There’s little in portrait photography less flattering than a double chin. This concise video tutorial from the Koldunov Brothers demonstrates 5 techniques for reducing double chins, to significantly improve the portrait.
#1. Head Forward
The first method is to ask your model to stretch their forehead forward and down, which pulls the skin around the neck tight, creating a more flattering front-on portrait.
#2. Change the Pose
Shooting your subject from a slight angle can help reduce the appearance of the double chin by accentuating the jawline.
#3. Create a Shadow
This technique uses lighting to reduce the double chin. By raising the light above the subject, you will create a shadow below the chin, which hides the unflattering loose skin.
#4. Shoot From Above
Rather than shooting from straight-on, try shooting down at an angle towards the subject. This hides the double chin, creating a stronger and more angled jawline.
#5. Shoot From Close Range
By getting closer to your subject with a wider lens, you create distortion in the face, which can in some circumstances be more flattering. Don’t go overboard with this, as the effect can be unappealing if taken too far.
Check out the video at the top yourself to see exactly how the techniques are used. The Koldunov Brothers have plenty of other short tutorials like this one on their YouTube channel for you to check out, if you’re interested.