We’re now posting a staggering 1.8 Billion Photos Every Day. Millions of these are the beloved selfies taken with our smartphones and tablets. With summer firmly in our grips here are my top 5 tips for taking the perfect selfie.
Strike a Pose
Try experimenting with different angle distances and know your good side. If you have a selfie stick this is ideal for angling the camera slightly higher than your head so that it’s pointing down on. This you will make your eyes look bigger.
If you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Try something different; pull a funny face or grab a prop!
Make sure you smile!
‘Smile and the whole world smiles with you’. Relax when taking the photo, as a frown will not be your best look. Remember it’s digital so you can delete and start again when practicing the perfect selfie.
Change it a little with every click, even if it’s just slightly moving the position of your head, as practice makes perfect. Show off something new. If it’s a new hair do make sure you find the most flattering angle. If it’s a new pair of glasses, make-up or moustache, then make sure you get the angle straight on.
Lighting is everything
There is no doubt that lighting is paramount to the perfect picture. Lets face it our selfies will be plastered all over the social networks so we want it to look the best we can. When it comes to taking a photo indoor lighting is never the best.
Natural lighting can give you great results so lets look at how we can embrace that summer sun. Usually I would say keep the sun behind you as you take a picture of a landscape scene. Taking a selfie has a different rule. As the camera is facing you keep the sun in front of you to avoid any unflattering shadows.
Edit before you share
Many cameras on our smartphones and tablets have the capabilities of cleaning up photos prior to posting. You can crop, brighten, reduce red eye and even turn your selfie into an amazing black and white or sepia photo with just a few screen taps.
Check the background
There is nothing worse than taken your selfie then realizing your room is in a mess or your washing is hanging on the line behind you or if you are at a festival even worse! A quick look around you creates the best results. And make sure to check before you post, remember tip 4? You can always edit and crop!
On the flip side I once saw a great selfie taken at a football match. The home team had scored and a fan took a selfie e with 5,000 gloomy away fans in the background……priceless.