Online dating and photography and tips
London-based online dating photographer Saskia Nelson, of ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’, gives her top tips for taking a great online dating profile picture on your smartphone.
I may be a pro photographer, but I’m still a huge fan of mobile photography.
(Which, ironically, means it will probably get more hits that any of my photography posts.) I have been debating whether to write this for some time, for fear of seeming unprofessional or completely random.
But, people ask me about this topic ALL the time (last week, most recently), so I decided to take the risk and forge ahead.
Have you seen those people who hold their mobile phones up in the air to take a photo? Photos need to be in pin-sharp focus to get attention from daters and the best way to do that is to make sure you have a steady hand.
In fact, a pro photographer would either use a wall to steady themselves or bring their elbows into their side (using their body as a kind of tripod) to keep the phone camera as still as possible. Oh and don’t forget to tap the screen and focus on the eyes.
), and add a bit of colour pop and contrast if need be.
Don’t be tempted to over edit, as it will put potential dates off.
Photographers are obsessed with finding good quality light.My favourite apps for editing smartphone photos are ‘Afterlight’ and ‘VSCO Cam’ (great colour pop without using a filter) but there are tonnes out there. Play around with props, clothes, hairstyle, make up, backdrops and in amongst all the shots, you should find a few awesome ones which will help your dating profile stand out from the crowd.I’m a bit of a maverick, if truth be told, and am a firm believer in breaking the rules to get an interesting shot. Good luck and, most importantly, go have fun doing it. For more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!Most people think sunny days are the best for portrait photography, when actually it is the most challenging to work in.
Shooting in direct sunlight creates horrible shadows across people’s faces which can be unflattering and distracting, so if it’s a sunny day head to a shady, yet bright, area.Also, with a few simple editing tricks, you can create some genuinely cool portrait photos for your dating profile. There are a few simple steps to follow to ensure you take a high quality photo.Follow these suggestions and you’ll see the quality of your mobile photos shoot up, and make you more attractive to potential dates!This will immediately even out the light on the face.