Capture a good angle.
Instead of taking the picture head-on, experiment with different angles to show off your features. If you turn your head a few degrees to the right or left, your features will appear less flat. Holding the camera slightly higher than your head so that it’s pointing down on you will make your eyes look bigger and help you avoid “pig nose.”
Focus on one feature.
If you’re planning on doing a closeup of your face, consider glamming up one feature while downplaying the others. This works especially well if there is one feature that you are especially pleased with.
Pay attention to good lighting
Having a solid 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 a dimly-lit room or one with harsh fluorescent lighting, it won’t turn out the way you want it to. Natural light is the most flattering kind, so try to take your selfie near a window or outdoors.
Don’t use a mirror unless there’s no other way to get the shot you want. The picture will appear in reverse, your camera will be visible, and you’re likely to end up with a strange glare. Plus, your selfie could appear distorted, since mirror glass doesn’t always reflect back a perfectly accurate image. Stretch out your arm, use your wrist to point the camera toward your face, and snap away.
Pick a good background
Another important element in taking pictures is to pick a good, clear background. We’ve all seen those photo fails where someone has taken a selfie in a dirty bedroom with piles of clothes or in the bathroom while someone’s taking care of business. Always check your surroundings so you have a clear background that lends itself well to an impromptu photo sesh. Look for solid colored walls, textured curtains or any place without clutter.
Try to be still
An obvious but challenging tip to execute is to be still when you take your photos. This is especially important when you’re taking a selfie since you can’t rely on someone else with two steady hands to snap the photo. You’re usually trying to pose, make sure you’re in good lighting and trying to steady a wobbly arm all at the same time. It takes practice, but it is possible to take clear, non-wobbly pics!
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