61. Instant business portrait

This quick and easy business portrait can be shot on location or in the studio and Karl shows you how to do it in a matter of minutes either on a gray or white background.


  1. Hi Karl,
    I do like the light from the scrim better than the softbox. Next time would you please make the scrim light be the main instead of fill.

  2. I love the use of a collapsible back drop. I shall invest in one. I use the X drop system now and this would be even quicker. Just a collapsible and a stand. Great advice for a quick business portrait setup. I’ve done a business portrait shoot even simpler ( one light) in a dentist office lobby. The window was a large store front window with a frosted coating simulating a scrim. I bounced the one light to create the soft box simulation. I only did it though because the conditions were there to accommodate it so having options is a must, as those conditions don’t always exist.

  3. Hi Karl,

    How much would you charge for corporate portraits? maybe if its a group of people for each, depending on a number

  4. great stuff I was interested to hear your comment about large pupil size as I am aware some photographers specifically aim for smallest pupils in the subjects eyes in order to show the largest area of colour – do you have any direction on this in your experience of clients expectations?

    1. Hi John, I don’t like the small pupil as it invokes the sense of being in bright outdoor light which will not look natural to the lighting you have created. Also anthropologists and sociologists agree that humans perceive a large pupil as a message of attraction.


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