Top Pro Tips for Tattoo Photography

Photographing tattoos is a unique skill. Tattoos are not just pictures on someone’s skin, but they are personal pieces of art that tell a story or represent what the person wearing them feels about themselves. In this blog post, we will discuss ten pro tips for photographing tattoos and how to take better shots!

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Have a plan for the shoot

The first thing you should do before your tattoo shoot is to have a plan. This will help make sure that all of the angles and elements for each photo are accounted for, so there’s no need to worry about this part during shooting time!

The first step is to discuss what kind of pictures you would like. It’s important that each photographer has several different styles in mind before starting, but also know which ones are the best options based on an individual’s personality or style

You know that feeling when you have a great idea for your next tattoo? You might be thinking about getting one, but are afraid of the pain. Well, don’t let it stop there! Spend time researching different artists who specialize in this type of work and find out what kind would suit both personalities as well as style preferences before making any final decisions on design or color schemes- think about where each thing will go exactly on a body part (shoulders vs back).

The tattoo should be well-lit, but not too bright

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It is important for the tattoo to be well lit, but not too bright. It should appear as though it came from a distance and was close up in person at first glance when looking through your eyes instead of using flash photography or other photo-editing software that makes everything look like an overexposed mess with no detail present whatsoever.

Focus on the tattoo, not the model’s face

If you don’t want the model’s face in your shot, then you need to encourage them not to look into the camera. A lot of my shots are with the tattoo on a flat surface and it’s not until I find out that they’re tilted up at an angle that I realize the artist had been staring at me. The closer you set up your shot, the more likely you are to get a good in-focus shot.

Watch for movement in your shots

You can use a tripod or camera brace to help with this but if you have a small model with a large area of skin, beware of changes in their skin texture due to a movement which can also result in blurry images.

Use natural light

It’s free and always available. You can use it to create interesting shadows or avoid using a flash which creates distracting reflections on the skin. The only downside is that you need to keep your subject in one spot for longer periods due to slow shutter speeds required by low-light environments, but this will also give them more time to relax into their pose. This means that if they’re normally hyperactive, then there’ll be less movement when the camera isn’t flashing every few seconds during setup because I’m still adjusting my lights (or testing shots).

Tattoo photography tip: don’t forget post-processing! Even with good lighting, sometimes things get lost in translation from real life onto paper/monitor.

Take a variety of photographs

A good tattoo photographer will take a variety of photos, from different angles and in motion. To do this, you need the perfect subject – one that is not only beautiful but also allows for creativity with lighting as well!

Having the right pictures to show off your tattoo is essential. Here are some tips for taking great photos that will help you get coverage on both skin tone and detail!

At first, just think about where you want people viewing from- do they have an angle looking down? When it comes to tattoo photography, every inch of skin and shape is important. To capture each unique aspect of your body in perfect detail requires a variety of photos that show different angles from all over the place – front, as well as profile shots, will provide an accurate representation for what you’ll see long after getting this done!

Find the Most Effective Poses

There are various poses in which you can take your tattoo photographs. There’s always that one posture or action that makes for an incredible shot! The key is finding the right angle and perspective to showcase all of its beauty.

Before you pick a pose, think about the best way to show off your ink. For example, if it’s on your lower back or hips then lying down is one of the easiest ways to get that perfect shot – but if it’s across an area like a thigh or arm where full-length photos are desired, take several variations from different angles and heights!

Great Tattoo Photographers vs Great Subjects

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The right tattoo photography subject can make all the difference between getting those shots you want or giving up entirely because nothing was good enough. So before anything else comes into play with lighting and composition… choose someone who has what it takes to be in front of the camera lens for hours at a time! And always keep in mind how much work goes into taking that perfect shot!

The right photographer can do a lot to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, but it’s your job as the subject to upholding certain standards for how they’re going to capture your tattoos in their best light. The better the model, the easier it is on both parties – so if ever there are any issues with an easy fix or pose adjustment then ask them politely before anything else gets out of hand.

Make the Tattoos More Visible by Using a Simple Backdrop

Tattoo photography is an art form that requires a great deal of skill.

A simple background can make the tattoos stand out. The contrast of color and shapes will bring attention to your face, rather than distracting from it with an interesting pattern or design that takes away focus you might want viewers on their first impression – which is what makes this type of photo so successful!


This blog post has covered the basics of tattoo photography. The next step? Get out there and take photos! Make sure to use these tips as a guideline for getting started, but don’t be afraid to experiment with your techniques or even try something new. You never know what you may capture until you press the shutter button. Remember- if it doesn’t work, just keep snapping away!