Loved by some and loathed by others, the selfie fad doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in the near future. In fact, there are currently 90 million photos posted under the #selfie hashtag at this very moment. But selfies aren’t simply an exercise of turning the camera and snapping away – taking a successful selfie means knowing the tricks of the trade and applying knowledge of lighting, filters, and flattering angles. Celebrate today – International Selfie Day – by taking a cue from our favorite selfie-taking celebs for the best tips in the photography game.
Aim for the Halo Effect
By now, we all know that natural lighting is best when it comes to taking the perfect photo. But before you begin snapping, make sure the sun is behind you. The light around your face will give you a halo-like glow, whereas you risk unwanted shadows and looking washed out if you take the photo with the sun in your face. Soft lighting that makes you look lit from within is key. If you’re not able to find the perfect lighting, fake it by swiping highlighter on where the light would naturally hit your face, such as your cheeks, temples, and nose.
Practice Makes Perfect
Most people don’t look their best with the camera straight on. Try turning to the side a bit or angling the camera slightly above your line of vision. Most important? Don’t be afraid to take multiple photos until you find what works for you. Skip the generic duck face, and opt instead for a signature pose that exudes comfort and happiness.
Pick the Right Background
Cluttered bathrooms and messy closets as backgrounds are precisely what destroy selfies the world over. Blank walls and interesting landscapes (like exciting new cities) make for great backdrop options.
Why should people care about this photo of you? Give them some context around the photo and a reason to see your photo as something more than just a narcissistic moment. Got a new haircut? Just completed that marathon you’ve been training for? Reunited with your best friend? Share.
Adhere to the Filter Hierarchy
‘Valencia’ is considered the most flattering filter thanks to the vintage-like glow that it creates. ‘Mayfair’ is also a good option for its soft, pink tones. Remember, filter with caution – the photo should be the best version of you, not another version of you.