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In part one of our series on how to take a great profile photo, I shared my tips on posing and how to move your face and body in order to look great on camera. Today, I'm focusing on how to find the best and most flattering lighting, and how to use it to improve your photos.
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About Profiled by Photofeeler is a blog about social media and online interactions. Photofeeler is a tool for testing profile pics, as seen in Time, Forbes, The Today Show, and more. It’s free to use here.
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Natural Profile Picture

Profiled by Photofeeler is a blog about social media and online interactions. Photofeeler is a tool for testing profile pics, as seen in Time, Forbes, The Today Show, and more. It’s free to use here.
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Natural Profile Picture

Profiled by Photofeeler is a blog about social media and online interactions. Photofeeler is a tool for testing profile photos, as seen in Time, Forbes, The Today Show, and more. It’s free to use here.
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If you change positions to avoid a staring contest with the sun, you'll also have to make sure it's hitting your face in a complimentary way. Ask whoever is taking your picture to check to make sure the shadows aren't warping the shape of your face. You can always turn farther away from the sun until the harsh shadows are less severe. When you're taking photos of friends, be sure to watch that the shadows aren't harsh or unflattering.
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Fortunately, many of these unique demonstrations have been captured by people that use to stay alert to the present moment and, in a quick picture, they had immortalized these wonderful creations. Mother Nature has the majestic and simple mission of continuously offer us extraordinaire views in order to remind us that beauty is a universal treasure.
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It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.
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This final tip is my favourite one, because it's really cool and creates a gorgeous effect. When you're using natural light for your photos, natural reflectors are all around you. Watch for sun reflecting off buildings, bouncing up off of sidewalks, or beaming back at you off of any reflective surface. In this case, I used a large white garage door as a reflector. I stood with my back to the garage and had my model face me so the sunlight reflecting off of the garage would hit her face. See how soft and pretty the result is? You can even see the reflection of the garage creates a beautiful catchlight in her eyes.
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One fantastic tip for positioning your hands in photos is to move— rather than place— them. When you place a hand on your shoulder, for instance, it can look pose-y and awkward. But if you scratch your back and then pull your hand back to your shoulder, the position will look much more natural.