Taking Pictures

  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
    So, I consistently take awful pictures even if I feel all cleaned up and sexy for the night. Trust me, I'm my harshest critic in front of the mirror so it's not any sort of "I'm so beautiful" mentality. I just usually look awful in photograph form. Even some dates I've been on somewhat alluded to my looking better in real life in one way or another.

    Does this happen to anyone else? Any suggestions? We all know how visual the gays are. I want to show my true self so that way nobody feels misled in the real world and so that I'm not at a huge disadvantage to chat online. How do you portray yourself as accurately as possible in photograph form?
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    Aug 06, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    we discussed this one time in chat. The answer, from many, many guys, including me, take 100 pics, and 2 or 3 will turn out ok. That´s what the pros do.

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  • shirty

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    Aug 06, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidwe discussed this one time in chat. The answer, from many, many guys, including me, take 100 pics, and 2 or 3 will turn out ok. That´s what the pros do.

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    lol - so true.

    I think it's a lot about lighting and angles... some people are good at using that to their advantage, others aren't.

    but wouldn't you rather look better in person than in photograph than the other way around? cause i've met several guys who look better in their pictures than in person... lol.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 06, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    Well let me say we can be our own harshest critics. I'm much the same way.

    Regarding your pics, I think they are fine. Be realistic about what you look like and
    have some pics done in different environments and that have some unique ideas.
    Use a friend who doesn't mind taking a hundred pics of you and evaluate. If you don't like them, whats the problem? Get concrete input from others and listed to what is being said.
    Also.. what do you want your pics to say about you? Your a nice looking, friendly guy? A hot man? Have you thought about what you want to communicate through your pics?

    I'm picky about pics, but many usually turn out ok...
    Keep us updated.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 06, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    I hate the majority of pictures of me, and I don't really enjoy having my picture taken as a result. My bf is a professional photographer. How's that for irony?
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    Aug 06, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    Even am not a big fan of my pictures, though people have told me that they turn out ok. Thus as a rule I usually share couple of pics in different environments, so as to a give idea to other person what I look like.
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    Aug 06, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    I dunno Dannyboy, I think your main profile pic is just fine. What don't you like about it?

    Generally speaking, taking pictures of yourself is kinda hard. Because not only are you trying to lock a good pose, but you also have to worry about working the camera. Also, some guys have a problem looking natural, because they're trying too hard to get the picture taken right.

    If you really want good photos of yourself, ask someone take it for you. Mix it up.. take some pics of you posing/smiling, and take some un-posed pics of you not looking directly at the camera. Try taking some outdoor pics. Natural sunlight usually brings out the best colors.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 06, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI think he does also. He's in Chicago too. Perhaps I should offer to photograph him. icon_smile.gif




    Nice photos there Adrien, excellent.
    I'd suggest that you do offer to photograph him... with your empathy, think it would be great.

    But nothing too wild there... icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 06, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    Get a professional photographer who specialize in fashion and portrait, someone with gay sensibilities. The art of showing off the best features of a person, eliciting the best expressions, and hiding the less flattering parts takes a lot of experience to master. Get someone who's neurotic about how things look to every last detail, lighting/shadows, eye brows, eye lids, face, hair, skin, lips, profile, everything matters.

    Looks are somewhat subjective but professionals know better how people react to visuals. They also take lots of shots to choose from, but their throw-away ones may look like the ones you and I think are pretty good.
  • ursa_minor

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    Aug 06, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    get a shirt that matches the blue of your eyes. you seem to have a pale complexion (or it could be just as the above ppl say, it´s just lighting), dark clothes will really contrast with your skin color so maybe try lighter color clothes. i dont claim to be an expert or anything, just my humble suggestion. icon_biggrin.gif
  • timgoblue

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    Aug 06, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    I agree with xrichx. don't think too much about it. just be aware that good pictures have a lot to do with the light (single most important thing), the time of day, the background, etc.... in general i think you'd look great with natural light, in a natural environment, and being yourself. that's the most important thing...being yourself. don't over think it.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    shirty said
    Lostboy saidwe discussed this one time in chat. The answer, from many, many guys, including me, take 100 pics, and 2 or 3 will turn out ok. That´s what the pros do.

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    lol - so true.

    I think it's a lot about lighting and angles... some people are good at using that to their advantage, others aren't.

    but wouldn't you rather look better in person than in photograph than the other way around? cause i've met several guys who look better in their pictures than in person... lol.


    I suppose so, but there are a lot of guys that maybe could be compatible friends or dates who would x out thinking I was an extra from Resident Evil.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    Timberoo saidI hate the majority of pictures of me, and I don't really enjoy having my picture taken as a result. My bf is a professional photographer. How's that for irony?

    Actually, your pictures reveal a very good-looking man. What's not to like about them?


    The ones here I'm fairly ok with. What's troublesome is trying to update with more current and more interesting ones. It gets a bit frustrating. I've given up on my computer's webcam for this cuz I think it's impossible. My camera typically has potential for decent ones but yet again I probably do have to take 100 to get 2 lol.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI think he does also. He's in Chicago too. Perhaps I should offer to photograph him. icon_smile.gif



    How Titanic of you hehe.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    blue_ahli saidget a shirt that matches the blue of your eyes. you seem to have a pale complexion (or it could be just as the above ppl say, it´s just lighting), dark clothes will really contrast with your skin color so maybe try lighter color clothes. i dont claim to be an expert or anything, just my humble suggestion. icon_biggrin.gif


    It takes a lot for me to tan, yes. I have the perfect sweater of a great blue, but don't really want to use that one in the summer time. I'll have to wait until fall to get a pic in that.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    Thanks, all, for the good advice. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 06, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    Timberoo saidI hate the majority of pictures of me, and I don't really enjoy having my picture taken as a result. My bf is a professional photographer. How's that for irony?

    Actually, your pictures reveal a very good-looking man. What's not to like about them?


    I agree (whole-heartedly).
  • leixguy

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    I take horrid photos, my friends barely even recognise me in them.
  • momewrath

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    Aug 06, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    I've got quite an extensive background in photography and the number one rule that I've noticed in taking portraits is lose the clothes!

    I hate working with clothes. Not that I'm a nude photographer (hard to get people that is willing to do nudes at the prices I can afford for models). It's just that you get everything perfect and the slightest movement causes the clothes to mess up absolutely everything.

    I'm not much of a buyer of the take 100 and one is great philosophy... if the shot is thought through well, you don't even need to take 5 to get that one. Besides, when you get into large format photography, if you would do the one in a hundred type of shooting, you've just wasted at least a couple hundred dollars.

    Yeah... I still prefer film.
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    Aug 06, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidwe discussed this one time in chat. The answer, from many, many guys, including me, take 100 pics, and 2 or 3 will turn out ok. That´s what the pros do.

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    what pros are YOU referring to? O.o

    shotgun photography is an amateur technique icon_razz.gif Pros taking 100 photos looking for 2 or 3 are probably WAY different from an everyday camera user... chances are the other 97 would STILL make us all go blind from brilliance...

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    @OP - I take shit-tons of self-portraits (yes, it's a unit of measure, look it up) as part of my 365 days projects and since starting them (and buying my DSLR) i've learned that some people are simply NOT photogenic, it takes some talent to get SOME people to look right... and in the absence of a good camera - photoshop can do wonders in the right hands icon_smile.gif

    however, you may simply be taking the wrong KINDS of photos. You should think more about technique / composition when doing your photos (okay so maybe i'm cheating and the art major helps a bit in this regard...) if you are worried about getting good ones - if you'd like some tips 'n such lemme know i'll link you / mail you some.
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    Aug 06, 2009 11:49 PM GMT
    Ok because i'm a creeper (and desperate to use my wacom tablet since my finger's starting to heal...)

    5-10 minutes in photoshop and.....


    tada -
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    i'm such a creep o.O

    edit:: okay so the entire original doesn't fit but whatever icon_razz.gif

    linkage :: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3532/3795965333_c5a964ddd6_o.jpg

    (maybe that would work?... okay lol 17 edits later here we go...)
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    Aug 06, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    I'm not photogenic at all. I just either don't get in photos with other people so as not to ruin it, or give warning to people before hand that it's going to be a bad photo. Not much else I can do about it.
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    Aug 07, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    learn photoshop.. you can take a minger and make him uber hawt *nods*

    hell if I didn't have photoshop I'd be scaring people left right and center in photos *shudders*
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    Aug 07, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    Amen. Cameras hate me and I learned this long ago. Like lostboy said, I take 100 pics and like maybe a few lol. I've been told many times I look better in person bleh!
  • Webster666

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    Aug 07, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    Most of us are our own worst critics.
    Then, there are some people who never seem to take a bad picture.

    When I look in the mirror, I think I look pretty good.
    Then, I see pictures of myself, and I'm frequently horrified.

    The best pics I have ever seen of me were made by a guy who was a professional photographer who told me exactly where to stand, how to stand, the right light, the right background, etc. I think that makes all the difference.