How to take a good photo: 5 insider tips

Taking a good photo can be really tough.

For the luckiest amongst us, this skill comes naturally. However, I'm sure I am not alone when I say that taking a good photo DEFINITELY does not come naturally for me. For years, I just could not understand how it was possible to look at myself in the mirror (and be quite happy with the person looking back at me) and then 5 minutes later have a photo taken and be completely unhappy with it. I was convinced that my face and body shape was actually just unphotogenic and I was doomed to be forever unattractive in photos.

Well, a bit of training and experience later, I can certainly say that I no longer believe that. I can also promise you that I've never met anyone who is incapable of having a good photo taken of them (with a bit of practice of course).

So, what's the secret? Well, there are many of them! At the end of the day, even top international models still have areas of improvement when it comes to their posing and they are forever practicing! In saying this, however, I've listed 5 secrets that I've learnt when it comes to taking a great photo below to get you started:

1. Keep moving
When you are first trying to learn what angles work best for you, it is really important that you keep moving. Even if you only get 5 photos taken, make each of them slightly different. The way to do this is by moving your face very slightly every shot. With slight movements, you'll discover new angles that will change the way you look in photos completely!

2. Chin down
When utilised correctly, your jawline can become your best friend when it comes to a photoshoot. This is because your jawline has the ability to frame your face and give it many different shapes. If you stick your chin in the air you are likely to lose the line of your jaw. Obviously, there are people who are able to pull this off; however, if you're finding that you don't like your photos, it could be due to your chin being too high! So, keep your chin down (only slightly) and experiment with different ways you can move your face around to accentuate your jawline.

3. Know your body
Everyone has a different body shape that they need to take into considerations when they are having a photo taken. My advice is to take some time to research different ways to highlight your assets with simple pose changes. In general, you'll find that focusing on keeping your back nice and straight and your body slightly angled to the camera is a great start! Check out StyleCaster's tips for posing HERE.

4. Smile with your eyes
This can literally MAKE or BREAK a photo! Although it can be hard, you need to try and get your whole face to share the same emotion. Unfortunately if you are faking an emotion, your eyes will give you away! When you get it right, your eyes will smile – which Tyra Banks calls a smize. A smize involves slightly squinting and focusing your eyes while relaxing the rest of your face. Check out Wet Paint's tutorial on the perfect smize HERE.

5. Be confident At the end of the day, you need to try and relax and embrace who you are and what you look like. With a bit of confidence, you'll probably find that your photos will naturally improve. This is because with confidence comes good posture, genuine smiles, and a bit of movement!

Like anything, it will take a bit of time and experimentation for you see an improvement in your photos. Stick to it and I promise that you will start to get excited about having your photo taken instead of dreading it!

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