It is said that “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” However, getting a shot that is worthy of 1,000 mentions is easier said than done. In fact, many photos are unflattering at best and downright horrible at worst. Thankfully, there are some ways you can make your next shot the best yet by implementing the following tips:

Avoid Head-on Poses

It is a good idea to angle your face when snapping a photo. If you look head on into the camera, it can cause your face to look larger or wider than it actually is in reality. If you stand just the slightest bit sideways and tilt your chin, your face will appear thinner.

Pose Your Body

You might assume this tip goes without saying, but many people neglect this simple trick. When posing for a photo, you should always…well…pose. The most attractive way to pose is to position your body 45 degrees. Prop the arm that is closest to the camera on your hip (this keeps the upper arm from flattening out and looking larger than it is in reality) and place one foot in front of the other. Your front foot should be slightly pointed. Keep your weight on your back leg. If you want a visual reference to help you better understand this pose, think of all the red carpet appearances you have seen from celebrities. This is the classic “red carpet pose.”

Be Yourself

Whether you are planning on a having a professional photo session or you are posing for a photo with friends, it’s important to remember to be yourself.  When choosing your wardrobe, make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing. If you are uncomfortable, it will come across in the photo according to Commercial Portrait Photographer Scott R. Kline.

Avoid Patterns

Wearing patterned clothing is normally fine. After all, bold, colorful patterns are a great way to show your personality and have fun with your clothes. However, when it comes to a photo, you need to tone it down just a bit. Instead of patterns, keep it simple with solid colors. Solids simply photograph better than patterns.

The Eye Sees Colors Differently

It’s normal for you to see yourself one way in the mirror but look completely different in a photo according to gizmodo.com. This is due to various reasons including the fact that the camera processes your face differently. The way the flash hits your skin, the way either natural or artificial light alters your appearance and many other factors play into how you look in a photo.