Is there anyone among us who hasn’t taken a selfie before? Most likely, at least 8 out of 10 people reading this have taken a selfie, and posted it online. Unfortunately, many of you, including myself, can admit to taking a lot of bad selfies. My critique is more about your technique than your looks. No matter what genre you are using, technique is important. However, being able to take great selfies will help you get better results.
Selfies Vs. Self-Portraits
What is a selfie? How does it differ from a self portrait? Depending on who you ask, there might be different answers. But we can help you understand the basics.
Selfies are photos taken by people using digital cameras to share on social media. It’s easy enough.
Although self-portraits can be very similar, they are often different in terms of intent and technique. Self-portraits can be taken at arm’s reach with smartphones or selfie sticks, but they are usually captured using a tripod. Because selfies are meant to be shared on social media, they tend to be less permanent. Self-portraits require more preparation and are therefore more meticulously preserved. Both forms are self-portraits at the end of it all. However, the context will usually dictate which term you use to describe them. Learn more about taking better self-portraits.
How to take a good selfie
- Use the “Right Gear”
- Flat Lighting is the best option.
- Write with Intention
- Take a Selfie with Style
- Get Creative
- Do not skip the editing
How to Take a Great Selfie Tip 1 – Use the “Right Gear”
When it comes to the “right” gear for taking a great selfie, we are not talking about cameras. Your smartphone will be your primary camera for this type of photography. There are specialized “selfie phone” models that have higher-megapixel front cameras and LED lights. However, any smartphone can capture great selfies. Later in the article, we will discuss lenses and how they work.
The accessories category is the best place to find the right gear for taking selfies. These are the basic gear options that you can use to take great selfies.
As one of the most popular accessories for selfies, you’ve probably seen them in action. They are a must-have accessory for anyone who wants to take great selfies, regardless of whether they are your favorite or not.
Selfie sticks are banned in certain areas, such as Disneyland. However, they offer many benefits. You can get wider shots and better angles by separating yourself from the camera. This will help reduce lens distortion, which can make certain features (like your nose) look disproportionate. A few selfie sticks can be used with larger cameras like a DSLR. This gives you more options to find the perfect focal length. If you use a double-purpose selfie stick, you should reach 85mm. Selfie sticks are great for shy people because they allow you to take wider shots and not have to ask anyone else to do it.
While some call selfies taken using tripods “posies”, they are still selfies when you push the wireless shutter. You can reuse an old tripod if you already have one. Many tripods include these features, such as the Peak Design Travel Tripod. Even selfie sticks can be transformed into compact tripods, as I have already mentioned.
Make sure you have a wireless remote that triggers the shutter to make it easier to hit the mark.
Although you won’t buy a drone to take better selfies, they are a great addition to your photography arsenal. A drone is relatively inexpensive and can be controlled quickly. Drones allow you to capture angles and perspectives that were impossible with a cameraman.
Some smartphone manufacturers (Sony and LG, Vivo and many others) now offer specialized selfie phones with more user-friendly features. These include higher megapixel front cameras, LED flash, and LED flash. These features are not necessary to take great selfies. Natural lighting can be used to create stunning images if you are able to understand light direction and quality. For more information on lighting, see the section below. It will help you decide the right type of light to use to create a great selfie.
There are several lighting options available for dim lighting situations. Here are some:
- Selfie Ring Lights
- Selfie kit with Smart Light Stick and Tripod
- LED Strips for Your Phone
Tip 2: Flat Lighting is the best option
Ideal light is soft, flat light. Soft light is when the light source is larger than the subject. The soft light surrounds your subject (in this instance, your face), and shadows are more gradual. Flat light refers to light direction. Flat light is when the light direction corresponds to the angle of the subject in relation to the camera. Flat light is a combination of soft and flat light. This flatters the face and minimizes imperfections, cracks, and blemishes.
In just three steps, you can find flat, soft natural light for your selfies.
- You should look for large windows or doors that you can use, but not in direct sunlight.
- To soften the light, stand near the mentioned light source and move closer or further away depending on your preference. Use sheer curtains if you have a window.
- Take a photo with your smartphone or camera and point it in the direction of the light source. Also, place the camera between your face and the window so that the light source is facing you.
How to Take a Great Selfie Tip #3: Pose with Intention
We will be sharing similar tips to help you take great selfies as we solve the mystery of how to do it. As you would when taking a photograph of someone else, compose with intention. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
The background is an important part of creating a portrait. To hide distracting elements (photobombers included), you will need to position yourself or crop them in post. It’s also helpful to have interesting backgrounds. To add texture and balance, look for patterns such as bricks or a hedge. Your selfies will pop if the background is colorful. Find spots that are complementary to the colors of your outfit.
Basic compositional tools for selfies
You can still use other compositional elements, even though your mug might take up most of the space in a selfie frame. You can use the rule or thirds and symmetry depending on how much background you have. Look out for leading lines or frames within the frame (doorways and windows, etc.). To add visual interest to your photos. When taking a selfie, don’t be afraid to use your standard portrait composition toolbox.
Tip 4 – Pose for the perfect Selfie
For all types of portraiture, even selfies, it is crucial to be posing. If you are going for something different, you will want to “strike the perfect pose”. These are some tips and expressions that you can immediately use to improve your posing skills.
Posing and Expressions
- Natural Smile I suggest that you keep your expression and pose as natural as possible. Also, choose normal smiles over duck lips. A strained expression can distract from all the other efforts you made to capture your selfie. A soft smile can look natural and more natural depending on the purpose of your selfie.
- The preferred side: Many of us consider our “best” or “preferable side. This is the side we show to the camera when taking pictures. To find your preferred side, take several selfies at different angles.
- Angles A slightly raised angle (around 10%) with your camera should produce flattering results. Keep your chin down and your head up. As I have mentioned, a slight tilt of your head to the side rather than facing the camera directly can also be helpful.
- Eyeline: To connect with the camera more, you can either look at it directly or off-camera to get a more editorial feel.
For more ideas on posing, I recommend these articles about traditional male modeling poses as well as traditional female modeling poses.
Tip 5: Be Creative
Make your selfies more interesting by being creative. It’s amazing that you can use many other techniques for portraiture. To add motion to your selfie, you can use the shutter drag technique if you have a tripod and an application with manual exposure control. Profoto offers an app that you can use to capture images on your smartphone with their flash equipment. You can add creativity to your selfies by using many objects around you, even if you are taking a standard selfie at arm length. You can find great ideas for using reflections in windows and mirrors to create puddles.
Seek Inspiration from Other People’s Selfies
Look to the pros if you are stuck in a creative rut and don’t know where you should start. Models, actors, and other celebrities have created selfie trends and are well-known for mastering the art. You can scroll through the Instagram feeds of people you know to see how they use the tips. You can also look at the #selfie Instagram feed to see the top results. You’ll hopefully find inspiration and get inspired to create your own selfies.
How to Take a Great Selfie Tip 6 – Don’t Forget the Edit
Good editing will ensure that you have a great selfie. There are many apps and filters that can be used to enhance your shot. These include VSCO, Perfect365, Facetune, Instagram’s in-app filters, as well as VSCO. You know me well enough to know that I prefer LR Mobile for my non-selfie portraits. Visual Flow presets allow me to quickly achieve the look I want. There are many other presets available online.
Whatever option you choose to use, I suggest limiting the editing to enhance the photo and not overly changing it. You can further adjust the exposure, crop as necessary, and then add your stylistic touches. Over-the-top editing shouldn’t make your final selfie look unnatural. Your selfie will be less quality if you distract your viewers with your editing choices.
It takes time to master the art of taking great selfies. Practice is the best way to learn how to take great selfies. You’ll soon find some good selfies. You don’t want to hurt yourself, or worse. It doesn’t matter if you take a selfie or not.