5 Useful Tips For Editing Headshots Using Lightroom CC?

Although the concept of taking a headshot is generally not that difficult; the editing side of photography was definitely a struggle for me. I think that Lightroom is the easiest editing software to use, especially if you are new to photography and/or editing for the first time. Fortunately, I was able to shoot for a couple of people, to take headshots, which enabled me to figure out Lightroom for myself.

You should definitely speak to your client beforehand about the type of headshot that they are wanting so that you can edit the photographs to suit their preferences. However, here are just some of my top tips on how to professionally edit headshots using Lightroom CC that will make your clients headshots look much more professional.


Before I begin the editing process, I always choose the photographs that can be cropped; to be more zoomed in and then zoomed out if need be. Not only are you able to compare both of these, but the client will then receive two different kinds of headshots that takes zero effort from yourself. It is also important to keep the ones that may be too far away, as you can always crop them to suit their needs. Every person, every headshot and every situation is always different, so keep the photographs to edit, in case they can be used.

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These 4 things are all the tools that you need in order to edit the photograph itself.

Clarity is great for softening the skin to make it perfect and flawless. The amount that you use does matter, however, I always use it a little bit to smooth the skin for a finished look.

Noise Reduction is used to smooth the whole photograph; if it is grainy and loses its quality. I always use this tool in all of my edited photographs as it is brings the photograph to life. It draws out the light and enhances the photograph making it fresh and perfect which reduces all blemishes.

Highlight is not always necessary, yet it can be used in contrast to that as well. If you have an image which is too dark, then you would use the tool to make it lighter. Alternatively, if you have an image with extreme lighting and that is very bright, you can tone it down by down-lighting the image. As you can see, both of the headshots use highlight to enhance areas within the images to create a more natural look.

Vibrancy is designed to add colour (to make it vibrant) into your photographs. It can be used to brighten up the background, the person’s face, hair and/or clothing. The reason why I like to use vibrancy is that you do not have to use the saturation which can sometimes ruin the photograph. Vibrancy is specifically aimed to bring out the colour in the areas that need it most.

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If you are new the whole editing part of photography, then I 100% recommend using Lightroom CC to start off with. It is very easy to get the hang of and has saved me and my photos which is great because my clients have loved them all. If you would like me to do a step-by-step tutorial on how I have edited these or any other photograph, please just let me know in the comments.


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