The background is of equal importance just as the subject. Textured backgrounds are not recommended, but a simple plain black or white background will be appropriate for corporate purposes. Since these photographs will be used for corporate profiles and business interviews, it is important to keep it simple yet elegant.
Examine the environment in which you plan to photograph your subject. If the room has ample natural light, then you will have no need for the flash. Switch off the indoor lights and position your subject with a simple background behind the subject as the light comes from the sides through the window. Use a camera that is good for shooting images without the noise.
If you have to shoot in a low light environment, go for the flash mode. Even in the studio environment, if The window is right behind your subject, a flash must be used if you want to capture the image of the background as well. Use a strobe with a light diffuser in such cases to light up the light diffuser will not flood the light throughout the room, but focus the required light on the subject to get soft clear images. To handle such situations, use a portable lighting gear which you can assemble and dismantle with ease.
You can set up the studio in different ways to achieve what you or your subject requires. You can use two lights, one is the light diffuser and the other is the backlight above the background focusing the subject’s head. The light diffuser eliminates the shadows. Another method is to use one light diffuser to one side and another backlight from another side to eliminate the shadows and a second backlight above the background focusing the head of the subject. You can also use umbrellas on either side instead of a light diffuser. Try a couple of arrangements to find which mode will be suitable for you.
If you shoot your pictures outside the studio with the availability of natural light, don’t use flash. You can use light reflectors to eliminate glare and the shadows. Dawn or dusk will be perfect for outdoor corporate photography if you have properties along with your subjects. Throw flash on the subject to allow the subject to stand alone from the rest of the background.
In case of multiple subjects, focus the group from above and lower the shutter speed to shoot image without noise and blur. Use this technique especially to have a cover multiple subjects enclosed in smaller spaces. For larger spaces use a camera and lens with extra length that would give a full frame for a fullcover. These techniques will help resolve the challenges you might face with corporate photography.