Oh! How does she always look gorgeous in photos!! Isn’t this a common exclamation? Now that we need to look photogenic round the clock, courtesy the current click-craze, we all want to know how to look best in our pictures.
Here are some tips from the kitty of photographers. We promise you won’t want to pass up this advice!
Don’t force a photo
Avoid forced situations like pretending you are having a good time. Take the shot when you are actually happy and in a natural, comfortable environment.
No one has said “Attention!”
Don’t stiffen your posture. Be natural. This means that your elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles should all be comfortably bent. Add both movement and a sense of natural poise to your photos by allowing your joints to bend slightly.
Lighting is everything!
- Always find the best light! If the lighting is on point, you will look amazing.
- Shaded sunlight or soft light during dusk and dawn are best.
- High-noon light will put shadows under your eyes and other features.
- Stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.
Know your best features
- Everyone has at least a pretty feature to bring to notice. So, really highlight that quality. Photogenic people have the wonderful ability of knowing what their assets are and the best way to work them.
- Discovering the best features can be fun! Try looking at your different angles in the mirror or in pictures to find your best asset. That will help you know your own look much more.
- Angle that side or feature of your face to the camera.
Eyes are the windows of soul
- Add a twinkle of smile to your eyes. It gives your look a little spark. How to make your eyes smile?! Just think of a happy moment or a special person and squeeze your eyes a little.
- If you’re trying to make your eyes seem bigger, raise your eyebrow and breathe out through your mouth—sounds funny?! But, it really works.
- The camera uses reflected light to convert a three dimensional object into a two dimensional image. So, the shapes of things are flattened and compressed. Looking straight ahead at the camera will show the fullness of your face and remove/reduce any natural shadows. Instead, turn your face slightly to the side to create natural highlights and shadows and slim the shape of your face.
- Tilt your head slightly down and to the side for the most photogenic of looks. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It sounds awkward, but it does look great.
- In order to create the illusion of a small, sleek body, lean into photos slightly with your head first. The way we see things is that things that are closer are larger while things that are further away are smaller.
- Turn around 30 degrees to show your body from an angle and create shadows and depth in your pose. Don’t get freaked by this 30 degree-angle thing; just stand at an angle and not squarely, that is it!!
- To slim your arms put one on your hip and angle your elbow back and away from your body. Sounds tedious but not really so if you put in a practice.
- To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit.
- Never stand the closest to the camera in a group shot. You’ll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
- If you are taking a full length photo, always take from a lower angle. A lower angle visually stretches your figure making you look taller and leaner.
Dress to impress
- Neutral tones and muted colors work best because they s enhance your natural features without distracting the focus from you in a photo.
- Avoid anything that hangs or drapes very loosely on your body, as this will look bulky and large in a photograph.
- Be natural. Your goal is to look like yourself at your very best; you can’t look like yourself if you’re wearing something totally out of your comfort zone or style range.
- If you wear makeup, make sure that your concealer and foundation are smoothly applied and match your skin tone correctly. When a foundation is too pale or dark for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.
- Blend them near your hairline, down your neck and near your ear lobes to create the most natural look.
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- Oily skin can ruin a photo by reflecting too much light. Use oil blotting sheets or tissue paper to dab off excess oil on the T-zone of your face.
- Avoid sparkle on your face. Anything glittery on the skin doesn’t look nice in a photo
- A soft, glowing highlight is nice, but if you have oily skin it can really exaggerate the effect and make you look very shiny.
- Keep the face matte or velvety. Add a little highlighter to just the tips of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with a powder highlighter that has a very soft sheen.
- Don’t forget to blend the makeup well. Streaky makeup will never make you look good.
Here are some great tips:
“Blend your makeup like a pro!”
- Steer clear of a dark matte lip color. It can look aging and unflattering. Stick with brighter colors. Wear bright, cheerful colors!
Last but not the least, Confidence!
It is the key to being photogenic. The quality of your appearance and your photos will turn out great because of the magic of confidence.
Tell me what you do for a good photograph! I am eager to know more tips and tricks.