We have all seen the memes poking fun at the differences between profile photos and tagged photos; it seems like everyone loves to share them, mainly because they are so true. However, if you aren’t so great at taking selfies, your profile photo may not be all that difference from your tagged photos; this can be problematic for regular users, but if you are using social media to build your brand, this is something that must be remedied. If this is the case, we are here to help. Below are some quick tips for how to take a good profile photo.

How to Take a Good Profile Photo

Find the Right Light

Good photos have good light—no matter what the subject is. You want soft light that is bright enough to remove dark shadows, but dark enough to keep some details hidden. Sunlight is best, keeping your skin looking healthy and natural. Try to keep the light in front of you, not behind you—but not so direct that you squint.

Look for a Minimalist Background

While a white wall might be boring, anything too busy will be too distracting. Not to mention that the more you have going on in the background, the more likely it is that you will run into some trouble. You do not want to risk whatever is happening behind you being more interesting to viewers than you are.

Angle Your Body, Not the Camera

Once you have the light and background taken care of, you do not want to risk messing it up. As such, you do not want to be moving the camera. Rather, you should try angling your body. A 45-degree angle should help to thin you out, removing the weight that the camera adds. Play with the way you hold your arms and take plenty of shots, making it easier to find the right one.

Do you have a profile picture that you are proud of? We want to know what tricks you used to make it perfect. Share them with us in the comments.

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September 27, 2016

How to Take a Good Profile Photo

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