We’ve all been there…
Even if we don’t admit it, we all take selfies. It all starts out reasonably innocently. You’re feeling fine, having a great hair day, you have the perfect hashtags ready. #iwokeuplikedis #sorrynotsorry #perfecthairdontcare. You snap away, turn your phone around to view the beauty that is you. And then…the horror! Since when do you have a double chin? Since when have you been so blotchy? Since when are you cross-eyed? What went wrong? You try again…and all you end up with is 12 horrible selfies and one mediocre one that no filter will save.
To save you time and dread, we’ve compiled this foolproof list to get you photo ready for that epic selfie. #winning!
Step 1. Capture a good angle.
We all have a good side, and nobody’s is head on, except maybe Kim Kardashian. Instead of taking the picture head-on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. When you tilt and turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Also always try to hold the camera or smartphone slightly above your head, this will slim down you face, nose and dreaded double chin.
Step 2. Pay attention to lighting.
Having a flattering light source is an essential part of taking any kind of photograph, and selfies are no different. If you try to take a selfie in dark space or anywhere with harsh fluorescent lighting, it won’t turn out the way you want it to. Natural light is always your best option, go outdoors or pose next to a window for your best DIY lighting setup. Natural light photographs colours more accurately than artificial light. Most importantly – don’t use your flash if you can help it. Leave the professional lighting to the professionals.
Step 3. Use your phone’s back camera.
Most smart phones have two cameras: one in the back, and one in the front. Instead of using the camera in the front to take selfies, use the one in the back. The back camera takes higher-resolution pictures than the front camera. Rather take a few to get the correct framing. Nobody likes a blurry image with no detail.
Step 4. Consider the background of your picture.
The best selfies have more to it than a face, sounds strange, but your face might get a bit boring after a while. You need to keep things interesting! 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.
Step 5. Don’t over edit!
Keep your editing to a minimum. We all love a bit of Valencia on our images, but don’t overdo it. Natural images will get you a much more realistic following and truthful likes.
And if this doesn’t work for you, we have an even better solution. Get Fotobooth to document your next event or party. We put the trigger in your hands. Pose, jump and dance while snapping away. You are guaranteed the best full-length selfies ever! Get your friends involved, no more squishing into a limiting, tiny booth. Fotobooth goes anywhere and there is space for everyone. With our studio quality lighting you will look your best while having a great time! We can also share all your awesome shots to Social Media and mail them to you as well. #fotoboothinnovation #winning