“Selfie/sel·fie/ˈselfē / (also selfy) NOUN (Plural/ selfies) • informal: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries for 2013.
Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your selfie experience:
- Lighting – Natural lighting will ensure a crisp photo. Choosing to either face the light or be backlit can change the mood of the entire photo. Facing the light will brighten up the face, while being back lit creates a more somber and soft photo.
- Extension – Extend the arm as far out as possible, but doon’t stretch and tense the arm. Get your arm at a good length and relax your elbow. This will ensure comfort when you go to click the shutter on the device.
- Test shoot – There are many different ways to take photos, and it’s up to the individual to decide what works best. When taking a selfie, it’s best to stick out your neck. Sticking the neck out will give the illusion of a thinner face and prevent the dreaded “double chin.” Not every angle will work, so be sure to test shoot. Holding the camera lower will create unflattering shadows cause loss of your eye definition. Holding the camera higher gets rid of these shadows and can make the eyes appear bigger. Try out many different angles to see what flatters your face the best. Again, not every angle will work for everyone.
- Study your face – Testing different techniques and angles will make taking selfies that much easier in the long run. Remember, with anything, practice makes perfect. Practice in your room in front of a mirror or in front of a window. Get the best lighting possible for a good clean photo.
- Profile – the side of your face facing the lens.
- 1/2 angle – looking over the shoulder, but body facing away from the lens.
- 3/4 angle – looking at the camera head on, but body positioned away from the lens.
- Full face – face and body facing the camera
- Baby face – close up of the face
Another factor in the selfie game is filters. Filters can be the most entertaining part of the selfie process. Apart from the basic filters on Instagram, there are special photo editing apps for both iPhone and Android to help your selfies stick out from the rest. And the best part? They’re free.
- Pic Collage
- Insta Collage
- Visage Lab
- PS Express
- Pixlr Express
Have fun with selfies. This is your time to shine, and don’t let any rules hold you back from being yourself. Take as many as you want. Someone paid a lot of money for that phone, so use it to the best of its ability. Remember that you’re gorgeous and the world should be reminded of that.