Sydney businesses are always busy, especially those where staff need to go out to clients’ during the day. Sometimes it’s not possible to go on location for a lifestyle headshot. One option some professionals use are background replacements.
What is background replacement?
Sometimes a small business with multiple locations really wants to do an outdoors headshot session, but find it hard to get everyone out on location. At times, if we photograph carefully and with purpose, we can use a photograph with a plain background and replace it with the outdoor scenery required.
This technique seems increasingly popular with Sydney headshot photographers lately. We’ve also seen attempts that look like a child took some scissors to a photo. We’ve seen this mostly in the Real Estate industry, where staff are commonly on location all over Sydney and cannot attend a session at a set time.
In this case we used a generic background as an example, but it would work especially well if we go to the real location and capture a few varying shots of the scenery to be used.
You can get two looks in one session. One has the original background, done in your office, and the other with the background replaced. They can be used in different situations, and when done well people won’t notice the edit. For example, below are the original studio shots from the session.
Also if you get new staff, one of the problems with an outdoors session is that as seasons change the light at the location will also change. With this technique we have a library of backgrounds that we can reuse so that everything matches up.
While these work for small profile shots, we recommend you use them sparingly for larger shots or in print. Some people will recognise the replacement.
They take more work than actually capturing the shot on location, with careful light blending and variations on the background so it looks natural. It may end up costing more than simply doing multiple outdoors sessions.
Like all tools, it must be used carefully to generate the benefits you desire.
Professional background replacement is another technique that we can use to help busy Sydney SMEs show off their brand in a consistent way. It’s most effective in industries where staff are often on the road, but also need a connect with their local community.
Valent Lau Photography provides Corporate Headshot Photography at your business location. Contact us now and let us help you make your best first impression.