How you position yourself in front of the camera is very important, especially if you want to use it for a social media profile pic or selfie. Always keep in mind for what medium your profile pic will be used. It will mostly be used for social media and seen on PCs, tablets, smartphones etc. In most cases, your profile pic on social media is seen in thumbnail version.
One of the important factors of good positioning is the angle at which the photo is taken.
Angle and Slimming Effect
Your angle in front of the camera is the difference between an OK picture and a great picture. If you position the camera slightly higher than your eyes, it creates a more flattering – and slimmer look. Your neck will recede and more focus will be placed on your jaw line.
Another slimming effect is to angle your body 45 degrees away from the camera, but position your head looking towards the camera. If you lift your head towards the camera (where the light is coming from) – it catches the light just right and makes a great photo.
But remember very important – always look straight into the camera.
Given the right lighting your eye level shouldn’t be a problem. But remember the height of your camera will affect how your portrait picture looks. To assess the height look at your camera’s LCD screen. If the person taking your photo is shorter than you, get them something to stand on to reach the right height.
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