Can you describe yourself in a picture?

Describing a picture

How can you describe a picture in English?

Have you ever described a picture that you like? Or tell a friend on the phone what you see in a photo?

But how do you actually describe a photo in English? It's very easy with a few formulations.
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Where are the things on the picture?

To say where a person or an object is in the picture, you can use the following terms:

in the center: in the middle
at the bottom: below
at the top: above
in the foreground: in the foreground
in the background: In the background
on the left: Left
on the right: right
behind: Behind
between: between
in front of: in front
next to: Next
in the top left-hand corner: in the top left corner
in the top right-hand corner: In the right upper corner
in the bottom left-hand corner: in the lower left corner
in the bottom right-hand corner: in the right bottom corner

Image: Mertins, Harald

How can you explain what you are seeing?

It is important to describe people and things in such a way that the other person understands what you are talking about:

The picture shows ...: The picture shows ….
At the top of the picture, there is / are ..: Above in the picture is / are ...
Next to ..., I can see ...: In addition to ... you can ... see.
He / she is small: He / she is short.
He / she has long / short hair: He / she has long / short hair.

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What are the people doing?

Use the present progressive

When describing a picture, always use the present progressive. With this tense you can express exactly what can be seen in the picture at that moment.

They are sitting on a green sofa.They are listening to music.
They are talking.

Atmosphere and mood

How can you describe the atmosphere in the picture?

This is how you can describe the atmosphere and mood in one picture:

I think the atmosphere of the picture is positive / sad.

The colors in the picture are dark / light.

Maybe the woman in the photo feels ...

The woman looks happy / sad / bored / lonely.

Interpreting a picture

How can you interpret a picture?

This is how you can describe what the picture expresses:

  • The expression on the woman’s face shows…. (fear / joy / anger).
  • The women are facing each other. This could mean that ...
  • The women are standing close together. This could mean that ... .
  • The woman is looking down / away / into the distance.
    The woman looks down / away / into the distance.

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That's it - Are you ready?

Once you have memorized these idioms and formulations, you can, for example, describe pictures and photos from a magazine without your conversation partner having them in front of you. You will see it is very easy.