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Photographing Challenging Features

Lesson 29 of 39

Shoot: Full Figured Subject

Lindsay Adler

Photographing Challenging Features

Lindsay Adler

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Lesson Info

29. Shoot: Full Figured Subject

Lesson Info

Shoot: Full Figured Subject

All right, so, let's start with bad and move towards good. And just a couple of those key points. And take one step right here, perfect. That is perfect, Ben. She's also a photographer, so she knows. Okay, great. So, too low of a camera angle, flat foot, hands not doing anything. Okay. So, thank you. Okay, you know, it's, the body's going to be squar, not super curvy, not drawing attention to where I want ould like the attention to be. So, can you do me a favor, can you turn to your right? Kick your weight on your hips way back, perfect, lean your chest forward. And so right now, she's putting her hand on the waist so it's a little bit more defined, looks great, perfect, all right. So I'm going to keep my low camera angle, and I'll at the end pose with that hand. So just to the side for now. Okay, so, getting better, because turn the subject to the side. All right, so it's narrowing. By the way, just to give you an idea, all right, don't judge, I'm gonna stick my stomach out okay? I do...

n't know if you can tell, but all right, so here we go. Oh, because it's a flowy skirt, okay? So, some people if you face them straight on towards camera, they're going to look widest, right? Some people. However, other people, depending on their body type, if you turn them to profile, they'll look largest. 'Cause people have different body types, and they hold their weight in different places. What I often do is I don't want them straight on, but I don't want them to the side, so what I usually do is let's say there's a stomach here. I rotate them back until the stomach is hidden by the shape of the body. Does that make sense? It's not sticking out, so the contours are smoother. So I'll do that, I'll turn them to the side, and then bring them back right until everything is hidden. Okay, so, she kicked her weight back. Now, lean your chest towards me. All right, so leaning chest towards me, you're going to see more attention to the face, a little bit more definition to the waist, see how the waist is significantly more defined than this shot? Like, there's not too much of a waist there, whereas here there is. But then I can also get at a higher camera angle. I'm gonna show you the lens choice thing. If I, this first shot, I'm gonna get the higher angle at, let's see. Let's do 70 millimeters, at a higher angle. Okay, all right. This next one. Okay, so it didn't do too much. Right, I didn't see, I mean, there's a little bit of change, I got a little bit higher, a little more attention to face. However, if I get up, let's go to say third, we'll say 50-35, and lean your chest way towards me. Chin out and down for me. I don't know if you can tell with the dark dress. You might be able to tell. Okay, it's exaggerating, the face is gonna look a little bit bigger, and now lean so that you feel like you're gonna fall over. Okay, good. And then chin out and down just a little bit more. Good, okay, all right. So the face is going to get a little bit larger, more attention. So it's like you figure out what your balance is. Do you want more attention to the face? Oh, at some point, does the face look too big, a little bit too wide? You can back off, it's that, what's the right angle? But this whole thing can also occur if sometoen's leaning on a couch or on the chaise. What's nice about that is if somebody's concerned about their midsection on a couch or a chaise, you can also have it kind of turned away from camera, and you can change your camera angle. So I've got a bunch of other things on this. Notice also, a little bit of shading for jawline to narrow the face. If I want to put the light off to the side more, I can create more shadow.

Class Description

Photographers are tasked with flattering every subject that steps in front of their lens. Typically, those subjects are everyday people, not professional models. This can mean working with some challenging features along with varying degrees of confidence. Canon Explorer of Light and well-known fashion photographer Lindsay Adler walks through understanding the face and body as well as the photographic tools available to you make your clients best side shine. These features could range from a pronounced nose, large forehead, glasses, asymmetrical features, or defined wrinkles. In this course Lindsay will walk you through: 

  • How to analyze a face and draw attention to the strengths within it 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for challenging facial features 
  • Posing and lighting techniques for the skin and body 
  • Retouching tips for skin, glasses or discolored teeth 
This course will cover many challenging features and show you how posing, camera angles, lens choice and lighting can work together to help you have confidence in every shoot.


Sharma Shari

This class was amazing! It was great seeing a demo class with real people. As a wedding photographer that specializes in offbeat/non traditional couples, it is always good to see how I can enhance all my clients beautiful features, and make them feel their best and confident when I am taking their photos!

a Creativelive Student

I was so excited to get the chance to learn from Lindsay live, and this course did not disappoint! The techniques she shared were insightful and straightforward. I felt like seeing them on different subjects throughout the day really helped to cement the concepts and grow my photography tools to bring out the best in those I'm photographing. I'm not a studio photographer, but the ideas apply in natural light as well.

maria manolaros

Great class! Impressive amount of tips on posing, lighting and photoshop techniques , a real good no nonsense approach by superb teacher. Numerous amounts of thumbs ups