Several people are not photogenic. Up until a few years ago, such people were an awkward mess in front of the camera. The shoulders would creep up to the ears, eyes would bulge out and a maniacally wide smile would spread across the face. Over the years one can become more comfortable getting the picture through practice. There are a few pointers along the way. So with that, here are some tips to becoming more photogenic.
Having your photo taken can seem like a frightening endeavor when you never look quite as good in portraits as you do in person. This problem is faced by many people but is quite easy to remedy. Being photogenic is not an inborn talent, but a skill that can be learned through practice. Try various methods of posture, posing and tips for becoming photogenic and in no time be that friend all your buddies would brag about.
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- Whether you practice a pose in front of the mirror or use a camera’s self-timer, a big part of looking good comes with feeling comfortable. So relax, smile, and pretend someone is snapping your picture.
- Clarify your skin. The focus of most portraits is the face, so make sure that yours is in top condition. Modern cameras can capture the smallest of changes and textures of skin, which is a blessing as well as a curse. Keep your skin clean and smooth by toning, and moisturizing your face. This should be a daily morning/evening ritual but is important before a photo shoot.
- Make sure that the concealer and foundation are smoothly applied and match your skin tone. Blend them slightly down your neck and near the ear lobes to create a natural look.
- Oily skin may ruin a photo by reflecting too much light. Hence, use oil blotting sheets or tissue paper to dab off excess oil on the T-zone of the face. Use an exfoliator to slough off any dead skin cells which make your skin appear dull and lackluster in photos.
- Many people don’t have symmetrical faces. Hence, it is important to know your best angle.
- Focus on your sharp features that make you unique. The photogenic people have confidence in their appearance. Often people get concerned about something wrong with their face including the freckles, the gap in their teeth, how squinty the eyes get when they smile. Instead of trying to hide those things, accept them. You will look photogenic in your photos that way.
- Before getting photographed, add a touch more make-up than you’d wear since it will look better in pictures. A subtle swipe of dark brown eyeliner adds a bit of drama without the severity of black, which can be balanced out with a light pink lip. Wear suitable colors. And right before the shot, try to smile as if you are looking at someone you love and not just at the camera. This helps it look less posed and awkward and more sincere and flattering.
- Express your emotions. Don’t create a smile but use your natural smile. The same goes with the shape of the eyebrows and the curve of the cheeks. The more you express your emotions through your face, the better your pictures will look. When you express emotions your entire face is affected. A few people associate a look of happiness with a smile. The eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, and forehead are all affected equally as much. Make sure that you are allowing free movement in your entire face.
- Always smile with your teeth, because you would never laugh at a joke with your lips together. True smiles show off a toothy grin, not tightly pressed lips. Keep your face natural with a real smile to peek through.
- There’s nothing wrong with a straight stance facing the camera but a few little tweaks can make it a lot more flattering. Move your arms away from the body because when they’re squashed against you, they may look bigger. Turn your body at an angle to show off the waist and put one foot slightly in front of the other. You can also pull your hair to one side to show the neck as well.
- Avoid looking at the camera straight on. The camera uses reflected light to convert a 3D object into a 2D image. The shapes of things are flattened and compressed. Looking straight at the camera will reflect the fullness of your face. It will also reduce any natural shadows. Instead, turn your face slightly to the side to create natural highlights, shadows and slim the shape of your face.
- It is important to adjust the angle of your face. The angle of your face is tied to the direction you are looking at the camera. Just as how you shouldn’t look at the camera straight on, you also should not tilt your head up when taking photos. This will make your face look larger and get a good shot up the inside of your nose. Tilt your head slightly down and to the side for the photogenic of looks.