If you’ve the time and not the money, anything can be learned, including how to take your own professional headshot. The issue becomes learning how and acquiring the right equipment set.
When considering investing in a seasoned professional headshot photographer or going it alone with a selfie headshot, part of the costs are the intangibles.
Like, what is your time worth?
If your time is worth say $15/hour, and it takes you 10 hours to learn how to take a great headshot of yourself (a really ambitious goal by the way), then you’ve essentially invested $150 in your headshot, before you have invested in one bit of photo gear, computer gear, or software for editing.
In today’s world of readily available, and expected, on line digital images, taking your own professional headshot is kind of like making your own clothes for an interview or date…
While many of us can make our own clothes, and more of us can learn how… how many of us could do better and look better, in less time, and yes… with less ultimate expense, just by going to the local mall and finding something off the rack? Or, depending on our place in life, at a custom shop, where tailoring is professionally provided?
Most of us do better having out clothes professionally manufactured and tailored, to be sure.
For those few do-it-your-selfers capable of artsy skills, you may wish to have a go at doing your own selfie headshot.
You will need to invest in a camera with a moderate telephoto lens. Bare minimum investment for something used $250.
Cell phones for example, have wide angle lenses… which make for distorted perspectives on headshots. Looks very weird.
You will need some image editing software and a computer, you probably already have a computer… Software can be had perhaps on a trial basis, or shareware. So, your investment here is time only. Figure another 10 hours to find, install, learn and use editing software. Your investment is up to $300..
Now you’ll need to actually take your headshot… Figure you can get this done in 5 hours, between finding your location, setting up, taking shots, and finding one you like. Your total investment is now $375…
That is if you can achieve all this, on a shoe string and get the learning done as fast as outlined.
There is so much bad advise on the web and in how to books, along with the good, you may well burn 20 hours, and some cash on the wrong gear, or techniques.
Professional headshot photographers invest thousands of dollars in gear, software, and computing resoures, as well as have years of experience and learning (trial and error) to be able to provide you with the best in your professional headshot outcomes.
Your professional image, as exemplified in your headshot is a vital part of your personal marketing tool kit.
As many of the most successful business and marking executives know, while you can take a great selfie here and there, a professional headshot for your personal branding or business use is best left to seasoned professionals who specialize in this field of photography.
To have an idea on the payoff to what looking your best in your professional headshot may be, you may like to check out Why do people invest in their professional headshots?