Step by step instructions for editing an existing photo or taking a new one to look professional and beautiful
First impressions might be last impressions if you don't have a photo on social media.
According to a LinkedIn study, recruiters are 27% less likely to click on your profile in search if you don't have a profile picture. In the past, getting a headshot involved hiring a professional photographer, taking the afternoon off, and going to a photoshoot.
We're going to tell you how to DIY a professional headshot. With these tips, you can get a high-quality LinkedIn profile photo in minutes (without Photoshop!).
Any headshot photographer will tell you that finding the right lighting is the biggest challenge. Beyond that, take these tips into account when taking your photo...
Here's an example of a headshot with these elements:
Need a headshot for LinkedIn or a new job? Here's my 15 minute guide to creating the perfect headshot (no photoshoot required!).
Here's an example of a before and after:
Finally, be sure to choose a solid background and crop the photo at the shoulders. I am extremely lazy, so I recommend the fastest method: paste it into Google Docs and change the background color until you're happy.
Take a screenshot of the final result to use as a screenshot.
If you have absolutely no photos you can use for this - let's take some! You can plan your own, last minute headshot session at home with these steps:
Let's look at an example of how to get the lighting right:
You can also reference a quick instructional video like this one. It shows you how to take a photo on your iPhone using portrait mode. It's perfect for a crisp headshot look with a blurred background. See the video below:
If you have a friend or relative to help: I recommend taking more time to do a headshot photoshoot. This video will teach you how to use lighting at home and stage your photo right. See the video below:
If you're alone: you can still get that corporate headshot look using a self-timer or by editing a selfie (remember to keep the camera eye-level!) Here are some tips on how to use a self timer to take photos. See the video below:
If you want to go the extra mile and touch up your photos, minor changes are easy to make with photo editing apps. Leave photoshop for the professionals-- here's what you should try instead.
My favorite technique: go black and white. You simply can't go wrong with this. It always looks classy and it's incredibly forgiving of small flaws like stained teeth, wrinkles, etc. You can easily do this in Google Docs with the technique I showed you before.
If you want to do something more advanced, you can use an app on your computer or smart phone. There are plenty of great options, but my favorite is Snapseed. It provides a myriad of options that would be painful to do if you don't know photoshop. Here's how it works:
I paid for my headshot and I would only deem it necessary in some cases. It's beneficial for certain professions or if you want to make edits to your photo that are beyond what we've discussed.
However, having a professional headshot certainly won't hurt, regardless of your background. It's not that expensive and it's a great investment in your personal brand. Here's the info for the headshot photographer I use, Tim King.
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