Photographs can capture any moment ofÂ time and save itÂ forever. Perhaps thatâ€™s why everybody wants toÂ look perfect onÂ camera. Itâ€™s such aÂ wonderful feeling when you look atÂ old snaps ofÂ yourself and think, â€™I look great here!â€™
WeÂ believe that everybody can look perfect onÂ cameraÂ â€” you just need toÂ know aÂ few simple rules and stick toÂ them. ToÂ help you, hereâ€™s aÂ great visual guide from professional photographer Jodee Ball which reveals some ofÂ the most basic errors people make inÂ photographsÂ â€” and how toÂ improve them toÂ make sure you look great.
Strike aÂ carefree pose
Making an â€™Sâ€™ shape with your body isÂ aÂ great pose which makes you look far more relaxed, asÂ itÂ has noÂ ideal symmetry and helps you loose that wooden, soldier-like look. Also, itâ€™s worth paying attention toÂ your armsÂ â€” itâ€™s better toÂ put only your thumbs inÂ your pockets rather than your entire hand.
Turn your body away from the camera byÂ about three quarters
IfÂ you want toÂ look leaner onÂ camera, you should avoid having straight shoulders, and instead turn your body away from the lens byÂ about three quarters. InÂ the second shot above, the modelâ€™s two hands are inÂ view, onÂ her hip area. These little tricks help toÂ make your pose more graceful.
BeÂ careful with your hands
Sometimes itâ€™s aÂ good idea toÂ touch your face inÂ aÂ photograph. InÂ this case, though, itâ€™s very important not toÂ turn your palm toÂ face the camera. Instead, itÂ should replicate the contours ofÂ your face.
Lower your shoulders
Lowering your shoulder atÂ anÂ angle will make your neck seem longer and give anÂ overall more relaxed impression. Moreover, doÂ not hide your hands. InÂ the second image above, the modelâ€™s hands have been placed close toÂ her elbowsÂ â€” this looks aÂ lot better.
Bend your knee
IfÂ youâ€™re being photographed from the side, donâ€™t forget about adopting aÂ pose inÂ the shape ofÂ an â€™Sâ€™. Just bend your knee aÂ little and lower your shoulders. This will make you look both slimmer and more relaxed.
Tilt your head slightly
You will look better inÂ pretty much every photograph provided you donâ€™t stare straight atÂ the camera, and turn your body slightly away from the lens. IfÂ you also tilt your head, itÂ makes itÂ look asÂ though you are looking upÂ atÂ the camera from below. This isÂ aÂ simple trick which will work wonders for how well you photograph.