IF YOU look completely different in every photo – sometimes great, sometimes totally awkward – then this is the story for you.
SOME people have a pose.
You’ve seen it – a toss of the head, a little dip, the coy up-look. SNAP! Picture perfect.
Wish this was you? Here are five tips from photographer Glenn Campbell for nailing a classic photo, every time:
“With good posture comes great portraits”
So says photographer Glenn Campbell, whose exhibitions, portraits and newspaper work capture unique and beautiful images. “Slouching is the worst look. You want the classic ‘tits out, shoulders back’ – it’s the easiest way to make you aware of your posture” he says.
Smile or no smile? Teeth or no teeth?
Should you smile in pictures? Does a smile really light up a face? Can a smile make you look younger? “Absolutely – laugh lines are most becoming. They make the shot” says Campbell. But how about baring your teeth? Campbell advises being honest with yourself and checking out your toothy grin in the mirror VS your gentle smile. If in doubt, get a mate to rate it.
Pomp and circumstance
A photo isn’t always about you. It’s about the setting, the background, the time of day, the event, the occasion. Whether it’s a wedding or a funeral or for Instagram, create the mood you want reflected in the photo. “I try to create a situation or a mood where that candid smile /laugh out loud/ thoughtful expression can show itself” says Campbell. “Avoid the standard pose of mother and children seated , father standing behind. That pose is a century and a half old.”
Campbell recommends a little bit of lippy and a light coat of make up for your perfect pic, and nothing more. “Too much ill-applied filler just highlights that there are flaws, whether they are really there or not,” he says. He also recommends avoiding anything glossy.
Strike a pose
There’s definitely an element of ‘fake it ’til you make it’ in taking a good photo. “If you’ve got low self-esteem, it really shows” says Campbell. “It’s worth making a bit of an effort. Studies show that smiling a fake smile can readily turn into a real smile.” His go to pose? “I am a big fan of a chin slightly up, face slightly turned, looking back at the camera.”
And there you have it – smile, pose a bit, have fun and stand up straight. As in photos, as in life.Source : http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/how-to-look-fantastic-in-photos-every-time/story-fneuz9ev-1226720006659 Want more great tips like this? Join our VIP list and we’ll deliver them to you.