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Portrait lighting technique request
Old 01-26-2005, 09:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a portrait client coming up.

Beautiful 30-ish blonde, roundish facial structure, recently gave birth.

She is concerned about the few extra pounds she has retained since childbirth giving a "chubby" appearance to her face - it is clear that "success" in this shoot will be defined by her almost entirely by the degree to which I can minimize or hide this - failure by it's opposite.

Suggestions as to camera/subject angles and lighting angles etc very much appreciated.
 
 
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Old 01-26-2005, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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:-) HI Kurt, One thing we have to remember as a photographer is, we cannot work miracles.

But there are a few things we can do.

Now I have used the following for people who are overweight and have large jowels/neck and or double chins. I do not know if this is the problem here. But here are some things to try.
One thing is to light subject from slightly above.
Shoot the subject from slightly above.
Have them lean forward and stretch their head up towards you.
Have the subject turn 30 to 40 degrees with their shoulder towards the camera, minimizing their width.
Turn subject's face to camera, this stretches the neck a little to get rid of any double chins. Make subject doesn't wear patterned, striped, or bright clothing. With a dark background tand subject in dark clothing,that helps alot. Just a hair of separation between subject and background works beautifully.

And lastly, remember to look through your lens, do you like what you see?

No?

Make adjustments.

Hope that helps some, good luck,

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Old 01-26-2005, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One thing I'd add is to use as long a lens as possible and shoot from as far back as possible.

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the book" How to Wow Photoshop for Photographers". If you purchase the book on the last page there is instructions on downloading some movies. One of these has some very interesting ideas that might help you. I'd tell you about them but frankly it would take too long and Jack Davis does a far better job of it.
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Check here http://www.garageglamour.com/tips/light.php might help
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To reduce a little weight in PS: Select the entire image, Edit, Free Transform. At the top of the screen change the width to 95%, or adjust to your liking.


Lindsey of course, dosn't need this treatment.


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Re: Portrait lighting technique request
Old 01-26-2005, 07:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Shooting angle - High shooting downward. I would not shoot straight on. Turn your subject and have her lean her shoulder into the lens and keep good posture. Turn her chin off center axis.

Lighting angle - Feather the light to create shadow on the closest part of the face closer to the camera. Make sure to photograph both sides to see which is more photogenic but keep the feather shadow side closest to the camera. You will not really capture this with an umbrella. Soft box will work well.

Her body should be positioned to lean down and towards the lens. Watch the double chin, if any. I don't necessarily put my lights any higher unless I want to REALLY define a jaw line. I just change my camera angle but I do pay attention to my modeling light and what it is actually doing. What you see is what you are going to get. The only problem with this is watch that typical glam chin down look. We tend to hide way too much neck so by arching back, leaning the shoulder down stretches everything out and since I told you to shoot at a downward angle you are going to shorten her neck.

The example below is cropped in from a 3/4 to show you angle and feather of light. Her shoulders are scrunched in this example because she had her arms crossed in the 3/4 so a proper shoulder angle, this is not a very good example.

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Greetings! Saw this post referencing Corrective Lighting and Posing Techniques for Portrait Photographers
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Old 01-27-2005, 09:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks a million JT! You're the master!

{I' going to ask my girlfriend to practice this contortion beforehand so it looks like I know what I'm doing with the real client - LOL!!!)

You're an invaluable resource to many here - it is appreciated!
 
 
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