photography tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/207/all en-US Say Cheese: How to Look Great in Photos http://www.wisebread.com/say-cheese-how-to-look-great-in-photos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/say-cheese-how-to-look-great-in-photos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/posed_photo.jpg" alt="Man posing for the camera" title="Man posing for the camera" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before the invention of the digital camera, we had to deal with whatever picture developed. Nowadays, as soon as someone snaps a shot, we&rsquo;re all like, &quot;Can I see it?&quot; We want to make sure we look acceptable in the picture that will inevitably make its way onto Facebook where it will forever be judged &mdash; whether we like it or not.</p> <p>To make sure you look your best in photos &mdash; since you have no control over it after it&rsquo;s taken &mdash; here are a few tips you can institute before the flash goes off.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Get a Haircut Beforehand</h3> <p>Everybody looks great after a session at the salon or barber. It gives your face an air of freshness and your mood a boost of confidence. If you know you&rsquo;ll be someplace where photos will be taken &mdash; a wedding, reunion, holiday dinner &mdash; get a haircut or new style before the event. I recommend going to the parlor a week in advance for two reasons: 1) So you don&rsquo;t look like you just stepped out of the chair, and 2) if your stylists messes up, you have time to fix it.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t Forget to Smile</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m a smiler. There&rsquo;s not a picture hanging in my house in which I don&rsquo;t have a smile. My driver&rsquo;s license, passport, and bank-card photos all have cheeky grins, too. I look happy when I smile, and other people comment on that aspect of my photos all the time. Why do I smile so much? Because nobody wants to look at a picture with someone who has a stone-cold stare &mdash; it&rsquo;s depressing. That&rsquo;s not to say that you have to show a full face of teeth &mdash; some people are self-conscious about their teeth, and that&rsquo;s OK &mdash; but you should at least try to move your lips in an upward direction.</p> <p>Also, try to smile naturally. It&rsquo;s hard sometimes, and I&rsquo;m guilty of feigning smiles here and there. But my husband has a great trick that always makes his smile look natural &mdash; he makes himself laugh before the photo is taken, and it always turns out great.</p> <h3>Iron Your Clothes</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a schlub in your daily life, it&rsquo;ll show up in the photos. Personally, I don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;s any acceptable reason why anyone shouldn&rsquo;t be ironing their clothes &mdash; or at least making sure they&rsquo;re wrinkle-free somehow &mdash; before they leave the house. You never know when someone might want to take a photo of you, so it&rsquo;s best to be prepared. It&rsquo;s not that difficult to heat up the iron and run it across your pants and shirt in the morning or evening. In fact, I would go as far to say that if anyone wanted to be in a photo with me and they looked a hot mess, I would say no. I don&rsquo;t want their poor grooming habits reflecting poorly on me.</p> <h3>Choose a Good Setting</h3> <p>A good background can make or break a photo op. Look around before the group gets into its pose. Is there something interesting that will give the photo more depth and excitement? Greenery, a mural, the cityscape? Be conscious of what&rsquo;s behind you to enhance the chance of taking a keeper.</p> <h3>Know Which Side Is Your Best Side</h3> <p>No matter which way some people are photographed, they look amazing. I&rsquo;m not one of those people. After analyzing many years&rsquo; worth of photographs, I&rsquo;ve decided that I look best having my right side photographed. That&rsquo;s the side I choose whenever somebody wants to take a picture. You don&rsquo;t have to make a big deal about it when it&rsquo;s picture time; just quietly position yourself the way you want so you have the best chance of taking a great photo.</p> <h3>Avoid Close-Ups</h3> <p>Models look great in close-ups; regular people do not. I try to avoid having close-ups taken at all costs. If I feel the photographer is too close for comfort, I kindly ask the person to back up a bit. They usually oblige. If they don&rsquo;t, they will after they see what you look like close up.</p> <h3>Use a Decent Camera</h3> <p>If a camera isn&rsquo;t quality, it&rsquo;s not going to take quality pictures. If you&rsquo;re someone who likes to snap photos, invest in a good camera. Decent digital cameras are inexpensive these days.</p> <h3>Opt Out</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re not feeling the photo op for whatever reason &mdash; you&rsquo;re not confident about your outfit or hair or the photographer doesn&rsquo;t have a good camera &mdash; politely decline the invitation to have your picture taken. I&rsquo;d rather say no when I know the photo isn&rsquo;t going to turn out well because I don&rsquo;t look my best rather than let someone take a photo that I'll regret for the rest of my life.</p> <p><em>Have other tips on how to look great in photos? Let me know in the comments section below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/say-cheese-how-to-look-great-in-photos">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them">25 Things to Do With Used Corks (Including Making Money With Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-places-to-stash-cash-in-your-home">The Best and Worst Places to Stash Cash in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-money-on-clothing">50 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-signs-someones-being-fake">5 Signs Someone&#039;s Being Fake</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips beauty secrets digital photographs photography tips smile Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:24:45 +0000 Mikey Rox 797044 at http://www.wisebread.com Take amazing party pictures http://www.wisebread.com/take-amazing-party-pictures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/take-amazing-party-pictures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000052756712_Large.jpg" alt="friends holiday party" title="friends holiday party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Capture the holiday spirit and get the most out of your newfangled digital camera with these <a href="http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/16-christmas-photography-tips/">16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas</a> from Darren at Digital Photography School.</p> <p>There are some practical photography tips (11. Fill your frame), great advice (9. Fresh group photos), and creative ideas like setting up a do-it-yourself photo booth!</p> <blockquote><p>I photographed everyone as they came in and then left the camera (a point and shoot) set up on a tripod and set to a short self timer time so people could photograph themselves during the rest of the party. I set it up in a well lit position with a fairly plain background with a few Christmasy decorations around the edges. The shots were great &mdash; people went back to it throughout the day and the photos got crazier and crazier as time went on.</p> </blockquote> <p>Some other great tips for a quick DIY photobooth? Hang up a decorative sheet, fabric remnants, balloons, streamers, or even holiday wallpaper to use as a festive and colorful backdrop. Throw in a basket of Dollar Store props (think silly glasses, garland or boas, play jewelry, party hats), and a couple of cheap picture frames. Look up some templates online for things like mustaches and fake lips to cut out, glue to cardstock, and attach to a skewer for and instant goofy disguise kit. You're sure to create some fun memories that will last long after the party ends!<br /> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote></blockquote> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-amazing-party-pictures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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