Okay. I’ve always been kind of a snob when it comes to Facebook photos, especially profile pictures. I’m not going to lie, when I see people change their profile pictures multiple times a day (not kidding), I’m like… “Dude. What are you doing?” Typically the photos are super blurry, poorly lit, and have pretty awful composition. (Yup. I’m a photography snob.) And yes, this post is pretty much all photos of me on a journey to get a good photo. Enjoy the ride!
First thing’s first- typical photos from my generation.
I was having a bit of fun here. Either way, when I was a young lass in my myspace days, I took my share of mirror shots. But even then I liked the photos to be inverted so it actually looked like me and not my evil twin.
This being my evil twin:
Yuck- look how yellow it is. Let’s get some better lighting in this place.
Wait a second- I have a camera! Why aren’t I using that? Most phones have pretty decent cameras, especially iPhones and other smart phones, so my call/text only phone is probably not a good example of phone pictures. Anyway, if you have a camera- even just a point-and-shoot- you can get great shots.
Alright, next up-you’re taking a profile picture of yourself. Shouldn’t you be the main focus?
I was being a dork for this photo I guess! Either way, all SLR cameras are good for manual settings, and even newer point-and-shoots allow for moderate adjustments. Clearly in this photo, I have the shutter speed too low and the ISO speed too high. Again, being a camera snob, I hate using the “auto” setting on my camera, but it’s really up to the user.
Oh no- it’s blurry! I hate blurry photos- unfortunately, my main senior photo from high school is slightly blurry, and I didn’t notice it until I had selected it. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine now.
Another thing to keep in mind is the composition- I’ve cut my chin off, and my cabinet in the background is throwing off the photo. Don’t let something like that ruin a good photo!
I’m not really one for editing- I think it takes away the integrity of the photo. I do mild edits, such as color enhancement or blemish removal, as I’m doing here in my favorite online program- picmonkey.com.
And voila- a pretty decent profile picture.
I know, I know, I’m a snob about photos! Haha. Hopefully that helped a little bit…. Or inspired you to take new photos. I feel like people who think they don’t look good in photos just haven’t figured out yet how to take them. Maybe it’s just me. I dunno. Anyway that’s all, have a great day!