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Really appreciate the feedback and the well thought out analysis. I do agree that the guitar pic could stand for some improvement. Gonna re-shoot that one for sure and mess with some different lighting and filters to make something cool. As for the shirtless pic I used Andy's (KillYourInnerLoser) profile as inspiration for that one intentionally as a hard screen for finding DTF girls. Being in a relationship for a long time really did make me more hungry for some sexual variety. I still seem to get the relationship seeking girls matched haha. I do agree that a cool beach / volleyball pic would be dope, just tbh right now I don't have much friends in the area and the ones I do have don't seem to be in the same boat of prioritizing their sex lives. C'est la vie, I'll find a way to make those other ones happen one way or another. Can't thank you guys enough for pointing me in the right direction
I dig the one of you sitting outside on the bench. Looks like the sky is overexposed though. While it's easy enough to lighten photos up, it's harder to deal with overexposure. The cheat code for outdoor lighting is take your photos at "golden hour" near sunset (or sunrise if you're an early riser).
I'd remove the bed pic from contention; doesn't add any value. The studio style shirtless one is great. Needs to be lightened up but you should be able to find someone on fiver to do that easy. Same with the guitar photo. Boxing photo could also use some lightening up.
The car photo is pretty good too.
Overall, you've raised your photos from what I'd call 3/10 to 6/10. Besides the lighting, most of your photos could look way better by paying attention to the background. For example, check out luniac's profile pic for boxing inspiration:
It's simple yet vibrant, shows off his abs, and it's clear he's into boxing with the bag.
Similarly, car photo with clear skies, or palm trees, or open road, or even a similar grungy setup with warehouses if they were farther in the distance would look better.
The outside sitting on a bench one actually seems to get all of the likes on Hinge. I am certainly still a beginner at photography so the overexposure will go away with more practice and tutorial vids. I think it is because I had the f-stop so low. I put the ISO super low to try to offset the amount of light entering the lens, but admittedly had to darken everything significantly when I imported to the computer. The car and bench pic where both actually taken pretty darn close to sunset (at about 5pm, gets dark around 6 right now), but I'm pretty sure that my camera settings need to be adjusted is the real issue. Any tips on how to fix that problem is appreciated.
The bed pic is actually the only one I didn't post because I felt the same about it.
Thanks for the new ideas. I'll go ahead and retake some of the photos slightly re-imagined with some better lighting.
Typically you want ISO as low as possible since larger ISO makes pictures look more grainy. If you want a nice and blurry background you want as large an aperture as possible. What remains is adjusting the exposure time.
But if the background is bright enough, it can still overexpose even with short exposure times. That shouldn't be a problem around sunset, unless the sun was setting right behind you. I like facing towards sunset (after the sun has gone below the horizon so you don't have to deal with getting blinded) so the background should be a nice blue (or pink if there are clouds) and your face should be well illuminated.
Downside is the golden window for photos isn't very long but you'll get better as you practice.
Speaking of clouds, if you have a nice cloudy day you'll get an even illumination (not super harsh) during the day as well. And you can also take photos during clear days if you're in shadow (as long as the whole shot is also in shadow - like if you're right next to a building or inside a building and using the natural light rather than harsh fluorescent overhead lights.
Hey guys, been crazy busy lately. Got an update physique pic I'm using to replace my first one since I lost more fat, got a haircut, etc. Decided to use more light this time. Attaching the pics I used as inspiration this time so y'all can see kind of what I was thinking. One is Andy from KYIL and it was his "screening" pic. I genuinely feel bad when a girl gets the wrong impression; not out to fool anyone. The other is one that came up in a google search for "male fitness model" / was looking for a suitable pose I felt like I could pull off.
Unrelated, but still on the Tinder subject I have found it to be time efficient to just message girls while I'm doing my cardio and I'm bored outta my mind anyways. Most of my cardio sessions these days range from 45 - 75 minutes so it's a somewhat entertaining way to pass the time.
Also, for my fellow un-tall guys I tried a pair of shoes from tallmensshoes and found them to be far more comfortable than sticking the insoles in normal shoes. Not a big deal for short time periods, but if you want something you can just wear around all day they are fantastic.
I am going to re-shoot the guitar pic next and have a good location picked out. My Dad has a music room full of guitars, keyboards, drums, etc. that I feel will make a great background for that. I will block out some time this week for that one.
Hey dude, that's definitely a better photo. Still could be better imo but if it's working for you then all good.
Besides the fitness model being jacked af, being outside adds so much imo. And with Andy's pic, the black background and studio style lighting is on point. Your photo is much better than before. I'd give it a 6 or 7 out of 10.
Music room sounds like an awesome spot for the guitar pic.
Job related, unless you're screening for nerdy girls I don't feel like you'll add a ton of general appeal with a coding job pic. I feel like a business formal/casual pic at your desk might work if you don't go too hardcore with it. Or if you do go hardcore with it then at least any girls that swipe should be more on your wavelength.
Look into ND filters. Then you can keep a wide aperture f-stop, low ISO, and still get a correct exposure. How strong depends on the lighting. I'd get a good variable filter, around 3-8 stops, but expect $100 or so for a decent one.
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