Saturday, August 7, 2010

How to Look Good in Pictures

Someone tipped me off on this a little while ago, so I thought I'd pass it on.  There are a couple of things that inhibit picture taking ability.  The first one has to do with the person taking the picture.  You can have the light in front of you or behind you, but never to the side.  Soft, natural light looks the best.

The second one has to do with you.  Most people who have a terrible time with their facial expression in pictures are merely struggling with insecurity in front of the camera.  Suddenly, you need to smile.  Uh, deer in headlights...  No deal.

So, here's what you do.  Think about something else that makes you happy.  Look past the camera (but not down) and think about something enjoyable or funny.  The camera will capture this moment and you will look great.  Looking down will likely give you that squinty-eyed or stoner look.  You can look just above the camera if you want to show off your eyes.

Awesome Tip:  You don't actually have to SMILE in pictures.  Really.  A subtle hint of happiness may look better than all of your teeth.  Experiment.

Body.  If you're worried about those extra cookies, turn a little sideways, lift up your chest and look proud.  If you're too skinny, face the camera directly.  If you're nervous because you don't know what to do in the picture, put your arm around your friend.  If you're by yourself, put a hand on something like a wall or a rail or your hips or something.  Try not to cross your arms.

Second Awesome Tip:  Whatever part of you is sticking forward can be exaggerated by the camera lens.  That said, if you lean back, your stomach will most likely look larger than it is.  Lean your chest forward just a little bit.

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