Ever since people started using digital cameras with little view screens on the back, I've seen fewer good pictures of people. Normally, this is not something that'd really bother me but since people keep taking pictures of us the wrong way, it totally matters. Set your diet coke and your Luna Bar down, I am going to teach you how to use your little digital camera.
If you have a digital camera and you use the screen on the back instead of the view finder to compose your image and you do what my husband is doing, you are doing it wrong. Everyone in your photos, including Paris Hilton, will look triple chiny and blubbery:
NO! Stop! Your camera should never be below your eyes! NEVER EVER! Your camera should always be at eye level or higher. Read that again. Here is how you should be holding your camera as you snap your photos:
This is the proper way to do it. If your subject is shorter than you, still hold your camera at eye level but tilt it down slightly. You can still use the view screen at eye level. To show you the difference, I have taken two photos of the same* marshmallow - the right way and the wrong way.
Which way would you like your chin and neck to look? That soft gooey mess on the right might be tasty squished between some graham crackers and a piece of chocolate, but it does not look good when it is a picture of you that your mother sends out with her Hanukkah cards or posts in her blog. Before you upload that self portrait to eHarmony, take another one with the camera on a tripod instead of on the coffee table.
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