Top Five Secrets for Taking a Perfect Selfie
How to take a good selfie, how to take selfies like an expert
You're probably wondering, is there such a thing as a selfie expert? The answer is yes. It’s no secret; the selfie dominates the social media scene. With smiling faces, some people seem like they can just point the camera and look flawless. So where do we find the mythical secrets and answers to the question we’re all asking? In five quick tips, we are going to show you how to take a good selfies like you always see on Instagram.
1. Pose With Your Eyes
We all follow a few people whose Instagram poses are on lock. And when we try, it’s…. A bit of a mess. The secret for how to pose in pictures? Whichever pose you choose to take, always begin the pose with your eyes.
That’s easier said than done. Or is it?
One tip to relax and pose your eyes is to imagine a funny joke. The point of laughter you get will truly bring the shine out. The eyes are the windows to the soul, so don’t forget to capture them nicely!
2. Set a Timer
Every smartphone and camera we’ve owned have included a timer option for photos. This nifty little countdown is one of the biggest keys to reducing camera shake and maintaining your grip. Simply set it for a few seconds, use the time to strike your selfie poses, and the camera will do the work for you.
This is perfect for crazy selfie poses, and almost critical for those smoldering head poses. Most phones let you select from either 3 or 10 seconds, giving you some choice. Just hit the button, hold your phone out, and you have some time to make sure your pose is perfect before the phone snaps it for you.
3. The Angels in the Angles
One of the little nuances you start to notice in selfies is the angles that appear. Keep in mind that you have a limited space to set up your photo, so where to even stand is an art. In vertical photos, keep yourself in the center of the frame, while in horizontal photos you should mind the rule of thirds and keep yourself to either the left or right-hand side of the photo.
Getting your face angles and head poses just right can be slightly tricky, however, a good rule of thumb is to face your shoulders away from the camera while you look directly at it to give a solid side profile.
Full body poses are a little easier, though you should experiment with fun angles to decide how to pose in your pictures depending on where you place the camera, like the ground up or from a high vantage point.
4. Get a Helping Hand
What to know one of the biggest secrets in selfies? Most rely on help to take them. Not in the traditional way of hauling a cameraman around, but with a helpful invention, you may have seen it known as the Selfie Stick.
Seriously, these are some of if not the best things for self-photography invented since the forward-facing camera. We love these things so much, we decided to make ours even more versatile with a tripod.
Use the selfie stick for high-angle shots, and the tripod for lows. No need to carry around an entire bag when this one tool does the whole trick.
5. Maybe Rethink That Flash Feature
Please repeat after me.
Good lighting is only hard to come by if you’re avoiding the sun. In darker areas, the flash is acceptable, but understand your image may have a different color balance. White light is notorious for enhancing greens and reds and should be adjusted in your editor.
If good indoor lighting is required, then try to find natural light LEDs. These typically come in a three-color system between warm and cool lighting that is mixed to simulate natural light.
Mastering these five secrets can turn any Instagram page into some of the most viral pictures on the feed. These are just some of the thousands of overlooked tips for taking a good selfie out there.
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