How to take the perfect picture for your fans

How to take the perfect picture for your fans

Fans love photos! But how do you take a flattering picture that you feel proud to share?

You can read our tried and tested tips for taking the perfect shot.

Start with a clean lens

Every great picture starts with a clean lens. Use a lens wipe or glass cleaner to prepare it for your shoot.

Starting with a camera phone is fine

You don’t need to buy an expensive camera for your first WorldFans pictures. Most smartphones have an in-built camera that offers decent quality if you know how to use it.

Try to use the camera at the rear of your phone rather than selfie-mode for a higher quality product.

Have a steady base for your camera

There are limitations to the shots you can achieve by holding your phone or camera yourself, so if you are shooting on your own, find somewhere flat and at the right height to position your camera.

You could also buy an inexpensive tripod to do the job for you, or rope in a friend with an eye for photography to snap for you!

If you are doing a solo photoshoot, make use of the timer feature to give you the chance to get into position. Some tripods come with a Bluetooth device that you press to take the photo, or you may have an app on your smartwatch that connects to your phone’s camera.

Turn on ‘gridlines’

Most camera devices will have the option to turn on gridlines which should put nine boxes on the screen. 

Research shows that people find photos that are off centre the most visually appealing, so you should set up your shot so that your face or the subject of your photo, touches one of the four corners of the middlebox.

Good lighting makes a picture

If you don’t have any lighting equipment – no problem! Just find an area in your home or outdoors with great natural light and don’t stand in direct sunlight which will cause you to shut your eyes. Photographers particularly like the natural light from the first hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.

If you have some budget for equipment, then an inexpensive ring light is a no-regrets purchase that will enable you to take photos no matter what time of day it is. The same ring light will also help you with shooting well-lit videos.

You’ll also find an array of apps that can add filters to your photos to help them to look brighter and more professional.

Never zoom in

The zoom function will decrease the quality of your shot, so try these things instead:

  • Bring the camera closer to the subject of the photo.
  • Crop the image after taking it.

Edit your photo (optional)

If you’ve followed the steps so far, you should already have a good quality shot. You can add a little extra polish with an editing app or software package such as Adobe Photoshop or free packages like Microsoft Photos and Apple Photos.

Get snapping and posting!

The more photos you take, the more comfortable you will become with the process. Your fans will also give you feedback on what type of photoshoots they like best. Feel free to ask them!

Get snapping!