Profile photo's - hints & tips

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    Oct 25, 2007 1:06 AM GMT
    Hey guys

    I intend to take some more profile pics in the next couple of days and I wonder if any of you photographer types have any good tips and hints on how to make really good shots.

    I have a decent digital camera and a tripod.

    thanks icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Oct 25, 2007 1:27 AM GMT
    Try to find a simple background, nothing worse than seeing someone's clutter when they take a self pic.

    Try to use natural light instead of a flash for a more flattering picture.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 25, 2007 1:37 AM GMT
    I would try and not look posed and doing something that you really enjoy while taking a picture is helpful.

    Start off by wearing something you feel comfortable wearing or doing. I've taken huge numbers with my horse, but haven't ever included any of those on here and should.
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:09 AM GMT
    Try to keep kangaroos out of the pictures....unless you got one...then include him ...or her
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:10 AM GMT
    There was a similar thread on this: Taking Pics Of Yourself

    I think Chuckmeister and DiverScience have some good advice in there.
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:30 AM GMT
    Thanks, will check it out.

    And I don't have a kangaroo - I ate him.icon_lol.gif
  • cacti

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    Oct 25, 2007 3:58 AM GMT
    Yes, on-camera flash in particular usually isn't the most flattering lighting. It can really take the depth out of your features and make you look flat. If you must use it, try using a setting like "night portrait" that will utilize a longer shutter speed so you can take advantage of the most ambient light possible and not rely entirely on the flash for lighting.

    Try to avoid a back-lit situation because you will either appear under exposed or it will try to fire that flash.

    If you're indoors, the most flattering lighting to show off a guys face, IMO, is to try to setup the 2 or 3 point light scheme. The trick is to get one or two sources coming from the side or rear corners of the subject to bounce the light highlighting the edges. Then your second or third source is coming from one of the front corners... creating opposing light sources. Sometimes you can find areas of the home with this type of scheme without moving a single light in your house, but you may have to play around a bit if you attempt this!

    I do agree candid shots are best, but if you're doing this by yourself there isn't much you can do besides picking a great location with sufficient lighting and trying to look as natural as possible. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 25, 2007 5:37 AM GMT
    Whatever the light source, make sure you're taking a photo with the camera between you and the light -- nothing worse than a dark shadow of a picture (I've seen many-a-photo from friends where they took a picture with the light behind them and they turn into a silhouette).
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    Oct 25, 2007 5:45 AM GMT
    look just above the camera, not directly at it
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    Oct 25, 2007 7:04 AM GMT
    And take off the lens cap.
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    Oct 25, 2007 1:16 PM GMT
    or a wallabee...wallabees are cute, arent they. What the hell is a wallabee? Are they small kangaroos or like hedgehogs? Anyway, sounds good. "Here's a picture of me and my wallabee, Snuggles" ... icon_lol.gif

    hmmmm..."me and my wallabee" .... I am sure there is a poem in there somewhere .... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 25, 2007 2:51 PM GMT
    I need some new photos as well...I look way too serious in mine icon_lol.gif None of them really convey what a big goofy dork I am in real life.

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    Oct 25, 2007 3:17 PM GMT
    mind your lighting and angles and you'll be fine
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    Oct 25, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    Once the photo is taken, use Adobe Photoshop,in the View tab, pick Render . . . lighting Effects. It can help you correct lighting problems. Experiment with the settings and u will like the results. BH
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 25, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    3 point lighting is way too complicated for most people.

    Try to get a good overhead light or window light and stand a little behind it. This will light your face but let your muscles show (because of the top lighting).

    Flash is evil. It makes you flat and pallid.

    Smile.

    Take a lot of photos. Try stupid things.

    Breathe out, not in when you take the photo.

    Flex if you must but try to look relaxed when you do it.
  • cbrock

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    Oct 25, 2007 4:05 PM GMT
    Try anything and everything. Take pics inside and outside. Try it with and without flash. Try sunlight, try nighttime. Take as many pics as your camera will allow. At least that way you'll have a large selection to choose from and more than likely at least one of them will turn out great.
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    Oct 25, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    HndsmKansanI would try and not look posed and doing something that you really enjoy while taking a picture is helpful.


    Oh really?
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 25, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    If you go black and white, make sure to up the contrast enough that it's clear.

    If you go black and white, do not also add selective color. It's almost always boring at best, tasteless, cliche, and unattractive the rest of the time.
  • kew1

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    Oct 25, 2007 5:58 PM GMT
    Also try to use telephoto end of the zoom (around 85mm in film terms) more flattering perspective (wide angle gives you a big nose)
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 25, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    Chaser,
    I think thats a great idea... unless the subject looks great posed.
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    Oct 25, 2007 11:57 PM GMT
    Wallabies are small kangaroos, and nowhere near as tasty as their bigger cousins.

    The upside is that, like Britney, you can fit one in your clutch bag.
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    Aug 03, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    Digged up and interesting. Now with the SELFIE, 8 years has gone by...

    Any more tips?