If you consider yourself a selfie buff, this article features a number of precise tips that will help you capture better self-portraits. The selfie craze has dominated our society, obviously fueled by trends in social media. New social networks such as Instagram enable users to capture photos on the go and share them with friends, fans and followers. More social networks, including snapchat and Facebook, also have a big heart for well-captured photos.
- Filter it – every portrait, magazine cover photo or wedding photo that you see in a high-end magazine has been retouched to enhance it and make it look better. That’s precisely why you shouldn’t be afraid to get creative and practice some filtering on your best photos. The good news is that there are scores of apps that will just make photo editing much less of a headache for you. If you’re using an android smartphone to take your selfies, simply jump over to the Google Play Store and you’ll have more filtering apps than you can have time to use. If you’re on iPhone or Windows Phone on the other hand, you’ll get enough apps in the respective apps store. When filtering photos though, it’s important that you don’t overdose. You don’t need to make that cool face photo of yourself look like it’s just been processed by a plastic surgeon.
- The Right Angle – the angle is everything when it comes to photography. Choose the wrong angle and you won’t get it right. Most times, and especially with selfies, taking a photo from above does the trick. But don’t position your forehead or chin in a strange way. It’s all about balance. Be cool, keep the camera at an angle that’ll provide a great capture of both yourself and the background, and then hit the capture button. It might also help if you can squint your eyes a little bit. As Tyra banks often calls it, ‘smile with your eyes’.
- Monopod – a monopod is also popularly referred to as a selfie stick. A monopod is a must have accessory if you’re looking to take superb selfies. Monopods are extendable poles that hold your smartphone on one end, and provide a remove shutter near the other end. This way, you’re easily able to exercise different angles and take photos at different lengths. You’ll thus be able to take better selfies! Monopods are affordable and available on most major retail stores, including Amazon.