We are now living in a generation where selfies are becoming a big deal. The word was officially added to the dictionary back in 2013. It was even named as the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. Selfies may seem so simple and easy to take, but taking a good one is literally an art.
1. Know Your Good & Bad Angle
We all have good and bad sides. One advantage in taking your own picture is that you can control your least flattering qualities with a few tricks.
If you want your face to look slimmer, tilt your phone up slightly. If you want to include your torso in the shot, turn one shoulder slightly towards the camera and stick your neck out just a little. This will help eliminate bulge under your chin, if you have one.
2. Find the Perfect Lighting
Ever since the birth of smartphones, you can now take pictures the same way as with a digital camera. However, those built-in flash on your phones are not suitable for selfies. Use natural light instead. This will brighten up your face, makes your skin look fresh, add sparkle to your eyes, and leaves the picture easier to touch up afterward. The best light source is daylight, so if you want to achieve that soft, natural look, stand next to a window. It will also help eliminate dark shadows particularly those under your eyes.
3. Use the Right Filters
Many smartphones, offer an editing tool within the camera app to help smooth out your complexion. Those apps come with a variety of filters which can remove random blemishes and also fix lighting problems.
Just be careful to not overdo it, or you’ll end up looking like a Photoshop fail. If your phone doesn’t have that built in feature, you can either try Instagram or another photo editing tool.
4. Mind Your Background
While taking selfies, you must take care of your surrounding and background. So wait to take your latest Facebook-worthy selfie when you are in a stunning location, such as a field of flowers, a waterfall, etc. This will give you a nice portrait and will paint an impression of you as a person who is interesting and who does things aside from just take selfies on her phone.
Selfies are a fail when you have a dirty background like piles of dirty dishes, bedroom with piles of clothes, etc. Your selfie should be taken with the background as a consideration.
5. Use the Back Camera
The front camera on your phone is obviously intended for selfies, but the back camera has a higher resolution than the front plus it also has more features.
So if you want to take better selfies, use your back camera. It will be a little hard at first but as soon as you get used to it, the effort would be worth it.