Photos are a great way to commemorate your life and experiences, but chances are, if you’re taking the photo, you’re not in it.
Be comfortable in your own skin and try taking a couple selfies instead. You can take one alone or with the people you love!
Here are 7 quick tips to get the perfect selfie with your smartphone.
Find the Best Lighting
Take your photo in natural sunlight at daybreak or dusk when the light is low and evenly dispersed. Always keep the light source in front of you.
Use a Simple but Interesting Background
The point of the picture is to see you and what you’re doing, so make sure you choose a background that highlights the location and activity without distracting from you.
Use the Lens on The Back of Your Phone
Use the camera lens on the back of your phone because it takes higher resolution pictures than the one on the front. This technique requires a lot of trial and error because you won’t be able to see the picture on the screen while you’re taking the photo, but if you can pull it off, the higher quality picture is worth it!
Try Different Shots & Angles
If you’re not an avid selfie taker, then you may not know what angle works best for you. Try taking the pic from an angle slightly higher than your line of vision.
Use a Wide-Angle Shot & Crop Later
Always shoot wide by holding the camera as far away as possible and crop the photo later! This technique gives you more editorial control and versatility. You can crop the photo in different ways and get the shot you want in the size you need for different social media platforms.
Be Yourself & Have Fun
Don’t overthink it! The more comfortable you are, the more you’ll come across as the beautiful person you are and that’s what people want to see – the real you.
Practice Makes Perfect
No one ever gets the perfect selfie on the first shot – not even the pros. Take a bunch of photos until you get one that works. You can always delete the others later.
Once you’ve taken a photo you love, you can edit the photo, use filters to enhance it or add text to say a little something about what you were doing!
There’s a lot of great in-phone photography apps, but we recommend Snapseed and Facetune. Both are relatively intuitive and easy to use, which is perfect for beginners. Another great option is Perfect 365.
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