Having a professional and appropriate profile picture can be the difference between landing a job and being looked over for a position. In a recent interview with professional photographer Emilie Bourdages, we talked about the importance of a professional image. As to why everyone should have a professional headshot, Emilie said, “If you could advance your career and give yourself a competitive edge, just by doing something this simple, why wouldn’t you, it pays off.”
Not everyone has access to, or the money available, to hire a professional photographer. An option that is often just as effective is professional photo editing.
Although professional photo editing used to be just as expensive as hiring a photographer, there are inexpensive and even completely free options that allow you to edit your photos. This article will touch on what types of photos you should edit, how to retouch photos, and how to create professional photographs from casual photos.
Types of Photos to Edit
There are benefits to editing all of your photos whether for personal or professional use, but that is not always an option or an efficient use of your time. Here are some of the most important photos to edit before submitting or publishing.
– Passport Photos
– Profile Photos
– ID Photos
– Photo for a Resume’/ Photo for CV
– Professional Photos (Career/Business Related)
Retouching a profile picture can brighten up your social networking accounts and increase the appeal to viewers. Common enhancing techniques include lighting adjustments, taking red eyes out of pictures, changing colors, and even removing wrinkles or straightening teeth. The changes made, although seemingly small, can make the difference on a resume’, dating profile, or just for your general use.
One of the best options for retouching profile pictures and photographs is FreePhotoEditing.com. As the name suggests, editing your photos through Free Photo Editing is completely free. You can view samples of retouched and edited photographs on their samples page.
Creating a professional profile picture is going a step beyond editing a current photo to get the perfect image.
I once thought that creating a professional photograph from a casual photo would be time consuming and require using expensive photo editing software. Using the above mentioned Free Photo Editing, you can easily change the clothes you are wearing in a photograph to reflect the image you want shown to others. Instead of buying a new expensive suit, I just created a photo with one on!
Having an appealing image can make a huge impact on your career and even your life. Make sure you are representing yourself professionally and how you want, not how an unedited and unprofessional picture portrays you.
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