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Headshots: Weekly Photography Challenge

ZoeThis week your photographic challenge is to take and share a ‘headshot’ portrait.

You’re welcome to photograph a friend, family member (adult or child), a stranger or even yourself – but we’re looking for something framed around head and shoulders but not much more than that.

There’s no wrong or right way to take a headshot and we’ll suggest some tutorials and resources to check out below – the key is getting your camera out and experimenting!

Reading on Taking Great Headshots:

Also don’t forget that Phil Steele currently is offering dPS readers 30% off his Headshots and Portraits Course.

Once you’ve taken your ‘Headshot’ image and have upload it to your favourite photo sharing site either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSHEADSHOTS to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the images posted in our last challenge – Transport challenge where there were some great images submitted.

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category.

Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • aish

    May 22, 2013 02:53 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8697082120/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8661250557/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8661245403/

  • Roshan Raj

    May 21, 2013 03:21 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/down-the-earth/8740761268/

  • Joe

    May 21, 2013 12:56 pm

  • Suzette

    May 20, 2013 11:15 pm

    can you upload a photo for this

  • christy salim

    May 20, 2013 12:22 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/christysalim/8756289388/in/photostream

  • christy salim

    May 20, 2013 12:21 pm

    Here is mine :)

  • Jacquelyn Russo

    May 20, 2013 01:47 am

    Headshot

    http://500px.com/photo/34495580

  • Robert

    May 18, 2013 10:35 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/76598028@N05/8674360325/in/photostream

  • Robert

    May 18, 2013 10:34 pm

    This beautiful young lady is Lacey. A great model and easy to photograph.

  • Timothy

    May 18, 2013 09:44 pm

    I just did a photo shoot for a friend on wednesday. I took a few head shots. Here's one:

    [eimg url='https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O3YwRbfBQyU/UZOEPBZ901I/AAAAAAAAPdU/y6iokyYJaHg/w774-h516-no/IMG_8014.jpg' title='IMG_8014.jpg']

  • A. Reed

    May 18, 2013 12:32 pm

    Finally have something to post!! http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0098009/photos/95824484@N02/8748569409/

  • Evan

    May 18, 2013 07:49 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/evn/8745892393/in/set-72157633502454131/

  • Aisvarya

    May 18, 2013 07:20 am

    Sorry I meant to attach
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8697082128/in/photostream

  • Aisvarya

    May 18, 2013 07:19 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8661229099/in/photostream

  • Rakesh

    May 17, 2013 11:39 pm

    Qutab Minar, New Delhi, India
    December 2011

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrakesh/6757214417/

  • edmund

    May 17, 2013 10:48 pm

    http://drifterssights.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/kolhapur-march-2013/#jp-carousel-343

  • Diana

    May 17, 2013 09:16 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianamuntean/8723150547/in/set-72157633355539239/

  • Diana

    May 17, 2013 09:16 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianamuntean/8688300029/in/set-72157633355539239

  • Bunzlauerfoto

    May 17, 2013 12:05 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/silesia45/8746750600/

  • Bunzlauerfoto

    May 17, 2013 11:43 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/silesia45/8746518130/

  • Robert Miller

    May 17, 2013 11:11 am

    This is one recent one I particularly liked.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynchburgvirginia/8701547455/in/photostream

  • jcgibson

    May 17, 2013 10:40 am

    http://susantucker.smugmug.com/Photography/DPS-Weekly-Photo-Challenge/i-FWZmdFN/0/L/dsc_0036%202-L.jpg

  • McKenzie Stanworth

    May 17, 2013 07:54 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60879269@N03/8744514155/

  • spence cater

    May 17, 2013 07:37 am

    Ok it's a bit of a cheat as my model was incredibly still but the lighting angle and composition are very pleasing http://on.fb.me/19Akz8i

  • Aish

    May 17, 2013 07:33 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aishichandra/8661229099/in/photostream

  • Aish

    May 17, 2013 07:32 am

  • Aish

    May 17, 2013 07:31 am

    Headshot of one of close friend..

  • Bob Stine

    May 17, 2013 07:19 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25972465@N06/8744349383/in/photostream

  • Mihaela Fodor

    May 17, 2013 06:31 am

    at a motorcycle race
    http://500px.com/photo/34035435

  • Decebal

    May 17, 2013 06:17 am

    I'd love to hear some feedback on my entry.

    http://500px.com/photo/34151432

  • Matt Thomson

    May 17, 2013 05:57 am

    Here's my offering.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=608992482446230&set=a.608500669162078.1073741828.139592336052916&type=1&theater

  • Francine Gassette

    May 17, 2013 04:59 am

    Here is my entry of my granddaughter http://wp.me/p23TG1-2Hv

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  • Ravi Bhatia

    May 17, 2013 04:43 am

    Modesty personified - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=454593217964583&l=d7bf799b43

  • Ev

    May 17, 2013 04:06 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/evn/8699145403/in/set-72157633379743161

  • M Light

    May 17, 2013 03:54 am

    One of my latest.

    http://www.viewbug.com/photo/3221087

  • Mario Zupancic

    May 17, 2013 03:47 am

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/41147038/tea.jpg

  • Mario Župan?i?

    May 17, 2013 03:45 am

    Here is one i took 2 mont's ago.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/41147038/tea.jpg

  • Marc

    May 17, 2013 03:43 am

    Http://www.picmarc.com/p509855041/e5fa8c440

  • Kelly

    May 17, 2013 03:26 am

    My tween son...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgkiley/8745087150/

  • Jordi

    May 17, 2013 03:22 am

    My two cents:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomesfotos/8740363019/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomesfotos/8738825986/in/photostream/

  • joe wabe

    May 17, 2013 03:20 am

    Dreams...

    http://500px.com/photo/34205164?_t=1368724084

  • Andie

    May 17, 2013 03:16 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/andiepomar/8616052415/in/photostream

  • Caressa

    May 17, 2013 03:15 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/302585668684130567/

  • Amber Mohr

    May 17, 2013 02:35 am

    https://www.facebook.com/nashvilleamber?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=10151608159229267&set=a.10150131803079267.297414.700969266&type=1&theater

  • Doug C.

    May 16, 2013 01:11 am

    Here's one of my baby girl from last week

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/95189804@N03/8722694475/in/photostream

  • Angelina Houston

    May 15, 2013 09:10 pm

    This is a shot of my 2 year old taken yesterday. I tried to do this yesterday but it didn't work?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91578145@N06/8737177355/

  • Thomas D

    May 15, 2013 06:28 pm

    This is me in the spare bedroom.... One Flash, two Reflectors and a fluke.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/95722263@N03/8738354264/

  • Ashish

    May 15, 2013 04:29 pm

    Here you go:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/57836379@N00/8740811048/in/photostream

  • Angelina

    May 14, 2013 09:22 pm

    Here is one I took today :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91578145@N06/8737177355/

  • Jeff

    May 14, 2013 12:29 pm

    Here is my daughter:

    https://www.adoberevel.com/shares/2525d32a1eca439284004cbf35198ed0/albums/42ad6e3906b3476f8873ae2b1d4e0a8e/assets/a6dc2bc7ab8b4be2af00b76220e59c6c

  • Mike C.

    May 14, 2013 09:50 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25912142@N07/8737152098/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:16 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/5132464291/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:15 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/4780217012/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/4780217508/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:15 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/4779584731/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:14 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/5132519236/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:13 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/5132532492/in/photostream

  • Kiril.M

    May 14, 2013 04:12 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/parapapa/5132464255/in/photostream

  • Al Guzman

    May 13, 2013 10:44 pm

    Here is a head shot of my daughter

    http://www.zenyphotography.com/janis/h5F2C3CC6#h5f2c3cc6

  • TheMM

    May 13, 2013 10:41 pm

    I tried something different using two striplights as main light and a beauty-dish for the catch-light only. The result is unusual, but I like the special expression...
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/themm/8727864335/

  • Joe

    May 13, 2013 09:23 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/48567030@N00/8726471145/

  • Bhupinder Siran

    May 13, 2013 07:28 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/33804991

  • Zain Abdullah

    May 13, 2013 02:26 pm

    My entries:

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/family/e32174450

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/family/e4f509e6

    http://zain.zenfolio.com/people/e2de265d7

  • Kevin Patrick Robbins

    May 13, 2013 02:11 pm

    Here are three from me:

    http://500px.com/photo/33877743
    http://500px.com/photo/33877741
    http://500px.com/photo/33877739

    Cheers.

  • Erikson Erise

    May 13, 2013 11:32 am

    boseiaiphotography.500px.com/headshots

  • Erikson Erise

    May 13, 2013 10:23 am

    Some of mine:

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MAel6Yh29Zc/UYLuLasDeBI/AAAAAAAABAY/SEfux0AlReU/w445-h668-no/13+-+1

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Hnmms2Xqs_w/UX4VI2FTqTI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/vPO1tkDiQhI/w462-h668-no/brenna-1-3.jpg

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZMdqPtvHoPw/UXHahdafXHI/AAAAAAAAA4s/pHHI9jwTA88/w466-h668-no/haley-1-4.jpg

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-upXbv-l45sk/UVhYF-nKjII/AAAAAAAAAWw/lcLPvrCrpdY/w445-h668-no/13+-+1

  • pandaamonium

    May 13, 2013 10:17 am

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/106568825994775208030/posts/TgRr9x36Cx9

  • Victor Hanna

    May 13, 2013 09:26 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75735738@N04/8726441233/in/photostream

  • Joe

    May 13, 2013 08:37 am

  • Rosario Velázquez

    May 13, 2013 07:08 am

    http://flic.kr/p/eiJvXo

  • Rosario Velázquez

    May 13, 2013 07:05 am

    Camila

  • Beygan Sundaramurthy

    May 13, 2013 05:02 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbeygan/8732883352/in/photostream

  • Julian Kamil

    May 13, 2013 04:02 am

    New York's finest: http://instagram.com/p/ZCPCZvESKe/

  • Carolyn Lindsay

    May 13, 2013 03:17 am

    Self- portrait

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolynlindsay/8732549686/in/photostream

  • Cilene Bosch

    May 12, 2013 10:44 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69721588@N03/8729334425/in/photostream[img]

  • Joe

    May 12, 2013 06:38 am

    http://www.jocophoto.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/DSC_3797.jpg

  • Jeff Manghera

    May 12, 2013 04:27 am

    https://plus.google.com/photos/107154326075779927074/albums/5502341512550825969/5645198372998188898?banner=pwa

  • Jeff Manghera

    May 12, 2013 04:26 am

    https://plus.google.com/photos/107154326075779927074/albums/5502341512550825969/5502341705859828514?banner=pwa

  • Jeff Manghera

    May 12, 2013 04:25 am

    https://plus.google.com/photos/107154326075779927074/albums/5502341512550825969/5502341821664636178?banner=pwa

  • Venâncio Filho

    May 12, 2013 03:44 am

    I have an entire series of headshots called "The Visa Project".

    Here's one: http://500px.com/photo/1960340

    And all of them: http://www.venanciofilho.com/lab/visa-project/

  • Marcelo Lyra

    May 12, 2013 03:27 am

    Free yourself from greed!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aryl_olecram/8524464491/in/photostream

  • Bhupinder Siran

    May 12, 2013 03:26 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bsiran/8729406400/

  • Adrian Lobo

    May 12, 2013 02:31 am

    Featuring a fisherman on the cost of Karachi, the title means "I am a Pakistani" a proud Pakistan national. The real life of the country.

  • Peter Camyre

    May 12, 2013 02:03 am

    http://flic.kr/p/e3Edcp

  • Jeff Rivard

    May 12, 2013 12:20 am

    My Shocked face!

  • Victor Hanna

    May 12, 2013 12:19 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/75735738@N04/8726441233/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Marcelo

    May 12, 2013 12:06 am

    Money and Freedom !

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aryl_olecram/8524464491/in/photostream

  • Fabio Petry

    May 12, 2013 12:03 am

    http://500px.com/photo/33709105

  • Chandra

    May 11, 2013 11:42 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66604032@N04/8728877228/

  • Chandra

    May 11, 2013 11:37 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66604032@N04/8728866490/

  • Fabio Petry

    May 11, 2013 11:35 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/dubJ88

  • Frej

    May 11, 2013 11:17 pm

    are animals ok in this?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/halvorsenphoto/8724571024/in/photostream

  • Anders Nielsen

    May 11, 2013 10:31 pm

    Been doing some head shots this past week
    http://500px.com/photo/33575311
    http://500px.com/photo/33575321
    http://500px.com/photo/33575317
    http://500px.com/photo/33575085
    http://500px.com/photo/33575087

  • iullian

    May 11, 2013 10:17 pm

    http://m.flickr.com/lightbox?id=8712579703

  • Robert

    May 11, 2013 10:15 pm

    One of my favorite head shots.

  • Manish Shrivastava

    May 11, 2013 10:04 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/msxa13/8494584624/

  • Sam

    May 11, 2013 07:40 pm

    !!!
    http://500px.com/photo/33688341

  • Amir

    May 11, 2013 07:37 pm

    !!!

    http://500px.com/photo/33688341

  • Simon Hayhurst

    May 11, 2013 06:46 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vandinglewop/8377242075/in/set-72157632775786363

  • blueb3ll

    May 11, 2013 06:02 pm

    Little R

    http://500px.com/photo/27975507

  • Roshan Raj

    May 11, 2013 03:28 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/down-the-earth/8518058412/in/photostream

  • joshi daniel

    May 11, 2013 02:17 pm

    Mine: http://joshidaniel.com/2013/02/21/227/

  • Naz

    May 11, 2013 01:51 pm

    Here is my image. :)
    http://500px.com/photo/32636345

  • Loke Inkid

    May 11, 2013 10:38 am

    Head shot from Penang.
    Have a nice weekend, cheers!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/5534480732/

  • Miguel Q.

    May 11, 2013 10:27 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65090783@N05/8482972457/

  • Joe

    May 11, 2013 10:03 am

    Here's my go at it.

  • Dan

    May 11, 2013 09:32 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/74937841@N02/8726412165/

  • Scottc

    May 11, 2013 09:01 am

    Perhaps a slightly different "take" than was intended.......

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/8511787662/

  • Petri Damstén

    May 11, 2013 08:45 am

    Bloodthirsty:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdamsten/8070995765/

  • Jeff E Jensen

    May 11, 2013 08:44 am

    This is great timing. I'm scheduled to shoot headshots for the executive team at work next week.

    Here's a couple of recent headshot images, one the President of an outdoor advertising company, the other, CEO of a marketing company.

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2013/05/blog-post.html

  • DavidO

    May 11, 2013 08:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21346550@N04/8707326298/in/photostream

  • Peter Grifoni

    May 11, 2013 07:32 am

    a stranger on the streets of Sydney.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gtpete/8210958512/

  • Elise Randall

    May 11, 2013 06:55 am

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-AdLER97VKTA/UVYBJ-p9m3I/AAAAAAAAAT0/AaHZ0RR20BA/w461-h614-no/DSC_0317.jpg

  • Tom OConnor

    May 11, 2013 06:33 am

    Here's a rather sweet one:

    http://taustinoconnor.zenfolio.com/p9574725/e2422a4fd

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