To give your subject a more slimming silhouette and a healthier look in photos, it’s best to photograph with diffused light. That means you should avoid midday sunlight or direct flash, which create unflattering harsh shadows, glare, and shine. The general rule of thumb for photographing people outdoors in natural light is to shoot them earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. Or wait for an overcast day. If you’re photographing indoors and you need to use a flash, one way to diffuse the light is to bounce the flash. To do that you’ll need an external flash — one of those flashes you buy separately that plugs into the hot shoe of your camera. Instead of pointing the external flash directly at your subject, which would give you about the same results as you’d get with your on-camera flash, point the flash at a nearby wall or the ceiling, so that the light bounces off and falls on your subject in a softer, more diffused way. Be aware that colored surfaces will reflect their color back onto your subject, so white walls and ceilings are best for bouncing. Doing this will not only reduce harsh shadows, making your subject appear slimmer and better looking, but it’s also more relaxing than photographing someone with a bright, glaring flash. And a more relaxed subject means a better looking one, too. Knowing how to make people look good is important to me, because the better people look in my photos, the more photos I sell… and it’ll be the same for you. There are plenty of other ways to make your subject look slimmer, healthier, and generally more radiant in photos… and I wrote them all down in AWAI’s guide, How to Look 10 Years Younger and 20 Pounds Lighter in Every Photo You Take. You can find it here.
Photo Tip: 2 Ways to Lose 10 Lbs in Under 28 Minutes
by Shelly Perry | Aug 13, 2008