Jul 07

Learn How To Look Great In Photographs

How To Look Great In Photographs (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Sure, a beautiful photograph takes some skill behind a lens, but it takes a little skill in front of it, too! You will need:

A photographer

A camera, with flash

Step 1 – When choosing your clothes, leave bright colors, crazy patterns and horizontal stripes in the closet. Neutral colors look best.

Step 2 – Check your face in a mirror. Do you have any blemishes you could cover, or greasy skin that needs powdering? Could your eyes use some drops to clear up redness? Are your eyebrows trim and neat? If you wear makeup, remember colors will look more intense in photos, especially on black and white film.

Step 3 – Try to have the pictures taken outside, in the morning, or before sunset. The light is soft and flattering at these times. Whereas, high noon or flash photography can illuminate a little too much.

Step 4 – Make sure the camera lens is at eye level, or just slightly higher. Any lower, and you’ll look like you have a double chin

Step 5 – To appear more natural when standing for a photo, lean slightly back, with your weight on your rear foot, and angle one hip forward. Keep your posture erect, but not overly posed. Think Greek Statue, not William Shatner!

Step 6 – Turn your head 2/3 to one side or the other, for a slimming effect on your face. Avoid wide-angle lenses, which will widen the appearance of your face.

Step 7 – Look at a light source, like a lamp or a light, for a few moments. It reduces the size of your pupils and the possibility of red eye. However, never look directly at the sun!

Step 8 – Just before the picture is taken, close your eyes, and have the photographer count to 3. Then, open your eyes as he begins shooting. This is the best way to prevent blinking from ruining shots.

Step 9 – The last, and most important part of the picture, is the smile. Saying kitchy things like “cheese”, forces a fake grin and makes you look like a newscaster or a local politician. Instead, think of a funny memory, which will bring out a naturally, happy look!

Did you know? The first commercially available color film was offered in France, in 1907!