How to Create a Professional-Looking Self Portrait

You love pop art, and you can’t think of anything better than seeing your own image, or that of a loved one, transferred to a stunning pop art print. You just need to work on getting the perfect image that will rival Andy Warhol’s print of Marilyn Monroe. Composition is the key. Here are a few tips to help you create just the right shot.

Play With Settings

Remember that a flash can cause you to look washed out or blurry. However, you should also keep in mind that if you’re using incandescent light, and you don’t use the flash, your photo can come out looking blue-ish. You can always experiment with different settings on your camera that will adjust the tint depending on what kind of light you’re shooting in. There are all sorts of different options on most cameras, so feel free to use them until you find which works best for the effect that you’re trying to create.

Make the Best Use of Lighting

Proper lighting can make all the difference in the world. Often, professional photographers will use indirect lighting instead of having the light shine directly on their subject. You can shine light onto an umbrella or a wall. If you’re shooting in natural light, you can even place a big piece of white poster-board in front of yourself – this directs the sunlight toward you.

Experiment With Makeup

Where would we be without makeup? It’s what we use to emphasize our best features. Sultry, smoky eyes can really add punch to what might otherwise be an ordinary-looking portrait. If you have a beautiful mouth, why not show it off with bright red lipstick? Even if you’re a guy, there are little tricks you could use – a bit of bronzer to warm up a pale complexion, perhaps? Remember, though, that often the camera will over-emphasize makeup, and you don’t want to look clownish.

Photoshop is Your Friend

Anyone can enhance an image using Photoshop. First, open the image in Photoshop. Then go to the Image menu, and under “adjustments,” you’ll find “levels.” Just clicking on the “auto” button can give you instant correction and improvement. You can also adjust contrast and brightness in Photoshop, but be careful – too much and you can end up with an unnatural look.

If you’re a real whiz in Photoshop, you can even smooth out your skin tone, eliminate flaws, and create any number of custom effects.

Now, grab that camera and get to work. You’ll have a perfect photo of yourself in no time!