There is nothing vain about wanting a perfect selfie. Well, maybe just a little bit – but a little vanity every now and then is nothing to be ashamed of. The truth is, we all secretly want people other than our family members to like our images on social media. So, if you are ready to ditch the pity likes and graduate the class of “perfect selfies 101”, you have come to the right place!
With the five tips below, you can finally put your selfie troubles to rest.
Perfect Selfie Tip #1
Take advantage of natural light
There is no selfie as beautiful as one with a glow from perfect lighting. To optimize lighting, take selfies from indirect sources of natural light such as a doorway or a window. While you are doing this, let the light be in front of you and bring the camera close to your face. If you are into outdoor selfies, ensure that the sun is behind you to avoid too much glare. This will definitely give you a gorgeous glow which is a huge score on your selfie game. I am sure I don’t have to remind you that florescent light is one of your biggest enemies! Avoid it as much as possible – unless you want a close up on those scars and spots.
Perfect Selfie Tip #2
Find the best angle
Remeber: you are not taking a passport photo or a mug shot! So don’t just stand straight and look forward. Find the angles that bring out your best features while hiding your flaws. Tilt your head in different directions and use your front camera to find the best shot. If you are still lost, start by snapping your “best side”(we all have one). One of the surest angles is achieved by lifting your camera up while you slightly tilt your chin down. This will make the features of your face seem more aligned and help you snap the perfect selfie without too much trouble.
Perfect Selfie Tip #3Pose with interesting objects
The perfect selfie is not just about your pretty face, it’s about telling a story without using words. That said, posing with fun or interesting objects is a sure way of getting a perfect shot. Just be sure to get into character as you pose. For instance, while posing with food, act like you are seconds away from taking a bite, but first, selfie time. Speaking of food poses, you are better off holding the food in your hand and leaning into it than biting. This gives you a chance to contour you face into different expressions while telling a story all in one photo!
Perfect Selfie Tip #4Don’t be shy – try different positions!
There is no rule that says selfies are only for your face. Pop as many interesting poses as you can ensuring that you flaunt your curves and legs instead of standing straight. Go for the lying down pose but remember to prop up your head with a pillow to bring it closer to the camera without straining while allowing light to illuminate your face. Mirror selfie? Sure, keeping in mind that the more the natural light available the better the selfie. Simply optimize on poses and also get into character to make it look convincing.
Perfect Selfie Tip #5Edit to your liking
You just took the best selfie and you are pretty sure you’ll never get another chance for your hair to float in the wind like that, but those freckles could not wait to ruin your photo, sigh! Worry not. That’s why filters were invented. Optimize on filters to hide your little flaws. There’s no shame in that, everybody does it! You just took a killer selfie next to a dumpster? No worries, crop it out or better yet, edit the background. The idea is to take a selfie at the perfect moment if you can manipulate other factors you have no control over, why not?
Extra Tip: Use one of the many selfie apps out there.
Now that you are armed with this knowledge, grab your camera and start snapping. You never know, you may even get some great comments on that perfect selfie of yours. Most of all: enjoy yourself and have fun!