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Is this a good profile photo?

Eirik Jørgensen , Aug 09, 2013; 04:23 p.m.

I recently snapped this photo of myself to possibly use as a profile picture on networking sites.
I took it in my room in front my computer, do you think anyone'll notice, and does it matter, really?

>is the photo itself good and can be used as a profile picture?
(I heard you shouldn't take selfies to use as profile pics, but I don't think you can notice it.. do you?)

Thanks! :)

-Picture- http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/9061/wzqo.jpg


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Rob Bernhard , Aug 09, 2013; 04:33 p.m.

[[I heard you shouldn't take selfies to use as profile pics, but I don't think you can notice it.. do you?]]

Yes, you can notice.

[[and does it matter, really?]]

That all depends on what kind of impression you want to give.

Tim Ludwig , Aug 09, 2013; 06:01 p.m.

Okay, if you can ignore virtually everything else....you've got a great smile and a good haircut with a quite pleasant face.

After that, the lighting is awful, the camera angle is way too low and totally emphasizes your nose, your eyes are heavily veiled by the bad lighting, and ....the one thing you can actually correct in this image......you have a huge light trap in the very distracting large window to the right, which you could crop out.


Clean the lens of your computer camera. The veiling across your current image may be partially due to a dirty lens as well as the strong light coming directly from the window. Be sure that you do not have a strong light coming from behind you as you do here.

If you insist on doing this yourself, turn 90 to 120 degrees to your left (with your computer) so that you have light falling across your face from the window, raise the computer camera so that the lens is at least at a level with, or slightly higher than your eyes and then look upward into the lens so that your eyes are nicely opened. Do NOT raise your face to look up at the lens, just raise your eyes slightly while keeping your face about level.

Get that smile back, maybe tilt our head a trifle to one side or the other, and then take the shot.

Most selfies that seem to work are in fun situations where personality and what's happening are more important than projecting a more business like image. If you are after something that shows you to a real photographic advantage for your profiles, good lighting is everything.

John Hill , Aug 09, 2013; 06:21 p.m.

No...Not a good photo of yourself. I agree with Tim, the lighting is awful.

Odd that the bright window light is behind you, but you have light glowing on your face. Computer screen or another source causing this? Try another with the curtains closed. Do you or a friend have a camera or phone that you can use for your profile photo?
I ask about the camera, because I see that you just joined today and this is your first post. I hope that your not toying with us.

Eirik Jørgensen , Aug 09, 2013; 07:30 p.m.

[[I ask about the camera, because I see that you just joined today and this is your first post. I hope that your not toying with us.]]

- No, I am not 'toying' with you. I posted this thread to have your opinions on the photograph, and tips to take a photo of more quality. Thanks for your help and opinions - greatly appreciated.

Tim; Thank you for your help. The picture was actually taken with a Sony Handycam, not a computer camera. The computer monitors generate a lot of light, though, which is what I think you refer to regarding the light on my face. I'll take a few pictures tomorrow (it is currently night in Norway where I live) and update this thread. I would appreciate if you could check back and give me your opinion then as well :)

Louis Meluso , Aug 09, 2013; 07:37 p.m.

A nice face and expression but not an ideal portrait, Eirik. Luckily, you can try and try again. The two biggest problems are 1. you are too close to the camera so the lens is distorting your face making your nose and chin look large. 2. the light from the window is hitting the lens causing an extreme amount of flare which reduces contrast and jukes the color somewhat.
Back up a bit. You have a large enough file you can crop into. Get that light off the camera lens!(close the curtain partially) You might try to put a white card in front or to the side of the camera to kick in a bit more light to your face.

You could try to apply a bit of Photoshopping to this image, as I did below, to help improve it but I think it would be better to try and re-shoot it. Do use some image editor to adjust the color, contrast and touch up zits, stray hair and such. In any case play with various approaches and have fun!


Eirik Jørgensen , Aug 09, 2013; 07:56 p.m.

Thank you very much, Louis! I'll take a couple of pictures tomorrow and adjust it the way you and Tim suggested :) Please check back then and give me your opinion :)

Tim Ludwig , Aug 09, 2013; 08:35 p.m.

Eirik, Sorry I was confused about the type of camera, but the positioning and cleanliness rules both still apply. I'll be glad to help in any way I can.

Louis has done a terrific salvage job on what is there, but starting over will almost certainly give you a really big boost in quality.

Eirik Jørgensen , Aug 10, 2013; 08:23 a.m.


I took four pictures just now, and the one that I uploaded is the one I think was the best one.

I tried to adjust it the way Tim and Louis suggested. I took the photo in front of the window this time, with the camera sitting on a few pillows in the window frame. I was sitting on a small table. The room itself is very dark (I partly closed the curtains, I only left some open for the camera to shoot through.) I did get light on my face, though. I need your opinion on it. Is it better than the previous one?

If you want to shop it a little, feel free (I was very impressed with your work, Louis :])

Thank you! :)


Gary R Hook , Aug 10, 2013; 11:57 a.m.

You're moving the right direction. A bit of PS for clarity and sharpening (and some cloning to remove the bed) results in this:

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