We’re not saying that looking photogenic is everything, but for those of us who don’t have a glam squad following us around 24/7, festive parties that are guaranteed to have a photo booth might cause a bit of anxiety.
And thanks to the wonders of social media offering us the opportunity to upload and tag all our pictures, we live in constant fear of a Facebook picture appearing that we don’t approve of. But what about that friend of yours who always looks incredible and somehow never seems to look moody or get red-eye in pictures? What’s her secret to appearing photo-ready?
Turns out there are some really handy tips that will make taking a photo a little longer but will garner much more flattering results. From how to angle your camera and face to which word to say in order to give you a great smile (spoiler—it’s not cheese), we’ve got 10 incredible tips that are guaranteed to give you a great-looking photo. Your friend is about to get some serious competition. Scroll down for the best tips on how to be more photogenic, and get ready for your close-up.
Know your “good” side.
Most people know their “good side,” but according to fashion photographer Garance Doré (and a scientific study), usually the left side of the face is more attractive. Try practising in the mirror to get the correct angle.
Think about where you’re standing.
Never stand the closest to the camera or you’ll look disproportionately larger. Instead, position yourself on an even plane with the other people in the photo.
Find the correct angle.
Take full-length potos from a lower angle. A lower angle visually stretches your figure, making you look taller and leaner.
Don’t face the camera straight-on.
Turning your head slightly is more flattering than facing the camera straight on, because it will give your features more depth. Hello, cheekbones!
Direct your photographer
Take seated potos from a higher angle. When seated, ask the photographer to take the picture from above, and tilt your face up to meet the camera, which will help define your jaw. Says Doré, “A shot from above is a godsend!”
If you’re the one posting the photo, crop it so your entire body fills the frame. This will create the illusion of vertical length.
4 steps to a relaxed smile:
1) Close your eyes.
2) Take a deep breath.
3) Open your eyes before the shutter clicks.
Trust us, this totally works.
You have to know this weird trick
Putting your tongue behind your teeth when smiling will help you avoid a too-wide grin. Just remember to smile with your eyes so you don’t look unhappy.
Know how to avoid red-eye.
Looking at a light right before a photo is taken will shrink your pupils, which helps minimise the dreaded red eye.
Say these words when you smile.
Say “Money” not “Cheese”.
The hard “e” sound at the end of “money” makes the corners of your mouth go up and makes your eyes crinkle, creating the affectation of a genuine smile.