Selfie (v) : an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks. That’s the Webster’s dictionary definition of the verb that has go on to define a generation. A simple self taken photograph which has revolutionised the way mobile phones and gadgets are made, has become an art in itself. So, we at wirally thought that we should probably some of the best tricks to take the selfie ( and no they don’t include Selfie stick ). So read on to know more.
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.” Here are a few other ideas for finding a good angle:
Know your “good side” and take the photo from that side of your face. It’s the side of your face that looks the most balanced and symmetrical.
Angling the camera slightly above yourself and taking a snapshot of your face and chest will highlight your cleavage. Since this position is fairly unnatural, odds are, you already know what the camera will focus on when you take a selfie like this.
Show off something new.
If you decide to take a selfie to show off a new haircut or a new pair of earrings, make sure that you frame the photo in a way that highlights the new feature that has you so excited.
Be sure to smile or do something cheerful.
A sad face or a frown will not help. A selfie showing off your new hairstyle, for example, should show your hair from the most flattering angle. On a similar note, a selfie showing off a mustache should show the mustache straight-on, and the same goes for a selfie showing off a new pair of glasses.
You could also take a selfie holding a new item you just bought, or even a food item you’re about to eat.
Focus on one feature.
If you’re planning on doing a close-up 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. For instance, if you love your eyes, play them up with mascara and complementary eye shadow while keeping your complexion and lips fairly natural. Likewise, if your smile is your most charming feature, keep your cheeks and eyes looking natural while donning a stunningly beautiful lipstick.
Have an interesting expression.
You can’t go wrong with smiling! Maybe smiling for the camera—or camera phone, as the case might be—makes you feel a little silly, but taking a random photo of yourself with your phone is a silly enough action in itself. If you’re on the serious side, a cool, collected expression could also go over well. You can play around with different smiles, of course. A closed-mouth coy smile can be just as appropriate and just as flattering as a wide, laughing grin. No matter what, a smile is one of the most appreciated and charming expressions you can wear. It can be hard to make sure your expression looks authentic. One way to make it look more real is to try to capture yourself when you’re feeling an emotion. Try taking a selfie while you’re watching a movie that’s making you genuinely laugh, or right after you find out some shocking news.
Take a full-length photo.
If you want to show off a great new outfit or a fabulous figure after a diet, you will need to stand in front of a full-length mirror to capture your body from head to toe. In this instance, your face is no longer the focus of the photo. Take full body shots in a clutter-free space. The photo should focus completely on your figure, not on random objects in the background. You can appear more slender by slightly cocking your hip to the same side you are holding your camera in. Your opposite shoulder should come forward a bit, and your free arm should either dangle to your side or your free hand can rest on your hip. The chest should lean forward naturally, and the legs should be crossed at the ankle.
Try a natural look.
Do not add too many filters at a time. You can take a picture of yourself as the outside world always sees you, but taking a snapshot of yourself with bedhead or minimal makeup can give the illusion that you’re giving your social media followers a glimpse at the “real you.” This can be both interesting and sexy. If your just-out-of-bed look is more of a nightmare than a dream, however, you can straighten up a little. Even light makeup can give the impression that you are showing your “natural” face, especially if you tend to wear much more makeup than what you put on for your selfie.
Snap a photo of your shoes.
If you decide to take a selfie of your feet after you slip on a great new pair of shoes, angle the camera so that your leg appears slender as it leads up to your foot. Aim the camera straight down. The edge of the frame should land somewhere on your thighs, fairly close to your hips. This angle makes your legs look as long as possible.
Know which poses are considered passé.
There are certain Selfie poses that became wildly popular and are now well past their prime. You can still contribute your own examples to the mix, but do it with a little self-awareness so people know you’re in on the joke. Notable choices include the infamous “duck face,” muscle flexing, pretending to be asleep, or pretending to be caught off guard by someone else. The duck face is a combination of puckered lips and wide eyes, originally made famous by Snookie and friends. Do it at your own risk! Taking a selfie and pretending that someone else took it is hard to pull off. There will be some clue in your posture or actions that will give you away and open you up to criticism. If you do it with a slight smile or a wink, people will realize it’s an intentional setup.
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. Keep these factors in mind when you shoot. Keep the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye level, for the most flattering shot. The light will brighten and soften your features, rather than casting harsh shadows across your face.
Use your phone’s back camera.
Many cell phones have two cameras: one in the back, and one in the front. Instead of using the camera in the front to take selfies, use the one in the back. The back camera takes higher-resolution pictures than the front camera, which will end up taking a blurrier selfie. You’ll have to turn the phone around, and you won’t be able to see your face as you take the picture, but it’s worth the trouble to use the back camera.
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.
Consider the background of your picture.
The best selfies have more than just a face. There’s something interesting to look at in the background, too. Whether you take your selfie inside or outdoors, check around you first to see what’s going on in the background. Position yourself so that you’re in front of the background you want people to see.
Watch out for photo-bombers.
The standard culprits include younger siblings, crying children, and dogs taking a bathroom break on the lawn behind you. Before you snap your selfie, take a quick look around to make sure that no one and nothing is lurking in the shadows, waiting to ruin your moment.
Grab a few more people to be in the photo.
The first requirement of a Selfie is that you have be in it, but there’s no rule that says you have to be alone! Grab some friends, siblings, your dog, and other people to take a picture with you. The picture won’t be as controlled, but it’ll be visually interesting and fun for other people to look at and share.
Experiment with filters.
Most people who take selfies also happen to have an app on their phones that can add interesting dimension through the use of color and light filters. Not every filter is right for every selfie, so play around with different options before settling on the best one.
The simplest filters are “black and white” and “sepia.” Even if you don’t have an app installed on your phone, you probably have these features.
See, now you know the perfect ways to take a selfie