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How to Fake a Before and After Fitness Photo

Before and after weight loss photos flood the Internet and late night TV infomercials. But how much of these images are truthful? Photographer Ben Cope and Buzzfeed set out to reveal what’s behind the smoke and mirrors:

Forget the diets and the rigorous workouts. Apparently all you need to look good is to don a figure flattering pose and turn up the dynamic lighting.

Before

A before image is created with a soft, flat light and a relaxed pose straight on to the camera. Without shadows, it’s hard to see any definition.

After

To create the perfect after image, add more dramatic lighting to define muscle and body contours. Strike a pose with long lean lines: bent elbows drawing in a waistline, or lifted arms to show biceps while smoothing out the stomach. After photos also tend to capture the model with a happier expression.

 

“To the layperson, I don’t think that they really realize what their body can look like under different lighting scenarios.”

For Further Training on Portrait Photography

Knowing how to pose in a flattering way is an important part of portrait photography. Gina Milicia’s posing guide aims to give you the confidence you need to work with and flatter subjects of all ages.

Find it here: Striking the Pose eBook

[via PictureCorrect Photography Tips]

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