Wednesday, July 21, 2010
How to Take Pictures Like a Model
Be comfortable in your own skin. You don't have to be a model to take great pictures. Self-confidence shines through in photos, but so does insecurity. If you fold your arms a certain way, cover your mouth or look as if you're hiding something, then you won't look attractive.
Play up your assets. Models have flaws, but they learn how to work with them. Downplay yours by shifting the focus to your better features. If you've got great eyes, then make sure you don't squint. If you've got a long neck, then show it off. The point is to take whatever you've got and use it to your advantage.
Know your angles. You may actually have a "good side." Certain angles may appear more flattering than others. For instance, you don't want to tilt your head back too far or your nostrils will look huge. Play around with poses to see which ones you like best.
Shift your weight. Standing straight forward with your weight evenly distributed can make you look rigid or hefty in pictures. Turn your body to a slight angle or shift your weight to one side. It looks more natural and has a slimming effect. Celebrities demonstrate this often on the red carpet.
Practice in a mirror. This will help you to be more photogenic. You'll know how you look in every pose.
Develop a trigger to help you relax in front of the camera. Think of a happy experience or someone that makes you laugh. Saying "cheese" doesn't work for every one.
Think like a model. Make the poses you like the most second nature. Whenever you're in front of the camera, go into them automatically. Your pictures will come out great and people will think that you are naturally photogenic.
Posted by Chris Vinney at 4:42 AM