Everybody wants to look good in pictures, and if you think it’s only women who care about how good they look, then you’re WRONG. Because men love to look as good as, if not better than, the women they are being photographed with. This is especially so if those pictures are to go on places like Tinder, where just one photo can be a hit or miss for potential partners. So what is it that makes photo good or bad, especially for guys?
How to Look Good in Pictures, Guys
Your body’s posture is important
In order to appear more masculine/manly, you need to stand or sit like a man. Pull your shoulders back, put your chest out slightly, keep your chin up, don’t cross your legs when sitting and make sure that when you’re standing, your feet are pointing toward the camera. If at all possible, move your torso 20 degrees away from your feet because it will give added dimension to your physique.
Guys are guilty of crouching too, so whenever it comes to group photos, absolutely avoid crouching. It does you no good. If possible, stand somewhere in the middle of the group for the photo so that the center of attention is you, literally.
If there is no room in the camera to accommodate another guy standing, then sit down cross legged like a yoga posture, or sit on the floor with one knee up. Remember this when working on how to look good in pictures, guys.
No drinks please
Don’t be caught dead with a drink in your hands. More often than not, it makes men look awkward and portrays them in a poor light instead of making them appear more macho. And yes, even wines and champagnes are included in the no-drink rule.
Take note of your background
Your background should not take away from the focus of the image, which is you. For example, there is no point in wearing all black and then taking a photograph in front of a tree, where the tree appears to be sprouting from your head. Simple backgrounds are the best. When wearing black, avoid black backgrounds; it’s pretty much the same for other colors as well. And please, no photos in the bathroom.
Make use of your hands
Don’t sit or stand awkwardly with your hands by your side. Make sure you do something with them. So for example if you’re sitting, you can have one hand on your knee or on the neck of a friend. The latter works best even when you’re standing. This brings us to our next point on how to look good in pictures, guys.
No gang signs
Just, no. And this also includes stupid peace signs, Hitler’s salute or even that heart shape you make with both of your hands. At least, it doesn’t suit grown up men. If you’re a teenager looking to impress girls, the heart sign might actually work in your favor. But know that it will make you appear more kind and soft than manly.
Make use of bright colors
There’s no denying that every color has a psychological effect on the human mind, most of which is too subtle to notice. So why not make use of this? Avoid colors like black, grey, deep blues and browns. Instead, opt for lighter blues, greens, yellows and even pinks. If you feel too awkward wearing such bright colors, then make sure there is at least one thing near you which brings enough color in your picture.
Focus on your buttons
When you’re wearing formals, always remember your buttons. If the occasion is formal and you’re wearing a bow tie or a tie, then it goes without saying that all your buttons should be done. Otherwise you appear sloppy and unprofessional. The “loose tie” thing works only when you’re in an informal setting, like relaxing at home or getting out of your office and taking candid shots. Don’t forget this very important rule on how to look good in pictures, guys.
Practice your smile
And do so in front of a mirror. You need to know how much of a smile makes you handsome and how much of it makes you look like the next Joker from Batman. You need to look warm and approachable, not scary. Go through your bad photos and see what you did wrong. Take lots of selfies if necessary to perfect your smile.
Sometimes, look away from the camera
Sometimes, the best shots taken are candid. They make the photo appear more authentic and thus, the motions more genuine. If you’re at a party and see a camera man taking photos, make sure to look ever so slightly away and smile a little to yourself. You’ll have a gorgeous photo. If you’re looking at the camera, then make sure you don’t blink too much, or stare blankly at the camera when the photo is taken.