So I look sooo different in photos than in real life! People have actually told me. Why do I look so different tho? I look on girls instagrams and they look stunning like the photo is perfect, is it the camera they use? Do they edit it a lot? Even when I edit I still look crap and everyone says I'm extremely pretty IRL.. So I don't get it? What makes someone unphotogenic?
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Some people are less photogenic, yes, but cameras are all about LIGHT. They are light-gathering devices, and to take a good picture, you need to think a lot about the light.
Generally, you want EVEN light in a portrait-type picture. Overcast days are good for this, because the clouds diffuse the light and reduce shadows. Clear days create harsh shadows, so your eye sockets and under your nose and chin will have dark shadows, which are less attractive.
You also don't want to point the camera toward the sun or other big light sources. You want the light sources behind the camera. You don't want the person in the picture to be partially in shadow, or to have the background partially in shadow.
Last, but perhaps most important, know that nearly any picture taken indoors will be considered to be taken in "low light", which causes the camera to either turn up its light sensitivity (which causes the picture to be grainier) or keep the shutter upon longer, which will cause blurring if the camera or the subject moves.
If you were to go to a professional photo shoot or video shoot, you'd notice right away that they use a LOT of light, and when you're there in person, it seems overly bright. That's because your eyes are much more sensitive than a camera, and so to the camera, that overabundance of light is "just right".
Look at how much light is being used in these professional photo and TV shoots, compared to how much light is in a room where you likely take pics:
If you want good pics of yourself, find someone you know who (at least) has an interest in photography - and preferably someone with experience who can compose a shot well and help pose you - and go outside on an overcast day between 9am and 3pm and use a real camera instead of a cell phone. Take several hundred pictures, expecting only a few great ones. That's how it's done.1