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 Lighting can make a big difference. I find it best when it hits the face from directly in front. I turn the ceiling light fixture off, place a bright lamp behind the camera and make sure I use the flash. This also limits red-eye. Light that strikes from above accentuates the structure and ridges of the face and body that define the differences between male and female. Indoors, some of that can be compensated for with makeup, at least for the purpose of taking pictures, but direct sunlight is unforgiving.

When outside I make sure I am standing in the shade or at least face away from the sun. When the camera is set right so that the brightness is targeted on the face, having the subject backlit by the sun can be quite pretty; especially when the backlight creates a highlight or halo around the edges of the subject.

 

Changes in lighting can make a huge difference.

I love to try on different outfits and create new looks so I'm constantly dressing at home and looking in the mirror. What I do is set up mu camera about chest-high on a tripod with a large mirror behind it. I find extreme camera angles (shooting up, or down, or very close) usually distort the body in an unflattering way. Either you are looking up at your fat chin, or down on your broad shoulders, or your proportions seem out of whack.

I point the camera toward a part of the room that will not create a distraction in the background. I make sure there are no bright lights or windows behind me that will act as a backlight and create a very dark shadow over me. I use the mirror to try different poses for each of the clicks of the camera.

 

Photography

Looking good in the real world is difficult but it's a little easier to look good in online pictures where you can control factors such as the viewing angle, lighting, pose, background, etc. Also, you can take hundreds and thousands of pictures and post only the cream of the crop. I set the timer on my camera for 10 seconds and have it take 5 pictures about 2 seconds apart. It can be amazing how a small change in pose, position, or facial expression can make a huge difference.

Finally, there is a lot you can do with photo editing software. Adjusting brightness, contrast, and red-eye can be very helpful. Simply cropping a photo to cut off a portion that looks particularly not feminine such as hairy legs can make a world of difference. Frequently, I'll crop a picture of my upper body so that the right and left edges are at the centers of my shoulders. That way I'm disguising my broad shoulders and sometimes muscular looking arms while still making my thin waist visible.

Using various poses that emphasize feminine features and hide masculine ones is important as well but is a topic for another time.

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