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There's no such thing. Think about it, let's take two people, both recent college graduates, one wants to be invited to the best parties and one want's to go work for IBM - there's practically no single style of photo that would work for both of those. The first person would want a picture of himself in a wild party, the wider the better - but that picture ...


My one-and-a-half cent: Isolate the subject from the background; this can be achieved by using a narrow depth of field, or just using a plain backdrop. Make the person identifiable, which often means that the face should be a significant element of the picture (>10% of the area). Sometimes, especially when the profile picture is displayed as small, it's ...

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