How to be Photogenic 101

Do you dislike having your picture taken because you always seem to come out looking hideous? Have you ever been on a date with someone whose online photo knocked you out but whose appearance in real life turned out to be a bit uninspiring? What’s the deal with pictures? While being photogenic just comes naturally to some people, there are a few things that anyone can do to look better in photos. I Say — I tried and experienced it, I dont have that flawless skin and have always been so ashamed about my pimple-prone face but lucky for me, I do manage to look nice in pics (I think!! Haha) …

Tips

Search yourself in a shot

I tell you I always feel so ugly about a particular stuff on my face, so the thing is, I have look myself in the mirror and find some good expression stuff to conceal the bad stuff. A true way to select an advantageous expression – is to train in front of mirror. Make a point of trying different expressions while looking at the mirror, until you find and master the mimicry, which you consider the best for you, appropriate to your own conception of yourself.

Determine your best angle

“THE” most important!! Beyond the obvious hiding of blemishes, finding the right angle for your face can be a bit more difficult. The best thing you can do is experiment using a digital camera so that you can immediately see the results of each pose. It will very quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you, and you can then use that angle as much as possible in the future. The classic model’s pose is to arrange your body 3/4 toward the camera with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the camera than the other.
If you have a flat nose (like most of the Filipinos like me, I confess! Haha).. Try turn sideways and lower your head a little bit and dont pose too straight like in your ID picture… Like I said use the magic mirror..

Hide your blemishes

The bad thing about photographs is that because they are simply frozen images of one angle in an instant in time, they can’t show all your good attributes. The good thing about them is that you can easily hide certain features you don’t like. If you’ve got a unsightly look on one side of your face, for example, don’t show the camera that side. Defects that you noticed in the mirror will be even more obvious on a shot. In professional practice a lot can be corrected with the help of light, but illumination isn’t applied while amateurish photographing, so you need to try looking better by yourself.

Eyebrows frame eyes, so they are especially important. You should comb them, and if they are too thick or meet on a bridge, it’s better to pluck them slightly.

Choice of cloth

Wear clothes with color that suits you.. Color of your cloth can make you shine or, on the contrary, spoil everything. So you need to take care of right tones beforehand. Wearing neutral cloth – polo-neck, jeans jacket or white shirt – you’ll look fresher and younger, than wearing a brocade dress or costume. And bring to minimum quantity of bijouterie – this kills a photo. Warm colors, for example, of red part of spectrum, look advantageous on a color photo.

Stick your neck out

One trick models often use is to present a 3/4 pose to the camera (turn your head so that 3/4 of it is exposed to the camera, as opposed to a full frontal shot) and then lift your neck and slightly tilt your head down, as though you are a turkey sticking its head out (without actually thrusting your chin out). This improves facial definition and helps ameliorate wrinkles and flabby skin.

Relax.

Many people end up looking odd in photos because they freeze into odd facial expressions with a “say cheese” type of smile on their face. If you’re used to having bad pictures taken of yourself, you probably get nervous in front of the camera, and this can make things even worse.

Think happy thoughts.

An unnatural, forced smile can make you look stiff and, frankly, weird. When people are smiling and waiting for a photo to be snapped, their facial muscles can get caught in all sorts of strange positions. To remedy this, try to time your smile so that you don’t have to hold it for too long. Also, imagine something really funny (don’t be afraid to laugh a bit, even) or think of someone—your spouse or child, for example—who makes you happy. By doing so, you’ll get a genuine smile. If you don’t like your smile or your teeth, try a more subdued, closed- or partially-closed-mouth smile. Regardless of how you choose to smile, the happier and more relaxed you are, the better.

Smile with your eyes.

Nothing projects happiness and beauty like smiling eyes: a happy, somewhat mischievous expression of the eyes. To achieve this effect, imagine that the camera is a person you have a crush on walking into the room. This will create wider open eyes and a relaxed smile. Chances are you unconsciously do this all the time; the trick is to be able to bring it out on demand, so practice the smiling eyes in front of a mirror.

Edit or enhance photos.

If you’ve tried everything, but you still can’t seem to get a good picture of yourself, try slightly altering your digital photos. Changing the lighting effects or filter effects, for example, can dramatically improve the appearance of your complexion. There are many photo software available like Adobe and Corel.

Fake it till you make it.

Still dont get the supermodel posse’ that you wanted? People are often photogenic because they like having their picture taken. They are therefore relaxed and happy when the camera appears. If you cannot muster up genuine love of the camera, pretend you like the camera. Imagine the camera is someone you love, a long lost friend, a old flame, your child at age three, whatever you need to look at the camera lovingly. Try it—it really does work.