Learn Your Best Camera Angles Through These Simple Steps

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If you still have inhibitions in expressing certain emotions and flaunting your best angles, the camera will be your worst enemy. As a model, it’s highly important to know how to use your face. Even the common Instagrammer or FB-famous user knows how to be photogenic. Our generation knows that physical beauty alone is never enough for a good photograph. We are flooded with common people going viral not because of their physical appearance but because of their unexplainable, captivating charm in photos. 

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If you’re still at the beginning of the journey to self-confidence, here are the simple steps it takes to master confidence on camera by finding your best angle.

How to Find Your Best Camera Angles

Face the mirror.

Allot around 20 to 30 minutes to familiarize yourself with projecting various facial expressions or emotions:

  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • Surprise
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Jealousy
  • Fear
  • Disgust
  • Contempt
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Optimism
  • Loneliness
  • Flirtatiousness

Focus on different options for every emotion in each area of your face: eyes, mouth, nose, cheeks, eyebrows, and angles. Try a few muscle tensions or tilts, and “edit” each part of your face until you are pleased with your projection.

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Now try spending another 20 minutes expressing emotions and using your hands on your face.

  • Under your chin
  • On your cheek
  • Covering your mouth
  • Behind your head
  • In your hair
  • Moving and shaping your hair

Altering your emotions and hands in front of the mirror is simply like practicing yourself for the moment when you’re finally in front of a camera.

Practice on camera.

This time, take pictures of yourself projecting every facial expression above. Place a mirror behind the camera first to guide you into “memorizing” your expressions. Check your shots once in a while, and move into removing the mirror. Take more shots until your comfortable with your facial expressions.

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Look away.

A model’s line of sight can dramatically change the mood of a photo and the audience’s interaction or reaction with it. Looking right into the camera pulls them in and talks to them. If you look somewhere else, they’ll be observing. This ties in with facial expression. If you are smiling at an object, you are going to come across as content with it. A distant, dreamy stare may convey yearning. A focused line of sight may be interpreted as curiosity.

Take the challenge further this time by not looking into the mirror or the camera. Use your camera’s timer or remote if you have one to snap shots of you looking away. Work on angles and the best lines of sight that work with your eyes.

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Invite a model friend in.

Try your knack at chemistry and receptiveness with a friend. There are modeling gigs that will require you to pose with other models (e.g., editorial modeling, print modeling, promotional modeling, etc.), so you might as well be prepared for that. Posing with other models trains your confidence, teaches you chemistry, and exposes you to emotional stimuli. You will be reacting to another emotion this time instead of producing a facial expression all by yourself. Envision moods together and project different themes or poses that synchronize with each other.

Have fun!

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