You might think your profile picture is great – and we’re sure it is – but is it the best profile picture you could possibly take? While that may sound like a rhetorical question, it does in fact have an answer: no. A good primary profile picture is one of the most important things to get right when looking for love online. A profile picture is like a first impression; the viewer should get a nice snapshot of who you are, what your personality is like, and even what you are interested in. So here is our guide for taking that the very best profile picture:
The best place to find softer light is outside on the gable end of your house where there is no direct light.
Some house lights also offer a softer, more diffused light thanks to either their construction or the lampshade used. These will also suffice if you don’t have access to an outside shooting location.
The plainer the background, the better. Another tip is to ensure the background is significantly darker than where you are. This will make your image “pop” more and give it a greater depth, bringing you more into focus.
On the manual camera, put the aperture down as low as it will go. Zoom in a little with an optical zoom, and then get your photographer to move backwards until you fill the entire frame of the shot along with a little bit of space around the edges to spare. Note: a little zoom is lovely. Too much zoom will clog up the whole frame with your bewildered, ultra high-definition mug, which is a very difficult look to pull off.
Next is to take your image into a photo editing software and warm it up a bit. This basically means removing some of the blue tones in the picture. Find out what format ratio the dating site you have signed up to uses. Is the image square? Or is it rectangular? Crop to the desired proportions once you figure this out.