When you're taking selfies, the last thing you want to do is look like an amateur. You want your photos to be artsy and professional-looking--and who doesn't? But if you're not sure where to start or what poses can make the most of your selfie-taking abilities, allow me!!! I've compiled some of my BEST tips for taking better pictures with your phone camera:
1. Turn off your flash--the light beaming directly into your face like that isn't flattering.
Turn off your flash. The bright light beaming directly into your face like that isn't flattering.
Use the room's light. If there's no natural light around, try turning on a lamp or two. Or just turn off most of the lights and use what little you have left to cast interesting shadows on your face (more on this later).
Use natural light instead if possible, but only if it's not too harsh (and remember: don't ever do anything to make yourself look like an alien!). You can also position yourself in front of a window so that some sun is hitting you from behind while other parts are still visible and fill out some areas with artificial sources; just keep in mind that this will result in uneven lighting if there are multiple windows nearby (which might not be ideal for selfies).
2. Don't use a selfie stick--they stand out and people don't want to see you take your own picture let alone see it in the background of their own pics.
Don't use a selfie stick. They stand out, and people don't want to see you take your own picture let alone see it in the background of their own pics.
If you're taking a group photo, no one wants to be second player. It's awkward, and it looks like the photographer just thought of you last minute (which can happen). This is especially true if there are more than 10 people in the photo or if they're on an elevated surface with steps--you'll look like someone who was thrown into an awkward situation without warning and never had any say in how things were going down at all.
3. Take a few shots and pick the one that looks best--don't just settle for something mediocre because you don't feel like taking more than one photo.
When we take a photo of ourselves, it's tempting to just settle for the first shot that looks passable. We might think: "Well, it's not the best selfie ever, but it'll do." But if you don't feel like taking more than one photo--because you're in a rush or feel shy about asking someone else to take your picture--don't feel bad about it! You don't have to post every single selfie on your social media accounts. In fact, I'd recommend avoiding posting several selfies in a row (this will make you seem like someone who takes too many selfies). Instead of posting mediocre photos just because they're easy and convenient for you at the time, try taking some time before the event or gathering where you'll be taking photos so that when people see them later on social media and ask why they weren't there, they can say "Oh yeah! That was awesome!"
4. Try to use as little editing as possible--tap on the screen to focus on the most important part of the photo (usually your face) and turn down the brightness if you need to.
Focus on the most important part of the photo
Turn down the brightness if necessary
Use as little editing as possible
Don't spend too much time editing your selfie. You don't want to waste hours making sure that it's perfect, but you also don't want it to look like something you threw together in thirty seconds. A good rule of thumb is that if you're taking more than fifteen minutes to choose between filters and adjust lighting and contrast, then maybe take a break and come back later when you can be more objective about what needs fixing!
Don't be afraid to use filters. They're not just for Instagram anymore--the right filter can make all the difference between posting an average shot and posting an awesome one! Just remember: if there are multiple options available for an effect like "soft focus" or "sepia," try out each one until you find one that works best for your photo. That way no matter how many times someone asks "How'd ya get this so soft?," they'll actually learn something new instead of just getting annoyed at another person who doesn't have enough time/interest/skillz (or whatever).
5. Don't just hold up your phone with your arm straight out from your head--hold it at an angle above you so the picture isn't taken from directly under your chin; this will make any zits or blemishes less noticeable too!!!
This is a common mistake people make when taking selfies. They hold their phone up as if they were going to take a picture of the ceiling or something, with their arm straight out from their head--but this will only make you look shorter and fatter! You should instead hold it at an angle above your head so that you're looking down at it, which will help the camera focus on your face and not on your double chin or those pesky pimples that have been bothering you lately. This will also keep the camera's perspective closer to what our eyes experience when we see ourselves in real life (as opposed to seeing our own legs).
This tip works especially well for women who want to look taller in their photos but don't want to put on heels or use other tricks like holding a bouquet of flowers behind them!
SUMMARY: You can take a better selfie by following these tips:
Take a few shots and pick the one that looks best. The more pictures you take, the better your chances are of getting something you'll like. It's important not to settle for something mediocre because you don't feel like taking more than one photo.
Don't use a selfie stick. These contraptions create an awkward distance between photographer and subject, which is not conducive to good photos (or social media).
Don't just hold up your phone with your arm straight out from your head. This can make it look like you're using a teleprompter or dictating into a voice recorder while standing on top of Mount Rushmore—and those aren't exactly great impressions either!
Remember that selfies are all about having fun, so if you don't like taking pictures of yourself then don't worry about it! You should just make sure that you're comfortable with what you're doing and not focused too much on the outcome (unless it's for an assignment or something). The point is that selfies can be fun if done right--and hopefully these tips will help you take better ones.