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Brainy Dose Presents: How To Look Good In Every Picture – 13 Pro
Tips And Tricks Have you ever seen a picture of yourself and
felt mortified by what you saw?! Now, that may be a bit over the top, but really,
everyone could use a little help to look better in photos. While some people seem to be naturally photogenic
and others not so much, it’s really all tied to how we respond to the camera. We all get caught in front of the camera now
and again. But don’t worry; with the following tips
on your side, you’re sure to look your best! But first, if you enjoy these kinds of videos,
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so you never miss a video. OK, let’s get to it! Number 1 – Study Photos Of Yourself The first step is simple; learn from the past. You need to know how you look in photos before
you can improve. Right? Gather some old pictures together, even if
they make you cringe a little. By analyzing these old snaps, you can find
out what helps and what hinders you. Take note of the angles and see what highlights
your features. Look over how your body is positioned in the
shots, and find a few flattering or natural poses you can use in the future. Number 2 – Practice In Front Of A Mirror Now that you’ve figured out what works for
you in photos, head over to a mirror. Take the time you need, and start using what
you’ve learned from your old pictures, practicing in front of the mirror. Your starting point is to narrow it down to
a handful of poses and angles you like best. Work on your favorites so that they come naturally
to you, and you’ll be able to mentally pick out a pose in the future – without a mirror. One thing that goes great with a nice pose
is a matching smile, so try out several smiles until you find one that fits. You should consider whether a closed or open-mouthed
smile looks better, going for the more ‘natural’ look. Number 3 – Wear Flattering Clothes The clothes you wear are an essential aspect
of good pictures. Consider both your skin tone and body type
when picking your outfits, and you should look for colors and garments that accentuate
them. Don’t worry; it’s simpler than it sounds. Clothing that is tailored or cut well will
naturally be more flattering, while baggy clothes have the unflattering effect of making
you look broader than you are – so do your best to stay away from those. When it comes to colors, try to lean toward
more neutral choices. Black, navy, white, and olive, for example,
pair well with most skin tones. Keep your eye on the patterns of your clothes,
too. They can negatively pull focus, altering your
appearance in the photo. If you have your heart set on a pattern, choose
it for only one element of your outfit – and steer clear of small, busy patterns. Number 4 – Don’t Face The Camera Directly Let’s be honest; facing directly into the
camera makes you look a bit weird. Not only that, it might bring out the double-chin
of doom! That’s a sure-fire way to ruin any photo! Instead, position your body slightly away
from the camera, and turn your head toward the lens. Then, lower the shoulder that’s facing the
camera a little bit. This will compliment your features – your
jawline primarily – resulting in a much more flattering shot. Also, remember to pay attention to where your
eyes are looking too. The safest option is to look straight ahead. It’s as easy as that. If you start looking in random directions,
people won’t know what you were trying to convey. If you look up, you may come off as confident
or proud, or like you weren’t ready for the picture. If you look down, you can seem sad or just
deep in thought. And if you’re one of those people who always
blinks when a photo is taken, relax, and instead of forcing your eyes open, try to blink right
before the camera goes off. Number 5 – Relax Your Mouth To Relax The Eyes Sometimes, what we see as ‘awkward’ in
a picture is just a display of tension. Our brains pick up on tense body language
– even in photos – and we see it as inauthentic. The eyes are one of the places where tension
shows up the most. It doesn’t matter if you have a huge smile;
unless your eyes are relaxed, you’ll end up looking like you’re scared or like you
don’t want to be there. Remember to take a breath and let your mouth
relax. This simple action will help your whole face
and your eyes to relax so that you can smile without the tension. Number 6 – Say “Money” I know we’re used to saying “Cheese,”
but this only creates a fake smile. Ditch the cheese and try out the word “Money”
instead. The ending ‘ey’ is a stronger sound that
forces the corners of your mouth upward and creates a crinkle around your eyes. The result is a more natural, realistic smile. You can also think of a happy memory or a
funny joke. Laughing at the camera gives off a more lively
and in-the-moment vibe. Another great trick to prevent a smile that
is too wide or gummy is placing your tongue on the back of your front teeth. Number 7 – Sit Up Straight If you want good shots, you need good posture,
so be mindful of how you position yourself while sitting or standing. Slouching whether you’re sitting or standing
looks terrible in pictures. It makes your neck and body appear shorter
than they are, and worst of all, it makes your waistline appear bigger. To avoid this, keep your spine nice and straight
and pull your shoulder blades closer together. If you’re sitting down, don’t lean back. Sit a bit forward and turn half-way to the
camera to add definition. Number 8 – Don’t Square Your Body The camera really can add ten pounds – depending
on how you stand! If you stand directly into the camera, you’re
prone to looking more ‘chunky.’ However, if you keep your legs ‘shoulder-width’
apart, bend your front leg and distribute your body weight to your back foot, the result
will immediately make you appear slimmer. Standing at a 3/4 turn is always a winning
pose – especially if you’re with a group of people, as this position cuts your size
in almost half. Also, try to wiggle your way into the center
of group shots when you can. You won’t be sticking out awkwardly at the
edge of the group, and people on either side can cut off a few inches. When it comes to taking “groupies,” you
should always pass the camera to the person with the longest arms. They’ll be able to get everyone in the frame,
plus, they can comfortably hold the camera upward while tilting it down a little – so
everyone is at their best angle. Number 9 – Do Something With Your Hands Doing something with your hands will help
you appear more at ease, instead of just having your arms dangling by your side. Ladies, this could be as simple as touching
your hair. The natural movement of doing a little root
fluff or playing with the ends will also infuse your pictures with spontaneity and sincerity. Another great trick that works like magic
is placing the hand closest to the camera on your hip; this also adds definition to
your upper arm! Guys, perhaps the most natural thing YOU can
do is put your hands in your pockets, or cross your arms. You can also use props to eliminate that awkwardness. They not only provide an anchor for your hands,
but they also keep the shots feeling fresh and dynamic. It could be as simple as holding a drink or
sunglasses. If you are sitting down, hold your hands in
a relaxed grip in front of you. Number 10 – Emphasize Your Face You can also use your hands to draw attention
to your face subtly. Just don’t clench your fist and lean your
head on top of it, as it can look forced! Instead, gently cup your extended fingers
under your chin without making contact, drawing focus to your features. Number 11 – Choose The Right Lighting If you want to look good in pictures, you
must pay attention to lighting. Getting some sunny snaps on a bright day sounds
fantastic. Right? But in reality, the sun can quickly move to
an unfavorable spot and create harsh shadows – and raccoon eyes – that are anything but
flattering. If you want a beautiful glow, the best time
for pictures is in the evening hours as the sun is going down. Otherwise, opt for slightly cloudy or overcast
days. It’s also worth mentioning that standing
right under an indoor light will have the same effect as the sun, so try a source of
natural light instead, such as a window. Number 12 – Clear The Background Believe it or not, the background can either
make or break a photo. Having an over-cluttered background can pull
focus from YOU – the subject, and make the photo look ‘busy.’ When you are posing for pictures outside,
use a plain wall or building as your background. When indoors, make sure that your environment
is clean and free of clutter. Number 13 – Be Authentically You When it comes to pictures, we usually have
an idea of what we want ourselves to look like – but we tend to try too hard, and this
can lead to awkward smiles and unnatural poses, ruining our snaps. The best thing you can do is let go of all
that stress. The camera is supposed to capture YOU, so
allow yourself to be in the moment, and you’ll be much more relaxed. Instead of over-analyzing how the picture
will look or what people might think, be true to yourself. Draw strength from your sincerity, and this
will show through in your photos. Just be yourself – no filter can top that! All in all, your photos are probably not as
awkward as you think – you’re probably just judging yourself too harshly. But as long as you avoid silly poses and remember
to use these tips, you’re well on your way to looking great in pics! And if you know any other tips and tricks
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