He says ‘‘The key to taking a good photograph is making sure that you are comfortable in your surroundings.Whether that means taking the photo in your lounge, or with a professional backdrop, if you are familiar with your surroundings, then you will be more relaxed and take a better photo...Toby Aiken, a professional freelance photographer based in Gloucestershire, says that having profile pictures is an essential step for two reasons.
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In fact, in our survey, this was the voted the biggest picture no-no by our UK members.
33% said that they were not fans of profile pictures that showed too much skin, making stripping off the biggest photo mistake one can make.
There’s just one last step to better profile photos – the lighting.
Aiken stresses that the way a photo is lit can make or break the final shot: ‘’the temptation to take a snap with a camera phone now is almost overwhelming, but good as they are, and with all the intelligent features they have, if the lighting is bad, they will come out grainy, and poorly exposed.’’ Instead, he suggests, the best thing to do is ‘’get outside, open the curtains and try to use natural light when you can.
So, it's clear that photos are extremely important – but what's the best way to maximise your chances of photographic success?
Toby Aiken helped us find the six steps that can help you get better profile photos.
Aiken points out that it is helpful to think about what will be in the frame of the finished photo (besides yourself, of course! ‘’If you go for a shot in your lounge, make sure the background is relatively tidy – we’re not talking catalogue shoot clean, but just take a look and maybe tidy that pile of washing you were meaning to deal with and make sure the curtains are straight.’’ Prepping yourself is also worth doing.
This doesn’t mean giving yourself a full-on glam makeover; it just requires that you give a little thought to how your clothing and accessories will work on film.
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