How To Look Good On Pictures

A woman taking a selfie and smiling

You don’t have to be an expert photographer to take beautiful photographs. There are some tricks on how to look good on pictures

Capturing moments with your camera has never been easier with the ever improving smart phone capabilities, apps.

Whether you are striving for more impressive Instagram-worthy shots on your phone, follow these tricks to make photos like a pro.

10.Beware restaurant and bar lighting


Overhead lighting adds to the appearance of uneven skin and under eye circles.

To look better in a photo, point your face toward the light source in your picture. Better yet, head outside around sunset for some natural lighting.

9 Copy celebrities


Pose like a celebrity, turn your body three quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the photographer.

When you face the camera head on, your body tends to look wider.

This pose ensures the camera catches you at your best angle.

Belly in, to look slimmer. Shoulders back to look taller.

Just stand in front of the mirror and try different poses, that way you will know what you will look like in a photo.

8. Put your best face forward


 For a more natural look, tilt your chin down an inch or two while looking in a mirror.

Notice where the shadows appear. Add a warm blush to your cheeks and a berry shade to your lips.

If you are taking a photo very close don’t put too much make up on. Take as many selfies as you can

7. Hair tip


To give your hair a quick volume, flip it upside down and shake through your strands with your fingers.

When you flip it back, you’ll be left with an imperfect look that will appear textured in photos.

For even more dimension, pull your hair into a loose topknot in the moments leading up to your photo.

You will be amazed by how you look in a photo.

6. Show your left side more often


Left side of the human face is generally more appealing to others than the right side.

For the study, participants were asked to rate photos of 10 male and 10 female faces, in both their original and mirror image form.

Photos showing the left side were rated more “pleasant” than those of the right sides.

Researchers said their results suggest that peoples’ left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which others find more aesthetically pleasing.

5 Get Your Angles Right to look good on pictures


If you’re taking your photo in a seated position, ask the photographer to take the photo from above.

When you tilt your face up to meet the camera, your jaw will appear more defined.

For a standing photo, ask for it to be taken from a lower angle. It will make you look long and lean.

4. Styling yourself


To get the look, try belting your outfit with a thin belt, or rocking a vertical strip or A-line skirt.

If you’re holding a bag in the shot, keep it proportionate (not oversized) or leave it out of the frame.

If you’d like to add height, stick to a thin heel instead of a wedge, which can add weight to your feet in photographs

3.Stay in line for the group shot


The ideal group shot will have people staggered on different levels and depths.

If you can help it though, don’t be the person closest to the camera.

That member of the group will always look more magnified than the others.

2. Study a favourite photo of yourself

After taking many shots you may still wonder how to look good on pictures.

To improve the quality of future photos, look closely at snaps from the past in which you think you looked best.

What was your best angle? How were you styled?

Capturing someone when they’re relaxed or most animated usually makes for the best results.

1 Do This When You Smile

For a more natural look, replace the word “cheese” with “money.” 

The hard “ey” sound will force the corners of your mouth up and give the you a crinkle around your eye, both of which give you a more realistic grin.

Even better, think of a happy memory and give the camera a laugh.

For more captivating eyes, try closing them and then opening them slowly just before the photo is taken.

If you struggle to make eye catching photos, take a look at 50 selfie ideas

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