If you’ve been taking a lot of pictures of models with their top off, and I’m talking about male models here primarily, you probably are disappointed. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you believe that all males, from all over the world, and of all ages, and from all backgrounds, should look like Greek gods. They don’t have to look like Adonis.
I know, that’s hard to believe, but a lot of people would agree with me. People don’t have to be perfect. But with that said, they also have to look good enough. And this is where the challenge lies.
As you probably already know, there is an obesity epidemic gripping America. You don’t have to be some sort of health researcher to understand this or to be aware of this. This is just the cold, hard fact.
More and more people are just eating too many calories every single day and they end up storing a lot of those calories. How come? Well, most Americans are very sedentary. They don’t really do much of anything except look at a screen eight hours or more per day.
This is the reality for most office workers in the United States. Even blue collar jobs involve more computer screen time and, guess what? Waistlines are expanding for those Americans as well.
It seems that nobody is immune to this. It doesn’t matter kind of work you do, it doesn’t matter where you’re from in the United States, it doesn’t matter the context of your work, if you are not careful, you will get fatter and fatter and fatter. People have just been exploding the size of the pesky spare tire they’ve been carrying around for a long time.
How does this impact the photos that you take as a professional photographer? You already know the answer to this. The impact is very negative.
And unfortunately, when you take a picture of a model and you submit it to the publisher or to the agency, they would send it back. They would say, “find a better angle.” If you tell you them that you have done everything you could do to make the model look good, they would still tell you, “find a way.”
Believe me, this is not theory, nor is it speculation because it has happened to me time and time again. I’ve taken what I thought was an awesome yet realistic picture of a heavier than normal model. Sure enough, the modeling agency gives me a note in response. They tell me, “we don’t care what you do, make the model look good.”
And this is precisely the point where many otherwise professional photographers drop the ball. When they get the idea that they’re supposed to “do whatever you can do to make the model look good,” they think that this automatically means Photoshop. And guess what? Nine times out of ten, Photoshop just makes the problem worse.
The better approach would be to get your model, whether female or male, to use lipo laser machines. These machines are very effective in shaving away fat painlessly and easily. Do yourself a big favor, if you want to take awesome abs shots all day, every day, invest in lipo laser machines.