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June 7, 2018

Experts' Expert: How to pose for a photograph

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From the New York Times:

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"You look your most attractive when you have a strong jawline," says Peter Hurley, a portrait photographer in New York City who has taken head shots for some 30,000 people, including the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ariana Grande.

To accentuate and define your jaw, elongate your body and neck by imagining you're being pulled up by a string attached to the top of your head.

Once you've giraffed yourself to the best of your ability, jut your forehead and chin toward the camera.

More symmetrical faces might look good straight on, but you'll probably want to turn your head slightly to highlight a particular side.

Hurley finds that most people have a more attractive "good side," which tends to correspond with where they part their hair.

To find yours, shoot a series of three selfies: First look straight at the camera, nose at 12 o’clock; turn to the right, nose at 1 o'clock; then to the left, at 11 o'clock. "Everyone has a sweet spot," Hurley says.

Don't say "cheese" or open your lips unless you’re genuinely laughing. "A majority of the population can't smile with their teeth and look real," Hurley says.

Opt for closed lips with just the hint of a smile.

A compelling portrait contains a slight narrative tension that makes the viewer want to know more.

Avoid opening your eyes wide, which will make you look blank and thoughtless.

Instead, raise your lower eyelid up toward your pupil, an action Hurley calls "squinch" ("squint” plus 'pinch").

Men especially might consider narrowing the space between the brows, which intensifies the gaze.

Sometimes Hurley tells a client to look sneaky, "a little devious even."

Be cautious, though; go overboard with these techniques and you can easily end up in comically come-hither terrain.

If that's not what you're going for, look directly at the camera and imagine a real person on the other side — your mom, your child, a customer.

Practicing in the mirror ahead of time helps, too.

New clients often arrive at Hurley's studio listing the things they want to obscure with a pose: moles, a snaggletooth, a scar, a large nose, a double chin.

Don't position yourself around your perceived flaws.

Find a posture that makes you feel confident, even radiant.

"We're in these bodies for life," Hurley says. "We have to figure out what we like about ourselves."

June 7, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"The Queen's Gambit"

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I'm rereading Walter Tevis's 1983 bildungsroman for the third or fourth time: it's that good.

Captivating from the first sentence.*

You could look it up.

*"Beth learned of her mother's death from a woman with a clipboard."

June 7, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bluetooth LED Glasses

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Want.

I'm reminded of Eskimo sunglasses.

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But I digress.

From the website:

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Display Messages, Animation, Drawings and More!

Stand out in a crowd. 

If you like being the light in dark place, these shades are for you.

Create your own text, drawing, or animation in an app, then sync it to the LED light grid and light up your shades.

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• Display messages to root for your sports team!

• Shine more than the others around at a party or concert!

• Wear your music — the graphic equalizer function captures sounds and music nearby and displays bright flashing bars of light!

• Stores 5 messages that can be interchanged with a touch of a button.

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A whole lot of tech for $69.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

[via Crack©® San Francisco correspondent Richard Kashdan]

June 7, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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