You’ve always been told that first impressions are the most important, this same rule apples even for the internet. Social Networking has really taken off and looks like its here to stay – for a while. And no mater what social media outlet you use, a profile picture is probably the most important step to your online profile. It’s your first chance to introduce and say something about yourself. Connie Wang at Refinery29.com came up with some very good tips to get your well on your way to the best photos of you!
Here’s what Connie had to say:
1. Lighting! – Areas with soft (shaded, cloudy, morning-or-evening) light always make for beautiful photos. If you’re taking a close-up, having a light source behind you will cast a halo around your face.
2. Party Time! — If you’ve got a camera that lets you play with the shutter speed, change it to the “nighttime” or “slow-sync shutter.” You’ll get some trippy light effects on your party pics, which always make for an awesome photo!
3. There’s An App For That — If you’ve got a smart phone, tablet, or computer, you can add cool filters to your photos with a variety of applications. Our favorites include Instagram, Fisheye Lite, 8mm Vintage Camera, and Photo Booth.
4. Don’t Futz With “Fun” Filters — You may have played around with them for your Friendster or MySpace profile, but it’s time to grow up, stop making your face glow green and blue, and avoid using those stock filters.
5. Learn Some Photoshop Basics — Removing red eye, auto-adjusting levels, and upping the contrast are all really easy tricks you can do to make your images really shine (a whole bunch are listed, here!). If you don’t have Photoshop, this free service, Photoscape, has all the basics you need.
6. No Selfies — Taking your own portrait is one of the biggest faux pas around. Mirror shots or extended arm shots are only okay if you’re 15 and getting ready for Homecoming. If you have to, there are ways to maneuver the camera so your arm isn’t in the shot, but don’t think you’re fooling anyone…
7. Get Natural — If you want to avoid that “senior photo” look, the best thing you can do is to use an activity as an opportunity to take a new profile picture. Going water skiing? Attempting to demolish a banana split? Hanging out with a bunch of goats? Cameras out!
8. +1s Allowed, +5s, Not So Much — If you want your BFF or significant other to join in on the fun, that’s totally okay. It starts getting confusing, though, when you’re posting a huge group shot as your own profile picture. Which one are you again?
9. Caption This! — A picture might be worth 1,000 words, but sometimes, a few more sentences are necessary. Utilize the caption function to add a backstory to your photo and encourage comments and likes.
Now your well on your way to looking like a pro in your profile. To read more tips and tricks on beauty and fashion visit Refinery29.com.