Selfies are tough, because you are both the model and the photographer. Generally, I prefer being behind the camera rather than in front of it. However, I've taken my share of selfies. Most make me cringe, but there are a few things you can do to make them more successful.
The following are a few tips for taking better selfies:
- Good lighting is one of the most important factors for taking a good selfie (or any photo for that matter!)
- If you are in the sun, step into the shade. Harsh lighting is bad; shadows are unflattering and highlight bags under eyes.
- Artificial and florescent light can also make your skin tone look off and give you under-eye bags. If you are indoors, pull up all the shades, let in as much light as possible, and stand near a window.
- The best time to take a photo outdoors is one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.
- If you shoot when it's really dark, the photo will look grainy and unflattering.
Don't Use the Camera Flash
- Direct camera flash gives you red eye and forehead glare.
- If you are using an off-camera flash, use a diffuser.
- A good background is key. If you are somewhere really cool, snap yourself slightly to the side of the image, so you can see you and the background.
- Simple, clean, and non-distracting backgrounds are best.
- Before taking the picture, make sure to check the background.
- A messy room, or branch coming out of your head, will ruin an otherwise flattering selfie.
- For women: take the photo from slightly above your head. Check out selfie queen Kim Kardashian. According to OK Cupid, this is the most effective angle for women (for more, read: The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures).
- For men: take the photo with the camera below your head; you'll look more masculine.
- Adjust your head angle and shoulders. Try a few shots to see what looks best.
- First, straight on: parallel to the camera, then turn slightly to the left and then slightly to the right.
Extend Your Neck Forward
- To remove a double chin, and to accentuate your jaw line--extend your neck forward. Check out this video:
- I love filters, but use in moderation.
- Extreme editing will distract and can be ridiculous. Try to stay away from extreme contrast.
- The face smoothing on some pictures is just too extreme and makes you look like a wax sculpture. Not a good look.
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