Taking flattering body pictures

  • Piers40

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    Apr 04, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    How do you guys take flattering body pictures for Grindr and such? I only recently figured out most people take their pictures right after a workout so their bodies are pumped, but any other tips? Like lighting, what you should avoid eating before so you're more lean....icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    Trial and error...lots and lots of error.
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    For every 10-15 pics taken, one is usable. It may not even be good. You get maybe one good one every 25.

    Know what your good parts are and play to them.

    Be realistic about how you come out in the pic. Sometimes I look at a guy´s pic and think "does he honestly think this is a good thing to show people?" The self deception/poor judgement is more of a turn off than the muffin top

    avoid harsh or dull light. Down lighting is quite effective.

    If you don´t have it you can´t create it just with a good angle. Only photoshop can show what is not there.
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    Apr 05, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    You can go the fail safe route like the guys who hire professional photographers for their "artistic" Tom of Finland-esque body shots!
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    Piers40 saidHow do you guys take flattering body pictures for Grindr and such? I only recently figured out most people take their pictures right after a workout so their bodies are pumped, but any other tips? Like lighting, what you should avoid eating before so you're more lean....icon_smile.gif



    Like you said take it right after you work out. Try to have a light overhead so the shadows of you muscles will make them stand out more and I wouldn't imagine what you eat because you just worked out.

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    Apr 05, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    I'd say I get about 1 out of 100! I need a professional do some for me and even then I doubt they'd be that flattering!
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    The easiest way is to go online and find a picture of someone else that conveys the real you!
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Based on your face picture... you don't need a body shot to entrap the guys ;)

    If you want a "lean" look then take pictures in the morning after waking up when you're dehydrated (but I'm guessing more aim for the "pumped" look post workout). Lighting can make a big difference.
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidThe easiest way is to go online and find a picture of someone else that conveys the real you!
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    Well, considering the OP's pic can be found on 77 different websites, I think he's way ahead of you!
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    The ones I've looked at belong to Jad something...
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    S34n05 saidBased on your face picture... you don't need a body shot to entrap the guys ;)

    If you want a "lean" look then take pictures in the morning after waking up when you're dehydrated (but I'm guessing more aim for the "pumped" look post workout). Lighting can make a big difference.


    When you wake up in the morning is best for looking lean. After a workout if you want to look buff.

    However, you should really make sure whatever picture(s) you use are still a good representation of yourself. You don't want people to think you pull a bait and switch on them.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidThe ones I've looked at belong to Jad something...


    Only some of them.
  • victor8

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    Hire a pro
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    The ones with different names end up with him being a follower in amongst the tiny pics.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    Grindr is still around?
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    victor8 saidHire a pro


    Professional profile photos make you look douchey. No one wants to see glamour shots when they look at your profile....they want candid snapshots.
  • MikeW

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidThe easiest way is to go online and find a picture of someone else that conveys the real you!
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    LOL!!! why didn't *I* think of that icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidThe easiest way is to go online and find a picture of someone else that conveys the real you!
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    This. icon_lol.gif

    Isn't that what everyone is doing?
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Here's another idea:

    1. Get flattering body.
    2. Take picture.
  • tautomer

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Honestly, I try not to overdue the flattering bits. Largely because I don't want someone to be let down when we meet in person.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    First off, don't use a phone camera. It looks...weird and you're not getting a good picture of your body because you have one hand on the phone. Get an actual camera and set the timer.

    Second, flattering lighting is a big plus and probably the most used. I use it EXTENSIVELY. It's the ONLY reason why any of my pictures look half way decent. Over head lighting and up to the side (therefore, simulating a V effect on your chest.) are the best because they cast shadows where you need them most. Early morning lighting is my favorite just don't go crazy like I do with my contrast.

    And of course, take them after you worked out your most pathetic looking part since it'll be a veiny and have some blood going through it. For me, thats any part of my body so any day suffices. icon_lol.gif

    Suck in your gut and flex up your chest and arms. Nobody will be looking at your face so feel free to make weird faces.

    (and yes, I agree that professional photos are a little narcissistic - your body might be super attractive but you standing around posing or laying down in the sand or on some rocks really isn't - real men here!)
  • MidwesternKid

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    Lighting helps. Some lighting doesn't highlight the definition in your body very well. Others will catch every curve.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:37 AM GMT

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    a. photoshop the f*uck out of your pics

    b. get all kinds of attention on G-Harmony, J-of Fish, S-Date, Etc.

    c. make plans to meet that guy who is only 1445 feet away but can not do it now because 'they have a thing' to do

    d. see the look on the guys face when he realizes your pics were enhanced.

    e. capture the look on your face when you realize his pic is from 5 years and 50 pounds ago.

    f. use that shot as your new G-harmony profile pic
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    Apr 05, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Hmmm, so many factors into what a good picture requires. I've worked with photographers so here's my 2

    1. It's actually good if you take a picture right after a work out since your muscles are bigger, but you would look sweaty and well yea..you can take a shower and do it then.

    2. Lighting. good lighting can enhance the quality of the picture, or it can hide things you want to show off.

    3. showing off your best features, it's going to take a lot of trial and error, to figure out your best features and which angle it would best be put in.

    4. Conveying the message. There is always a message to a picture, are you telling the receiver you are masculine, intelligent, sophisticated, ect.. But what I always like to do is always do what you are doing + sexy.. But then again you can always just take a headless picture with just a torso, those always seem to work out just fine too. haha
  • Pontifex

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    Apr 05, 2013 6:31 PM GMT
    Just take pictures of yourself doing stupid poses and making weird faces. It worked for my profile. Lol.
    If you look good use a good camera. If you want to hide something use a bad camera and low lighting.