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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a new series we’re offering only on the blog called TWIP Quick Tips. They’re short, and hopefully useful tidbits designed to make your images better. They are out of necessity not complete how-to articles. Please keep that in mind when commenting. Thanks.

If you take pictures of people, you might hear someone say – “That’s not my good side.” Actually, most people don’t know which is their good side. Here’s a tip to help you decide.

If one eye is bigger or more circular in appearance, that eye is most often on the person’s good side. Also, if a person curls their lip when they smile, the side of the mouth where the lip curls is usually their good side. And lastly, since most people have faces that are larger on one side than the other, the larger side tends to be the best.

This is a general guideline, not a rule. Play with it and see what kind of results you get.

Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. Love the new addition to the blog!
    How about a tip monster episode of TWiP? Just like some of the old episodes of the iLifeZone.
    Maybe once every two months or something?
    Love the show and blog!! Thanks.

  2. Love the new addition to the blog!
    How about a tip monster episode of TWiP? Just like some of the old episodes of the iLifeZone.
    Maybe once every two months or something?
    Love the show and blog!! Thanks.

  3. Interesting, but for some strange reason, I feel lopsided!

  4. Interesting, but for some strange reason, I feel lopsided!

  5. I think most women know their best side but men don’t have a clue. I just photographed some executives headshots for for the web. Everyone of the women knew their best side or thought they did.

  6. I think most women know their best side but men don’t have a clue. I just photographed some executives headshots for for the web. Everyone of the women knew their best side or thought they did.

  7. While it my be true that the bigger eye side might be the best side, when shooting a face from an angle you want the bigger eye farther from the camera. If not then the bigger eye looks even bigger and the smaller eye looks smaller when the bigger eye is closest to the camera.

  8. While it my be true that the bigger eye side might be the best side, when shooting a face from an angle you want the bigger eye farther from the camera. If not then the bigger eye looks even bigger and the smaller eye looks smaller when the bigger eye is closest to the camera.

  9. Yep, I agree, we all have a good side

  10. Yep, I agree, we all have a good side

  11. Thanks for the tip. Of course now I will be looking at everyone trying to decide what side is their good side. Love the blog and thanks to all that contribute. I hope I can contribute some day.

  12. Thanks for the tip. Of course now I will be looking at everyone trying to decide what side is their good side. Love the blog and thanks to all that contribute. I hope I can contribute some day.

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