Take Stunningly Gorgeous Selfies
Edited by Yuliya, Dougie, Eng, Nuance
When cell-phones first became widespread, people quickly discovered their true purpose. It's not to call people, but to take pictures of everything! There are websites and blogs dedicated to everything from snaps of your coffee and breakfast, to professional looking prints, all done with a tiny camera somewhere in your phone.
The Selfie Craze
The front-facing camera that now comes with practically every phone has prompted the surge in popularity of a new type of photography: The Selfie. There's a certain art to being able to take a decent picture of yourself by holding your phone at arm's length. Some people take amazing Selfies, which make yours pale in comparison. How do they do it?
Great Selfies can be created by using a couple of basic photography rules and tricks. By learning these tricks, you too can take stunningly gorgeous Selfies.
Let's begin by learning what NOT to do.
Things to Avoid When Taking Selfies
- 3DO NOT take pictures too close. Lenses are curved, and things get distorted when they are too close. Pictures taken too close to your face will give you a huge nose.
- 6DO NOT make silly faces. Unless you're aiming for a silly picture. In which case go wild!
How to Take Flattering Selfies
Now that you know what to avoid, lets' talk about what you SHOULD do.
- 1Use the rule of thirds. Composition can make or break a picture. Take a moment to correctly compose your picture before snapping a shot. Use the rule of thirds:Advertisement
- 2Use natural lighting. The light should not be too harsh. Ideally, it should come from the left or the right of the subject, and not straight on from the front.
- 3Take pictures from slightly above. Only slightly! (Remember the large forehead a high angle creates).
- 4Look at the camera. Once you compose your picture, shift your eyes to look directly at the camera, not the screen. Looking at the screen makes your eyes look slightly down. Gazing directly into the camera can have powerful results.
- 5Smile a little. But just a little - real smiles extend to the eyes, and large smiles for the camera can look very fake and plastic. Instead, lift the sides of your mouth just a little. Just imagine someone telling a bad joke - but don't crinkle your forehead.
- 6Optional: Use slight filters. You don't have to, but a slight filter applied to a photo can give it an interesting finishing touch. Warming filters work best for portraits, since they bring out the warmth of a person's skin. Unless you're going for a vintage look, don't overdo it.
Now go stun people with your beautiful selfies!
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Categories : Visual Arts
Recent edits by: Eng, Dougie, Yuliya