How to Make Your Photos Come Out Better
Few things are more frustrating than a thousand photos in your album and not a single one worth posting. If you are self-conscious of how you appear in photos, it may simply be a matter of changing up what you wear, taking a bit more care of your skin, and being more intentional with the lighting!
Wear Something You Love
What you wear contributes significantly to your self-presentation as well as the overall vibe of the photo. According to Penner’s you should consider wearing outfits that compliment your hair, skin tone, and body type to highlight all your best features—pick colors that contrast against you to pull attention to you. More importantly, wear something you feel confident and like yourself in. Confidence shows, even through a lens. If you feel good, you have a much better chance of looking good! Show off your personality through your style, and let your outfit be one you’re proud of.
Take Care of Your Skin
Especially in those close-up shots meant to emphasize expression, your skin is something you and others will notice in a picture. Take good care of your skin so that you can look healthy, clear and happy on the outside as well as the inside! Everyone’s skin responds differently to various treatments, so it may take some trial and error to find products and routines that work best for you. At the minimum, find a good cleanser that removes the dirty, harmful oils from your skin and clears out your pores. Stay well hydrated with lots of water throughout the day, and moisturize daily! According to Blake Charles Salon, moisturizing is especially important in dry climates. Wear your sunscreen, exfoliate every few days, eat healthy and sleep well. Each of these little things will make a huge difference in your healthy, glowing appearance.
Strategize Your Lighting
A big issue many people do not realize is the culprit of their unfortunate photos is the lighting! “Golden hour” is a popular time to take advantage of warm hues that illuminate rather than harsh white light that the sun gives at midday. Photographers usually schedule outdoor shoots for the hour before sunset, when there are no shadows to worry about but enough light to capture everything important! If you are indoors, position yourself close to a window and keep artificial lights off. According to EyeEm, if the sun has gone down, either switch your camera setting to aperture and increase the exposure or embrace and be creative with the blurriness and shadows that may be inevitable! Wherever (and whenever) you are, make sure the light source is always behind the camera—this will get you the best light coverage possible.
Try any or all of these things to help you feel more confident in your appearance and more effective in your photography skills and strategies! You’ll start to want to share your photos everywhere!
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