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    Have you guys often encounter the following?
    When you take pictures of models/friends etc, then you show them the pictures and they often comment "I look fat!" or "Why you make me look fat?"

    I understand that focal length affects this, ie wide angle tends to cause distortion and hence make the subject looks "fatter" in some sense. Also, the angle and positioning of the subject(s) do affect too...

    Just curious how you guys make your subjects look "slim" (assuming without using DI)

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    just answer that is because you are FAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle&Sebastain View Post
    just answer that is because you are FAT!
    I'll be dead if I say that to my subject(s)!!!

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    Tell them you were going more for "voluptuous"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
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    Just curious how you guys make your subjects look "slim" (assuming without using DI)
    1) ask her to stand besides a fatter woman
    2) ask her to stand besides elephant
    3) use WA, stand at 100m away from her and shoot

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    I usually don't use zoom. I kena once before from my aunt. I zoomed in and she looked fatter than ever. However that pic is still hanging on the wall at her house now, since she seldom takes photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leejay View Post
    I usually don't use zoom. I kena once before from my aunt. I zoomed in and she looked fatter than ever. However that pic is still hanging on the wall at her house now, since she seldom takes photos.
    But I thought longer focal length will be prefered? Otherwise 50mm, 85mm, 135mm wouldn't be considered as portrait lens already right? Unless you're a pro to use WA...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    But I thought longer focal length will be prefered? Otherwise 50mm, 85mm, 135mm wouldn't be considered as portrait lens already right? Unless you're a pro to use WA...
    Um... I am not really sure about focal length, bro. But I was still using the old film-type camera at that time. The zoom really made a person look bigger in size, or rather, fatter, when the photo was developed.

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    - use wide angle
    - tilt body to 1 side
    - chin up and no double chin
    - cropped body

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    heh. it's not just photography... most women think they're fat, no matter how much you tell them you love them

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    - use ultra wide angle
    - tilt body to 1 side
    - go as close as possible
    - focus at her upper arm




    show her that picture and hear her scream..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    I'll be dead if I say that to my subject(s)!!!
    can motivate them to slim down mah

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    - use ultra wide angle
    - tilt body to 1 side
    - go as close as possible
    - focus at her upper arm




    show her that picture and hear her scream..


    Indeed, supposedly, the wider the lens, the "fatter" the subject.

    Long lenses are usually prefered to "slim down" the subject.

    Make a try : same picture, but with 28 - 35 - 50 - 85 - 100 - 135 - 200 - 300 (of course you have to move to keep the subject having the same size in the pic.

    Then decide what you prefer...

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    you can use wide-angle, instead of landscape, use portrait

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    To all those that want to feel slim instead of after taking a photo,
    consider this:

    http://www.hp.com/united-states/cons...g/index_f.html

    Quoted from the webpage link above:
    They say cameras add ten pounds, but HP digital cameras can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that can instantly trim off pounds from the subjects in your photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle&Sebastain View Post
    just answer that is because you are FAT!
    in a nicer way of saying " you look prosperous all over... "

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    Humans are hard to please. It's a blessing to hear someone say "I like myself!" And I don't mean that person is super pretty or handsome. I mean the normal looking people. They score a 100 IMHO for self-esteem. Ironically, models may be good-looking, but they tend to think they are ugly and wanna look better. Look what happened to Michael Jackson's face!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    Have you guys often encounter the following?
    When you take pictures of models/friends etc, then you show them the pictures and they often comment "I look fat!" or "Why you make me look fat?"

    I understand that focal length affects this, ie wide angle tends to cause distortion and hence make the subject looks "fatter" in some sense. Also, the angle and positioning of the subject(s) do affect too...

    Just curious how you guys make your subjects look "slim" (assuming without using DI)
    Sounds like a model I know. Wondering if it's the same lady?

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    Default Re: "I look fat!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Youhong View Post
    .........................

    Just curious how you guys make your subjects look "slim"
    very simple, pose the subject behine something, whatever things, only show little part of the face.

    if you can't find something to pose the subject, use your mouth...
    #1, "is not my fault, I have a good camera and a expensive lens"
    #2, "is not your fault, is already in your gene"
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcuf2 View Post
    To all those that want to feel slim instead of after taking a photo,
    consider this:

    http://www.hp.com/united-states/cons...g/index_f.html

    Quoted from the webpage link above:
    They say cameras add ten pounds, but HP digital cameras can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that can instantly trim off pounds from the subjects in your photos!
    Oh my...

    Quote Originally Posted by ZDragon View Post
    Sounds like a model I know. Wondering if it's the same lady?
    Well, not just one, but many other people...

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    very simple, pose the subject behine something, whatever things, only show little part of the face.

    if you can't find something to pose the subject, use your mouth...
    #1, "is not my fault, I have a good camera and a expensive lens"
    #2, "is not your fault, is already in your gene"
    Not just the body, but also the face... And ya, I want to live longer... I don't want to get killed on the street...

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