by | Mar 5, 2019 | How To

Do you hate always taking horrible photos that are cropped out, too dark, or just way too ugly? Well what I have for you here is the inside scoop on what us photographers and videographers look for when we want to take the perfect photo.

Step 1: Content

When taking a photo of yourself you want to make sure that the photo itself is simple. No need for cut off faces or non-existent elbows. Make sure that the thing you want to take a photo of has plenty of space to get in. Take a step back or get to a higher angle. Notice here she has everything in clear view. The purse and her attire are her main points of focus so nothing is cut off and nothing is out of place.
Blogger Photo (theeverygirl.com)

Step 2: Dead Space

Now while we’re on the topic of having enough space in your photo, there is also such a thing as too much space, or what I like to call “dead space.” In this photo, most of our eyes are most likely drawn to her but then quickly shift over to that empty space next to her. Trying to make out if she’s looking at something or maybe there is something there were supposed to see, it is unnecessary. But she didn’t crop anything out to accommodate for the dead space so that’s a positive.

Step 3: Lighting

Lighting is everything people and the older you get the more important you realize it. Lighting is the fine line between looking 25 or 55. It also adds depth to what is essentially a flat photograph. In the first photo, she has too much lighting behind her thus washing out her out. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the light behind. So once the lighting is moved in front of her and is now used to illuminate her face, we get a lot more of her beauty shining through this photo.
Bad vs. Good Lighting (www.eyelinerwindsandprettythings.com)

Step 4: Angles

Angles ladies, angles! The song “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” was made long before selfies became a staple in our lives. Angles are every girl’s secret weapon to bewitching their significant other into thinking “I woke up like this.” As you can see on the right side she has the phone dropped below the jaw line thus giving us a great view of her under chin and making it seem that she has a double chin, which clearly isn’t the case as shown on the left side photo. Kylie and Kendall Jenner never take a photo that low for a reason.
Bad vs. Good Angle (www.bustle.com)
Kylie and Kendall Jenner (www.popsugar.com)

BONUS!

Puppy Photo Tips 🐾

Number one thing will be to have patience, I hate to break it to you but no pup is going to pay attention and say “cheese”. Grab a treat and hopefully your puppy is old enough to know sit or lay down. Get them in either position and keep that treat right above the camera. If you have an iPhone with portrait mode I suggest using that. You’ll have to get up close to keep their focus, the further back that treat gets the more you lose that pups focus. Honestly your best chance to get a cute photo is to let them play, tire out a bit and then get those candid photos.
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