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Celebrity Photo Tips

Red Carpet Ready: How to Take a Good Photo
February 25, 2014
By , Galavante Contributor

When we aren’t working the party circuit and posing for Patrick McMullan and Bill Farrell, we’re snapping shots of ourselves galavanting around the world. As they say, a photo is forever. Which is why it’s important to know how to take a good one. Art Streiber is a Hollywood photographer who has captured the likes of Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Jessica Lange, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Halle Berry. Here, he shares his tips and tricks for taking a red carpet-worthy photo.

1) Relax
Photography is not dentistry. The camera doesn't lie; it will capture your discomfort. Live with the camera; look through it. Don’t let it intimidate you.

2) Chin up
Not in an imperial way, but give your face a bit of a lift. Insist that the camera is slightly above you. Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to be photographed from below – it’s the least attractive angle.

3) Find your pose
Turning your face (and body) three quarters to the camera is a great way to “thin” them out.

4) Lighting is everything
If you're outside, insist on being photographed in the open shade of a tree or patio. If there is no shade, ask to be backlit by the sun. The photographer may need to shade their lens, but your face will be softly lit, and the sun will give your head a beautiful rim of light.

5) Keep shine at bay
Wield a powder compact to blot shininess on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Small flash units on personal cameras give a burst of light that harshly reflects off of shiny surfaces.

6) Watch your wardrobe
Avoid stripes, bright colors and loud prints – if you stick with earth tones and black, you can't go wrong. 

And whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to genetic miracles with professional hair, makeup, wardrobe and ideal lighting conditions. We think you’re perfect, just the way you are.