You know those people that just have the knack of looking great in every single picture? The people who somehow manage to look like they have been to the salon in the photo when you look like you’ve been dragged backwards through the bushes?
Well, the thing is that they are probably not better looking than you – they just know how to look good in photographs. There is an art to looking great in every photo, and here we’ve compiled a list for you that will ensure you never hate a picture of yourself again.
From poses and sides to smiling and angles – here are the best ways that you can ensure you look great in photographs:
Most photographers swear by the left side of the face when they are working, and research also suggests that it is the most popular and attractive side for photographs. However, not everyone looks great presenting his or her left side to the camera, and you should be able to work out which side you look better with. Once you learn which side that is, you should stick to it.
Distortion is a funny thing when it comes to distance, and if you stand closest to the camera when taking a group shot – you are going to look bigger and quite disproportionate when compared to others in the group. Ensure that you stand on an even plane with the other people in the image.
There are different angles for different shots that will either flatter you or make the photo awful. If you are taking a full angle shot then it’s best to take the photograph from a lower angle, as it stretches your body making you seem taller and thinner. For your face, you should take from a high angle, and tilt your head slightly, for the most flattering shot.
You don’t want the photo to be too teethy and, on the other side of the spectrum, you don’t want to look like you aren’t enjoying yourself. Close your eyes and take a deep breath and then open them just before the shutter goes; smile as you open your eyes. This will produce a relaxed and comfortable smile for your photos.
Red eye can be a real distraction in a photograph and can turn you into an evil looking creature at the best of times. The best way to avoid red eye is to look at a bright light right before your photograph is taken – this will make your pupils contract and minimise the chances of the dreaded red eye.
It’s all about the glow these days and there are lots of things that you can do to ensure your skin is looking its best in photos. Below are some of our top tips:
There’s no point in having an award-winning smile if your eyes look like a dead fish. The best way to do this is to use the right words to create those eye crinkles we all get when we genuinely laugh.
Most people mistakenly use the word cheese, but “money” is a much better option as the “e” sound creates the eye crinkles and makes it look like your smile is as genuine as can be.