I have a client who is in great shape, but always gets discouraged because he compares himself to professional photos he sees in the fitness and bodybuilding mags.
I don’t think you should compare yourself to anyone anyway, but I definitely don’t think you should compare yourself to professional fitness photos. I went on to explain to my client how we use different tricks to make the body look more ripped in photos, one of those like 8 different tricks being physique-style lighting. I filmed a little demonstration showing just how a switch in the angle of light can make a big visual difference in how the body appears.
Here’s the link to the YouTube video: Nate with his shirt off in different lighting!