Now that camera phones are ubiquitous and there are a plethora of social media networks on which to share the images they capture you've basically got two choices when a friend points a lens in your direction:
1) shriek hysterically about how cameras steal the soul, or
2) smile and cross your fingers the photo doesn't come back to haunt you later.
For those who tend to go with option B, I found a surprising trick for avoiding at least one unflattering effect, the dreaded double chin. Not only that, I personally gave it a try —and because I have no shame, I even documented the results.
It seems like decent advice for professional photos with fancy lighting and cameras and whatnot, but what about spur-of-the-moment camera phone images ? I decided to test-drive his theory for myself to see if it still holds true.
Here's my first image:
Yeah, wow, I shouldn't do that when someone points a camera at me. Or ever, really.
Here's a more normal photo:
Shut up about my roots. And my grungy workout shirt. And my right eye which is always squinchier than my left.
Here's one more image, with my attempt at the forehead-tilt thing Hurley describes.
Verdict: I think the trick works. Now, as for whether or not I'll remember to hurriedly re-position my forehead the next time someone takes a picture of me, who knows, but it's definitely worth sharing. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!
Images via YouTube, Linda Sharps