23 Lighting

While everyone seems to know that the camera adds at least ten pounds to your appearance, most people do not know that lighting can make you look like an extra in a horror movie. Here are some ideas to make lighting work to your advantage.

  • If there are windows in the room, sit facing the windows. Any camera facing strong window light will cast your face in shadow, eliminating your facial features.
  • Avoid backgrounds with large white spaces (walls or doors). Faces should be the lightest color in the view of the camera lens.
  • If you are only lighted from the head down (which is how room lights are normally placed), your nose can look enormous, and your jaw will appear to sag. Or you will get double chins, even if you do not have ...

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