Did you know that you have a more flattering angles and less flattering angles? There’s actually a reason why you may generally prefer photographs of yourself from a specific angle.
Here’s the science behind it! No human face is symmetrical. Not one! If you were to take a photograph of yourself completely relaxed with no expression, split it down the middle (top to bottom), and flip half of it over to the other side in photoshop, you would look like a completely different person! Seriously! And if you did the same thing but with the other side of your face, you’d look like a whole different person again!
So, what do we do with this information? When it comes to photographing the human figure, there’s ways we can arrange our bodies to be more flattering.
With someone who is more masculine, you typically want to shoot into the more feminine side in order to accentuate the masculine side. For someone who is more feminine, you want to shoot into the masculine side in order to accentuate the feminine.
The easiest way to determine this is to look at the jaw line. The jaw line typically has a harsher angle and a softer angle. So from a photographer’s perspective, I’d say the more defined angle side is the more masculine side and the softer and curvier side is the more feminine side.
So, the traditional portrait would show 2/3 of one side of the face and 1/3 of the other side. Once you find the perfect angle from camera to face ratio where the 2/3 and 1/3 is happening, you would determine which side you want to shoot into.
So, for example, the part that is 1/3 (that part facing away from you) should be the feminine side for those who are more feminine and should be the masculine side for those who are more masculine.
It’s not luck! It’s not chance. There’s actually a way to photograph people in more flattering angles!
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