How to take better selfies

Hey pixels!! I told you I was thinking about a new fashion and style section but I’ve had a couple of problems. The first one is that I run this blog on my own, so I don’t have anyone to take the photos for the section. That means I can only use selfies. The problem is:  I have no idea about how to take a good selfie. I bought a selfie stick but I’m just taking a lot of photos that are incredibly similar and without the authenticity I want.

where I was

I don’t know if I am the only person uncapable of taking a good selfie. I’ve been looking for some tips on Google. I think that the best one is to take lots of photos until you know more or less how you should pose, your best face or position, how to use the light and the background…. I’m going to start taking selfies at home, so no one is going to be watching me. That probably means the new section will start in a couple of weeks or more. I want it to be not perfect but well done.

selfie 1

Just in case someone has my problem, here is an abstract with the best tips I’ve found:

how to take better selfies

Capture a good angle: experiment with different angles to show off your features. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that it’s pointing down on you will make your eyes look bigger and help you avoid “pig nose.” Know your “good side” and take the photo from that side of your face. It’s the side of your face that looks the most balanced and symmetrical.

Smile, focus on one feature, show off something new, try a natural look….

Pay attention to good lighting: natural light is always the best option. Keep the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye level, for the most flattering shot. Consider using a thin curtain to diffuse sunlight or a single light source. It will give the impression of smoother, softer facial lines so that your smile appears more attractive.

Natural light renders colors more faithfully than artificial light, but you can use artificial light to fill shadows. If you don’t have the best lighting, most modern digital cameras have some automatic color correction to make up for it. Don’t use your flash if you can help it. It’ll create a forehead glare, distort your appearance and possibly give your selfie the redeye effect.

selfie 2

Consider the background: don’t use a mirror unless you have no choice. Watch out for photo-bombers. Make sure that the background is clean and organized, free of elements that could distract the atention of the people looking at the picture.

Make sure that the setting is appropriate. Funerals, weddings, and other major occasions are off limits. If you are at an event meant to focus on or celebrate another human being, put down your smart phone and step out of the limelight. Similarly, if you are at a memorial site, keep the phone in your pocket. Don’t take selfies at a memorial or statue, especially if a tragic event took place there once before.

Experiment with filters and editing options but if you cannot make your edits look completely natural, delete the changes rather than posting an obvious fake.

Well, I hope that my skills will improve after that. Are you good taking selfies, my happy pixels?? Do you follow any special tip? Any advice for me? Please, let me know in the comments below.

 

 

6 comments

  1. I follow the rule of just taking as many as I can, and a few will at least come out good haha! Natural light is always handy, and sometimes just sitting at home and playing around with angles and facial expressions can help to get better at selfies 😀

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  2. Aw, lovely photos! 🙂 Couldn’t agree more about keeping the setting in mind. I always get weirded out when people do funeral selfies. So inappropriate.
    Looking forward to your upcoming fashion posts!

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    • Thank you, my happy pixel!! Yes, the setting is important, I’ve seen selfies taken during funerals on Instagram and I found them so inappropriate…. I can’t understand how people make this kind of things…
      I hope the posts will be ok!! 😉

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