They might ask the question: 'hey, I've got a bigger lip disc than her but she looks better on film, what gives?'...
Originally Posted by Maris
What makes a person photogenic? A good photographer and a beauty dish.
For this kind of thing, I generally check I with the mirror...
...to see if anyone suitable is standing behind me.
i don't know what makes a person photogenic, but i know there are ways
of photographing someone to show them in a flattering pose.
everyone has a "good side" ... that combined with camera tilt, and lighting, and careful retouching ...
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Symmetry and slightly exaggerated facial features such a bone structure, lip shape, orbital lobes, brow shape, chin and jaw line shape. Expression and projection of feeling. even and smooth tones.
Certain aspects of beauty are universal to the human condition, an air of health and strong traits for fertility. Objects such a Venus figurines have been found in archaeological sites all over the world, from all different cultures.
But, culture can also dictate the norms of those peoples, and what is culturally accepted or taboo in relation to beauty. The more restricted the culture the more narrow the window, the more open and mixed a culture is the more forms present of accepted beauty.
A widely known phenomenon from more recent history is the practice of tanning. Prior to the 50's a very light and fair complexion was considered beautiful, the social change of the more affluent class to tan and darken the complexion went contrary to this, but the reflected image of having enough disposable income, to go on vacation and out to beaches to tan, changed the societal norms. Tanning no longer just indicated a worker in the sun all day, but a person of leisure and wealth too. This was also in part of the relaxing of social norms for the style of clothing worn in that period to allow tanning.
It is, and has always been an unknown quantity.
Some people just glow and others don't, no matter how "beautiful" they are.
Some people hit a sweet spot in the viewers mind and others don't.
That's why in Hollywood and in print, they always do test shots and screen tests.
Some people just have that illusive, undefinable quality that the camera loves.
Magic is magic.
It's what makes life.....well, .....magical.
Besides the word "photogenic" is too mundane a word to describe this magic.
It's a word like pleasant. Has no impact or emotion behind it.
I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.
Nice full hooters, slim waist, long legs. Cut the head off when cropping. There you have it
According to many anthropologists we are attracted to someone with symmetrical features for a mate. This is why someone who looks like Alfred E. Neuman doesn't get picked. Many animals, and I suspect humans too, have an aversion to a species member who looks different, who differs from the norm. So I would say that symmetrical features play a large role in who is thought of as photogenic.
Last edited by Gerald C Koch; 12-19-2011 at 02:41 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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