…And pose! It’s not nearly as difficult as some may think. Here are 7 simple tips for snapping the perfect selfie from HTC Selfie Stylist Alexis Knox.
Everybody is taking selfies, but there’s more to it than pointing the camera at yourself and taking a pic. There’s an art to taking the perfect selfie. Follow these tips and you’ll see that it’s so simple to put your best face forward, so to speak.
- Do a background check. Look for a simple yet beautiful background that won’t distract from you being the focus of the image.
- Find your filter. Unless you’re hashtagging #nofilter, there’s no shame in putting your pic through one. Good smartphones and many third-party apps, such as Instagram, offer a range of filters that you can use to look your best and capture the right tone and feel for your pic.
- Let there be light. Stepping outside in the early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time for great lighting. Natural light always trumps artificial. Lightbulbs can make your skin tone look washed out and give you under-eye bags — not flattering at all! So if you’re snapping away indoors, stand near a window since the sun casts less shadow there.
- Do as the models do. Hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45-degree angle so that you look slim and trim.
- Get your angles right. Turning your head slightly to one side makes your face seem slimmer and hides any sign of a double chin. Experiment in front of the mirror to see which angles are most pleasing for your face. Most people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on. Another face-slimming tip: raise the camera just above your line of sight and steady your gaze on the lens…but try not to stare!
- Phone a friend. Selfies are more fun, and less awkward, when they’re taken with a partner in crime. This usually leads to laughter and some silliness, so your photos end up looking less staged and more candid.
- Remember: slow and steady captures the selfie. Go slow and concentrate on positioning. Continually pushing the capture button only results in blurry photos and can cause you to accidentally autofocus on something else.
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