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Portrait Tips

A portrait photographers primary objective is to idealize his subject. The subject’s appearance can be made more flattering through posing, lighting, and camera angle. In many instances, more than one of the following suggestions will be employed. Evaluate each subject individually.

Prominent Forehead Tilt chin upward, Lower Camera Position, Use Gobo (Head Screen), Use Barn Doors

Long Nose Tilt Chin Upward, Face Directly Toward Lens, Lower Main Light, Lower Camera Position

Angular Nose Turn Face Towards Camera, Place Main Light To Produce A Straight Line

Narrow Chin Tilt Chin Upward, Lower Camera Position, Use 3/4 Head Position

Double Chin Tilt Chin Upward, Body Straight And Leaning Forward, Use High Camera Position

Baldness Use Gobo To Shield Top Of Head, Use No Hair Light, Blend Top Of Head With Background

Broad, Round Face Use Short Lighting, Turn Face To 3/4 Position

Narrow Face Use Broad Lighting, Use Umbrella, Turn Face Towards Camera

Wrinkled Face Use Soft Lighting, Use Feathered Light, A Relaxed Non-Smiling Pose, Use High Camera Position

Facial Blemishes, Scars, Etc. Use Diffused Lighting, Place Blemishes, Scars, Etc. On The Shadow Side Of The Face If Possible

Oddly Shaped Ears Show Only One Ear

Prominent Ears Hide Far Ear Behind Head, Keep Near Ear In Shadow

Glasses Tilt Lenses Downward By Raising The Glasses Stems, Have Subject
Raise Or Lower Chin

Deep-Set Eyes Lower Main Light, Use Lower Lighting Ratio

Pop Eyes Lower Camera Angle, Talk To Subject From Camera Position

Droopy Eyelid Have Subject Look Up, Put Catch Light In Eyes

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