Whether you’re applying for a job or looking for a new profile photo for social media, your portrait is where you make your first impression.

A low-quality photo can make you look sloppy, unprofessional, and sends the message that you don’t care about presentation.

On the other hand, a high-quality self-portrait draws the viewer in and incentivizes them to take a closer look at your photo, profile, and resume. Choosing an appropriate backdrop, using a great camera, and adjusting the camera’s settings based on your lighting is a solid recipe for success. With enough practice and patience, you’ll be able to emulate the look of professional photos in no time.

So, here is how to do it..

1. Shoot indoors for a standard headshot with a basic background. 

If you’re shooting professional photos for personal use, like for social media, choose any backdrop that you think will be interesting. If you’re shooting a professional headshot, choose a blank wall, shoot with bookshelves behind you, or hang a simple bedsheet behind you.

To hang a sheet for a portrait, use tape or a curtain rod to hang the sheet vertically behind you.
If you want to add a little more attitude or personality to your image, feel free to shoot your business headshot against a textured or wallpapered wall.

Tip: Avoid shooting business headshots with personal items or furniture in the background. You don’t want it to look like you took this at home, even if that’s exactly what you’re doing!

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