How to Be a Better Photographer: Unprofessional Selfies Be Gone!

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Okay, we are adorable but I usually hate selfies!

We had a chance to get some advice about how to take the most flattering pics from Chris, a professional photographer, and one of the founders of Viewfinder, a new app that helps you organize your iPhone’s camera roll amongst other things. Until recently, Chris spent his time capturing prestigious events in New York City and around the world.  Here are his tips to get better photos! Aren’t you so over unflattering selfies already? I know I am!

  1. The desirable pose. Ever wonder why female celebrities always stand with their hand on their hip?  They know how to look stunning in a photograph. This common pose is called the ‘three-quarter angle stance’, and it never fails to make a woman look slim, sexy and beautiful. To achieve the three quarter angle stance have your subject extend one leg out in front, pivoting, and planting the corresponding hand on the hip. The result is a long, attractive, diagonal line that draws the viewers eyes across the subject and shouts confidence.

  2. How do I make my subject look taller?  A popular question, without an easy answer.  However, there are a handful of tricks to help you achieve height:

    Never shoot at low angles.  Most people think shooting from a lower angle pointing up will give the perception of height, however the result is usually a distorted image. In some instances, the distortion will actually add weight to your subject.

    Keep your subject away from anything tall. Never place a shorter person next to a taller subject, whether it be a person or item. The difference in height is the first thing a person’s eye will be drawn to in your photo. You’d be surprised how tall a subject will appear in a photo without anything else to compare a person’s height with.

    Think about clothing. Clothes with vertical stripes and a uniform colored outfit will always make your subject look taller. High heels are a must.

    The right poses. Crossed legs at the ankles, arms, and shoulders drawn inwards always slim a subject down and draws more attention to the vertical emphasis.

  3. Photograph at eye level or above for portraits.  This will help avoid the dreaded double-chin effect and everyone loves a nice, sexy jawline.

  4. Soft light is flattering light. It’s easy and pleasant on the eyes and compliments soft facial features nicely. Examples of soft light are places indoors next to window or outdoor shade protected from direct sunlight.

  5. Figure out your subject’s best profile. We all have a better side. Knowing which one is which on your subject’s face can change EVERYTHING. Take a few test shots and look at the results.  That’s the beauty of a digital camera or smartphone.

  6. Have fun.  You can be an expert at posing your subject, but if your subject isn’t having fun, it’s impossible to get a great shot. Tell a joke, ask your subject to do something silly, or make a sexy face.  It’s important to get them to loosen up.  Especially with an app like Viewfinder which allows you to share a pic with a select group of people, a great picture of your subject laughing is just as good as the pic that makes her look skinny.


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