Do you avoid appearing in pictures because you think you don’t look good in photographs? Do you think models and artistes are simply “born with it”? Well, there’s photoshop and then there’s genes but for the most of the population it’s hardwork (hitting the gym, having a healthy diet etc.) and practice! Even then, there’s no harm referring to a ‘how to look photogenic’ cheatsheet 😛
Still… there are times when we simply can’t or don’t want to miss out being in a picture (e.g. group photo, going on a vacation, wedding photoshoot etc.) so here are 7 tips to appearing prettier in pictures. Memorise and then put them into practise and you’ll be on your way to bag the ‘Miss Photogenic’ title.
p.s: You might want to print out these tips and bring along the cheatsheet for your vacation/photoshoot etc. Remember to review the list just before photo-time 😛
HOW TO LOOK PHOTOGENIC CHEATSHEET
#1 DON’T LOOK HEAD-ON AT THE CAMERA!
Looking straight on at the camera will show the fullness of your face and remove and/or reduce any natural shadows. Turning your face slightly to the side helps create natural highlights and shadows thus slimming the shape of your face.
#2 DON’T TILT YOUR HEAD UP!
Tilting your head up when taking photos makes the face look larger plus it’d give everyone a good view of what’s inside your nose. Tilting your head slightly down and to the side is most ideal.
#3 TURN YOUR BODY AWAY FROM THE CAMERA
As with #1, facing a camera straight on will show you from the widest angle (tsk, not flattering!) and make you look extra round. Turn ¾ to show your body from an angle and create shadows and depth in your pose.
#4 FOR SLIMMER ARMS…
Put one hand on your hip and angle your elbow back and away from your body. Although you may feel silly doing it, there is a reason many celebrities adopt this pose – it is ultra flattering!
#5 SITTING DOWN?
If you are sitting for the photo, turn so that the camera is at your side rather than directly in front of you (as with #1/#3). If you choose to cross your legs, cross the leg closest to the camera over the top of the other.
#6 WORK THE LIGHT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
A light source directly above you will give you dark shadows under your eyes, while one from the side will create bold background lines. Also, avoid taking pictures with the light source behind you. A light source coming from behind will darken your entire body and ruin a great picture.
Ideally, the light source should be in front of you and slightly above you. Whenever possible, take your photos in natural light near a window or outside.
#7 THE BEST TIME TO TAKE PHOTOS…
The best lighting for photos occurs in the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset. (p.s: Work this into your travel itinerary or outdoor photo shoot!)
Article adapted from: www.wikihow.com/Be-Photogenic