Portrait technique for large nose

Discussion in 'Portraits and Fashion' started by bob_peters, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. I've been asked to take some "romantic" portraits of a lady who has
    a fairly large nose, and is very sensitive about this always looking
    exceptionally large in photo's.

    Any tips for angle of head / angle of photographer to head /
    posing / depth of field (f2, focus on eyes and get in close?) etc to
    reduce the impression of how large it is?

    Many thanks
  2. bob,

    the closer you'll go the bigger the nose will appear (you will emphasise the perspective). time to dust-off your longer lenses :)
  3. Yes, go for a 135mm lens at least. Avoid strong light falling on the nose which would draw attention to it. Maybe a little powder to take the shine off it.
  4. Ditto the 135mm lens, full face frontal. Flattens aspect. for 35mm cameras, the 75mm to 105mm range is typically able to pull back enough to get a more natural aspect. 135mm pushes the limit; longer than that and the long-lens effect will get in the way of the photo.
  5. This has always been a good website to reference posing tips.
  6. shoot her from the rear
  7. You can use the same technique used on magazine cover girls, Full face straight on and very heavy makeup, usually a "pancake" base especially around the eyes to eliminate the laugh lines and wrinkles. A single soft box or umbrella will eliminate most of the shadow thus the nose looks smaller.

    Take a look at some of the glamor portraits on the news stand and you'll see what I mean. Good Luck
  8. A little photoshop.
  9. In addition to optimizing the working distance with the right focal length, lighting and posing can help a great deal.

    Make sure the key light doesn't create a big shadow on the cheek. Using loop or butterfly lighting (face toward the light, a small shadow directly under the nose) may help, at the expense of broadening the face. Avoid shooting in profile; her nose should always be inside the far cheek.

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