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Old November 5th, 2004, 07:43 PM   #16
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A couple other things to try:

Place the key light a bit higher than normal. This will cause the chin to shadow the "turkey throat" effect.

Change the position of the body versus the head. If she is looking head-on to camera, have her rotate her body one way or the other, so she is looking at camera a bit over her shoulder. This is not only visually often more interesting than having the shoulders square to camera, but it can pull the skin more taut.

A single soft source straight into the face usually yields the best results in this situation. Not the most interesting photographically, but the softest look. The most like fashion photography.

Also, pay attention to background, if you can. Warm colors are more flattering to complexions. Colors like dusky rose are used in restaurants that wish to create a romantic atmosphere because they are more flattering to flesh tones.

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