Well not everyone can take the perfect selfie like the Kardashians and we don’t have a glam squad following us around 24/7 like them. Look, we’re not trying to be negative, but for those of us who aren’t naturally photogenic or don’t have a glam squad following us around 24/7, the festive period is also known as “unflattering photos season.” Thanks to social media offering us the opportunity to upload and tag all our pictures, we live in constant fear of a below–chin level face shot.
You probably won’t want to take pictures with that photogenic friend or relative because you are scared of it getting on social media with you looking really bad and te person looking good. But you know your photogenic friend who constantly looks amazing in photos? He/she is about to get some competition. Between holiday parties and family gatherings, there are plenty of possibilities to look your best with our 10 tips to make sure you photograph better.
1. Find your good side
Most people that look good in pictures always use their good side when talking pictures. If you don’t know yours, according to a study most people’s good side is always the left. Use your left side when taking pictures.
2. Never stand the closest to the camera in a group shot
Never stand too close to the camera or you’ll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
3. Take full-length photos from a lower angle
A lower angle visually stretches your figure making you look taller and leaner.
4. Tilt your face slightly, so you don’t face the camera squarely
Turning your head slightly is more flattering than facing the camera straight on because it will give your features more depth. Hello, cheekbones!
5. Take seated photos from a higher angle
When seated, ask the photographer to take the picture from above, and tilt your face up to meet the camera, which will help define your jaw.
6. Crop the photo so your body fills the entire frame
If you are the one posting the picture, crop it so your entire body fills the frame, this will create the illusion of a vertical length.
7. Relax and smile
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, open your eyes before the shutter clicks and smile. Trust me, this works.
8. Put your tongue behind your teeth, while you smile
Putting your tongue behind your teeth when smiling will help you avoid a too-wide grin. Just remember to smile with your eyes so you don’t look unhappy.
9. Look toward a light right before the photo is taken
Looking at a light right before a photo is taken will shrink your pupils which help minimise the dreaded red eye.
10. Say MONEY not CHEESE
The hard e sound at the end of “money” makes the corners of your mouth go up and makes your eyes crinkle, creating the affectation of a genuine smile.