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  • How to look great in photographs?

  • Sure, a beautiful photograph takes some skill behind the lens, but it takes a little skill in front of it, too.

  • You will need: a photographer and a camera with flash.

  • Step 1.

  • When choosing your clothes, leave bright colors, crazy patterns and horizontal stripes in the closet.

  • Neutral colors look best.

  • Step 2.

  • Check your face in the mirror.

  • Do you have any blemishes you could cover, or greasy skin that needs powdering?

  • Could your eyes use some drops to clear up redness?

  • Are your eyebrows trim and neat?

  • If you wear makeup, remember that colors will look more intense in photos, especially on black and white film.

  • Step 3.

  • Try to have the pictures taken outside, in the morning or before sunset, the light is soft and flattering at these times.

  • Whereas high noon, a flash photography can illuminate a little too much.

  • Step 4.

  • Make sure the camera lens is at eye level or just slightly higher.

  • Any lower, and you'll look like you have a double chin.

  • Step 5.

  • To appear more natural when standing for a photo, lean slightly back with your weight on your rear foot and angle one hip forward.

  • Keep your posture erect, but not overly posed.

  • Think Greek statue, not William Shatner.

  • Step 6. Turn your head two thirds to one side or the other for slimming effect on your face.

  • Avoid wide-angle lenses, which will widen the appearance of your face.

  • Step 7.

  • Look at a light source, like a lamp or light for a few moments.

  • It reduces the size of your pupils and the possibility of red eye.

  • However, never look directly at the sun.

  • Step 8.

  • Just before the picture is taken, close your eyes and have the photographer count to three, then open your eyes as he begins shooting.

  • This is the best way to prevent blinking from ruining shots.

  • Step 9.

  • The last and most important part of the picture is the smile.

  • Saying kitschy things like cheese forces a fake grin and makes you look like a newscaster or a local politician.

  • Instead, think of a funny memory which will bring out a naturally happy look.

  • Did you know

  • The first commercially available color film was offered in France in 1907.

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