Take lots of pix to improve your photography skills. That’s axiomatic and applies to most things. Practice lighting and camera angles in advance to know how gear will behave on assignment. For portraits and headshots you need a model sitter. Meet Gwyneth. She’s been helping me out now for over ten years. She used to work for a hairdresser but fancied a change. She hasn’t altered much since she’s worked for me. Maybe a hint more of sun bleached hair, and the odd mark on her nose, where she’s fallen off the window sill. Otherwise she’s a tireless worker who sits for extended periods without complaint, as I faff with lights and reflectors and lenses. If I have one minor gripe, it is that she doesn’t respond well to instruction, but I can live with that.
This Lightroom screen grab illustrates Gwyneth’s help in recent testing of the Lastolite Hotrod Octa 90cm softbox, and tethered FujiFilm X-T1. In the strobist way, with no modelling light, it can be tricky to work out where the shadows will fall so I find some test runs with Gwyneth are invaluable.
If you want to get ahead in photography. Get a Gwyneth.