Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pic Tip #4

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pic tip #4: how to look thinner in photographs (without photoshop!)

so, this tip is more for the model than the photographer, but photographers can still take these tips to help during their shoots as well.

i'm not going to lie, this is one of those tricks that is so easy you'll think "why didn't i think of that?!?".

for this one, i'm going to start with the before & after then explain how this optical illusion came to be.
completely unedited pics

thanks to my lovely niece for posing for me. she's a great sport!

the secret: it's all in the position of your jaw. when posing for a shot, most people don't pay too much attention to it and wind up looking something like this:

the solution: while relaxing your shoulders, position your head a bit forward (not jutting your chin out) and lowing your chin slightly.

don't overextend or you'll look like you're craning your neck for some inexplicable reason!
this is what it should look like:
ta-da! now you look 10lbs lighter! :)

a few more simple tricks:

  • lean toward the camera, not away. leaning away makes you look more broad.

  • shoot at a slightly elevated angle. shooting from above makes the face more prominent and the body smaller & less noticeable. shooting up is always a no-no, unless your model is anorexic-skinny!

  • twist at mid-waist to emphasize the smallest point of the body, accentuating the waist and minimizing the hips.

  • turn your face slightly away from the camera, keeping your eyes on the lens. this slims the face, lengthening the jawline, and showing the contour of the cheekbones.

it's amazing what a difference a shift in position can make, but it's important to be subtle with these techniques. you definitely don't want to look like you're trying too hard; it should look natural.

now, go out and take some awesome pics! i'd love to see your before & after's!


Stephanie said...

Can't wait to try all these new tricks!!

The mum of all trades said...

Great tips, does this mean I'll look like Elle in all my photos from now on?

Bridget said...

Who doesn't need help looking skinnier?!! Awesome!

Kristen Seuberling said...

These are great tips! Always love looking thinner in photos.

Jonny and Brittany said...

These are awesome tips! I wish I would have read this earlier today before our family pohtoshoot- haha! SO SO good to know for future though! Thank you!! :)

Love is all you need said...

great tips! Love your blog, so glad I found it!

Kayla and Joshua said...

great tips! you're right..who knew! love you!

Katie @ the terpblog said...

Thanks for linking up! This is brilliant!

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

I have to admit that I tried each of your suggestions at my desk reading this! Thanks for the tips!

Maria said...

gorgeous photos.
i loved this tip. there are so many times i will look at a few photos side by side and think, woah, what a difference another click makes.
thank you so much for sharing!! <3

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