In Class: Headshot and Basic Photo Editing Exercise

Learn the basics:

    • Pixels – a visual representation of data in a digital image or graphic (megapixel = 1 million pixels or 3.2 megapixels = 11 X 14 photograph)
    • Resolution – number of pixels per inch (ppi) in an image.

-72 ppi for Web
-200 ppi for newspapers
-300 ppi+ for magazines

You should know how to:

  • Rotate (Image>Rotate Canvas in Photoshop)
  • Save for Web

Here is a tutorial on How to Resize and Save Your Photos for the Web Using Photoshop

In Class Exercise Instructions:

1. Take 10-15 photos of your partner. Follow the tips in the slides above.

2. Upload them to your computer using Image Capture.

3. Pick the best photo.

4. Duplicate or Make a Copy of the one you want to edit.
Control + Click>Duplicate

5. Note the File Size
Control + Click>Get Info – Look at Size

6. Open Image in Photoshop
Control + Click>Open With>Adobe Photoshop

7. Crop. Rotate if needed.

8. Set image size and resolution
From Menu select Image>Image Size
-Set image resolution to 72 pixels per inch
-Resize image to @450 width x 450 height

Click “OK”

9. Save for Web
From Menu select File>Save As
Save as .jpg and “Medium” quality

10. Rename it with the photographer’s last name (ie DiUlio.jpg)

11. Note the File Size
Control + Click>Get Info – Look at Size

12. Email it to me with the Subject Line “Your Last Name Headshot”



About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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