Selfie! The word declared as word of the year for 2013 by the Oxford Dictionary.
If you’ve been living in a tent on the tundra or under a rock in your backyard, you may not have heard the term “selfie.” In your defense, the term itself isn’t really that old – it was coined in 2005 as a way to describe a special kind of self-portrait.
“Selfie” usually refers to an image that is much more informal that that, generally taken with a digital camera or smart phone held at arm’s length, snapped on the fly and usually destined for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or some other form of social media.
While it is no rocket science to know what a selfie is, taking one perfect selfie can prove to be quite a task, and only a handful of us are able to do it in the first go.
Taking a good selfie is an art and here is a quick guide for you to learn the technicalities that go behind this art.
1. CHECK YOURSELF OUT
Tips on taking good selfies must include giving yourself a once-over before you take the pic! Have you ever snapped a photo assuming your hair and makeup were on point only to find out that you have flyaways and smeared eyeliner? Of course you can always delete the pic and take another, but you might as well check yourself out first so you have lots of good selfies to pick from!
2. KNOW YOUR GOOD SIDES & ANGLES
To make your face look slimmer, shoot your selfie from slightly above. If you’re including your torso in the shot, turn one shoulder slightly towards the camera. Stick your neck out just a little, which will help eliminate that little bulge under your chin.
3. LIGHTEN UP
You have to have good lighting! You can’t show off your makeup, hair or new outfit in bad lighting because it’s distracting and unflattering! Instead of Using built in flash, use natural light. Standing next to a window will give your selfie a soft, natural look. It will also help eliminate dark shadows, especially the ones under your eyes that will tell all your Facebook friends that you are a girl who likes to stay out way too late.
4. POSE WITH A PRETTY BACKGROUND
While the bathroom reflected in your bathroom mirror may seem like an acceptably standard background, to take a truly good selfie, try posing with something that people might actually like to see. Nature always makes a great background, If nature is not your thing 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.
5. FILTER IT
If you’re using your smart phone to snap those selfies, you can do them a lot of good by applying a filter, either in Instagram or another photo editing tools.
6. DONT BE SERIOUS
Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with taking life seriously. But you should never, ever take your selfie too seriously. Your selfie should never make it look like you’re trying too hard. It should look like you snapped that photo casually, like you were just out and about and it suddenly occurred to you to turn the camera around and grab an impromptu photo of yourself, which of course turned out to be awesome.
7. STRIKING A GREAT POSE
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.
8. HAVE YOUR NATURAL AND BEST SMILE
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. Trying to look “cool” in a selfie usually backfires, anyway, so don’t be shy and show off those pearly whites.
9. DON’T OVERDO LIMIT YOURSELF
Humans are narcissistic creatures, so most people can relate to the desire to show off and be seen. As such, the occasional selfie is not likely to aggravate anyone. If your online albums are flooded with selfies and nothing else, you might be overdoing it.
As a general rule, you should have no more than one selfie for every eight to ten pictures you take. If over half the photos in your online album are of you, you should really consider diversifying.