Tip 3 Middle aged women and how to look good in photos.
The camera never lies - well,you'll be pleased to know it does. How many times have you started that crash diet after seeing yourself in a holiday snap looking at least a dress size bigger than you thought you looked?
It is very important as a photogapher or as someone being photographed if you don't want to look larger that you really are to remember a few golden rules.
1) It's all about the lens - professional photographers will know that any focal length less than 50mm (on a full frame camera) is considered a wide angle lens. A wide angle lens distorts the subject (and things around it) and enhances perspective. Taking a selfie can not only make the person look bigger but can also make our noses look bigger and our faces more elongated and out of proportion, the length of our arm is just not far enough away. A selfie stick can improve things slightly.
2) It's also all about positioning - professional photographers will also know that when shooting a group, if too close, will make those standing at the end look bigger. Don't position yourself at the end of a semi circular group, get nearer the middle and you will look that size 10 you really are.
3) Clothing - avoid horizontal lines and opt for vertical stripes instead. Steer away from clothes that have elaborate detail , particularly around the belly and upper arms. Everyone knows about colour - dark colours show less curves and make us look slimmer. Creating less shadow, enhancing curves is something a photographer can be aware of.
4) Posture - if standing in a group, a more flattering stance is to turn slightly sideways with the the knee slightly bent and toe pointing towards the camera. Something our teenage girls are excellent at. Position your arms away from your body, a hand on hip or if you feel that is too posey, maybe just hold your arms at your side slightly, away from your body. Stand up straight pull your shoulders back and subtly pull your stomach in. All this will help smooth out those curvey bits that we all have. Remember that area under our chin, discussed previuosly and keep the head up slightly.
In this image the lady second in from the left has the right idea, she is standing slightly to the side with her right leg slightly bent.The other ladies are all standing to the side slightly or have bags covering their stomachs or hips. The lady to the far left has her chin up and head slightly tilted to her right. On the whole an ok photo, I just wish I had reminded the lady second from the right to smile.