My name's Mike and I'm a big fat ass.
I'm 6'3" and weigh 300lbs. I just started training and dieting two weeks ago. I love this site so far. Lots of great articles and advice. I'm 26. My goal is to be 200lbs by September 1, 2006, so that gives me a year and some change to lose 100lbs. I think it's doable. That comes out to less than 2lbs per week, so it's a safe rate at which to lose weight. I've decided to take charge and take control of my life while I still have some quality youthful years left. My late 20s and early 30s ARE NOT going to be like my teens and early 20s were! Life is too short to walk around spending it being ugly and out of shape and missing out on the finer things in life like being able to go through a revolving door and of course quality sex.
Anyway, my question is this: what is the best way to take before pictures? I want to take lots of pics of myself in my current state of obesity, so that when I get in shape and ripped one day, I can have good photos to put in the book I'm gonna write to show everybody how I did it. (Well, actually, it's just to chart my progress, but who knows?) This seems like a trivial question, but I think it's valid because I'm using a digital camera with a self-timer and I'm taking them myself, so I need to know good setups that get all the details. Where should I take them? Under what lighting conditions? What types of items are good to have in the pics as reference markers so that you can take a standard set of photos with the same things in the picture at each weight loss interval so you can compare your progress against a controlled background, etc?