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Sunday
Jan302011

EXPERT SECRETS | How to take a smokin' picture

via freshness mag

WE LIVE in an era where it’s no longer possible to squirrel away bad photos of yourself. Instead they’re uploaded and tagged across online social platforms for all the world to see.

Forever.

Models and actresses know how to give good photo, but us laypeople are prone to looking smug, drunk, slow or pudgier than we are in real life. Or a horrifying melange of all such things.

Here are our tips on how to take good photos, purloined from years of talking to and reading about photographers, models and magazine editors:

1. Learn Italian: Mainly learn the word Contrapposto, defined on Wikipedia as a stance with “most of the weight on one foot so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs”. Do it and look instantly slimmer.

2. Armed and dangerous: Press arms against against the body and they appear twice as large. Shoulders back and away from your ears, and create a sliver (or more) of air between your body and arms. The hand on hip is also seriously slimming to the arms.

3. Chinny chin chin: Tilt the chin slightly downwards (half an inch) but don’t retract it like a turtle into the neck. Tilt down and pull it forward and away from the body to avoid the double chin and make your face look slimmer.

READ THE FULL LIST OF TIPS on how to LOOK GOOD IN A PICTURE here.

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