. A selfie is a self portrait photograph or group photograph featuring the photographer, typically taken with a hand held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter and MySpace. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arms length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self ti
Capture a good angle
. Instead of taking the picture head on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. If you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that its pointing down on you will make your eyes look bigger and help you avoid pig nose. Here are a few other ideas for finding a good angle Know your good side and take the photo from that side of
Show off something new
. If you decide to take a selfie to show off a new haircut or a new pair of earrings, make sure that you frame the photo in a way that highlights the new feature that has you so excited.
Be sure to smile or do something cheerful
. A sad face or a frown will not help.A selfie showing off your new hairstyle, for example, should show your hair from the most flattering angle. On a similar note, a selfie showing off a mustache should show the mustache straight on, and the same goes for a selfie showing off a new pair of glasses.You could also take a selfie holding a new item you just bought, or even a food item youre about to eat.
Focus on one feature
. If youre planning on doing a closeup of your face, consider glamming up one feature while downplaying the others. This works especially well if there is one feature that you are especially pleased with. For instance, if you love your eyes, play them up with mascara and complementary eye shadow while keeping your complexion and lips fairly natural. Likewise, if your smile is your most charming feature, keep your cheeks and eyes looking natural whi
Have an interesting expression
. You cant go wrong with smiling! Maybe smiling for the camera or camera phone, as the case might be makes you feel a little silly, but taking a random photo of yourself with your phone is a silly enough action in itself. If youre on the serious side, a cool, collected expression could also go over well. You can play around with different smiles, of course. A closed mouth coy smile can be just as appropriate and just as flattering as a wide, laughi
Take a full length photo
. If you want to show off a great new outfit or a fabulous figure after a diet, you will need to stand in front of a full length mirror to capture your body from head to toe. In this instance, your face is no longer the focus of the photo. Take full body shots in a clutter free space. The photo should focus completely on your figure, not on random objects in the background. You can appear more slender by slightly cocking your hip to the same side y
Try a natural look
. You can take a picture of yourself as the outside world always sees you, but taking a snapshot of yourself with bedhead or minimal makeup can give the illusion that youre giving your social media followers a glimpse at the real you. This can be both interesting and sexy.If your just out of bed look is more of a nightmare than a dream, however, you can straighten up a little. Even light makeup can give the impression that you are showing your natu
Snap a photo of your shoes
. If you decide to take a selfie of your feet after you slip on a great new pair of shoes, angle the camera so that your leg appears slender as it leads up to your foot.Aim the camera straight down. The edge of the frame should land somewhere on your thighs, fairly close to your hips. This angle makes your legs look as long as possible.
Know which poses are considered passe
. There are certain selfie poses that became wildly popular and are now well past their prime. You can still contribute your own examples to the mix, but do it with a little self awareness so people know youre in on the joke. Notable choices include the infamous duck face, muscle flexing, pretending to be asleep, or pretending to be caught off guard by someone else. The duck face is a combination of puckered lips and wide eyes, originally made fa
Pay attention to good lighting
. Having a solid light source is an essential part of taking any kind of photograph, and selfies are no different. If you try to take a selfie in a dimly lit room or one with harsh fluorescent lighting, it wont turn out the way you want it to. Natural light is the most flattering kind, so try to take your selfie near a window or outdoors. Keep these factors in mind when you shoot Keep the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye l
Use your phones back camera
. Many cell phones have two cameras one in the back, and one in the front. Instead of using the camera in the front to take selfies, use the one in the back. The back camera takes higher resolution pictures than the front camera, which will end up taking a blurrier selfie. Youll have to turn the phone around, and you wont be able to see your face as you take the picture, but its worth the trouble to use the back camera.
Dont use a mirror unless
. The picture will appear in reverse, your camera will be visible, and youre likely to end up with a strange glare. Plus, your selfie could appear distorted, since mirror glass doesnt always reflect back a perfectly accurate image. Stretch out your arm, use your wrist to point the camera toward your face, and snap away. It might take some practice to get it right, but eventually youll know exactly where to position the camera to make sure it captur
Consider the background of your picture
. The best selfies have more than just a face. Theres something interesting to look at in the background, too. Whether you take your selfie inside or outdoors, check around you first to see whats going on in the background. Position yourself so that youre in front of the background you want people to see. Nature always makes a great background. In the spring and summer, you can pose in a small wooded area or near a blossoming bush of flowers if you
Watch out for photo bombers
. The standard culprits include younger siblings, crying children, and dogs taking a bathroom break on the lawn behind you. Before you snap your selfie, take a quick look around to make sure that no one and nothing is lurking in the shadows, waiting to ruin your moment. Of course, if a photo bomber still manages to sneak into your selfie, you can always retake the photo after the intrusion leaves. Just make sure to check the background thoroughly b
Grab a few more people to be in the photo
. The first requirement of a selfie is that you have be in it, but theres no rule that says you have to be alone! Grab some friends, siblings, your dog, and other people to take a picture with you. The picture wont be as controlled, but itll be visually interesting and fun for other people to look at and share. This is a good way to take a selfie in public if youre self conscious about taking a picture of just yourself. The more people in the pictu
Experiment with filters
. Most people who take selfies also happen to have an app on their phones that can add interesting dimension through the use of color and light filters. Not every filter is right for every selfie, so play around with different options before settling on the best one. The simplest filters are black and white and sepia. Even if you dont have an app installed on your phone, you probably have these features. Other popular filters include those that ma
Edit the photo
. If you have photo editing software, you can also touch up any blemishes or flaws on the selfie before uploading it to a social media account. You can cut out parts of the background, resize the photo so it frames your face differently, change the way the light looks, and so on. Many of these edits can be made on your phone without using an app, but you might want to look into the dozens of apps available for this purpose.That said, you should use
Upload it to all your feeds
. Share your selfie on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram for all your friends to see. In most cases you can add a caption to describe whats happening in the picture, but you might want to just let it speak for itself. When you upload a selfie, own it! Pretending that you were taking a picture of something else and your face just happened to be there, wont fool anyone, so be proud to show off your lovely face. Be aware that some people find
Get in on trends
. Selfies have really taken off in the past few years, and its fun to participate in selfie related trends. What selfie trends are filling up your feed? Dont be shy about uploading some pictures of your own, too. Here are a few popular ones Throwback Thursdays Every Thursday, people post pictures of themselves from an earlier time. See if you can dig up a selfie from childhood, or simply post one from last week.
Make sure the setting is appropriate
. There are some places that should be completely off limits to selfies, like funerals or the scene of an accident. Most situations like this are pretty common sense, but as a general rule, ask yourself if taking a selfie in a given situation could upset or offend people who see it. If the answer is yes, save your selfie for another time. Funerals, weddings, and other major occasions are off limits. If you are at an event meant to focus on or cele
Show yourself in water
. Float on your back in a pool and shoot down at your face. Or prepare a bubble bath, lie down in the water, and take a shot of your face framed by bubbles. Be careful, though, not to drop your phone.Showing yourself in water can be really fun, and it also makes the photo more unique than the typical point the camera at me while eating a cheeseburger selfie.
The two handed selfie
. When taking a selfie, you generally have two options Hold the camera with one hand or two hands. While using two hands is easier because you can hold the camera with one hand and push the shutter release button with the other, you have to be more careful not to cover up the lens.If you use both hands and pull the camera away from your body, your arms can act as a frame.
Experiment with Angles
. Tilt your head to the left and then the right as you view yourself on your phones screen. For most of us, one side is more attractive than the other. Also, showing off your best side is generally more interesting than a straight on shot, too.
Adjust your shoulder placement
. If your shoulders are parallel to the camera, turn them slightly to the left and then slightly to the right, and see what looks best.
Stand in the Light
. Pose in an area with beautiful lighting ?either inside near a window or outside. Gorgeous lighting = a more flattering selfie. How will you know if the lighting looks good on your face? Hold the phone in front of your face and turn the camera, so you can see yourself. Look at the lighting at that moment. Now, turn 90 degrees. Make note of the lighting. Glance at the background. Turn 90 degrees again.
Pose with Something New
. Perhaps, you just got a new pair of glasses. Frame the photo to accentuate your new spectacles. If you recently had your hair cut and colored, show it off in your selfie. Or if you just brought home an adorable puppy, pose with your new furry friend.
Do something interesting
. Take a picture of you engaging in a fun activity snorkeling in the ocean, sitting on a jet ski, or hiking in Machu Picchu.
Take a Full Body Shot
. A full length mirror works well for this type of selfie shot. Again, angle your body to the left or right, which is generally more flattering than shooting straight on.
Release Your Cameras Shutter the Easy Way
. Holding your camera with one hand is more common, but a little trickier to keep it steady and take a photo. With the iPhone, you can quickly and easily take a picture by hitting either the shutter release button or one of the volume buttons.
Extend your Neck Forward
. To completely remove any double chin in your photo, and to accentuate your jaw line, extend your neck forward. This may feel funny, but it will dramatically improve how you look in the photo. Also, shoot from above. Raise the camera slightly above you and then look up to even further accentuate the jaw.
Optimize your background
. avoid strange objects behind your head avoid accidentally revealing things you dont want shown try using blank walls as backgrounds take test photos to vet the background
. I know no one likes to look bad in photos. But ugly selfies can make for some interesting photos, especially if you challenge yourself to find that truly grotesque image.
. When I asked my friends what they thought about the current obsession with selfies, there seemed to be a consensus that people take too many of them. So instead of posting your 7 wardrobe changes throughout the day or all of your moody selfies every 5 minutes, try reserving your selfies for the truly awesome moments and milestones in your life. For instance, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide took this selfie when he was on the International Sp
. Lee Friedlander, one of the greatest street photographers of all time, took self portraits by masterfully composing his shadows and reflections into his own photos. Its like he was making his mark on his photos.
Show Your Sense of Humor
. Serious self portraits are hard to take. Its very easy to miss the mark. It takes a lot practice.Instead, approach your next selfie with a healthy dose of levity. Being funny is easier to pull off because theres a certain universality about humor. Funny is funny.
Focus on a Theme
. Instead of just taking a photo of yourself, try incorporating a theme or a motif in your selfies to get a sense of cohesiveness in your selfies.For example Take selfies with a little gnome friend. I was taking event photos at a party in the mountains and I brought this little friendly gnome.
Try a Different Perspective
. You probably take your selfies at arms length, from a high angle, trying to capture only your best features. When taking your next selfie, try to just capture something great youd like to share with people. Dont worry too much about how good or bad you look.
The classy pose
. Put on your favorite pair of glares and that lip gloss you so totally love and click! Sunglasses always add an instant charm to any shot and will make your selfie totally drool worthy.
The just out of bed pose
. Minimal makeup and just out of bed hair would complete this look. Showing your followers and friends your without makeup selfie will make them love you all the more as theyll get a glimpse of the ?real.
Pose while doing something fun
. Capture yourself while youre indulging in a cool activity such as when youre out in the beach about to go para sailing or while youre out clubbing.
Capture your Pout
. Paint your pout in a bold colour while keeping the rest of your makeup minimal? Now click while focussing on and showing off your super gorgeous lips.
The Wet look
. The previous pose definitely needs to be followed by this one, which is capturing your wet look. You can click yourself while the water droplets glisten on your face and add drama to the shot.
The couple selfie
. How can the photograph be complete without your better half in the picture.Click one with your beloved one and show off the love to the world. Also, try spotting the camera in the picture.
The Mirror selfie
. Capture yourself from both sides by posing in front of a mirror in the most flattering angle. This will make your selfie look very interesting and it will stand out amidst innumerable other selfies in the Selfie Land.
The Silhouette click
. Capturing yourself against the light can also add uniqueness to your selfie. Stand in between the light and your camera and pose while showing off your side profile for a silhouette capture. You can show off your flattering facial features this way which will make for an interesting shot.
The Candid pose
. Take a shot of yourself while youre having your daily cuppa of freshly brewed cappuccino or while youre eating a bowl of strawberries. Clicking a no pose selfie that captures you doing ?nothing results in an image that doesnt look like youre trying too hard which is in itself.
. Pose and capture your reflection on the windows of cars or crystal clear human size mirrors. This adds a sense of depth to your shots and makes them extremely fascinating.
Posing with your Feet
. Taking a shot that focuses on only your extremely hot high heels while youre wearing them is a great selfie idea too! Who said your face needs to necessarily be there for a shot to be extremely.
The your getting ready pose
. Take a shot of yourself while youre applying makeup or tying up your hair? I promise the capture will not only turn out interesting but also extremely appealing.
Capture your best feature
. Only take a shot of your best feature, for example your eyes or lips. Letting the entire frame consist of your most flattering features will result in the viewers focus being automatically drawn to them. So go ahead and capture your long legs or your beautiful mysterious kohl rimmed eyes in a extremely enchanting selfie.
Background light is bad
. While taking photos, selfie or otherwise, light coming from behind the photo subject is one of the biggest cause for cameras producing bad shots. Background light blinds the camera lens. As a result, it does not properly see the subject. Instead of subject the background light takes the center stage.
Light from front is good
. Make sure that enough light is falling on you from the front or side. Your face and body should be well lit. If enough light is not there, you may try to put a lamp in front of you.
Natural light gives best results
. The urge of taking a selfie may arise anytime and anywhere. When it does, try to come in natural light if possible for example near an opened door or window . Natural light is better for taking photos because it highlights more colors and with more precision.
Avoid too strong light
. If the source of light is too strong e.g. light from a lamp falling straight on you then you should try to defuse and soften it. A simple method is to bring a thin and translucent sheet between light source and yourself. The sheet should not be so thick and be placed in such a way so that it allows permeation of enough light on you.
Avoid florescent light
. In absence of natural light, if youre shooting selfie in artificial light, it is better to switch off that florescent lamp and use another light source. Florescence causes natural colors to look different in photos.
Clean your surroundings
. Before tapping that shoot button on your camera screen, you should clean up the view that is coming in background. Selfies and other photos dont look good if the main subject is surrounded by a lot of clutter.
Come in front of a beautiful background
. Not only that you should unclutter your surroundings, it would also be good if you could move and take selfie in front of a pretty looking background e.g. a wall painting, greenery or whatever seems beautiful to you! . It will only enhance the quality of your self portrait.
Say cheese smile please
. A smile is perhaps the most important ingredient of a good self portrait. Try to put a smile on your face and it would be even better that your shiny teeth are also visible. Elegant teeth make smile look real and full.
Check out your teeth
. In your front camera, look at your teeth and see if they are clean. You dont want a piece of spinach, broccoli or coriander etc. from your last meal sticking out. That would be embarrassing. No?
Decide about angle
. This is one of the most crucial aspect of selfie taking process. Lucky are those whose face is photogenic no matter which angle you look at it. But for most people, a particular angle is better than another angle. Therefore, you should adjust your camera angle so that it captures the best of you.
Focus on your face
. If you are using front facing camera to take selfie, you should tap on phone screen where your face is appearing. This helps camera to focus on your face. Sometimes, due to lack of this tiny tap, the camera gets focused on something else and your own face go out of focus and look blurred.
Use flash from a distance
. Depending on the situation of light, you should decide whether or not using camera flash is a good idea. Most mobile cameras have auto flash feature but I would suggest that you dont rely on it. Sometimes, camera may decide not to flash even though there is not enough light. So, you should explicitly use flash. But, while using flash, keep camera away from your face. Strong and sudden light from flash lamp can blind you if it flashes too close to
Steady your camera
. If your hands are shaking, selfie may come blurred and you may have to retake several time to get a good enough shot. Try to rest your camera holding hand on something or, even better, use a tripod to fix the camera in position.
Use camera timer
. Make use of the timer feature as it allows much flexibility to you. If you fix mobile phone against a support or on a tripod and use timer, you can really click some great photos of yourself. Use of timer gives you time to take position, strike a pose, adjust with the background and can also help solving trouble of out stretched arm and out of focus photos.