A lot of people love taking selfies, but every photo of one you see on Instagram or any other platform can be called a masterpiece. You see, taking a selfie is an art and it takes practice to nail a great shot in as little tries as possible.
The Kardashians have certainly honed the skill of selfie taking, but there are many others – some even just regular citizens of the world – who have honed the process.
If you want to give selfies a go or would like to improve your skills, here are some useful pointers:
Hold the camera in front but angle it slightly downward
A lot of selfie shots are taken from an angle that is way up. This means you are looking up at the camera. While some shots look great when taken in this particular manner, it isn’t entirely flattering.
There’s also a tendency to shoot with the camera looking up towards you. Now, not everyone is perfect and this kind of shot produces shots that are unflattering. Basically, if you want to keep your chin game in check, it’s probably best to avoid this shot.
A more flattering look would be to hold the camera right in front of you but angled downward just a bit. It’s a more normal looking shot so to speak. And if you’ve got shaky hands, using a remote timer or selfie stick is your mate.
Know your best angle
The key to a great self-portrait is to know yourself; you know you better than anyone else. But finding the best angle for you is also involves a lot of practice.
So take a lot of photos from different angles and see which works best. Sometimes, you can’t explain why the right side of your face looks better but it’s just the way it is.
Other than knowing which side is better, there’s also the issue with what to do with your head and face. For instance, maybe tilting your head slightly to one side might be more flattering.
Again, practice makes perfect here.
Find a good light source
Camera technology is getting better, making it easier to snap photos even when in poor lighting conditions. Smartphone cameras are also catching up to the advances found in DSLRs and compact cameras.
But let’s face it, not everyone can afford to shell out lots of money just for the sake of getting a good camera for taking selfies. Most of the time, you make do with what you have.
And when you are put in that situation, the best thing for you to do is find a good light source. If there is a window nearby, try placing yourself there to take a selfie. Natural light is always but dealing with some indoor lighting can be quite the hassle, but this is where finding the perfect angle comes into play.
Selfies are a form of self-expression. There are no rules as to how you should take them but these guidelines can help you take better images.