I bet you wouldn’t be surprised if I tell you that ever since Instagram was created, “SELFIE” has been really popular. There has been major trends and news about it, both good and bad. Still, at the end of the day, most people would still like taking photos of themselves. After all, photos – no matter where you are, whom you are with and what you are doing or may be feeling – it’s all part of our special memories.
I believe that selfies doesn’t just portray how one is being narcissticm, like few people believe. Taking photos itself, whether what you are taking a picture of, whether it’s yourself, something else or someone else – it’s all an art. Since selfies are about taking photos of themselves, most people, if not all, would definitely love to take great selfie looks. So let me share with you guys some of the greatest tips for that perfect selfie look.
1. Camera Lighting
In taking photos, no matter if its a selfie or a photography I am working on myself, I consider lighting as a first priority. Believe me, it makes such a big difference! I personally love checking on how the lighting affects my overall look first before anything else. Does it give a softer look? Does it look too dark? Does it look too light that it makes my skin too pale? Or does it makes things just perfect? I take all of those things into consideration.
You can experiment where you want to angle yourself with the lighting may it be a backlit effect where in you are turning your back against the light, which actually gives a softer look on the image or you can face towards the main light source, which gives you a brighter look and creates a visual clarity photo, which is actually one of the secrets in stunning HDR images – and for me, it’s just the perfect look to take in selfies! I always like facing the lighting source in taking photos, you should too!
2. It’s all about The Angle
When taking selfie, you need to remember that it’s really all about the angle. Thus, controlling how you extend your arm is the key – the farther it goes, the smaller the visual effect will be. Feel free to do test shorts (I honestly do it all the time!)
I tend to experiment what shot would I look best. Do I need to raise up the angle of my phone? (It gives you a slimmer look most of the time, so I like that, lol!) Should I take the shot horizontally like a landscape effect? Or should I take a shot vertically for a portrait look? For the record, I rarely look good in landscape photos, so I always go for portraits when it comes to selfies.
3. Strike a Pose
Always elongate your neck when creating different poses or angles on your face – no one loves to take a photo that gives a double chin effect, right? There is really no definite angle to choose from, you have to work on this yourself. So try doing it yourself, take different photos of what angle looks better on you. In time, the more angles you see.. you would naturally use that angle the next time you use a selfie shot. You will also get to see different version of yourself and yes, that includes the bad angles and the best ones.
One of my favorite is raising my smartphone above eye level and adjust your face angle to 3/4’s. But, Seriously? There are tons of ways to work on your angles – it’s all up to you. Express yourself anyway you want, too! It you want it wacky, serious, sad, cute – whatever goes! It’s your selfie! You can do whatever you want!
Some people have a hate and love relationship with filter. I don’t really love or hate it, I just believe that sometimes, doing filters makes a photo really fabulous – just please, don’t over filter things that you don’t even recognize your selfie anymore, lol! There are tons of apps that has wonderful filter collections.
Feel free to experiment. It changes your look from one to another. It even creates a mood for it, too! Remember, if all else fails – just SMILE!
Selfies has definitely come to a whole new level. Suddenly, there are times that no matter what camera you use doesn’t even matter anymore. There are even gadgets everywhere that almost gives the same output as a DSLR – well, similar! The photos of me and my special loved ones inside my bedroom even came from selfie photos that I like. We also have a few on our living room. All you really needed to add are photo frames, you can always get one at your local stores or if you prefer bigger photos, you can also get one yourself at WholesalePosterFrames.com. It’s way cheaper than hiring someone else to take your photo. Plus, it has spot on memories of it which will always remain special. Anyway, have you learn to take better selfie photos now? I hope you do! It’s easy and takes just a tiny bit of practice!