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Anyone got tips for making a short model look tall?
Old 12-10-2003, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Or atleast not short? I have read and heard that shooting up from a low angle and having the model look at a point over your head will make her look tall but I have not always had success with this (i was probably doing something else wrong). I have succesfully managed to make a 5'10" girl look like a midget, not sure how I pulled that one off [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Anyone got tips for making a short model look tall?
Old 12-11-2003, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1) Shoot her from just above the knees, have her kneel, or sit down.
2) Shoot her standing next to a midget.
3) Shooting from below is an old trick and works sometimes, but when you see it done with a model that is really tall, you understand why it works so much better on a tall, slendar model.
4) Determine where she is short - short waist (distance from hips to bust) or short legs? If the former, pull pants or bikini bottoms down on hips, if the latter, pull them up.
5) Without a reference, just standing on a seamless, you can't tell how tall someone is. If you have visual references in the shot, make them things that are not known or measurable, or shoot at unusual angles so the references don't work.
6) If your subject is standing: In Photoshop, make the canvas a little longer on the bottom than the image. Then select the entire image from about the neck down. Then use Transform/Distort, click on the bottom edge of the selection, and very carefully drag it down into some of the new canvas space. Not too much or it will be noticiable. You've just stretched the torso without altering the face (you may have to touch up the edge under the neck a bit). I just had to do this to someone and it worked great. Probably added a couple inches. Too bad you can't do it in real life.

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Old 12-11-2003, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like the midget thing. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
Model KCee is only 5'7". Knee level with long
undistinguishable vertical background seems to work.


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Brian,

Im not sure how you pulled that off either...*g* remind me to add a special section for that next time...maybe a best poses type thing...


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This model is 5' 2". I think she looks pretty tall here. This was taken at 135mm from a keeling position. My guess is that because there are no objects that stand as a point of reference (tables, lamps, etc) it is hard to judge her actual height. Making someone look taller is tricky; making it unsure whether she is tall or not can be done like that.

So I guess what I'm saying is: avoid props and shoot at a lower angle. That should do the trick!

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Re: Anyone got tips for making a short model look tall?
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I have no idea but i'll be damned if courtney doesn't look 4 feet tall in some of the pictures I took on film. What's more this was on the white paper backdrop so there's no reference points. Maybe my lens is broken [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I was taught to have the lens at eye level or slightly below....

you know like they did with Stallone in the ROCKY movies
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