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The Quickest and Easiest Way to Get Top Quality Profile Pics

It's far easier to show you how to take the photos than to write it all out. Have your camera out while you watch and practice honing your photo taking/posing skills in this video lesson.

Takeaways:

  1. Background - Is it picture worthy?
  2. Take lots of pics - You have a digital camera! Take a bunch of pics and sort through after for the best. Try multiple poses, angles, facials expressions. Chang​e it up! See how you look best.
  3. Raise that camera - Have the camera above head height to have a downward angle to make your shoulder wider than your chest and create a natural taper.
  4. Stand tall - Keep you weight equally distributed on each of your legs, pushing through your heels. Shoulders up back then down. Put yourself up against a wall then step off to practice good tall posture.
  5. Jut the chin - Moving your chin forward slightly makes your neck more taut, removing wrinkles and the appearance of a double chin. You only will need to jut forward about 1-2cm. Test different amounts to see what works best for you.
  6. Jut and turn - Once you're familiar with the just, Turn your head! Ever so slightly so that it's as if the lens is saying something softly and you're turning your ear towards it slightly to hear what is being said. This makes your jawline more prominent. Especially valuable for people who are told they do not have much of a chin.
  7. Jut turn and eye contact - Now add in eye contact with the lens of the camera. Your closer eye looks directly into the camera. Experiment to see which side you think is your “good side.” Looking at the lens and ideally “though the lens” will give illusion that you are making eye contact with the person viewing your photos.
  8. Hold that sub - Now add in eye contact with the lens of the camera. Your closer eye looks directly into the camera. Experiment to see which side you think is your “good side.” Looking at the lens and ideally “though the lens” will give illusion that you are making eye contact with the person viewing your photos.
  9. Do the authentic smile - Laugh to yourself to show a real smile rather than a fake smile.
  10. Review - After you take the photos, check them out! Which do you like the most? What would you do different next time?

For more about Peter Hurley, check these posts Perfect Picture Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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