Tips for taking good profile photos?

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    Aug 04, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    After getting a new phone, I've been trying to take more candid shots of myself, but it's not working out. My best photos come from other people taking photos of me, but I can't seem to get good ones on my own. My face tends to morph into a weird expression, or the lighting looks really ugly.

    You guys have tips for getting good personal photos? I know it's not just natural beauty for everyone icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 04, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    The obscure photos are the best. The one you have now is pretty chill. It sets you apart frm the cookie cutter mold which is far few and in-between here.
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    Aug 04, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    Well lit and clear. That's all that's needed for someone to see what you look like, which is the whole point here.
    If you're wanting to be a self-portraitist, that'll take some experience. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 04, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    be naked
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    Aug 04, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    calibro saidbe naked

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    Aug 04, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWell lit and clear. That's all that's needed for someone to see what you look like, which is the whole point here.
    If you're wanting to be a self-portraitist, that'll take some experience. icon_wink.gif

    calibro saidbe naked

    Ok, both. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 04, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    Hillie saidThe obscure photos are the best. The one you have now is pretty chill. It sets you apart frm the cookie cutter mold which is far few and in-between here.

    Yep, obscure/original/candid photos take the cake. It's extra impressive if you can look good off-the-cuff, when you're not trying to (or trying to look like you're not trying, though sometimes this looks obvious).
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    Aug 04, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    just hit the snap shot, and see what comes out...u will be surprised...just pose, click, flash.... icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 04, 2010 4:04 AM GMT
    just smile. /
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    Aug 04, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    Take LOTS. If you take 50 you should find at least 3 you can use.
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:00 AM GMT
    General tips..

    - Use a good light source. Fluorescent lighting is the worst. It casts an unnatural light/color. If you have light/fair colored skin, it will also highlight the flaws in your skin and make it look blotchy. Try to find a light source that has "warm" colors and simulates natural sunlight. Of course real sunlight is best. Try outdoors when the sun is at an angle, like between 2pm and 4pm.

    - Don't hold the camera too close to your face. It will distort your features. If you're using a camera phone, then holding it at arm's length should be fine. Or if you're using a bathroom/gym mirror, step 2 - 3 feet away from the mirror. Make sure there's good lighting.

    - Don't try so hard to strike a pose. Just have a natural or neutral expression on your face. Or try looking away from camera. Or set your camera's self timer and point it towards your face. Then read a random stupid/funny thread in the forums and capture a natural/realistic smile. icon_lol.gif

    - Keep trying. Like Lostboy said, you're gonna snap a lot of pics before you settle on a few.
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:02 AM GMT
    Take lots of pictures, hundreds, even thousands and then pick the ones you like the best, that's what I do, haha, I'm so vain icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    I'm new and also trying to master this art of taking good profile shots. I don't even have a half decent camera nor photo editor to crop the images. icon_lol.gif But then again, vanity isn't a trait I possess, so I really couldn't be arsed half the time (but this also means I may get shunned and dumped in the gay dating world).
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:11 AM GMT
    chrixx saidI'm new and also trying to master this art of taking good profile shots. I don't even have a half decent camera nor photo editor to crop the images. icon_lol.gif But then again, vanity isn't a trait I possess, so I really couldn't be arsed half the time (but this also means I may get shunned and dumped in the gay dating world).


    free online photo editor= picnik you can crop and everything if u want fancier features you have to pay, bu to crop and resize you don't
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    mirrors
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    Aug 04, 2010 7:30 AM GMT
    PHOTOSHOP.
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    Aug 04, 2010 9:36 AM GMT
    Wow, I guess I always knew this was the case, but I am actually surprised that guys would admit to so much effort when taking photos of themselves. Seriously, thousands??

    I couldn't possibly care that much. At times, I wish I had more photos but only if I actually went somewhere interesting to take them. Gives more of an incentive to get out and live life. I mean, what's so neat about my bathroom, right?

    As far as attention getters are concerned, I'd rather use words in a profile description. If you like those, I can probably create more of them in person pretty easily. That's more than can be said for recreating a one out of a thousand camera/lighting/expression combination miracle. So, why waste the time? Read a book, or go somewhere, etc.
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    Aug 04, 2010 12:26 PM GMT
    xrichx saidGeneral tips..

    - Use a good light source. Fluorescent lighting is the worst.
    You can get a "gray card" (google it) and manually set the white balance. If I'm not mistaken, some cameraphones have this feature, as well as all point-n-shoots and SLR's.

    xrichx said- Don't hold the camera too close to your face.
    Lens flare. The closest thing to the camera always looks the largest.

    xrichx said- Don't try so hard to strike a pose.
    Posing sucks. The best full-time models use their natural body movements to "pose."

    xrichx said- Keep trying. Like Lostboy said, you're gonna snap a lot of pics before you settle on a few.
    Shoot at least 100 frames and you might get one that's pretty good. icon_razz.gif