You can do crazy things to the photographs you take with your mobile phones. If you feel the need, you can add rabbit ears, monkey noses, princess crowns – you name it, you can add it. While I’ve never actually seen a professional profile picture using these animal and prop extras, it’s probably only a matter of time.
The filters we’re most likely to see on profile pictures are the ones that slim your face, make your eyes look like saucers and lengthen your eyelashes to make a camel jealous.
You know what I’m going to say don’t you? Don’t do it! Filters are bad for business; they don’t portray a professional image.
I was very surprised when LinkedIn introduced filters a couple of years ago claiming that an-yone can pick an existing photo of themselves and ‘fix’ it to make it suitable. It also boldly claimed that doing this would save you the expense of hiring a professional photographer.
Hmmm … go on LinkedIn, tell us how to do this?
Apparently, you can crop and straighten the photo as well as edit the brightness, contrast, saturation, and vignette.
Oh, is that it?
A professionally taken headshot won’t need a filter. The lighting and other external settings will already be optimised – and it’ll be straight! Plus, it will look like you – and that’s pretty important in business don’t you agree?