Taking Pics Of Yourself

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    Jul 04, 2007 5:02 AM GMT
    How are you sitting w/this? I hate every pic I take of myself. I've stopped. I never seem to appear the way I see myself in the mirror in pics. Maybe I'm not comfortable taking self pics. I dunno. Is there a trick? So many VERIFIED memebers seem comfortable and relaxed. Help me out here guys! :D
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    Jul 04, 2007 5:21 AM GMT
    If your not comfortable taking your own pics, then ask a friend to take pictures of you for you. have you tried to take a picture of your reflection in the mirror?
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    Jul 04, 2007 5:26 AM GMT
    OK let me add another note....I see a buncha people read this thread but didn't respond. Some guys seem to only have body pics in their profiles...I don't see any point in that if y're trying to reach people. I think people wanna see yr face and eyes. I don't wanna meet anyone w/afaceless photo and i'm not nec. here to 'hook up'.
    I do appreciate the hard work guys have done on themselves and love looking at them but faceless pics are a big turn off.
    So maybe that ties into my topic...? Or are guys afraid to post their faces?
    But mostly I was wondering if others felt funny w/what they saw when they saw the pic.
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    Jul 04, 2007 5:26 AM GMT
    I -always- hate pictures of myself... I think it's just an ego thing! :D
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    Jul 04, 2007 5:34 AM GMT
    Stud lover thx fr yr response which you prob did as i was responding too! Nah I don't think having a pal taking a pic of me would make me more comfortable. Prob the opp. as I think I have to get more comf. w/myself on a cam. I'm such an old skoll New Engglander that I have to get more comf. Having any clothes off in front of other people I think.
    In person I'm not very shy at all but to have my pic taken it's like.eeeeeewwwwayyyyyy
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    Jul 04, 2007 6:08 AM GMT
    Sometimes (well, quite often really) I look terrible in photos - particularly ones I took myself. Eventually I went and got some done by a gay photographer and you can now see the results.

    If you are taking yourself get a digital camera and just keep clicking until you get the right shot. And smile. That's what guys like!
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    Jul 04, 2007 6:14 AM GMT
    I took about 20 pics before i found like three i liked. I agree with redhead, just click away and find some you like. for the ones that don't look so good, erase 'em. outta sight, outta mind.
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    Jul 04, 2007 6:59 AM GMT
    If you have a digital cam make sure you learn how to use the delay button. It is very sad to see faceless pics but even more sad when they are covered behind a cam or a phone. Come on people the delayed button has been in existance for over 20 years. Lets learn how to use it. Plus I agree that you need to take a bunch of pics before you find the ones you like. And it is a great opportunity to play with your cam and find the different setting it comes with. Try close ups, far away, different lights, flash, no flash. The more pics you take, the more likely you will get one you like. And who says you have to smile all the time? Look mad, sad, pensive, make a funny face, you never know what you may like.
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    Jul 04, 2007 8:04 AM GMT
    Hey offend faceless picture here and I`m not defending myself!

    My advise regarding pictures,

    You need to take hundreds of photo`s before you like a few, I suggest practise a pose in front of the mirror, (remember to practice a smile, or a frown depending on the look your going for,) find a stand for the camera, put on the delay, if you can place a mirror behind the camera, so you can get the right pose, and snap away, you will eventually find out what works and what does not. Remember the angle and height of the camera can radically alter what you look like. Practice makes perfect. Also remember not to rush your photo time, a quick picture looks like a quick picture. Spend time grooming yourself before hand, find the correct outfit, maybe pump some iron before hand to exacerbate muscle definition.

    Good luck.
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    Jul 04, 2007 9:31 AM GMT
    i always take pictures of myself with my cellphone
    i take about 30-40 and there's 3-4 good pics in them ;) u should try different lights and angles
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    Jul 04, 2007 1:50 PM GMT
    I'm the exact same way about pics. The guy I see in the mirror is seldom the guy I see in the pic. I don't like being in front of a camera, and having a face that reveals everything about my internal state means lots and lots of pics of me looking stiff, unnatural, and uncomfortable.

    My advice: use a photographer who can make you feel comfortable and bring out your best. If taking self-pics, take lots of them. My new camera (Canon S3 IS) has a great self-timer feature in that it can take up to 10 shots, one right after the other. In a matter of minutes, I can have 100 shots to pick from.
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:01 PM GMT
    I hate being photographed more than anything, but my work frequently required it in the past. I would always tell photographers that I was not photogenic in the extreme and they would always tell me, "Oh, you just haven't met a photographer who can put you at ease."

    Then they'd look at their contact sheets of the shoot and say, "Holy shit, you weren't kidding."

    The only photographs of me that are decent are self-portraits. And even those have been like the 3 monkeys given eternity and typewriters. They eventually write a Shakespearean play and I eventually get a decent picture.
  • atxclimber

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    Jul 04, 2007 4:10 PM GMT
    Yeah, I'm the same way. I think it's because we only get used to seeing ourselves in the mirror, and nobody's symmetric, so when you see a photo of yourself it looks... wrong, and usually kind of unsettling.

    Kind of like how when I hear a recording of my voice it sounds weird, because I'm used to hearing myself differently (through bone conduction inside my own head.) I don't know a lot of people who enjoy listening to recordings of their own voices. Most people find that equally unsettling.

    I discovered a while ago that the trick to having a good smile in a photo is to smile like you are completely deranged, like you're the Joker or something. Huge grin. It looks absurd in real life and then, in the photo, it looks normal. Now I get compliments -- "You've got a great smile!"

    If they saw me smiling like that in person they'd wonder if maybe I'd just eaten a baby.

    But if I just do a normal, wry half-smile or something, in the photo it looks like I'm trying not to vomit.
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:42 PM GMT
    "But if I just do a normal, wry half-smile or something, in the photo it looks like I'm trying not to vomit."

    Please don't spit up the baby.
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    HellsKitchenManNYC> I don't wanna meet anyone w/afaceless photo

    I keep waiting to run across a profile that simply has a bag on their head.

    It always amazes me, on places like (say) gay.com, when people have public dick shots (including sexual acts)... but not a face pic.

    (If one isn't out, I can understand not having a face pic, but that's a different case.)


    es2577> make sure you learn how to use the delay button

    Definitely use the timer, so you don't have to hold the camera and stand in front of a skanky bathroom mirror while obscuring half your face.

    I'm trying to remember: were the pics of the (anal-retentive) geeks/nerds in that forum topic better than the average pic? If not, does that make them dorks/dweebs... or geeks/nerds?


    Osbscenewish> 3 monkeys... Shakespearean play

    The 3 monkeys are hear/see/speak no evil, not hear/see/speak no good photo. (I think Guliver saw a room full of monkeys at the typewriters. My theory is that they were really searching for the Bible "Code". Or rather that their works are as likely to reveal a "code" as is the "Bible Code".)


    My problem being photographed in flash conditions is that my eyes are faster than the shutter and I always blink.

    I'm better off not trying to smile (guess I'm a serious type of guy) - or being on the other side of the camera (I grew up in the non-digital film age, so I take 1 or 2 pictures and usually 1 or 2 of them turn out good).
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    These guys are right - the secret to taking any great photo is taking lots of photos. Not that I can ever take any good ones of myself, either. I used to have one from a forced visit to a "glamor shots" studio that looked pretty good. I had it printed on my visa card, which had an option for an ID photo. It kind of backfired, because I never looked as good in real life, so it was kind of suspicious.

    Where I used to work, there used to be a sign hanging in the security office where they took ID photos... "Want a better picture? Bring a better face!" Wow, what an ego booster.

    If there's one thing that's even worse than the way I look in photos, it's the way I look on TV. I suffer near-fatal cringing every time I have to watch one of those things. If I ever get attached to a show with a decent budget, I'm going to insist on having Christopher Lambert play the part of me. From a distance, the face is close enough, but the camera seems to like him.
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    I never have my pic taken under florescent lights. Or bright lights. Or, honestly, much lighting at all.
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:57 PM GMT
    Try using a tripod and take lots of pics. 1 in 20 should be ok. Download then delete, crop or resize the ones you like.



  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 04, 2007 4:59 PM GMT
    I don`t much like my photographs.I always seem to cme out looking half asleep!The key may be to take a lot of pictures,and then only pick the best.Over time,if you`re photographed a lot,you may learn the nack of looking good!Altrnatively,go to a professional!
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jul 04, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    Um, my friends are camera whores and have mastered the group "self-shot" - we all pose, they stick out their arm, take the picture - everyone seems to be mastering it at this point, lol..

    also, BECAUSE my friends each have like, 2000 photos up on facebook...there are a select few that actually look decent.

    Really, the only answer is to take a LOT of photos - and when you're aiming for a really good shot, 90% of the time it doesn't happen. It's really....left up to chance.

    So basically...become a camera whore.

    lol
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    Jul 04, 2007 6:21 PM GMT
    That's how I've been taking all of my pictures of myself. I put the camera on a stead surface, take a practice shot to see how it turns out, then take a couple of pictures and see the results on the preview screen.

    I used to hate getting my picture taken because I always thought I looked stupid or goofy or whatever. Now, I don't mind. What you see is not necessarily always what you get.
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    Jul 04, 2007 9:28 PM GMT
    Last summer I took about 40 pics of myself, to find 20 half respectable and about only half of those I was comfortable posting.

    Most pics of myself I don't like, but sometimes there's one that I say "not baaad!" ;-D

    Most people are selfconscious about themselves; getting over that takes time (and self-acceptance) and practice with a camera. Heck have fun with! :-)

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    Jul 04, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    I would say that 90% of the pictures I take of myself are awful. The face shots make me look like a gargoyle half the time, and the body shots make me look like an out of shape doughnut.

    I've been told that all the pictures I post of myself are not good. I agree that taking one in the mirror is an interesting concept (the face shot on my profile was shot in a mirror).

    I had pictures taken by a gay photographer, and those were good, but they look too formal/posed for websites like this.
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    Jul 04, 2007 10:21 PM GMT
    I think one of the tricks is spending some time in front of the mirror and really having a good look at yourself: notice what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, and which side of your face looks best. A really fit guy can look fat if shot from the wrong angle and a fat guy can look deceivingly athletic if hit from the right angle. Most people look horrible under florescent lighting and look amazing under pre-dawn or sunset lighting. Hope that helps!
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    Jul 05, 2007 3:26 AM GMT
    Okay. I have the same thoughts. My pictures never look like me. I personally don't feel that I photograph well. My best friend on the other hand is loved by the camera.

    I dabble in photography so my thoughts here are just my opinion.

    I hate the mirror shots. I recommend that you find a buddy to take a lot and I mean a lot of photographs for you.

    Try different clothes, settings, backgrounds. Find what clothing doesn't wash you out.

    Look normal. No fake model stances. smile.

    If you have a photo editing program and know how to use it do so. Cleans up the picture.

    Have fun at it.