Tips for Capturing an Effective Profile Picture – Part 1

CoveTableCuriosities We’ve talked about the importance of having a profile picture to accompany your small business brand. And don’t worry, it is possible to create an effective profile picture of yourself:

* all by yourself
* in your own home
* without an expensive camera
 
 


How do I know? Because I captured my own profile picture.

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I needed an updated profile picture, so I set aside some time one afternoon when I was at home by myself. Here are some steps I took to prepare myself for the photo shoot:

1. I got dressed (obviously).
Not just in casual, “at-home” clothes. I actually put on clothes that I’d wear out to eat with my husband and family. I also put on earrings, even though they are hardly visible in the photo.

Why? I had a hunch that if I felt “presentable,” that vibe would be evident in my posture, my smile, and my overall “look.” 
 
 

2. I chose a photo area with lots of light.
I chose a day that was sunny and bright, and I opened all of the shades/blinds. I also supplemented the natural light source by bringing lamps from various parts of the house into the room. Of course, if you have a professional light set-up, use that, but I didn’t have anything elaborate.

3. I stood against a solid-colored background.
Of course, the background that you use is completely up to you, but I wanted something simple and non-distracting. Be sure to consider your hair color when you stand against a background. Dark-haired people should stand in front of a light-colored background, and the opposite is true for a light-haired person.

You, on the other hand, might not want a plain background. You might want to be photographed in your studio or work environment. That’s a great idea too! The possibilities are endless! 
 

4. I used a tripod.
Well, actually, I intended to use a tripod to hold my camera, but I ended up hand-holding the camera for the shot. I typically don’t recommend this for various reasons (1. you can usually see the person’s arm extended, 2. camera shake/blurriness often occurs), but it worked for me this time.  My point-and-shoot Nikon camera has an image stabilization feature which helps reduce blurry shots.
 
 
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After I captured the image, I spent about 30 minutes editing the shot, so stay tuned to Part 2 of this post for details about the editing process and more tips.

Until then, 
 
 
 


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