoot and see what we can get. You go to try to take a couple of more just in case, same principles as before. Tried to move your face and poses as much as you like. Right now we're going to have a look at the photos and see if there's anything that we like. I think we got something. And then this one, we can edit them with a few free abstracts, some simple tricks that I'm going to show you in one of the following videos. Okay, I'll see you in the next one. 7. Camera Outdoor: In this video, we're going to see how we can take a cool headshot or peripheral image outdoor. And here there is one extremely important thing, as we saw already, lighting is the number one factor that you should take care of, especially when we are adore. Not many people know about this, but actually the light changes. And in order to find the best direction, there is a cool trick that I'm going to show you right now, e.g. now I chose to record the video in this position because this area is dark. Here, is very bright and therefore my face looks okay. But instead, let's say we would have recorded on opposite side where I have the bright and light behind myself and the dark one in the front than the video and the quality image would have been that good. So here's the trick that I usually hold my hand in front of myself and then I rotate around. Then when I see that the hand is the brightest, that means that the direction that I want to use for my portrait. So e.g. right now, the hand is pretty bright, but if I stay here, then the hand is probably not as bright. So if we wanted to take a headshot, maybe this could be good direction, but then we need to take care about one more aspect. And this is having a cool background with cool, I mean, that might be playing, but you just don't want to have a messy background. E.g. there is a no XD sign here and there is another sign over there, then maybe it's not the best thing for short that you're going to use on LinkedIn, e.g. because you want to look professional, you want to look, let's say Cool. So either you find a plane wall or either you find a texture that you like that matches with your Alfred and matches with your boots. I know we're going to go around and find something that couldn't have good with this jacket. And let's say we have photography style of profile image. So we found this brick wall that I think looks pretty good because yes, it has a texture, but it's also quite playing, so there's no destructure around. And then I think it looks good with the outfit because this jacket is blue, that it matches with the brown. So I said the camera right in front of myself, around eyeline maybe slightly below because the tribe, but there's a little bit shorter than I am, but I think it looks fine. Now we have a quiet of a bright day, so I think it's perfect for taking photos. I still have it linked with my phone so I can shoot it remotely. And then I have also a camera as a prop because I'm a photographer and this time I wanted to take a profile photo for, let's say Instagram. So I'm just going to hold the camera like this or something, do something with the camera, even though I'm wearing a jacket and might feel format. But again, if you're wondering photographer, maybe this could be fine. So let's try to take a photo together. All the rules that we mentioned before about posing, about moving. These are all valid if you have the possibility to stay further away from the background, this is much better than just staying very close because you're gonna be able to blur out the background even if you're using the phone like you're using, let's say the portrait mode. So before we were in a room where we had absolutely no space, just half meter of space for White Wolf. So we have to stay very close in order to not take distractions around. But in this case, I'm going to stay, let's say a meter and a half, 2 m further away from the bag so that I can blur out the background and just have myself and focus to draw the attention towards the subject, which obviously me. Alright, I'm going to hold the camera. I'm going to try to take a photo and then we're going to have this timer here with a phone. There you have it. We have a bunch of photos and now it's time to have a look at how we can edit them. 8. Editing on Desktop: Now it's time to edit these photos at, in this video, we're going to see the desktop editing process and an extra, we're going to see the mobile editing process. Now, I've selected a few photos here in Lightroom and I'm going to give them a quick edit. Now, keep in mind that I have a full class talking about lateral. And in case you want to expand certain feature or understand more the color science behind the editing or how to edit better photos, then you should definitely check out that class. We're gonna go quite fast here, but I think it's gonna be enough to edit our photos. Now the first thing that I wanna do is always try to increase the exposure as much as I can before blowing out some highlights. So these became completely white and is not okay, It's too much, so we're going to go backward. I think this looks already great. Eugenia increase a tiny bit. The contrast, I play around with the highlights, maybe sometimes I have to decrease it. If one side is a little bit too bright compared to the other one, then maybe increase the shadows a tiny bit, increase the blacks a tiny bit, and reduced it clarity a tiny bit to help smooth our skin. And this is already much better than before. These are the before and this is the after. Now, if you want to stay professional, you don't have to do much, you don't have to edit. But in case you want to improve your photos, sometimes I like to do an S curve here in the tone curves just to have a little bit more contrast. And then I go back in and just again, the highlights Find Me Too and then maybe decrease the texture as well. And I'm think I'm pretty happy. One more thing that I like to do is try to brighten up my eyes. So I select a mask or a radial mask here. And then I'm going to increase the exposure just a tiny bit and then increase also the clarity. There you go. And the sharpness just to add a little bit sharper eyes. Then I go on the radio filter. I duplicated the verge of filter and I put it on the other. I just don't go outside your boo and that's it. We zoom out and I think we're good to go. That's perfect. Now, in case you want to edit multiple photos without having to redo everything manually, you can go into the next photo that you want to edit. And then usually I click Option Command V to ten past from previous. So whatever previous photos was selected, then this common is going to paste the same exact settings. And now we just need to adjust this shot on the 35-millimeter with the backlight. And then we're going to take the exposure, go little bit down. There you go. Then we have to grab our two video filters to put on the eyes. One is here, and then we select this one and we put it here. There you go. Then we're good. Maybe here we need to adjust a bit the cropping. We're just going to crop it until my eyes are on the top line of the grid that you go, the rule of thirds, super famous. And then we're going to also increase the shutters a tiny bit because I want to see my jacket a bit more and I think that's pretty much it before and after. Keep going with the next one. Once again, we're going to click Command Option V to den pass this same settings. In this case, the shadows are a bit too high. There you go. We're going to change the cropping. Zoom in a little bit of my face like so. That looks pretty good. We're going to take the radial filters again, find them and then move them on my eyes. There you go. Just gonna decrease them. Yet. We knew with the other one too. Yeah. And that's it. This is pretty good visit before and this is the after. Now in case you want to darken or brighten the background and not yourself will also yourself. You can use another type of mask. So we're going to select subject first and then we'll be able to invert the mask if we want to work on the background or just keep it normal in case we want to work on the subject with double-click on effect in case we want to reset all the settings. And then from here we'll be able to play on the subject, maybe brighten it up a little bit and that's it. Otherwise, we can go here, right-click and then we duplicate and invert. And very now we'll be able to, to work on the background. And maybe you want to decrease the background if you want to stand out a little bit more, if you want to have it gray, then you can decrease the saturation. So we got the before and after, and I really liked this, so I'm going to leave it like this. Then we're going to go into next one and we're going to copy and paste from the previous. Now these are very quite perfect. We're just going to decrease the exposure without selecting the mass. So here we select the exposure, we drag it down until we are happy with the result. Here, it looks pretty good. We're just gonna pick the two radial filters that we created for the eyes. And there you go. That's it. Let's go with the next one once again, just going to copy and paste the same settings. That's good. Now we're just going to adjust their radial filter first. And then maybe we have to brighten up a bit the shadows on this side of my face because this was shot on the window light. That's it. We've got the before and after. That's nice. Maybe we need to adjust a little bit the white balance and the color temperature because this one was a little bit too yellow. So I'm just going to go in temperature under color and we're going to move this one towards the blue. There you go, In case you want to brighten up this part because it's too dark, I'm going to create another radial filter and then I'm going to move it this side with a little bit exposure pumped up that sit before and after. Then we're gonna go into external follows. Once again, let's see what happens when I paste the settings from the previous photo, right, that's great, but we'll be able to adjust it. First of all, I want to bring back the colors from the background because I like the kind of brick color there is behind. Then we're gonna just the cropping. I like this, but I wanted to have my face in the center. Then you go and then we'll just our visual filters. And then probably we'll have to brighten up a bit the subject. So we're going to select the subject and then we brighten it up. Let's see that sit. Then we'd maybe need to adjust the temperature to have it a little bit more warm. And I think I'm pretty happy with the result before and after. Eventually, if you don't want these radial filter maybe uses, you can remove it. And then again going the subject and brightening up. Girl, maybe we decrease a bit the texture and clarity that sit. And then again, you can play around with the background depending how you like it. This is totally up to you. And we can brighten it up and decrease the texture just to have a little bit more separation between the subject and the background. That's it. Got the before and after. Then you can select all of the photos that you edited or that you want to explore. And then you go into File Export, make sure that the quality is at maximum. And then you just gonna put in any folder that you want, we're going to call it had shot handy tip, then you can export it. Then one last thing that I want to show you is how you can use Photoshop to remove the imperfection of your skin in case you want to change anything. In this photo, I have this pimple that I want to remove because it's just like temporary and I don't like it. So I'm just going to open in Photoshop. And then I'm going to zoom in into my pimple and I'll be able to use the Spot Healing Brush to them basically make it disappear. It just needs to click it and you go. And you can do with all the imperfection of your skin in case you want to modify them. That said, I just want to show you quickly. But again, in case you want to learn both Lightroom or Photoshop, I have two full classes where I explain everything you need to know about these two programs to edit amazing photos. I'll see you in the next video. 9. Editing on Mobile: In this video, we're going to see how to edit the photos just using mobile. And I'm going to use the app on mobile, which is completely free so you can download it whether you have an Android or iOS. And the first thing that you wanna do is you have to import photo. So we're gonna go into camera roll and then you want to select what is your best photo or photos. And I'm going to probably select this one. Didn't you? Click Add and you're gonna be able to see it in your library. So you go into it and then you're going to start doing all the adjustments that you want. E.g. I. Like to increase the exposure a tiny bit, then I like to reduce the highlights a tiny bit, maybe increase the contrast. There you go. Maybe you want to crop it if he's not perfect, like to cooperate in a bit. Yeah, like so then you want to adjust the color. If you wanted a bit warmer, maybe you can change the temperature towards the yellow, let say like this. Then you want to go into detail. I want to decrease the sharpening. I don't want it too sharp. Then I want to go into effect. I'm going to decrease the texture a bit and also the clarity. There you go. And this is the before and after, very subtle changes, but it's enough. Or eventually if you have the premium version of Lightroom, you will be able also to use masking is the same thing as desktop. You just go very close, e.g. to your eyes. You can add a radial gradient. You're going to draw a radial graded on your eyes Like so. Then you go into light. We increase the exposure just a tiny bit that set. Then we're going to zoom out. We click okay, and we're gonna do the same thing in the other eye. We're going to select masking. We do another one and we do radial gradient. We draw it over here, That's nice. Then we go into light and we increase the exposure just a tiny bit. And that's it. In case you want to remove some spots that you have in your face, you can go into healing. Then you zoom in. You have the brush size, as big or as small as you need to, then that's it. You just need to drag your finger and Lightroom is going to apply. It's magic. Let's remove actually also this one we're doing healing. Then we just draw on it and boom, it's gone. This is the before and this is the after. Quite simple, but that's enough. One thing in case you want to do is that you can add another mask as we did on desktop, we select subject, and then we're going to be able to work either in the subject or if we invert the mask. And you need to tap this button right here to invert the mask, you'll be able to change the exposure of the background so we make it slightly darker so that my face pops up more. We click OK and we're good to go before and after. 10. Bonus: Photoroom App: In this video, I want to show you how you can make your profile image a little bit more catchy using a free app called foot's room. So you need to open the app. And then here you'll be able to start from a photo. In this case, we're going to use our peripheral image, one of the ones that we took. It doesn't really matter. And that automatically for the room we've removed the background. And then from here, we'll be able to choose a lot of different design options already integrated within the app. Most of them are free. There are also a pro version if you want to pay. And then e.g. there is this section called profile pics. So I'm going to click on SEO. And here I'll be able to see a lot of different options that footer room already, create it using my profile image so we can pick any that we want. Let's say, Let's get one free, Probably the first one I really like. And then from here we'll be able to change lots of different options, including the color of the background. So if we click on background, then we'll be able to choose any color that we want. Let's pick e.g. a. Yellow. Yeah, I like that. Then if we click Done, we're gonna go into person in here. We'll be able to move our finger, our face wherever we want. So maybe let's put it in the center, a little bit bigger. There you go. And then obviously you'll be able to choose whether you want to have an outline or not. Change the color and cleaves the blur. Maybe you want to have a shadow on your face. And then let's say if we remove the outline, we can maybe just play around with the shadow. So when we can increase the chateaux that you go or decrease it, I'm going to increase it a bit. And also you'll be able to play around maybe would reflection with some other options and also with filters, e.g. we can use the mono to have the background with color, but our self on black and white. And this is also the effect that wolves myth has on his Instagram photo. And I think he's pretty cool. He also has an outline and white so we can add an outline if we want. We're going to go on outline and then we pick the color and we live in like this there you're going to probably doesn't have a shadow. Then what you have to do is just simply explore the image. If you want, you can create a paid account. I have the free version because you can save the image. And then eventually you can go on Instagram and then change it to that peripheral image. You're gonna go to choose from library. And then this is the result that we got. Once again, I have the free version, so I have the logo photo room and bottom right. But then if I increase it, I mentioned of the peripheral image than the logo will disappear, then I can click Done and this will be basically my new image. I think this is a very cool way, super easy to create something that he's way more catchier than anything else that you see out there. Obviously, you can pick any sort of design that you like, but I'm going to leave you to it, play around with it because I think is really, really cool this app and he's super, super good at removing the background from your photo, especially if you don't know how to use Photoshop. 11. Class Project: For this class project, I'd like you to try to take your own headshot or your own profile image for any of the social media that you have. Whether it's LinkedIn, whether it's Instagram, whether it's TikTok, whatever you want, tried to also edited a bit, even if you have just a smartphone, tried to use the editing with a smartphone video to get inspired on how you can make it even better. Feel free to use any of the technique viscous in the class, whether it's with just a smart phone, whether it is with a professional life or just with a window light, or even outdoor. Try to be creative. Try to think about something that really resonate with you, that will make you stand out with a great first impression on whoever lands on your profiles. I would love to see your results in the project section down below, because you'll be able to receive constructive feedback from myself and from other peers in case you have any questions, feel free to post them in the discussion. I tried to reply to everyone about any kind of issue or any questions that you might have. I really can't wait to see what you come up with. 12. Conclusion: And we're reaching the end of the course. I hope you enjoyed this short but intense journey together and you now know how to take a better shot, whether it's just with a smartphone, with a camera, we try different techniques. So I would love to see your final projects down below and also in case you enjoy this course, I would really, really appreciate if you could leave a review when you're honest opinion. This helped me a lot being discovered by other creators and help as many people as possible. Now, in case you want to learn more about maybe editing, about photography, about social media. I have loads of different courses on Skillshare, probably depending on when you're watching this the Monday, more than six or seven out there, whether it's about lab darkroom photography, creating short viral reveals, mobile photography, lot, Photoshop, Eastern for beginners and probably more. If you have any questions, feel free to post them down below in the discussion panel are also reach out on social media because I reply to everyone, you find the apps that are 21 on TikTok, IG and similar for Etsy on YouTube. Also, don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare so that you'll be notified when I upload a new class. Thank you very much again, and I'm gonna see you in the next class.