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30 Jun 2010 - 18:4735433
Unphotogenic
I know this probably a really stupid question but please don't smite me for it - is there such a thing as being truely, genuinely un-photogenic (if that's a word) and is there anything that can be done about it?

I'd be keen to hear from photographers on what they think - do you think it's all in the mind, or are some people just really bad (like me )?


30 Jun 2010 - 19:0235434
Unphotogenic = Me

I love cosplaying and making costumes but dont like posing for photos in or out of costume

So i guess that makes me the cameras natural enemy

It would be great to get some more workshops like Tab and Nerts to over come this

Does anyone have any pointers?


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30 Jun 2010 - 19:1435438
do your best to look like me everyday and you might have a chance at looking awsome !

lmao only joking


30 Jun 2010 - 19:1535439
Matt considers himself to be really unphotogenic, so he aims for costumes that have masks and things.

I have to admit wearing a costume with a mask can actually make you feel great, as even I worry about making a derp face in photos.

The other thing is to get a good photographer. In a regular digital camera it's pretty much a case that you will always look rather bad. Con photos are the worst as they tend to be rushed, inside and taken with flash. This mega combination means pretty much all floor photos you find of yourself after cons will always look bad.

So if you want some good photos get out side and have them taken without flash. Don't look directly into the camera as your eyes will look unfocused (a trick I learnt as in contact lenses one of my eyes will drift and go a bit blarrrg) instead look to the side or away.

Don't try to smile if it's not natural, it will just look pained. And if you're in a costume that isn't a cute tiny thing make sure the photos are taken from below you, or the photos will make you look a lot shorter.

It's my opinion that anyone can be photogenic, but it's the photos that make it, not the actual person.

-Tab


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30 Jun 2010 - 19:2135440
Tab has pretty much summed it up, no flash, don't smile if it will make you look like a sex offender, and most importantly a good photographer with a good camera. Cheap point and clicks will never do you justice.


30 Jun 2010 - 19:3135441
Look for the angle that suits you! I have Massive Dark Eye Circles (TM) that even makeup for people with birth marks and burns can't cover, because it's to do with facial structure rather than how much I've slept. But I found that if I tilt my head just right, those circles disappear. My nose is also wide for my face, which is why I never look into the camera straight on without at least dipping my head a tiny bit.

Spend some time in front of the mirror and keep turning your head to look for that great angle. And remember, you are likely to be the harshest judge; any fault you see is unlikely to be noticed by others.


30 Jun 2010 - 20:1235443
Oh thank you all for not letting me be the only one! I think my worst problem has got to be running from the camera, which of course means that when it catches you (and it always does) you will be in the most unflattering pose ever. Also, I tend to require a bit of false confidence, usually in the form of a few drinks, and that never ends well

I'd love to be able to blame it on the photogropher, but there's only so much even the best pro can do!

Being honest with you all, I'm due to go to my first event this month, I have no idea what I'm doing and my friends are all trigger happy with the cameras, so I think I might have to wither away and die before the disaster strikes hehehe, or literally paint myself with make up. I love the mask idea, if only it wasn't just the face I wanted to hide !!


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