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10 Nov 2009 - 23:3122338
Photography, faces and YOU!
Kay, so, I wasn't sure if this should go in Cosplay chat or Photography, because i'm a cosplayer seeking tips rather than a photographer soo here it is! XD

Not sure if anyone has asked this before (Im on a crappy internet pay as you go thing, so I cant get online often D8)

Basically, I was just wondering if anyone could give me a few tips or advice on how to get the best out of a pose or photo, face wise.

I'm really round faced and have like...no angles to my face because of this. So whenever I pose at a con or anything for a photo,nine times out of ten I look really awful face wise because I have no angles on my face, so I just look very...round. XD I've tried using some shading and contouring, but it really doesn't work as my face shape is too round.

Is their anything I can do like pose wise or angle wise with my face that will help give it some angles or something? So far the only thing I've found that works slightly is turning to the side and not smiling, but if my character isn't the type to frown then it looks a bit odd. Their is a picture of my face in my Cornelius costume profile and though im posing like the character, it still looks very odd on my face, so yah, anything any of us more rounder featured people can do?
I've even lost like.. 20lbs and my facial structure is still round. ;-;


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11 Nov 2009 - 17:4422349
erm, im not sure if it helps much, but usually the most flattering angles for a photo is to have the camera angled down slightly.
also turning your face slightly to one side can create a flattering shape to your face.

but in all honesty, every face is different. and one person finds something better than another. so i suppose my advise would be sit/stand infront of a mirror and just position your head in different places and find out what your face suits and what you are comfortable with. if youve got long hair pull it back so you can see more of your face as well.
or get together with a friend and take simple photos of each other :3

it may also help to just browse through photographs of models and actors and see how they position themself ^^

also another thing *sorry on a ramble* is working with the light. the way the light can hit your face can cause unflattering shadows, and make areas of your face look heavier/larger than they should be. and lighting things correctly can make all the difference in a photograph. but obviously natural lighting/clouds arent exactly changeable ^^

just try things out and see what you like.

hope thats some help


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11 Nov 2009 - 18:0622352
I've just looked at the pictures of you on your costumes, and I really don't think your face looks too round =) You look happy and normal. You're fine as you are!

I think that I have got quite a podgy face, and have found that the way I smile effects how I look on photos. If I grin widely, which I have a tendancy to do when I'm excited/happy/celebrating (you know, all those times when people are likely to take your photograph?) I look a lot podgier than I should do!
As said, try practising expressions in front of the mirror. If you've got a photographer taking the picture, many tell you where to look at what expression to use anyway!


11 Nov 2009 - 18:3922357
I agree with the above. Practising in the mirror is going to be one of the best things you can do, since at cons you can't be 100% certain that the light is going to be good, the picture isn't going to be blurred, etc etc etc. A couple of days before cons I usually stand in my bathroom for as long as I can without getting kicked out and just practice different poses for both body and face. I personally think I have a round face as well, so straight-on usually makes me look weird (especially when doing expressions that involve huge grins XD; ) - try leaning forward a little and turning your head to a 45-degree angle or whatever works for you.
I'd try and give tips on how makeup could work, but I honestly have no idea what that stuff IS most of the time, haha. Don't try to define your features too much though - it's best to try and look as natural as possible unless you're going for radically crazy - since too much pencilling and shading and whatnot will probably make you look kind of weird.

I hope this helps even just a little bit!


12 Nov 2009 - 17:0722408
Thanks guys for your replies, I'm going to give what was mentioned a go and see if that helps. 8D
I generally panic on a picture and just do whatever comes to mind, I did have one or two poses worked out for Cornelius when I cosplayed him, but they sort of went to pot! XD


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12 Nov 2009 - 17:4922412
This might just be me being a bit overly conscious but what I do is that if the character has short hair then I tend to make the wig just a little longer so that there's some form of frame around my face and this makes it look less round and allows you to shoot at more angles! Obviously if the character has no obvious bangs then I won't do this and will just use the angle I'm most comfortable at i.e. facing the camera at a 45 degree angle and/or high angle shots because I -know- that's what looks best. But the frame around my face thing seems to be angle friendly for me, just a personal tip there =)


12 Nov 2009 - 21:3222431
I'd actually thought about that as well, i've noticed my face looks less round with my hair framing my face. Thats actually a very good tip, the character i'm doing in May has long wavy blond hair around his face along with a fringe, so hopefully as its so long it'll help to slim my face down 8D Thank you Crystal <3


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