Boom! Headshot!

Getting Great Headshots

One of my favourite shoot styles is a classic headshot and my favourite method of getting a great shot is to use a triflector. I was introduced to this method at Saracen House Studio and immediately fell in love with the results it gave.

The Triflector is actually a brand name from Lastolite and consists of three reflective panels on a stand that can be adjusted to reflect the light exactly as needed.

Lastolite Triflector with silver panels - Image copyright

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The main light is then normally produced by a beauty dish as close as possible above and in front of the subject so that they are lit above and the light bounces back off the triflector panels to evenly light the subject.

Lastolite Triflector in use - Image copyright

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This method eliminates shadows and also gives a pleasing catchlight in the eyes.

To compliment this a hair light can also be used or even a light behind to give a nice rim light. The background can also be lit if required but its not necessary depending on what is required particularly as the subject is very close to the key light and reflective panels.

Examples of lighting will follow

A typical lighting diagram for a Lastolite Triflector setup

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Now that I have covered the triflector and its setup here are some examples of my work.

First was Amber Tutton shot at Saracen House Studio

Shot at f/11 1/160sec ISO 100 using Canon EOS 5D MkIII and EF 70-200 f/2.8 Lens@140mm

Notice the nice catchlight in her eyes.

The background was a dark red colour roll unlit and a hairlight was setup top left when looking through the camera.

This next shot with practically the same settings but shot straight on really shows the catchlights

Amber Tutton Shoot at Saracen House Studio - Shot at f/11 1/160sec ISO 100 using Canon EOS 5D MkIII and EF 70-200 f/2.8 Lens@155mm

Slightly different is this shot of Yazmin White also shot at Saracen House Studios.

Practically the same settings but in this shot the background was lit with strobes and coloured gels

Yazmin White Shoot at Saracen House Studio - Shot at f/11 1/125sec ISO 100 using Canon EOS 5D MkIII and EF 70-200 f/2.8 Lens@130mm

Finally if you do not have access to a Triflector you can get similar results using a clamshell setup.

The below diagram doesn't show it too well but a clamshell setup is, as the name suggests, one softbox below and pointing up at the subject with another softbox (or beauty dish, octobox etc) above and pointing down to give the same effect.

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Here is an example of this setup when shooting Emma Cops at Creativus Imago Studio

This was a clamshell setup with softbox below, beauty dish above and strobe behind to get the nice rim light

Shot at F/5.6 @ 1/25sec ISO 100 Using Canon EOS 5D MkIII and EF 70-200 F/2.8 L Lens @ 90mm

This is just to give a basic idea of the sort of shoots I like to do and how I achieved them and will hopefully help anybody else who wants to get similar shots.

A big thank you for the models whose images I have used here as well as everyone else I have worked with.

You can check out Ambers Website at


Emmas website at

Also a big thank you to Andrew Griffiths from Saracen House Studio and Mike Hardley from Creativus Imago Studio for their help.

Finally if you would like to book me for a shoot similar to these I would love to hear from you



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