Photographing Challenging Features


Lesson Info

Shoot: Pronounced Nose Considerations

All right, will you come on out for me? It's Lucia, right, or, yeah? Lucia. Lucia? Lucia. Nice to meet you. Okay, come take a seat. Thank you for being my subject. All right, so let's take a look here. Now, one of the things that I'm also going to note is there are some very famous and successful models with like strong Roman noses. Like, that's their look, that's their signature style. Same thing with, like gap tooth. There's like unique looks. So somebody might have a more pronounced nose and love it, and you don't need to hide it. So this is just in case you want to downplay those features. I'm not saying everyone who walks in, has more pronounced nose, you're like what can I do so no one can see? Like, it's not that. So, anyway, let's take a look. All right, so let's do camera angle, let's do pose first. So pose straight on to me, that's great. Okay, oh, my exposure's off. Let's see. Ah, it's a little bright. All right, I wondered why my balance was crazy, hold on. All right, g...

reat. Okay, so let me show you what you're looking for. Let me bring this up. Okay, first of all, I think she looks great, beautiful. What you're watching out for is I'm gonna have you rotate toward your right. Well, actually, do you have a selfie thing? Do you have a side of your face that you like better? Or are you neutral? Ah, I'm pretty neutral. So, we're going with left side. So I said turn right, 'cause it's, like, I'm just going fast, okay? Okay, so what you're watching out for is, come, bring your head back this way. No, you're fine, you're good. This is fine, again, right? I'm watching her features. Okay, still fine, she looks good. Turn your head a little bit, yeah, there, right there. Okay, so this is when it's starting to be less, watch intersecting with the eye. Okay. Starting to be less. Like, it's just that little angle. And then, I'm gonna, so look your head to your right, and I'm gonna bring your head back to me, come back, come back, come back, wait, a little less, right there. This is where from here over is when it's more problematic. Because watch the nose intersect the cheek line. It's like, when it's over that is when you can tell that it sticks out. I will honestly say, she actually has the nose shape of this famous model that I know. So again, it kind of depends. And then of course, in profile. So, if you look at these, okay? You know, like it's a very different shot. You would never know the length of her nose from the first shot, or the shape, really, from the first to the last. Although, like I said, I find it has character, so it kind of depends on the individual. So, straight on towards camera shows length and shape less. Okay, next one is going to be, all right, real quick, can you face me straight on again? Take one like that, it's perfect. And now can you stick your chin out and down? Good, and look at me. Still okay, ope, sorry, let me just back up. So, chin out. Neutral, chin down you're seeing a little bit of length. If I get up at my higher, so stick your chin out and down, keep going, this is still not too bad. It's, yeah, she's beautiful. It's like as the nose starts to approach the lip. And so she doesn't have a particularly long pointy nose, but some people do, right, so you know how you all have that little this? If she had that, it would start to approach her lip, and that's what you want to be careful of. So instead, I'd be balancing. So camera approximately neutral, but here, I don't love that, but stick your chin out, and then chin up. Good, so I can still get my higher camera angle, you know and just bring her chin up a tiny bit, and she still looks great, okay? Next one would be with lightning. Okay, John, can you do one centered? And I'm going to have you do low and then high. Is that okay? Close enough, it's fine, that's good. Low? A little bit lower, oop, little bit higher. Right, right there, good. Okay, thank you. All right, so let's do here, you look great. Okay, now super duper high. Okay, right there. What happens is the shadow from the nose gets longer and it kind of meets the lip, so you can tell it's maybe a little bit longer. Let me do it one more time. Can you turn your body to your left this time? Oh wait, I lied, yeah. Can you bring the light over that way a little bit? Come back towards me. Can we do a little bit of loop? Get a little bit of shadow from the nose? Turn your head towards me a little? Yeah, there. Let's see, keep going, keep going. Okay, so it'd be basically if you were trying to do some Rembrandt light or loop light from somebody, and the nose shadow sometimes it'll just overpower the face. She does, like it's not too bad for her. Like, I don't think it's particularly, no. She looks great. But if it's, so, you know. I was trying to shoot, she looks great. But, but, turn your head to your right a little bit, come back right there. This is, like here, is going to be a very different shot. And notice the eye intersecting the nose, and the nose breaking the cheek line. That's what you're looking for.

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.



  • 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!
  • 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.
  • More than great, you are awesome teacher, thanks a lot!