6 Tips For Do-It-Yourself Professional Portraits

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There are numerous applications for a professional portrait. For instance, depending on your CV format, you can fit in a professional portrait. Likewise, your online profiles will benefit greatly from a good professional portrait. A good looking LinkedIn or Facebook portrait will create a positive impression on recruiters. Obviously, hiring a professional photographer will produce the best results. However, if you are going to be taking your portrait yourself, use these tips for the best outcome.

Lens Effect

An advantage that a professional photographer has is the type of lens that they use. A professional photographer will use a lens that will properly position your features in a portrait. When you take a portrait with your phone, however, sometimes the proportions of your features become exaggerated. In order to take a well-balanced portrait with your phone, you need to move away from the subject and then zoom in. This reduces distortion and produces results similar to using a lens.

Lighting

An obvious advantage of using a studio is the fact that a studio has better lighting equipment. Sometimes, when you take a portrait with your phone, the shadows are too noticeable. When you take a portrait with lighting that is not too good, you have dark areas that make the portrait unusable. At other times, the portrait turns out okay, but it’s just unprofessional looking. Take advantage of natural light sources. Get near a window for more natural lighting. Don’t stand directly in front of light sources though.

Framing

Proper framing also affects the quality of your portrait. The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the background is not in focus. You should be the subject of your portrait. You need to make sure that there is nothing distracting in the background. This means using bland backgrounds and making sure that they are out of focus. Properly cropping your portrait will also enhance the quality of it. Use your discretion, and leave some room both above your head and below your shoulders.

Context

The context within which you will be using your portrait should also influence the portrait. For example, if you are a Graphic Designer, you would dress more casually in your portrait. If you are a banker, you would dress more professionally, and so on. In taking a professional portrait, make sure that you dress appropriately for the industry that you find yourself in. Additionally, tailor your portrait to the platform that it’s going to be on.

Confidence

You need to communicate confidence in a professional portrait. This means that you can’t slouch. You need to stand up straight and look confident.

Smile

You want to smile in your professional portrait. If you don’t smile, you will come off as unfriendly. Smile in your portrait. However, you also don’t want to appear unnatural. To find this balance it might be best to think of something that amuses, and genuinely smile.

It is such a hassle to get a professional portrait taken. Luckily, our smartphones are very capable these days. Use these tips and get yourself some professional portraits!

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