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It used to be the case that everyone took terrible photos then quickly hid them in albums, never to be seen again. Now this is no longer possible thanks to social networking sites like Facebook.
These days if you’re going to be uploading your snaps then you want to be looking your best. To offer his top tips, professional photographer Martin Shields joined The Hour.
He explained that when setting up a shot it’s best to avoid taking the picture straight on. People look even worse when you take a photo from below.
To hide that double chin, it is best if the camera is slightly side on to the person. They should also keep their chin up and look happy. Turning to the side also helps hide square shoulders.
To remove shadows from under the chin, place a reflector underneath to bounce the light back up. These can cost as little as £20, but even a piece of paper will do the job.
It is also best if you zoom in slightly. A wide angle accentuates features and makes the nose appear larger than it actually is. Zooming in slightly will flatten the image.
The flash is also a problem, as it is often too bright and shows up any blemishes. Consider using natural light instead.
Finally, take note of what is in the background. If the subject of your photo is standing in front of a tree, it will look like the tree is growing out of their head. It’s better to position the subject better when taking the photo than edit the image afterward.