I think we can all agree that taking pictures can often be a struggle, especially if they are of yourself. There are so many things that can go wrong in a photo and so many little things that you can do when taking photos to take your pictures from blah to wow! Here are my top tips that will help improve your overall photography skills.
1.) BE YOURSELF AND EMBRACE IT
If there is anything that blogging has taught me about not only photo taking but life in general, it is to be yourself. We all can be guilty of being overly critical of ourselves, but don’t let nervousness or a lack of self confidence keep you from looking great on screen or in photos.
2.) COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CAMERA OR PHOTOGRAPHER
Firstly, If you’re the one taking the photo, feel comfortable using your camera. Familiarize yourself with its settings and understand the classic elements of photo composition such as the rule of thirds. Understanding the simple elements of photography and your camera itself can alleviate some serious frustration when it comes to creating beautiful photos that you love. If you are the one being photographed, make sure your photographer understands your vision. I can often be guilty of having a certain image in my head of how I want something to look, but failing to communicate that to my photographer. If you’re having a friend take your picture, set up the camera and the settings the way you want before handing it over to them. Provide them some direction and help them understand your vision and what look you are going for.
3.) MIX IT UP
Sure standing straight on and smiling at the camera comes easily, but it can often feel repetitive and boring. Change up your position or facial expression or just try something new. Trying something out won’t hurt and you might just find a new pose you love!
4.) FIND THE LIGHT
Okay I know, this is the most ambiguous statement anyone has ever given me when it comes to photography. What does it even mean? Well the best way I’ve heard this explained to me is that you want your face to be illuminated by your light source (sun, lights, etc.) and an easy way to do this is to simply point your nose towards the light. This will illuminate your face, keeping it out of the shadows and making it pop. The best light source is natural light, so when taking a photo, face a window if inside, or find a place outside with subtle diffused light (aka. not in direct harsh sunlight). Finding good light to illuminate your photo (and face) is one of the easiest ways to look great in photos.
5.) DON’T FORGET ABOUT COMPOSITION
Pay attention to what is happening in the background of your photo. Make sure that your photo isn’t too cluttered. Get rid of clutter by finding your subject and then zooming in. This will eliminate unnecessary people, empty space, and other distracting features. Also don’t forget about merging. Make sure that there are no trees, power lines, etc. going through the subject of your photo. Looking like you have a tree growing out of your head is not cute.
6.) WEAR THE RIGHT MAKEUP
Makeup is really important when taking photos because it can either really help or hurt you. Firstly, select a base with just enough coverage to give you flawless skin. Use concealer to mask any redness and blemishes because it’s often much easier and natural looking to fix skin issues with makeup rather than editing. If planning on using a flash in your photos, don’t use any skincare or makeup with SPF because it can often give your face a white flashback. Get a bit dramatic with your mascara and think about lining your eyes with eyeliner because it’s easy for eyes to get lost on camera. A little extra drama can really make a big difference. Lastly, don’t forget to use powder. Matte skin is very flattering on camera because any oil or shine on your face will be picked up and magnified in the photo. Bring blotting powder or sheets with you to touch up. I’ll list all my makeup recommendations at the bottom of this post.
These simple tips on how to be more photogenic can really help take your photos to the next level. Although in this day in age, taking photos seems effortless, it never hurts to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve to look your best on screen. Don’t forget to check out my makeup recommendations at the bottom of this post!
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