Using photos in a profile interview

  • Photos are used in a profile to show who the person is and how they fit into their environment.
  • The camera is used to bridge the gap between people.
  • The brain recognises patterns so when taking a photo focus on the patterns surrounding the person and use different angles to make an interesting photo.
  •  Use back lighting and shadows for a more dramatic effect
  • Leading lines guide the eyes to look around an image
  • Creatively framing an image makes it more interesting so try and show different points of view rather than just straight on
  • Find a distance and decide how to use the space in the frame- use active space
  • Rule of thirds- placing points of interest at various intersections to make a balanced photo
  • Lighting shouldn’t be overly exposed or overly dark
  • The background mustn’t be overly busy and take attention away from the subject
  • The camera must be steady and focused before taking a picture
  • Shooting from behind or behind glass can make a messy photo as the camera and photographer can be seen in the glass and their tends to be no one subject to focus on
  • Avoid cutting out the subjects body parts
  • Sometimes these rules can be broken however only in aid of creating a good photo