Having your picture taken can be hard, be it a fun selfie or a professional shot with your family. Some people just don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera, whereas others seem to have cracked the secret of how to take good pictures. Wherever you fall between the two, a few photography tips from us help ensure a photo so good, you’ll want to frame it. Everyone should feel beautiful enough to have their picture taken, because they are. And with a few quick tips on how to look your best in pictures, feeling that way will be easy. Give these photography tips a try so that the next time the camera comes out, you’ll be looking your best and feeling yourself in front of the lens.
Tips for How to Take Good Pictures
- Find your light. Most people think this means they can’t hide their imperfections, but in fact it’s just the opposite. Lots of light in a photograph washes out flaws and minimizes unflattering shadows — ideal for your selfie poses.
- Use the right foundation. Dual Finish Powder Foundation, which serves as a powder and foundation in one, is a great multitasker. It comes with a puff and a sponge so you can apply it dry or wet for sheer to full coverage. Plus, the compact makes it portable for quick touch-ups and serious shine control right before the camera comes out. A matte finish is key when learning how to take good pictures, since oily skin can look super-shiny and too bright when photographed.
- Move around. Don’t stand still and stare straight at the camera. Get into action and take lots of photographs. You’ll find movements in between quick poses often turn out best and look most natural.
- Instead of “cheese”, repeat A - E - I - O - U. One of the oldest photography tips in the book. Repeating the vowels creates lots of different expressions on camera and one is bound to suit you. Test it out as you practice your different selfie poses.
- Define your jawline. Relax your shoulders to elongate your neck. If you’re being photographed from straight on, stick your head out just slightly towards the camera and drop your chin a bit (without exaggerating too much). Photoshoot poses take practice, but this one does wonders for bone structure. Also, try contouring. It can go a long way in photographs to enhance your bone structure, and better yet, it doesn’t have to get complicated. Apply bronzer to areas that should visually recede, like around the hairline, in the hollows under the cheekbones and under the jawline, and highlighter on areas you want to, well, highlight — think the tops of the cheekbones and the brow bones. The Blush Subtil Palette includes a bronzer, highlighter and blush to make it easy.
- Know your angles. Browse through photographs of yourself and make note of your best angles. While it’s subjective, the important thing is you’ll be more confident when you use them next time you pose, which is really what makes all the difference in photoshoot poses.
- Cheat to the side. Being two-dimensional on camera is always less flattering than real life in 3-D, so if you’re worried about your silhouette, turn to one side a bit by about 30 degrees. This trick even works in selfie poses.
- Frame your eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul might be a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true — and that comes through in a photo. Groomed brows help frame the eyes, bringing them out for the shot. Create defined brows that look full and dense with a brow pencil like Brow Define Pencil. It has an ultrafine tip to mimic brow hairs and a spoolie to blend.
- Be yourself! That is, don’t try to pose like a supermodel unless you are one. Embrace your personality and let your true beauty shine.