Have you ever noticed how some people can just nail a self with the right light, angle, and background? Being able to take a really good selfie on the spot is not as easy as it seems, just ask anyone who has ever taken a selfie. The days of you doing 36 takes and winding up not posting any of them on social media are over. We put together this quick and effective guide to help you take your best selfie whenever and wherever you want! Here are the 3 steps to take your best selfie.
Having the right or wrong angle can make or break your selfie. It can be the difference between doing 5 takes and 50 takes. Start by looking up toward the camera, this always looks better than staring down which tends to make whoever is looking at your selfie uncomfortable. Next, extend your head away from your neck and hold your phone to the side of you for a more interesting angle than straight in front. That is how you get the selfie angle, now on to the expression.
If you are going for the iconic Kardashian selfie expression then simply do this: relax your mouth, and exhale blowing air through your lips. If that’s not the aesthetic you are going for don’t worry it’s not the only way. The best selfie expressions are the ones that come naturally. If you are feeling mysterious, be mysterious, if you are happy, laugh, smile, show some teeth. Don’t force a specific expression, you will end up looking uncomfortable. Now onto the lighting.
Lighting is everything, well everything else at least. Take a look at any good selfie you have ever seen, what do you notice? The person’s face is always well lit and shadows are minimal or non-existent. That is how you get the “glowing” effect, through proper lighting. So, once you have your angle and expression set, spin around in a circle until you find the best light. Usually, you will want to be facing the sun. If there isn’t a good source of light, selfie lights do the trick. Now, take some selfies, and take a lot!
Here are a few more things to keep in mind:
- Know When to Use Flash
- Smile As You Mean It
- Play to Your Angles
- Use the Right Apps and Filters
- Be Mindful of Your Background
- Don’t Overthink It
- Avoid Cliché Selfies
- Embrace Natural Expressions
- Try to keep things looking natural
- Make sure your face isn’t too close to the camera
- Look for bright lighting
- Troubleshoot takes that don’t look the way you want
- Make your photos look great — just don’t add too many filters
- Keep taking selfies
Good luck, and remember, you CAN take a flawless selfie! 😉
Check out this great selfie-light.