Digital Photography Techniques for the Best Facebook Photos @ Technotrixs.com In the movie The Social Network, Sean Parker, Justin Timberlake's character, has a kind of epiphany about how people, in the age of Facebook will take to communicating through their photos. They'll carry their cameras everywhere with them, he says, and share their experiences on Facebook, posting pictures of everything they see and experience. As it turns out, that was an extraordinarily prescient comment. That is exactly what Facebook users use their account for, more than anything else (users have over 100 billion photos on Facebook in mid-2011 now). But there is still one kind of photograph on Facebook that still gets overlooked - it's the profile picture. How do you take the best profile picture for Facebook - you know, the first picture of you that a potential employer (or romantic prospect) will get to see. Here are a few digital photography techniques you might appreciate in your quest for just such a picture.

The first thing to understand is that the Facebook profile picture offers you a very limited scope in what is possible. For instance, that picture is going to be pretty small. Lots of people make the mistake of picking a profile picture for Facebook from what it looks like fully blown up on their large computer monitor. They forget that Facebook, essentially, is going to show the picture in a single square inch. A picture with quite a bit of background and context isn't going to leave a great deal of room for you; for this reason, you need to choose to shoot a picture that has you pretty close-up. But there are a few digital photography techniques you could take into account when you do this.

A close-up photo is something those people shy away from because it can often look too “in-your-face”. How do you make a picture for Facebook look not too close-up? The secret lies in the angle. Try to lean back a little bit and to lower your shoulders. It creates a bit of motion and dynamism in the picture and makes your neck look longer. That looks good in such a picture. Turning your body a little to one side as you face the camera, with your head lowered, will put the focus on your face and your eyes. If you wish to make your lips look their best (instead of your eyes), you can push your face up a little bit.

As far as possible, you want to get rid of every possibility of a shadow in such a picture. If you are outdoors, you don't want the sun shining down on you, casting shadows; if you're indoors, you want floor lamps and not ceiling lamps so that you have a chance to create a little bit of indirect lighting. With an uncluttered background, you should get all the focus on your face.

Smiling gets you far in life (even if this really shouldn’t count among these digital photography techniques); make sure that you smile for Facebook;  you can be confident that you’ll have your friends commenting on how fresh your  picture looks unlike all those other offerings on Facebook.

Sammy Feliciano