ADVICE WANTED from PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS....

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    Aug 06, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    I am going to a plastic surgeon for a consultation to have a really complicated "tummy tuck", called a "body lift" and "Body contouring". Part of this consultation is documenting the need for the surgery to get my insurance to cover it. This is documented with "Polaroid" photos of my body .... I guess it is so the pics can not be "photo-shopped" or other wise "digitally altered"...... The advice I need is how to help my plastic surgeon stage this photo set, and how to position, light, angle and what ever else, this type of photo to make the excess skin around my waist appear as unsightly and damaged as possible and to accentuate the amount of overlap? Short of photo-shop...can it be done? Thanks...icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 06, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    What you're asking cannot be accurately done without seeing you in person, and having my entire light setup available.
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    Aug 06, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    That's so counterintuitive; I always thought nothing was as unflattering as a Polaroid.
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    Aug 06, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat you're asking cannot be accurately done without seeing you in person, and having my entire light setup available.

    I agree. And whether Polaroids (the film no longer produced, I believe), or with ordinary negatives on print paper, are you asking how to exaggerate your pre-surgical appearance for the camera?

    Either you look like you need this, sufficient for insurance coverage, or you don't.

    Interestingly, I took some portraits of an ex-BF before his own nose surgery, and then afterwards so he could evaluate the results. Nothing involving insurance, just before-and-afters so he could satisfy himself that he got his money's worth. For that reason alone you should have your pics taken, for your own records.

    (OH, and BTW, I used to earn money as a professional photographer. My specialities being industrial & commercial, and portraiture)
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThat's so counterintuitive; I always thought nothing was as unflattering as a Polaroid.
    You obviously haven't seen my el cheapo cameraphone, then. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Use hard lighting sources without diffusion, it will cause surface flaws in the skin to be more obvious.
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    Soft lightening fixes many lil issues and easier on the skin. USE A SOFT BOX! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    RudeMech saidUse hard lighting sources without diffusion, it will cause surface flaws in the skin to be more obvious.
    In an email, I suggested taking the shots at high noon on a cloudless day.
    That's about the hardest light you can get without studio lights. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    RudeMech saidUse hard lighting sources without diffusion, it will cause surface flaws in the skin to be more obvious.


    That will do it. Play with the direction of lighting for the Bella Ligozzi effect.
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    Aug 07, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    Lighting yourself from an extreme top or bottom angle will cause shadow in all the right/wrong places and help ensure success.
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    Aug 07, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    I think this is the first time vie ever seen someone ask how to take a bad photo, I always thought it was an innate ability we were all born with icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 07, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI think this is the first time vie ever seen someone ask how to take a bad photo, I always thought it was an innate ability we were all born with icon_razz.gif
    I've actually had a "bad photo" contest with another photographer. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 07, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    Sporty_g saidI am going to a plastic surgeon for a consultation to have a really complicated "tummy tuck", called a "body lift" and "Body contouring". Part of this consultation is documenting the need for the surgery to get my insurance to cover it. This is documented with "Polaroid" photos of my body .... I guess it is so the pics can not be "photo-shopped" or other wise "digitally altered"...... The advice I need is how to help my plastic surgeon stage this photo set, and how to position, light, angle and what ever else, this type of photo to make the excess skin around my waist appear as unsightly and damaged as possible and to accentuate the amount of overlap? Short of photo-shop...can it be done? Thanks...icon_cool.gif


    I'd say slouch a bit and try to wear something that will leave some marks, like elastic waist sweat pants
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    Aug 07, 2010 9:07 AM GMT
    Wide angle up close is generally less flattering than short tele-photo further away.
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    Aug 07, 2010 9:11 AM GMT
    kew1 saidWide angle up close is generally less flattering than short tele-photo further away.
    True, and that also brings up a good point: Whatever is closest to the lens will appear the larger. Standing with the worst part toward the lens should amplify it some.
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    Aug 07, 2010 10:21 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    kew1 saidWide angle up close is generally less flattering than short tele-photo further away.
    True, and that also brings up a good point: Whatever is closest to the lens will appear the larger. Standing with the worst part toward the lens should amplify it some.


    Yes, I took a self portrait like that. Cartoon noseicon_biggrin.gif