Angles of the Face: Posing and Lighting with Doug Gordon: Adorama Photography TV

Angles of the Face: Posing and Lighting with Doug Gordon: Adorama Photography TV


Hi everybody my name’s Doug Gordon I’m here on behalf of Adorama TV and in this video we’re gonna explain to
you the angles of the face that most flatter a female subject I want to discuss most importantly is how
to most flatter a subject whether be a female or male or
whatever it may be we have to understand that there are clear angles in the face that
gonna work best with them alright so what they are these basically
three angles of the face and what those angles of the face are
generally , look at Tracy turn your body straight to the camera, K
we’re looking right here she’s in what we call a full face, a
full face is basically a glorified mug shot so what’s happening is when we
look at her we looking at her and seeing a very full face there’s no angler highlights really and
what’s happening is if she’s a plus-size subject is gonna make it a lot more difficult to flatter her and
also what happens is when she smiles you’re gonna notice can you smile, look
happy her cheeks go up, so our job as a
photographer is always to try and thin out the subject as much as we possibly can and in her
case even though she’s a thin subject we want to try to create
angular looks for her , so this is what we call a full face and what a full face does
is basically again fill it out now if we turn her
body turn your body away this way we’ll talk about lighting in another set up
we want to turn her face here and what we’re doing at this point is creating what we call a two-thirds view of the face so what we’re seeing now is we’re
breaking the face into three basic parts this cheek would be part 1 this would be
part 2 this cheek would be part 3. Now this is
very crucial because lighting is going to become key later on so we turn to face just a
little bit to the right and now tilt your head a little bit to
the left and turn a little bit more to the right and again so what you’re seeing is this
part here is going to be our main lit part because our
main lights clearly coming from the window and then we see the front in the face
which again is set up in two-thirds and we’re letting this side of
the face go into shadow now the next position of lighting were
angle up the face would be on what we’re calling a profile
to turn your body direct to the camera alright and now
we’re gonna turn her face to the window turn all the way over your shoulder and what we’re looking for in our
profile is we wanna make sure the face is far enough along so that we don’t see the other eyelash
eyebrow tilt your head a little bit to me turn
your head slightly to the right little bit more little bit more right
there and then we’re gonna raise your chin up and your eyes right here looking
straight out my hand now what’s key is making sure that we have complete and
total separation between anything in a profile and the background we don’t want
anything cutting through whether or be hair whether it would be something
distracting in the background itself we want to make sure that that profile is
as clean as we can possibly keep it so these are three redefined angles up the face now
that we have them we need to understand how to light them so this is essential because we want to
try to keep a consistent lighting pattern one of the things that may be
successful over the year is staying with one simple lighting
pattern and what I consider that is a two-thirds lighting pattern so turn your
body direct to the camera again all right now
I want you to turn at a 45 degree angle and I want you to
kick your front right leg in like this K bring your hands up on your hip a little
bit now we look at our here even though we have a fill light for the
video coming in alright what’s happening is have face is kinda split I’m gonna take
an image here so you could see right away I’m gonna be right from
camera and if we look ’em exposing their and what you’re going to see in this
is you have a lot more light still coming from the right side so what this is creating is what we call
a broadside of the light and what that’s doing is if you look at
her face , her face on her right side appears larger that’s
because most of the light is coming in and hitting her right here
so what we need to do and its essentials we always want to
bring the face to the light so let’s take a look turn your
face to the light right there and what I want you to look, Camera if you can come in close on a video I want to see the highlights coming
through right here if you look this side of her face is lit and
then we have the main centre part lit but right about here you start to see it
go into a shadow even with that fill light there and thats
exactly what I’m looking for I want to light the face 2/3 of it because ultimately that’s going to thin her out because I’m cutting off one side and
a partial shadow let’s take a look what that image looks like if we turn
that face a little bit can you bring your eyes here chin down a little bit beautiful
excellent stay there smiling wonderful and let’s look it how much
cleaner the light is we don’t have any shadows
coming through the nose at this point now we turn off our video light you’ll
be able to see let’s take a look we turned off or
daylight now you can really see it in close and let’s look I’m gonna take two images here the first
one it will be correct your eyes are right here looking
straight out at my hand perfect, now turn your head back to me and now let’s look at the difference if
you look just by turning her face 6 inches away not even six inches maybe
three to four inches away from the light it changed
everything entirely it’s now created a shadow under her nose
its widened her face and more importantly it through the left
eye into shadow which is ultimately just it’s not going
to look good especially when you’re photographing the person of color because when you go to try and print
this you can start to break up a little bit and your gonna not really like the way it
looks so the key for me is to light into her
face now preferably when dealing with a woman I want to light into her face through her
body by lighting through her body that’s
gonna give me the most detail now can I do this by turning her body
towards your gonna turn your body this way now
kick your left leg in and now tilt your head to the right now lean
forward I’m always trying to lean the subjects forward which we’ll talk about later on chin down a little bit and your eyes
right out here this again is keeping it simple with one
light your eyes are up you doing great you’re looking right out
here you’re smiling beautiful and we have a beautiful light set up on
her face but if we turn her head back again we
have a split now is this easily filled with a
reflector? you bet but we want to try to keep this as
simple as possible the most important thing that I can tell you about setting up an angle up the face as
well is basically finding the light now let’s look and see how we change
this with a profile look if she’s looking straight out here into
the window tilt your head to the right lean forward
a little bit chin down a tad her eye’s are right out here now just
by this light here I turn her head into a profile position
to make that’s not going to give me profile
lighting what profile lighting is is having the light come around
behind the face and wrapping around the front so what
that means is if I’m here this part is still lit here is
lit the front on the face is lit and then
this partt here is gonna go into shadow so what I’m gonna do to get perfect
profile lighting is not move her I’m not going to move the light because
I can’t I’m gonna move myself so I’m gonna take my camera and step into profile position I’m when I do that, stretch your chin out just
a little bit you’re doing great turn your head
slightly to the right a little bit not so much back a little bit chin down
a tad lean forward smiling I have a perfect profile light so again you’re looking at the same
lighting pattern it’s still a two-thirds lighting pattern
but based on my position it changes everything now when you
understand light you can really make things start to
happen you can really change the way you do things just by positioning your camera and a
couple little things let me show you what I mean basic rule
light into the face and if it’s a female we want
to light into the body because she’s in a darker color it’s much easier so come back on the wall there for a
second beautiful I’m gonna slide you right over here I want you to actually turn your legs
in just like this bring your thumbs in your pocket , you have pockets there keep your backside on the wall, K and now
lean the top of your body off-the-wall we’re gonna turn your
shoulders in this way but turn your head to the right just a little bit by leaning her off the
wall and we’ll get further onto this about were basically stretching her out
we’re bringing the upper body closer to the camera turn your head a little bit tilt your
head slightly to me . Good now from here I’m gonna go back by you to camera you
looking right here and watch how many different images we can look at
turn your head a little bit tilt your head a little bit to the left
chin down wonderful so the first one we set up a beautiful full length and turn your
head just a bit to the right I’m off centring you to the right, eyes
up here, smiling so we have her in the right-hand quadrant now from here
we’re gonna change it to a horizontal you’re gonna turn your head but be
serious this time nice and soft in a relaxed your looking at me beautiful perfect so there it is we went with a full
length image of her smiling we went with a
close-up horizontal now I change my angle were looking down now for me Tracy and
I’m going to change it here I’m going to crop her again in the
right-hand quadrant turn your head a little bit to the right
perfect eye’s down a little bit more to your right beautiful just like that stay there and now we
have a beautiful profile image of her 3 images we never moved to body we
adjusted to the light so we’re keeping a consistent two-thirds
view of the face were keeping a consistent lighting
pattern and it’s that simple and this is how you
can build from there because there are so many different things I can do we started here we went this way then we
started here and went into the profile now from here I can adjust myself by coming over here and turning her face to me leaning off a
little bit tilting your head turn to the right and
take a look just like that you’re looking at me this time I’m gonna change my cropping
to make it more unique you’re smiling beautiful happy eye up a
little bit I want you to notice one thing that I
did there I raised her eyes about the camera and the reason I did
that is when I’m looking at you directly in the camera my eye’s go down especially if my camera
Heights lower but if i look above you my eyes open wide
and you can’t quite tell that I’m not looking at you so i’s that simple understanding direction
of light understanding an angle of a face you put
it all together and you create the perfect package. On behalf of Adorama TV my names Doug Gordon and we hope you subscribe to the Adorama
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