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Seven tips on how to lose your fear of the camera

This is how you will lose the fear of the camera

Nobody is afraid in front of the camera. But very much before the consequences if something happens with it that is uncomfortable to us and possibly causes fear. And there doesn't have to be something serious like losing your hair. But what the young man can do, you can too.

The thing about the loss of control

This fear in front of the camera can be based on fear of losing control. Nobody likes to be at the mercy of an unknown process.

The solution: By transparency you can lose the fear of the camera. Let them explain to you what the photographer does and immediately show you how it works. Influence the process, share, say what you like and what you don't. Every portrait photographer should use what is known as “tethered shooting”, in which the images immediately land on the computer and are viewed on a large screen. You can expect that.

The matter of uncertainty

What is unknown to us is first of all a hurdle, a difficulty. We don't know exactly what to do.

The solution: A good manual. Insist on clear instructions on what to do, and have them explain to you what happens in pictures with body language and facial expressions. Find a photographer who will be your director during the shoot. This gradually gives you security. And only then will you be able to show them on the photos.

The thing about the criticism

Nobody likes to be criticized. But those who show their picture have to live with the fact that not everyone likes it. You have to endure it, just how?

The solution: A good Preparation and planning. If you are appropriately dressed, look appropriately and are appropriately lit, your best picture will come out of it. But what is "suitable"? What supports your goal is appropriate. A business photo always has a goal. Define it, clarify with your photographer how the above topics are implemented appropriately. It starts with instructions as preparation, a precise discussion and ends with good technical implementation by light and camera. Find a photographer with a proven, methodical approach - and enough time. You don't take good photos in passing. Good photos do something to you: they give you a value that you take with you. And bad photos do the same: they make you insecure and susceptible to negative criticism.

The thing with the self-image

Many people have an image of themselves in their head that doesn't match the one in the photo. Why? Because everyone only knows themselves from the mirror. So the wrong way round to the view of the camera, the photo, the fellow human beings. People often do not even recognize each other in a photo.

The solution: If it's really bad, let in Mirror image. You have to somehow come to terms with the fact that you look the same to everyone else as in the photo, to like your photo, but you can practice that through a reflection. This is very easy to implement for any photographer. But: only use unreflected photos. Because only in this way do the others know you.

The thing about the experience and the broken trust

You have often heard that you look goofy in a photo, you may have been laughed at. This is mostly due to an uncertainty or the wrong moment. Snapshots usually shape this attitude. You had no control over it. This experience runs deep.

The solution: talk about it. Say that you are insecure, that you have bad experiences. Bring a picture to your shoot for comparison, say directly what bothers you about it. Demand respect from whoever operates the camera. Don't let yourself be treated, keep the strings in hand. Then you can enrich your experience with good moments and results. The process of creating photos is just as important as the photo itself. What use is a beautiful photo if you associate it with a negative feeling from the moment it was taken? A good photographer is calm, knows what he's doing with the technology, and most importantly, is able to respond to you. Empathy, interest, communication - if you don't know how to do this as a photographer, you will never be able to convince you psychologically. Only with competence in this area will you trust him.

The matter of reality

Many people have a vision of themselves - slimmer, smoother skin, less gray hair, more hair, eyes that are not as deeply set. A photo cannot completely fulfill this ideal on its own. But - a little is always possible, even without a soft focus and deform filter.

The solution: ask for Posing tricks and lighting, make the upper arms slimmer, the double chin less and the eyes brighter. Don't expect “miracles”, because the picture should stay real and show you recognizable, but talk about what can be done in retouching. Moles, pimples, wrinkles - a lot can be changed, but some things make you distinctive. What does not heal by itself in 14 days should also be recognizable. But it can be toned down, less present. Ask who will retouch your pictures and whether your requirements will be implemented. Remember: your apparent age can also be exactly the reason why you are asked. Life and experience can be seen in photos.

The thing about habit

We live in a very visual age. We surround ourselves with visual stimuli that we like. We follow those who appear attractive to us on Instagram. We idealize as we wish. We filter what's up. You know that, remember the yellowed photos on paper or the old tube TV in an almost square format. It almost hurts to look at it today. Muddy, out of focus, poor in contrast, little color. Our viewing habits have changed significantly with the digital media and are idealized by the same faces.

The solution:don't believe everything you see. Most of it is fake. Cheated. Lied. Cheated. Posed. Don't compare yourself to it. Stay with yourself, but honestly and, of course, with your best picture. You will be asked about it. People don't like to be cheated. Traces of life and asymmetrical faces appear to us to be more attractive and exciting. Smooth beauty can also be pretty boring.

A specialist portrait photographer will help you reduce your fear in front of the camera. He is your director and his competence is to guide people and make them feel good without time pressure in front of the camera.