26 Apr 2018

Tips & Tricks: Photogenic Angles

How do we find our best photographic angles?

Unveiling our best side in every photo opportunity is a fine art and a challenge to master.

We have the ability to capture a moment with one click. Precious family get-togethers, holidays of a lifetime. Memories we want to keep forever.

It is frustrating when we want to “delete” the monumental moments, solely because we dislike how we look in the photo.

So how can we perfect the camera shots?

Tips & Tricks For Improving Pictures Of Ourselves

* Lighting is everything. Natural sunlight is best. If you are inside, ensure you are facing towards the light.

Finding the correct lighting will eliminate any unwanted shadows.

* Bypass a double chin disaster by elongating your neck and pushing your face forward.

Doing so will help to create the illusion of a sharper jawline.

* Try avoiding a full-on profile. You want to position yourself side on a little from the camera.

You will think more positively about an image of yourself once you have established your favourite side and learn to work with it.

* If you are taking the photo yourself, keep the camera at a high angle.

Capturing from a higher angle will assist in accentuating your features.

* Natural is always best when accomplishing the perfect photo and that goes for makeup too.

Opt for a translucent powder over base products to blur imperfections and tone down any shine.

* Don’t overthink it.

Reflect your true self and enjoy the moment.

French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson quoted “your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”.

Ok, we are clicking and counting here.

Tips & Tricks: Photogenic Angles

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images, illustration lone wolf magazine, chris colls for porter magazine

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Brilliant advice from you and le photographe Henri Cartier-Bresson! Many mistakes lead to a masterpiece.

Mimi Gregor

I would add: always look at the camera with a 3/4 turn — not full on. I even used to have my driver’s license pictures done that way. People used to tell me how great my driver’s license photo looked. Now that they have facial recognition technology, however, you have to face the camera full on and –horrors!– not smile! In other words, resting bitch face. They look horrible.

I also find that if you rest your tongue up against the roof of your mouth, it makes your neck look slimmer.


Vicki, great tips. However, I do not understand what you mean by “You want to position yourself side on a little from the camera”. If you have time, please explain.


It is better to turn slightly towards the camera, rather than fully straight on, Charlene. xv


Great tips, thank you Vicki! I remember our work media liaison people telling us that if media photographers were taking your picture from a low angle it would look hideous. It’s a trick they play on politicians and other prominent people if they want to project a negative image of them. You get jowls and double and triple chins from this position. Must work out my best side! Have recently found that if there is side lighting on long hair it can really make the hair shiny. Takes attention away from a fading face! Best wishes, Pamela


Two comments — 1) there’s the new Passport photo rule, “no smiling/no teeth!” while staring straight into the camera, usually in a place with harsh overhead lighting (heaven help us!) — I have to live with THAT for the next 10 years???; and 2) on a warmer note, a memory of my DAD who throughout his entire life, when pictures were being taken, would quickly turn his head just before the flash went off, as he much preferred his profile (either side). Never understood that, frankly, as he was a good looking man with silver hair, but just goes to prove that vanity is not restricted to the female of the species!


Je ne comprends pas les photographes, pourquoi photographier d’en bas où de très en haut ? Il suffit de se positionner par rapport au modèle. Quand c’est le Festival de Cannes où autres événements , il y a des photos vraiment horribles.


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