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Passport photo-taking tips
Follow these guidelines to create the perfect passport picture.
Consider the distance
Keep your front-facing camera 16–20 inch (40–50 cm) away from the face. For rear cameras, keep a 4–6 foot (1–2 meter) distance.
Keep your head and body straight
Look directly into the camera and avoid tilting your body. Remember, portrait mode is unacceptable for passport photos.
Prepare good lighting
Take your passport photos in a daylight setting, like near a window on a sunny day. Shadows on your face or in the background are not permitted.
Tumblr Profile Photo - Size and Format
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The perfect Tumblr profile photo
While it’s true that quality content is what attracts other Tumblr users to your posts, being among those having aesthetic Tumblr profile pictures will prove to be an added advantage to your blog! You can greatly simplify things for yourself by opting for an online photo editing tool like PhotoAid. PhotoAid will not only give you valuable tips on how to take good Tumblr profile pictures but also check whether the photos you took correspond to the correct Tumblr profile pic size and other requirements.
How to take an impressive Tumblr profile photo
There are a few things that are good to keep in mind when taking cool Tumblr profile pictures. Obviously, there are no real requirements per se; however, there are still some points that are good to know and can make all the difference!
As already mentioned above, Tumblr is a microblogging website, so there is absolutely no need to hire a professional photographer or go to a photo booth. Still, a photo of good quality, especially as a business, can boost your profile and help you reach more users. The easiest way of ensuring the quality of your picture is good is by asking a friend, colleague or relative to take a picture of you. Of course, if you do not have anyone around you at the moment, you can also take a picture yourself. It’s recommendable though to use a tripod or some other object to stabilise your phone and ensure the photo is not blurred.
Remember this: Natural lighting is your best friend when it comes to taking profile pictures. How much effort you seemingly put into your picture can make a huge difference in how it is perceived by other Tumblr users. If you choose to take a picture for your Tumblr profile indoors, make sure to stand facing a window so your face is well lit out and the risk of having shadows in or around your face is minimised. Having proper lighting is closely interconnected with the photo quality, so be sure not to underestimate it! Another option would be to simply go outside and take your profile photo outdoors in the streets, a park or a garden.
Find a proper background
Having a nice background on your picture is a sure way to make your photo stand out and spark other users' interest. Try avoiding cluttered or messy backgrounds (unless they fit your blog thematically). Think about what kind of background would nicely complete your profile. A minimalistic photo with an artistic touch, something fun, or perhaps an image of you with a beautiful landscape? Whatever you choose, make sure it represents you and complements your overall profile.
Choose a nice outfit
You don’t need to dress up for your Tumblr profile picture, but choosing an outfit that fits your background and the overall mood of your profile is a great way to round off your Tumblr profile. Get inspired by searching the net for aesthetic Tumblr profile pictures. See anything you like? Tumblr is a great page to express your creativity and showcase your artistic side: with a profile photo you can do just that!
While it’s true that filters can be fun to play around with and might also fit your profile, using too many filters on a normal headshot photo is perhaps not the best idea as you might seem a bit fake. Wrongly retouching it might also make it look a bit strange- it’s better to go for a natural look. This really depends on what kind of profile you have though, and how you want to present yourself to the world of Tumblr.
Find a flattering angle
This point is unique for everyone: Pose in a natural way that best highlights your facial features. Try several angles and different lightings, and choose the photo you are most happy with.
Smiling can work wonders when it comes to profile pictures! People smiling on profile pictures seem a lot friendlier and approachable than people choosing not to smile. So smiling might earn you some extra clicks and page visits!
Technical aspects of taking a Tumblr profile picture
Let’s go through a few technical aspects needed to be kept in mind when taking a Tumblr profile photo. First off, you will need to make sure that the photo you take also looks good in a square, since that is the shape Tumblr profile pictures are uploaded and displayed in, and you do not want pieces of your picture to be cut off that you originally intended to have in the picture! In the worst case, Tumblr will render it in a way that will make your image look distorted.
Your uploaded avatar will need to be about 128 x 128 pixels- make sure it’s not smaller in size or else it mightn’t look good on your profile or posts that other people see of you. Tumblr supports 4 file formats for profile photos: JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP.
6 Common Tumblr profile photo mistakes
Here are some mistakes you should avoid making when taking a Tumblr profile photo:
- Your face is hard to recognise because of bad lighting or accessories like caps or hats that create shadows.
- Your image was uploaded using the wrong format. Remember that Tumblr accepts JPG, GIF, PNG and BMP images.
- The lighting in your photo is bad.
- Your uploaded photo is smaller than 128 x 128 pixels.
- Your profile picture does not fit your profile. Make sure they harmoniously complete each other!
- Your background is boring. While true that you are the most important thing in a profile picture, an interesting background is sure to grab more attention and create a good first impression.
Using our Tumblr profile photo editor
If you want to make sure that your Tumblr profile picture looks great and can easily compete with other profile photos out there, use a photo editor like PhotoAid to create your profile picture. PhotoAid will not only give you useful tips on taking a Tumblr profile picture but will also check that the Tumblr profile picture size is correct and the dimensions and file format correspond with the Tumblr guidelines.
An additional plus is that you can easily remove your background (no tech skills needed!) if you are not happy with it, and have it either replaced by a background offered by the app or upload your own background. This can save you a lot of stress and time, as the picture will be ready in a record-breaking 3 seconds!
How do you change the background of your Tumblr profile picture?
Changing your background with our photo tool is very simple! Firstly, go to either the App Store or Google Play Store and download PhotoAid. Choose a photo you like your face on and upload it to our app. PhotoAid will offer several backgrounds, colours and patterns for you to choose from. If you have your own, you can upload it here. Then just let the AI technologies do their thing! In 3 seconds, you can get a preview of your new profile picture. If you like it, you can download it. If not, take the picture again- you have unlimited tries.
Tumblr profile photo mobile app
PhotoAid is very easy to download and a great option for anyone wanting to take quick Tumblr profile photos the efficient way whilst not missing out on the creative aspects! If you use an iPhone, you can get it from the App Store, whereas Android users can get it from the Google Play Store. If you need a profile picture for one of your other social media accounts, you can also make these using our app.
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