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How To Take Great Profile Pictures

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
How To Take Great Profile Pictures

The formula for cool profile pictures is flattering angles, expressions, lighting, and poses. Better self-portrait photography skills will impress your friends, and attract more clients. And take great profile pictures whenever you want!

What You’ll Need

  • A Tripod: the taller and sturdier, the better! It should reach your height so that you can be comfortable when posing.
  • A Camera: this can be a smartphone camera, but for the best results I’d recommend using a DSLR.
  • A Remote: this will take photos for you, which means you won’t have to run back and forth to get the perfect photo.
  • An Editing Program: a program like Lightroom or Photoshop is great for light retouching work.

Why Is It Important To Have Great Profile Pictures?

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Why Is It Important to Have Great Profile Pictures

Social media is a puzzle in which profile pictures play an important role. First impressions are difficult to forget. Accounts without profile pictures are suspicious. But low-quality photos aren’t an option either. Accounts that feature poor photos of themselves (or their pets) aren’t appealing to the eye.

Think of real-life scenarios. Imagine going to a business meeting dressed in pyjamas and slippers. Your clients will think you’re unprofessional and will definitely not forget that! The same applies to the world of friendships and dating.

Technical Tips For Self-Portraits
Before you plan your shoot, you need to know how to use your camera’s technical settings to your advantage. It should take you around 5-10 minutes to set up your camera.

Find A Well-Lit Location

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Find a Well-Lit Location

This can be a shaded area in a park, a room on a bright day, or any other place that has good lighting. And makes you feel comfortable. Natural light is the best source of light for good profile pictures. It will make your face glow, add depth to your eye colour, and light up your background.

Avoid Direct Light

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Avoid Direct Light

Direct light will add too much texture to your photos and make you squint. Don’t take photos outside at midday. Instead, go out when the sun isn’t too strong. The golden hour is a great time to take warm, well-lit self-portraits. If you’re indoors, photograph yourself in front of a curtained window. Soft window light is one of the best lights for classic profile pictures.

Take Vertical Photos

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Take Vertical Photos

If you want to emphasise more than your face, rotate your camera to a vertical position. Vertical profile photos will show off your outfit, posture, and pose. They work better for that than a horizontal photo.

Use Autofocus To Ensure Sharp Images

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Use Autofocus to Ensure Sharp Images

Instead of guessing where you’ll stand, set your camera to autofocus. This will ensure that you’ll look sharp no matter where you stand. Be careful when taking photos in places with lots of foregrounds. If something is covering your lens, it’s likely that your photos will end up looking blurry. If, for whatever reason, your camera can’t find you, hold your hand above your head to catch its attention.

Have A Mini Test Photo Shoot Before You Start

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Have a Mini Test Photo Shoot Before You Start

Even if you’re using a remote, you need to make sure that your self-portraits are in focus. During the first few minutes of your photo shoot, go back and forth. Make sure that you’re standing in the right place and that the composition looks great. And check that nothing is covering your face. This will help you improve your weak spots and find your best creative strengths.

Use A Large Aperture To Separate Yourself From The Background

How To Take Great Profile Pictures
Use a Large Aperture to Separate Yourself from the Background

A large aperture, such as f/1.8 or f/1.4, will separate you from your surroundings. And it will create beautiful background bokeh. A smaller aperture, like f/6.0, will capture more details on your face and in the background. The aperture you choose depends on your taste. For me the most effective profile photos use a large aperture. Separating the subject from their background makes them stand out.

Conclusion
You won’t look flattering in a profile photo if your photography skills aren’t strong. No matter how beautiful you are. Knowing how to take self-portraits will save you lots of time and money. And it will help you leave a positive impression on anyone who visits your page.

originally posted on expertphotography.com by Taya Ivanova

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