Here is the first part of my blog, which I promised will share here, this is a Exclusive Bobby Lane's Class.
The successful portrait photographer realizes that his principal aim is to obtain characteristic likenesses of his subjects. At the same time, however, he must temper reality with flattery. The portraitist does this combining judicious posing, suitable lighting, and appropriate choice of camera angle. Although each situation in portraiture is different from all the other, the following suggestions for corrective treatment are generally accepted. ( Thank you Bobby Lane)
Deep-set Eyes Lower main light, use a low lighting ratio
Protruding Eyes Have subject look downward
Heavy set Figure Use short lighting, use low-key lighting, use dark Clothing, vignette shoulders and body, blend body with background tone.
Glasses Tilt downward by elevating bows slightly, adjust fill to side to minimize reflections,have subject raise or lower chin to move reflections, use small light source, or retouch.
Prominent Forehead Tilt chin upward, lower camera position.
Long Nose Tilt chin upward, face directly to camera, lower main light, lower camera position.
Narrow Chin Tilt chin upward
Baldness Lower camera, flag light from head, no hair light, blend top of head with background tone.
Angular Nose Minimize by turning face toward lens.
Broad Face Raise camera, use short light, turn face to ¾ angle.
Narrow Face Lower main light, use broad lighting
Wrinkled Face Use diffuse lighting, lower main light, use ¾ pose
Double Chin Raise main light, tilt chin up, raise camera height
Facial Defect Keep on shadow side
Prominent Ears Hide far ear behind head, keep near ear in shadow, Use profile view.
Hope this gives some lighting lessons, still more to come if time permits.
Excellent list :-) There are so many good tips how to make people looked great in portreit. I have read some books and they are splendid, but what a great idea to have such a list - very practical, one can hang it in studio before all technics enters "in photographer´s blood"
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