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Why this is the perfect PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY angle - Proven by SCIENCE

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We wanted to find the ACTUAL PROVEN prefect portrait photography set so we turned to SCIENCE. If you are a professional photographer or you are looking at photography for beginners this is SUPER interesting. See the Final Images HERE - https://goo.gl/JgpNcD So Grab a cup of tea sit back and let me do some science for you :) I have done some extensive testis on what its the nest Portrait photography angle. To do this we used some science (we use that term lightly) by adding a number of very specific control points. This allowed us to find out what the perfect portrait photography angle is. I think you are going to really enjoy the findings here. Our desire we to find the best portrait photography settings and the best camera setup for portraits. In this Portrait Tutorial and Headshot tutorial we talk through the best camera settings and then how we used control points to test or theories using the science of photography. In my opinion known got best angle to shoot from and WHY when doing Portrait photography is going to help any photographer beginner. Headshot photography and portrait photography tips are all very similar so you can use these rules when looking at headshot photography lighting or even whats the best best portrait lens We used a very standard Clamshell Headshot lighting setup in the attempt to find the very best best portrait photography angle. This is just one of my photography tutorials for beginners and you kind find lots of other photography tips and tricks on my channel 16 Days until my BIG NEWS! To be the first to know the big news go to https://photosincolor.com and sign up together notified. _________________________________________________________ The best camera backpack EVER! - http://amzn.to/2sgGIxZ My Main Camera - http://amzn.to/2sd2tyB My Vlogging Camera - http://amzn.to/2GRdcSw The Las Mic I Use - http://amzn.to/2nKSAmd On Camera Mic - http://amzn.to/2s8LZat My Presets - https://goo.gl/ZLKVUf The Nikon lens that does magic - http://amzn.to/2EfFGHg Best wide angle lens - http://amzn.to/2E4bfjX The everything lens - http://amzn.to/2EHgUNT My Little drone - http://amzn.to/2E6k0Oc Monopod - http://amzn.to/2Eg4hLY The BEST Gimbal ever - http://amzn.to/2sb60xi ►Subscribe to Photos In Color on youtube - http://bit.ly/PICytsub ► Visit the Photos In Color - http://bit.ly/PICcom ► SOCIAL MEDIA! • Facebook Page - http://bit.ly/PICfaceb • Twitter - https://bit.ly/PICtwit • Instagram: https://bit.ly/PICinsta (Photosincolor) • Snapchat: Clearlyed
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Photos In Color (1 year ago)
Remember to hit that SUBSCRIBE button... I had a lot of fun making this video, the science is a bit of fun but i really have tried to make a real test for Portrait Photography. Which image do you like best?
i am from africa i am not how know read
can you make this in braille so i can read it
Parantap Kaushal (9 months ago)
Photos In Color but other than all the photos number 10 works best for me!!!
Parantap Kaushal (9 months ago)
Photos In Color hey buddy can you tell me in all the photos her hair fragments are actually blur and not looking good from below her eyes till her shoulders to the sides...how do you fix that or how to make them look glossy with more contrast and sharpened???? Please!!
Angra Mainyu (1 year ago)
Number 14... That one is worth a shot
O O O (7 days ago)
okay but what if you're shorter than the model and can't go eye level and you have to take it at their like chin level which is ugly
Photos In Color (5 days ago)
Apple box
Tiago Brandão (12 days ago)
that's not how SCIENCE works
kwl (22 days ago)
The subjectivity is so vast that there is nothing really "scientific" to any of this. Purely personal preference.
Vladimir Tomić (1 month ago)
This was a nice analysis overall and I guess that both you and the model put a lot of effort in this video. However, you ended up with saying "I think, for me...", which this really was all about. I'd say that the last part of the title is a little bit misleading. No science was involved here, just a personal opinion. Also, let's say that we agree that the position #11 is the best one. Will it also be the best one when you have another model (a man, an old person, a child, a model with different skin color...), or when you have slightly different lighting setup, or different lens or camera settings? Will it be the best angle in each occasion, or only if a photo is needed for a passport, or for a CV, or for a fashion magazine? This was really interesting to watch and it really did give me some ideas about how different angles work and what I could expect, but I wouldn't say that I am convinced that there is only one angle which is THE best.
Arnie Whip (1 month ago)
To anyone learning from these youtube photographery experts, all im gonna say is be careful whos advice you take because as demonstrated here, this guy doesnt really know what hes talking about, just his own personal opinions which hold little value irl
Photos In Color (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for watching and while your thoughts are completely valid I have to hole heartedly disagree. You are correct that these are my opinions in fact I date that a number of times and also welcome everyone to take a look themselves and form their own opinion. We are talking about art here. If you believe in rules then you are just stunting your own creative growth. I grew that it’s very important to learn from others and I am sorry that you think my teaching isn’t worthy of any listers but I don’t see any substantive reason for this. I would love to know in more detail why your views are that my video and discoveries don’t have any reputable value.
Jimmy Bielkiewicz (1 month ago)
Being brand new to photography, this video helps a huge amount. Thank You! I agree with your "T" however I would add 10 and 12 to it, Thanks again for all you do, you have no idea how much you help someone get started!!!
Natasha J Bella (1 month ago)
I'm so pleased you concluded with no. 11. As a model, I take a lot of portraits and when I'm training photographers, I always advise them to be at eye level with me, I can give the lense direct eye contact and many variations of raising my chin, lowering my chin and rotating the shoulders. And we're always satisfied with the results, the catchlight in the eyes and no distortion of forehead, nose everything looks spot on. A fantastic video!!!! New subscriber here :-)
Simon Things (1 month ago)
It's certainly not SCIENCE but it was a good experiment. I feel the difference would be different if the subject was a man, with lower angles working better. Also head shape, hair, etc will have a big effect. But a worthy experiment all the same. Possibly it would be a little more SCIENTIFIC if you posted the results as a survey to get a wider opinion tho. Anyway, I'd go for the middle one immediately above eye level for the straight on shots and interestingly I preferred the lower angles when shot from the side. Thanks
Kristen (1 month ago)
Extremely boring
Photos In Color (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful comment. I’m so happy to work hard to create content just for people like you.
JanAnthony (1 month ago)
Good experiment. Personally, I found out that the higher you go with the camera, the slimmer and longer the face becomes. And I agree, number 11 is best.
yo yo (2 months ago)
#13 looks the best
i am illiterate help what does this say
what does this say help me
Photos In Color (3 months ago)
Hahaha. Good job it’s a video so you don’t have to read.
hdrsmit (4 months ago)
not a load of rubbish but not really something i can use since the head shape, neck shape profile and hair make usually dictates what angles look the best for me to shoot in a studio setting. - plus i plan in advance the degree of dynamic/honest, etc "look" i want and that usually comes more from makeup hai and clothes rather than position - the effects on the shoulder angles was my best takeaway; never considered that b4 :-) TX for taking the time to shoot and film this
Zechla (4 months ago)
It's a boring picture though.
Photos In Color (4 months ago)
I can see that you might think this however it’s a posing test not a photo shoot. I hope you learned something about portrait photography though.
Santiago Toro (4 months ago)
Awesome job!! Realy good tutorial!!
Marcelo Gori (4 months ago)
Good work Ed, Thanks!!!!
Zack Choy (4 months ago)
I prefer number 6 and 15
Iraj Naghash Zadeh (4 months ago)
Nice Job
tevo639 (5 months ago)
does someone has a TLDW for me?
Walkertongdee (5 months ago)
Fyi science does not create art. Doesent happen its just a tool the art is in the person duh.
Luis Salazar (5 months ago)
Nice job brother 😎
Photos In Color (5 months ago)
Thanks so much. Which one did you thing was the best portrait.
rene aipassa (5 months ago)
I dislike
Richard Crowe (5 months ago)
I enjoyed the video and I agree with your decisions... I don't like the shots from below because they seem to be shooting "up the nostrils"... If the subject were a bit on the heavy side, a higher camera angle would help disguise that!
Arnold Ep (6 months ago)
Screenshot @11:36 no worries mate :)
JOURNEY TO GEMINI (6 months ago)
I don't like subliminal subscribe.
JOURNEY TO GEMINI (6 months ago)
Ok I forgive you this time.😁 Ciao da Parma Italy
Photos In Color (6 months ago)
Hahaha. It wasn’t really subliminal. It was pretty huge and obvious. It was more of a joke. Sorry if it put you off.
Shebin Joseph (6 months ago)
I think you have the weird intro I have ever seen.
Randy Smith (6 months ago)
Good job.
Emon Roy (6 months ago)
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ATK Beatz (7 months ago)
Great experiment
Gary Norris (7 months ago)
What an idiot. He is a pitchman, not a photographer and I am certain someone else spelled the word “science” for him.
Photos In Color (7 months ago)
What’s a pitchman? And not it’s why you might say someone is a photographer or not. Love your enthusiastic comment but I don’t really understand any of it.
noor alfaw (7 months ago)
Great video
Fırat Turk (8 months ago)
At 7:29 he gives a subliminal message people... Beware of the conspiracy. Be warned. Spread the word!
Photos In Color (8 months ago)
Hahaha. That really obvious subliminal message. That was more of a play on how ridiculous it is that we all ask for subscriptions. There is a lot of fun in this video. Like the science element. Hope you still enjoyed the video.
Firstframe (8 months ago)
Thank you, very good tutorial dude
Tips-Tricks-Tuts (8 months ago)
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admin @ Gladiator JoeTM (8 months ago)
Actually there is tone of science in art. If you perceive something as beautiful is because your brain find it pleasing, and it find it pleasing because there is some chemistry flowing into it (hormones - neurotransmitter etc). Also due to our survival instinct, we are trained to perceive as beautiful, especially in other humans (the face recognition area is one of the largest - that's why it's hard to draw a good portrait, any minor imperfections or weirdness would be easily spotted). Symmetry isn't just a beautiful thing - we judge beautiful a symmetric face 99% of the time - but it also means better genes, and survival wise, well it's what we always search (put as much philosophical stuff in it, but we are no different from a lion, a bear, a monkey or any other animal, we do what we do mostly driven by our instincts). That's also why we don't like to shoot a person by showing that their eyes are not even, so we find the angle that makes those eye even etc etc etc. There is plenty of science in art! Thinking that art comes from the heart - which only pump bloods in our vein - or that is something related to a 'less schematic or logic' part of the brain is wrong. Good artist, artist that are able to rethink something, a concept, a idea, have a really strong 'logic' brain. The artist that while walking falls into the pothole because his head it above the clouds, well is just a myth (if someone is interested can provide the source of all those information).
william de guzman (9 months ago)
a lot of "actually"!
Parantap Kaushal (9 months ago)
I think image number 10 is the best!!
David Nguyen (9 months ago)
He talks way too much!
denny11lane (9 months ago)
Well, as you say, opinions vary A LOT, but.....i pretty much see what you do. I did Commercial/Industrial/Architectural photography. I rarely shot models, but maybe that is a good thing in this case. I can kind of give an "Un-Biased" opinion. (if that is possible) That is a great little trick you suggest...The Smile...i am going to remember that. I am retired, but retired photographers get asked to Shoot Quite A Bit, and it is not usually of buildings or machinery :-) Anyway......you guys did a good job with this. The presentation was excellent and easy to understand. I Appreciate Your Time.
Davidmani Davis (9 months ago)
Really really awesome bro
zvett79 (9 months ago)
This is a good exercise, but the problem is that the model tends to compensate for a higher camera position by tilting the head up. This can be seen by comparing the position av the nose in relation to a line between the bottom of the earlobes. For this to be science you should have used a mannequin. But that would have been boring as we would have missed this lovely model.
Hamzat Atta (9 months ago)
hi can i come for work experience, off to ghana to open my own studio?
Fransamsterdam (9 months ago)
I guessed 5 and 7, because if I see intelligent Facebook girls making selfies they prefer these positions. They are not all scientists, but they have a lot of experience.
Tumer Gundem (9 months ago)
You know what I think? You did a wonderful job. Agree on the dynamics. But Art has no thumb of rule. It's just art. Creativity and seeing what nobody else sees. But for plain photography you scheme seems to me a very helpful tool. Thank you for you effort and vibe anyway.Cheers.
John Locke (9 months ago)
A lot of people did not listen to what was said. I thought it was interesting to see the different angles well done.
BigMilan (9 months ago)
eh... you know... i do things this systematically in everyday life often... there's no need to be PROPER scientific. You accurately enough devised a plant and carried it out accurately enough for personal use. But your "science" really broke down after that. You even stopped saying "science" which tells me you probably know this hehe. after that it was just your own personal judgement - based no doubt on valuable experience, and the information is great, thank you, but there was no hint science to be found after the shots were taken. It just makes the title of the video misleading and a little click baity... well.. a lot clickbaity actually hehe Great video - but rather quasi scientific
Chaz Madge (9 months ago)
14 for me
alvonsius alvendo (9 months ago)
I think there's no perfect in photography since it's a form of art...it's only give some result of different angle with precise metering/meassurement and pick few of your personal favourite... It comes back to your own taste and emotion/expression you want to achieve Just my 2 cents
H3O2 (10 months ago)
I un-subscribed after I saw the subliminal "SUBSCRIBE' flash on the screen. Just ask straight out. Don't like being played with.
H3O2 (10 months ago)
Thanks Ed. Really appreciate your response. Now I get what you mean. No apology needed. Your videos are VERY good and helpful.
Photos In Color (10 months ago)
It really isn’t very subliminal. It’s more of a joke. Just like the science pop ups. More of a comment about how we go on about subscribing. It flashes up very obviously just like asking not really subliminal. But I get it. People don’t like to be messed with. It’s just my personality. Sorry if it offended you.
Ashish Negi (10 months ago)
awesome video for portrait photography... thanks sir..
MohanJan1954 (10 months ago)
That was interesting. This model looks beautiful from the side. Look at no. 4 and 16 positions. Stunning looks.
Batteristafoto (10 months ago)
Man great video. Highly appreciated
Alexis Harris (10 months ago)
Amazing video. As a new photographer this really helped me a lot. I am feeling a little more confident with my shot choices. Thank you.
Justin Waite (10 months ago)
I really loved watching this video and the detail in planning and explaining was phenomenal. Thank you for helping me become a better photographer. Keep up the great work.
Photos In Color (10 months ago)
thanks so much..... I'm trying my best to help us all become better portrait photographers.
Kadek Wibisana (10 months ago)
I really don't get the science part... Which part f it is scientific? Nice video btw, you always have a good quality video..
Photos In Color (10 months ago)
not a massive amount of science. thats kind of a bit of a joke hence all the poppies. I am just using specific distances and settings allowing me to do somewhat of detailed comparison. the rules help us see the differences. hope it helped you out with your portrait photography.
iOSgaga (10 months ago)
measurements don't make it scientific
Photos In Color (10 months ago)
You are correct. But adding definable measurements can definitely give us a base to make an analysis. We are talking art here so absolutely everything is a variable. I have just attempted to add something concrete that we can use to analyze. I hope you we still able to get something from this portrait photography tutorial.
Gustavo Aranda (10 months ago)
14 & 16, easy.
Jimmy Jimmy (10 months ago)
A good analysis.
Joachim Vist (10 months ago)
Using imperial measurements and calling it science....
Shubho Salateen (11 months ago)
Hannu Kurkela (11 months ago)
I liked no.13 most, the one having too much drama in your opinion. Interesting test, though.
Sam Bowen (11 months ago)
Science? Im not so sure, I understand totally what you are saying about each angle, and yes each angle brings out different elements, eg the shoulder line, But for me this only works in a relatively 'sterile' environment of the studio, with one efit like expression on the face, for me a portrait is a wild and varied beast. As a photographer you are trying to connect with the subject, trying to capture an essence of the model, so for one lady the 'perfect' shot may dead centre with an expression of serene elegance, but for a boy it might be extreme left from above giggling like an idiot. Photography is a deeply deeply subjective art, one mans Pollock may be another mans Monet. I think you went just a bit too far saying the central T are the 'ideals' i think if you had quantified each angle for its merits and left it at that, we as aspiring photographers can choose which angle suits our model. But, that said, I would be interested to hear others opinions.
Sedric Beasley (11 months ago)
The shoulder point out with the position of the camera and more lighting in the eyes with number 6 was educational. Camera higher making the model look up, puts that light more in the eyes with 6. You did a good job. Thanks.
nail fg (11 months ago)
Do you still have the soft copies of those 16 photos, for my own analysis?
Photos In Color (11 months ago)
For this I used a Nikon d800.
nail fg (11 months ago)
Thank you. What camera do you use for photo shoot?
Photos In Color (11 months ago)
You can find the original blog post here. https://www.photosincolor.com/why-this-is-the-perfect-portrait-photography-angle-proven-by-science/
Craig Marshall (11 months ago)
I tried to not be influenced by your input and just let my eye got where it wanted. Eye level far right is my favorite.
Just Henry (11 months ago)
This video could have been 2 minutes
Arnie Whip (1 month ago)
This video could not exist at all
Phil Weatherley (8 months ago)
Well spotted. It was the plan, the multiple experiments and subsequent analysis.
jake trece (9 months ago)
why dont you make one?
Borysław Paulewicz (11 months ago)
Alex Harris (11 months ago)
great video mate! love the process!
geekdomo (11 months ago)
Nice try with the subliminal Subscribe. Nope.
Photos In Color (11 months ago)
Hahaha. Not so much of a subliminal as it’s sooooooo obvious. It’s was more of a joke. But hey no worries. People usually subscribe for the content and not just because someone puts a world on the screen. I like to play around in my content. I wish you all be best man.
Giuseppe Salvini (11 months ago)
I found this video very very interesting. I have never thought to move myself so much around my subject (beside up and down). Instead I always used to focus on the models position and ask them to move. These simple tips increases a lot the possibility to get different looks with easy movements. Thank you so much ED !!!
Mostak Ahmed (11 months ago)
I have seen a lot of tutorials, but I found something interesting in this video. good job and I already subscribed (y )
Andrey Naralchuk (11 months ago)
You have clear problem with shadows near by nouse. This schema is not ballance well. It is far away from "ACTUAL PROVEN prefect portrait". The model looks like pig. Position 8 is not good also. Not nice shadow under right eye.
Harold Dunn (1 year ago)
Excellent video
muffemod (1 year ago)
she looks like a yam-neck
Miguel Rozsas (1 year ago)
Very interesting your findings, an d, in general I agree with you. For what you call dramatic and you didn't liked, I think it is very interesting and for my personal preference, I liked it most.
Deniz Kendirci (1 year ago)
i like 11, i'm a simple man.
Mikael Roos (1 year ago)
I don't like posting negative comments but this is just bullshit. (ofcourse, what each angle does with the feel is well explained..) But there is no science here.. This is just one persons personal preference.. Don't say that it's science if it's not.. And also, putting all this thought into photographing a human takes away all the emotion end energy. Just frickin shoot! And in the end he just contradicts everything he said by adding "this is art and you can't analyse it".. So he just picked the viewer up and left them at the same spot..
flickwtchr (1 year ago)
I don't like the straight on shot, because her chin disappears into her neck. Please, I'm not making this comment as a troll. I truly don't think that straight on is the best angle for most people, for a head shot.
simianinc (1 year ago)
It reopens on the model and lighting style. I don’t like clamshell for portraits, and in the case of this model, the lighting looks too dark under her eyes - which surprises me. Clamshells good for beauty shots, but I prefer a bit more dimension from lighting off-axis. If I was up higher, I would ask the model to raise her face toward the camera to maximise the opportunities offered from this angle. This helps for subjects that have double chins.
Jai Shetty (1 year ago)
You are a genius. keep up the good work.
Krish Mandal (1 year ago)
It's a nice experiment, and certainly very useful. No science here. Just good organization to find what you think is the best. It could be argued that I don't agree with the ones you think are good, bad, better, etc. The title of the video is just clickbait, and worked well. But I walk away a little less enthusiastic than I was when I came here. "Aw, this was cool, but he said PROVEN by science, and there's absolutely no proof, or science."
Tony Cavalier (1 year ago)
As a novice, this is very good informative. I'll experiment now. Thanks for the excellent vid.
notthere83 (1 year ago)
WTF is scientific about this? I expected you to do a study with this to see which of the variations people like the most... This is still all just your opinion. "Fresh"!? Get out of here...
Photos In Color (1 year ago)
Thanks for your comment however I think you may have missed the point. One the science was little light hearted. But also there science here is the controlled environment with a few simple rules. This means we go a series of results that can be analyzed. Yes I 100% analyzed and gave my opinion but this is the advantage of having my channel. But o also made the results available so you are able to form your own opinion. Just another thought as well. We are discussing art here so it is 100% opinion. There is no right answer. This is just a way to help people know what they like best.
Loved the work put into it...But, yeah, that's really subjective...
I liked the ones at the sides better, makes the person look smart. For children a centered photo would be nice, since to me those are the ones that convey innocence. From below and from above it's hard to judge, I think it depends on the face the person is doing. In the case of a smile I don't see much difference, but an angry face from above could mean resentment, and from below could mean a threat.
Robert Thompson (1 year ago)
Thank you for this video. This is the first time I have seen someone methodically do this many shots with actual measurements. Very helpful.
Matthias Cieslik (1 year ago)
metric system???
Ken Knopp (1 year ago)
I liked this a lot, I am trying to learn portrait photography
Gokul Studio (1 year ago)
The old masters tended to offset to get the 3D look - I guess around 5 or 10 on your grid.
Steve Smith (1 year ago)
Great video! I really enjoyed your observations and will use some of them when I take portraits. The one thing that bothered me about the straight-on #11 shot was the shadows under her eyes. I noticed you had her tilt her chin outward in one of the shots, so that would also need to be included as a variable in each position. Tilting her head up would obviously reduce or eliminate those eye shadows. Keep making these great videos!
David Leigh (1 year ago)
Very unflattering lighting.
Photos In Color (1 year ago)
Well I think she is absolutely perfect :) but I do see it’s a little shadowy on her eyes. That being said this was a video on angles not lights. But thanks for the feedback. It means a lot.
seth.clemens (1 year ago)
Photos In Color (1 year ago)
Hahaha. I think so too. Not laboratory science but testing with parameters. That’s science right. Thanks for watching.
Billy Murphy (1 year ago)
This isn't science, this is opinion based analysis. I like the test itself but when you said science, I assumed this would actually be research backed.
Photos In Color (1 year ago)
The science was a joke which I whynit kept popping up all the time. The science was that I followed a set theory to produce semi-controlled results but as I state. Photography is art. There is no right or wrong. This is just a demonstration of this. Everyone will have a different option to what they liked the most.
JayoJay (1 year ago)
Sorry to be negative but the poses were all different so it's not really a fair test. Not negative, just making a point! And the conclusion was that the pics to the side were more dynamic - that's not really news, that's composition class first day lesson!
Photos In Color (1 year ago)
I was shooting a person so of course they would look different in each angle. But the pose was essentially the same. Neutral with just the head turning. This shows the dramatic difference in should line when we move the camera. You are correct that the findings we something that we might get taught in a class but I thinks it’s always fun to test things out and give it a try ourselves regather than just believing what we are told. I think it’s fun to challenge when creating even if that’s just testing some theories. Looks like you are working at a pro level and these type of videos are below your skill level. I hope at least it was somewhat interesting.
Acryl leak (1 year ago)
Very informative! Thanks for sharing your ideas 😊 Congrats!!! Millions of likes coming!
UZBEKtheCOOK (1 year ago)
Всем привет! Очень полезные советы для начинающего фотографа. Спасибо.
Eamon Keane (1 year ago)
Yes its not actually Science, thank you brainiacs! He is using the method that science uses to determine an outcome. He just wanted a controlled environment to help get the best conclusion possible with his experience in photography. Obviously you cant get an outcome like science because it is Art and theres no right answer here. Regardless, incredibly useful content no doubt! You have me as a new subscriber
A B (1 year ago)
great information :) it's all about lighting and angles : ) this is the best video ever i totally agree with all of the information i'm surprised that people don't understand this simple information :) 80 mm - 85 mm is what i would refer to as a live.

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