I totally admit it.
I suck at taking selfies.
How to Take The Perfect Selfie
I have ticked off many a friend or family member in the past not knowing how to take a good selfie.
Sometimes I smile stupid, look the wrong way, forget to stand skinny, or do something else. I just have trouble with the whole concept of taking a picture of myself either alone or with others.
Sucking at selfies is why I did a bit of research on how to do a better job at it.
Selfies are a reality and will be a reality as long as we have smart phones and instagram. Both of which I enjoy regularly. Being part of a selfie is just something that we all need to get over. Even grandma.
The good news about selfies is that they can actually make us look better.
You may not have ever thought about the selfie being something that can help us out. Being someone who has never really enjoyed looking at pictures of myself, I never thought that I could embrace such a thing as a selfie.
Don’t think that a selfie can amount to any good for you? Well look what the ‘Selfie’ has done for Kim Kardashian as well as many other celebs including her sisters.
The secret behind a good selfie is knowing how to control the entire process.
Once you learn how to control the process- from the pose to the snap of the camera- selfies can be an easy and quick thing to get through. Remember, a photo can last forever but, a fish-face doesn’t have to.
Here is what the ‘experts’ say to do if you want to master the art of self-photographs.
- Make sure that you are dressed appropriately, in good colors, and in flattering clothing before you snap a photo that shows something that you don’t want shown. For me, it would be my tummy…and a few things going on with my face (aging sucks).
- Don’t be afraid to use filters. Instagram has some fun filters as do many apps out there. Just be sure to save your original photo and filter a copy.
- Cropping can be a good thing. I do it all the time. I like to crop especially when I am on vacation and there is something very cool that I want everyone to know that I visited.
- Discover apps that help you out in the make-up field if your face seems to need a bit of help. I heard that KK uses one called ‘Perfect 365’.
- Some selfies of your face can be fun like when you are somewhere exciting for example or with a group of people. Resist the urge to do just face selfies…please… Some angles tell a story and make things so much more interesting. I know some popular bloggers who will take selfies from above their head showing their work space, coffee, etc. Not all selfies have to be of your front side.
- Yes, they can be annoying. Those darn selfie sticks. But, I have to tell you, when I am taking a picture of myself for something sponsored, that stick can be my best friend. I can also take cook pics of me and my pups with a stick. Just try and refrain from using them too much in public places..please.
- Some ‘selfi-natos’ say that the best face pose is the tilted head- chin down pose. I’m just passing this on as there are many other theories on this.
- Use natural light-outdoors can be the best.
- Those lying on the ground selfies work well when you kind of prop your head up on something and use two hands to snap that pic
- Experiment with different angles in which the camera is held at. Slightly high and to the left may work for some while to the right may work for others. My big thing is that I always manage to look at the camera and even squint when I do this
- How to not look and the camera and squint…like I do… Use a selfie stick with a separate not attached clicker and take more than one photo at a time. I focus on something else with my eyes.
- Snap photos during the magic hour- that is within an hour prior to sunset. That is when everything photographs better.
- Don’t be afraid to move the phone closer to your face.
- Take two photos at a time just in case one is a flop.
- Indirect light is the best as opposed to looking into the sun and squinting or having the sun behind you.
- Don’t forget to mind what is behind you in the photo. A blue sky or scenic background looks tons better than a messy room in the background.
- Test different ways to smile- for example, showing some teeth versus a closed mouth grin. Teeth can make a difference here.
- Putting your back to the sun in a selfie can work if the sun is low enough for you to block it.
- For whole body selfies, learn how to stand slim by putting a hand on your waist and one foot in front of you.
- Show off a slim waist by taking the photo slightly to the side of you. Bend your knee with a slight twist in the waist while you do this.
- Try to avoid strain on photos by tilting your head just a bit as this will make you look a bit more fun and unrehearsed.
- Selfies in the mirror? I wish that I could invent a mirror that took selfies. Until that happens, make sure that the light is in front of you and please, be mindful of what else can show up in the photo- what is behind you.
- Kim Kardashian always says that she will take a selfie from up high and will tilt her chin down to hide a double chin. This,some say, is a slimming pose.
- ‘Duck face’ or not to ‘Duck Face’? Yes, it is annoying and, kind of dated too, to see someone sucking in their cheeks and pushing out their lips in an overly-obnoxious way. Right? Okay but, you can do a baby-duck face by kinda sicking in your cheeks and kinda pushing out your lips in a non-overly-obnoxious way. This can work for you as it will bring out your cheek bones and make your face look slimmer.
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