Picture Pet Peeves/Profile Pics 101

  • EricLA

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    Oct 31, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    I'm sure this has been a thread before, but I think it's time to revive it. Let's provide our fellow RJers, especially the news, some helpful tips on the Dos and Don'ts of profile pics. I'll just do a couple, but I could easily come up with a list myself:

    * Mirrors: Okay, we can't always rely on friends or professional photographers to take our pics -- especially the private type. So, many of us take pics of ourselves in the bathroom mirror. If you can avoid this, great. But, if you can't -- PLEASE make sure the mirror is clean. No one wants to see smears or stains from brushing your teeth in a mirror. We want to see you, unfiltered. So, a little attention to detail, please.

    * Distance: Please don't use a pic that shows you from a distance. You should give us at least one good head shot or middle close up with your face and your chest. This is a fitness site, after all. If you have several pics and want to add one with you doing an activity or something expressing your personality, perfect! But that shouldn't be your only one.

    * Make it of you: Come on guys, we're gay men. We notice all the pics of hot guys on the Internet. If you try to use someone else's pics as your own, SOMEONE will notice. Probably starting with me. And the same goes for photoshopped pics. We can tell when you've attached your fuzzy face to some other guy's perfectly focused body.
  • auryn

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    Oct 31, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    I know, right?! Then, there's all those folks with body pics for their main photo when they have good face pics to choose from. I mean, really, what's that about?

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    Hope it's OK to have a few pictures that are not of myself, like the picture of my new kitten.
  • ueatzit

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    I would like to add one more please:

    -There is this cool little function in just about every piece of released software that will load images since the early 80's (and on a majority of digital cameras). It is called rotate, or image rotate. I'm getting old and sometimes in my excited state to see what you would look like upright I jerk my neck too quickly and it creaks. So help out, rotate your photos into their natural upright position.

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    That drippy white stuff on mirrors isn't toothpaste man.
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    Oct 31, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    How dare people use fake pics and photoshopped pics. I for one never would resort to that.

    Check out how well my diet is going!


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  • OptimusMatt

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey saidHow dare people use fake pics and photoshopped pics. I for one never would resort to that.

    Check out how well my diet is going!


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    It's always nice to finally see the results of all your hard work icon_biggrin.gif
  • EricLA

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    Auryn saidI know, right?! Then, there's all those folks with body pics for their main photo when they have good face pics to choose from. I mean, really, what's that about?

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    Ouch... well, maybe I'm not as confident about my face pic as I am my body pic. But, at least I have face pics in my profile. I'm just going with my strengths to bring them in.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 31, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    dean_Hussein_pdx saidHope it's OK to have a few pictures that are not of myself, like the picture of my new kitten.


    Hey, I have my dog among my pics -- as long as your pics aren't ONLY of your new kitten, you're fine. Again, I personally think this shows a bit of personality as long as you have good pics of yourself in your profile, too.
  • auryn

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    Nov 01, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    EricLA said
    Auryn saidI know, right?! Then, there's all those folks with body pics for their main photo when they have good face pics to choose from. I mean, really, what's that about?

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    Ouch... well, maybe I'm not as confident about my face pic as I am my body pic. But, at least I have face pics in my profile. I'm just going with my strengths to bring them in.


    Oh! I was just joking with ya before someone with mean intents razzed you about it. lol
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    Nov 01, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    Ok EricLa you got me with my private pics DOH!!!! Wait I have not seen yours icon_biggrin.gif hint hint! lol!!!
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    Nov 01, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    and...guys should learn how to use the auto-timer function on their cameras, because then you don't need a mirror, and you're less likely to end up with blurry pictures.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 01, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey saidHow dare people use fake pics and photoshopped pics. I for one never would resort to that.

    Check out how well my diet is going!


    lolrx0.jpg


    Congrats, Freaky, all that work is paying off. At Photoshop, that is. ;-)
  • EricLA

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    Nov 01, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    Auryn said
    EricLA said
    Auryn saidI know, right?! Then, there's all those folks with body pics for their main photo when they have good face pics to choose from. I mean, really, what's that about?

    icon_wink.gif


    Ouch... well, maybe I'm not as confident about my face pic as I am my body pic. But, at least I have face pics in my profile. I'm just going with my strengths to bring them in.


    Oh! I was just joking with ya before someone with mean intents razzed you about it. lol


    Auryn, Haha, no worries, I only felt a little razzed. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 01, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    I get annoyed by guys who have outdated pics and profiles, mainly on the other sites. I laugh to myself when I see them out in the clubs/bars and they are over-weight compared to what they are in their outdated pics.