Lighting overweight people

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Lighting overweight people
Apr 29, 2010

What tips or tricks are there to light large people that is the most flattering. I'm using an 85mm lens to get somewhat of a telephoto effect already but specifically, what is the best way to light? This is for 3/4 portrait or headshot portraits.

I've used clamshell diffused lighting and that works for the minimizing shadows of chins etc but then it seems that it is almost TOO much light and shows too much. Is there a good mix of hard vs soft light that works best? Some people talk of using "narrow" vs "broad" light, are they meanging "hard" vs "soft"? Just looking for some tips.

I had a marcomm job of taking pics of a guy and they looked technically great but quite honestly, he wasn't very happy with them and I wasn't either. I tried a large variety of poses etc., but I think I just missed it.

I used a soft light for main, hard for fill, soft under him to minimize chin shadows etc, and a snoot for the hair and a kicker.

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