How to Take a Full Body Shot

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How to Take a Full Body Shot
Full body profiles are another type of full body shot where the subject faces sideways. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Full body shots are essentially photographs that capture the entire body of a person in one vertical photograph. Because a full body shot does not always yield the most artistic effect, it is not a common shot used in photography. However, full body shots can be useful for modelling or acting agencies that would like to see what a person looks like from head to toe. Full body shots give a clear picture of what your body type is like.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Camera
  • Tripod

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Instructions

    Photographing Someone Else

  1. 1

    Set the camera's exposure, aperture and other important settings to capture the photograph clearly.

  2. 2

    Look through the viewfinder and place your subject at a distance from the camera where you can fit the entire body into the shot. There shouldn't be a lot of dead space on the top or bottom of the portrait.

  3. 3

    Take the picture. Make sure the person is facing fully forward and that you are shooting vertically so the subject fills the entire frame.

    Photographing Yourself

  1. 1

    Set the camera's exposure, aperture and other important settings to capture the photograph clearly.

  2. 2

    Mount the camera on a tripod and focus it on a place where you will stand. Make sure you look through the viewfinder to determine the best location.

  3. 3

    Set the automatic timer and put yourself into position for the photo, facing forward.

  4. 4

    Review the picture and reshoot if necessary.

  5. 5

    Upload the picture to an image editing program and crop out any dead space. Since most cameras are mounted horizontally on a tripod, you might have to crop the sides of the photograph to make the picture seem vertical.

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