It’s fair to say I’m a fan of the selfie. The other day a friend said you’re like the Kim Kardashian of Kendal. Though I’m not quite as prolific at them as my friend Hayley. She has a machine gun finger and I was in awe at her selfie skills. My youngest says she’s my selfie compatible as her “best” side is opposite to mine! Perfect.
I’m always so critical when it comes to having my picture taken at least with a selfie I can only blame myself.
A good angle. Instead of taking the picture head on hold the camera slightly higher than your head so that it’s pointing down on you. It will make your eyes look bigger and face thinner.
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.
Angle the camera slightly above yourself and taking a picture of your face and chest will highlight your cleavage.
Be sure to smile or do something cheerful. A sad face or a frown does not look good. A closed-mouth coy smile can be just as good and just as flattering as a wide, laughing grin. No matter what, a smile is one of the most flattering expressions you can wear. Though some say it’s a bit passé I’m partial to a pouting selfie.
Always have good light
Good light is a photographers friend. If you try to take a selfie in a dimly-lit room or one with harsh fluorescent lighting, it won’t 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 the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye level, for the most flattering shot. The light will brighten and soften your features, rather than casting harsh shadows across your face. If it’s off to the side or behind you, you can appear shadowy.
Don’t use your flash if you can help it. It’ll create a forehead glare, distort your appearance.
As with every selfie taker you need to take at least 20 until you’re happy with one to unleash into the world.
Full length selfies
You will need to stand in front of a full-length mirror to capture your body from head to foot.
Take full body shots in a clutter-free space. The photo should focus completely on you, not on random objects in the background. People will zoom in to nosey.
You can appear thinner by slightly cocking your hip to the same side you are holding your camera in. Your opposite shoulder should come forward a bit, and your free arm should either dangle to your side or your free hand can rest on your hip, creating a skinny arm. The chest should lean forward naturally, and the legs should be crossed at the ankle.
Consider the background of your picture. The best selfies have more than just a face. There’s something interesting to look at in the background, too. Whether you take your selfie inside or outdoors, check around you first to see what’s going on in the background. Position yourself so that you’re in front of the background you want people to see.
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. Though sometimes a photo bomber makes the picture!
Group selfies – Gelfies
Grab a few more people to be in the photo. The first requirement of a selfie is that you have be in it, but there’s no rule that says you have to be alone! Grab some friends, your dog, and other people to take a picture with you. The picture won’t be as controlled but still fun. Either use a selfie stick or get the person with the longest arms to to take it!