Uneven Features Considerations


Photographing Challenging Features


Lesson Info

Uneven Features Considerations

So, Mike, you can come out. We've already met Mike, and actually, I'm not just rolling through this and you're missing anything. We already covered these things, right? For somebody with uneven features. And primarily, his uneven feature that we analyzed was his nose. But it might be somebody's eyes, it might be somebody's face, and the most important thing is that you don't want them to be straight on towards camera. Like that's the big one. Straight on towards camera, you're seeing everything. Well, what that can mean to you is it might be a chin turn, or the one that I do often is that when people have uneven eyes, let's say one eye is droopier. All I do is I tilt the head. Because then they're not lined up, so you can't tell one's droopier. So it's just a little tilt of the head, and everything evens out and it looks great. So consider that for sure. Another question I get is what if one eye is bigger than the other? So if you think of it like this, let's say this eye is really big...

and this eye is really small. If I want them to be evened out, the small eye bring closer to camera, because it'll look bigger. Problem is most of the time the side of the eye that's bigger is their side of the face they like better. So, as long as they're turned, it doesn't matter. As long as they're not straight on towards camera, and tilt the head. You're not looking at them and comparing the size as long as they're not straight on. So you're usually good with that. Camera angle, lens choice doesn't matter. Lighting, just avoid super centered and straight on towards camera. Because when centered and straight on towards camera, it's like let's compare symmetry exactly. So bringing the light a little bit off to the side, turning the head a little bit, we're great. Retouching, there's a tool called Face-Aware Liquefy in Photoshop CC. And you have the ability to open one eye or make it smaller. Change the tilt of it. Lift up a side of the face. You have all of those controls, so you wanna check that out and give it a try.

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.

Marianela Estrada

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