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Old 02-07-2006, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got my first boudior shoot tommorrow morning and wondered what y'all favorite technique for flattering poses. I'm lucky that my client is an aerobic instructor and has a great build, but everyone has imperfections.

Problems areas I've had to deal with in other shoots include slimming the waist, thighs and bicepts. Any tips?
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Re: Thinning Tips
Old 02-07-2006, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A great book on that subject is Corrective Lighting and Posing techniques for portrait photographers by Jeff Smith of Amherst Media.

I think he has a second edition out now that has more digital stuff in it, but even the first has all kinds of tips for posing, lighting, and clothing selections to make the client look the best.



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Old 02-07-2006, 06:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First thing is remember that what ever is closest to the lens will look the biggest. If you want to make her waist look smaller, the first and easiest thing to do is to shoot from a higher angle, or any angle that puts her face above her waist.

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Old 02-07-2006, 06:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's awesome. I'll remember that.
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hiding things in shadows works well. of course, so does diet and exercise. (like i got room to talk.)
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A Photoshop answer. . .
Old 02-08-2006, 12:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Select all, cmd t, and reduce the width by about 3%. Purist won't like that but often this is how people see themselves.
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A Photoshop answer. . .
Old 02-08-2006, 12:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Select all, cmd t, and reduce the width by about 3%. Purist won't like that but often this is how people see themselves in the mirror.
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Photoshop Liposuction

You're technique plus a few more.

Me before


Me after (What do ya think...about 30lbs?) Just did this messing around one day. Just to see if I could do it.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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A certain high profile men's magazine sometimes puts the young ladies in open shirts, robes, or wrapped in a blanket or sheet or similar. Still shows a lot, but does wonders for the waist, and the arms if long or 3/4 sleeves are used.

Of course, turning the model to about 45 degrees from the camera also helps.

Finally, a little creative use of lighting can help a lot by putting shadows in strategic places.

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Look at what you did to that poor defenseless car's hood and windshield! For shame!

Here's a little tip on fixing things like that: before you start, do a Snapshot. When you're done, use the History brush to restore as much of the part outside the model that got warped as you can, and then clone from it to fix the rest.

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